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CARES harnesses

DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

I wanted to post an update about our use of the CARES harness for our two year old. It works great!

 

We purchased ours at Bed, Bath, and Beyond using one of their frequent coupons. Also available on Amazon, and presumably other sites.

 

Anyway, one clarification that doesn't appear in the instructions - the FA on our flight today (typing this somewhere over Iowa as I write this) let us know that the harness shouldn't be used in the rows adjacent to the exit rows due to the loop that goes around behind the seat - the exit row shouldn't be encroached on by that band.

 

So obviously it shouldn't be used anywhere that the child wouldn't be allowed to sit, but also avoid the rows adjacent to the exit rows.

  

During normal operation it shouldn't make a difference, but I can see that if the band became loose during an emergency situation it could be an obstacle to the exit.

 

I'm not sure why this would apply to the row behind the exit rows, but that's what they asked us to do.

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.
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Re: CARES harnesses

AshleyMainz Employee
Employee

@DancingDavidE, Great tip! Do you have any photos of the harness in action? I've never seen one of these in real life. 

Ashley
Community Manager
Southwest Airlines Community

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DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

I didn't take one, but will be sure that Ruby gets dressed up for our next flight tomorrow Smiley LOL

 

We also found that putting her in the window seat with the CARES harness helped, she enjoyed seeing out the window to help distract compared to the outbound trip where we had her in the middle.

 

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.

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DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

@AshleyMainz wrote:

@DancingDavidE, Great tip! Do you have any photos of the harness in action? I've never seen one of these in real life. 


IMG_5592.jpgHarness ready for a toddler to sit downIMG_5590.jpgToddler in the harness

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.

Re: CARES harnesses

AshleyMainz Employee
Employee

@DancingDavidE That is awesome! As a new mom, I will definitely look at getting one of these when she is bigger. Thanks for the photo! Cute traveler! 🙂

Ashley
Community Manager
Southwest Airlines Community

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Passenger1C
Active Member

Thanks @DancingDavidE. If this will end my pain with carrying car seats down the aisle, I’m in. 


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DancingDavidE
Top Contributor

We're in the 30 pound range at 2 years old and it seems to be a good fit for us.

 

I think it would work for a little bit smaller child, on their website they say 22 lbs.

 

Also if your kid is a little Houdini, they would be able to sneak out the bottom of the harness, especially if on the smaller side.

 

But yeah - way easier and flexible than the car seat.

 

 

Home airport MDW, frequent visitor to MCO to see the mouse.

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elijahbrantley
Rising Star

Thanks so much! We are about to buy one. Our little frequent flyer just turned two! 

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