CARES Harness

laurenandalex

New member
What is the general opinion about these? We *always* travel with our carseat and I'm constantly advising others to do the same. But, I'm traveling alone with the 2 kiddos under less than ideal circumstances (my mom is dying) with very tight connections (like 30-40 minutes). We have carseats at our destination.

It would be used by my daughter, 3 years 7 months. 32ish pounds. 40 inches (I know the harness maxes at 40 inches). Seasoned traveler. Domestic flights, two legs, each about 1.5-2.5 hours.

Thoughts?
 

DaniannieB

Ambassador - CPS Technician
If you have car seats at your destination and your child is old enough/big enough (which yours is), I think the CARES is definitely appropriate. I'd look into renting a CARES harness (since you probably won't be using it regularly).
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
I used it, it was ok, not great, but ok, more support than belt alone for sleeping (which is easier in the CARES when reclined) and definitely an option for a kid that size when a car seat is available on the other end.
 

laurenandalex

New member
Thank you for your responses. Any idea if it is ok to use if she is 40 inches? (as that is stated height limit). The rental idea is awesome-source recommendations?
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
My daughter used it at about 38 inches and has an extremely long torso for her height; she just fit. I think a child with a normal torso would be fine over 40, and they made that the limit because kids at the extreme end of the torso range will outgrow it around then. (For reference, her torso was about 17" at the time.)
 

laurenandalex

New member
Thanks KetchupQueen! My daughter has a long torso (wears 4-5 shirts, 2T-3T pants). I think it was 16-16.5" at last measure. A friend has one I can borrow-glad to be able to try it out without renting or ordering. If it doesn't work, we'll take along our Marathon and GoGoKidz as usual!
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
A 16.5" torso should fit. It needs to be high enough to come from above the shoulders without pulling up the lap belt, is all. :)
 

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