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Travel Car Seat Recommendations

Updated: Mar 1, 2023


Everyone has seen a parent struggling with all the gear required just to leave the house with your precious little one. Add to that your luggage and the stress of moving around the airport and onto the airplane. Fear not, this list of car seats and car seat alternatives for planes and cars will help you minimize the bulk while keeping your little one safe and happy.




Doona Infant Car Seat (for plane and car use)


Doona Car Seat

The Doona™ infant car seat is the world’s first complete and fully integrated travel system, allowing you to move from car seat to stroller in seconds. With its unique 3-layer side impact protection, anti-rebound bar crash technology, superior 5-point safety harness and ergonomic infant insert, the Doona™ car seat is one of the safest car seats available today.


Product features & benefits:

  • One simple motion operation – from car seat to stroller in seconds

  • 5-point harness

  • Adjustable handlebar - also acts as an anti-rebound bar inside the car

  • TUV and FAA aircraft approved for travel



Cosco Scenera NEXT (for plane and car use)


Cosco Scenera Next Car Seat

The Cosco Scenera NEXT weighs in at just 10 pounds and can be used in the rear-facing position from 5-40 pounds or forward-facing from 22-40 pounds. It has side impact protection built in and a 5-point harness that adjusts easily from the front of the seat. A bonus feature: the Scenera NEXT easily fits three across in the back seat.


If your next vacation involves an airplane, the Scenera NEXT has got you covered. Certified for use on aircraft, it gives your child a familiar seat during the flight. The lightweight and compact design also get you through the airport without weighing you down.





CARES Safety Harness

The first and only harness type Aviation Child Safety Device to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as an alternative to a car seat. CARES Child Aviation Restraint System is designed specifically for aviation use for children age 1 and older who weigh between 22 and 44 pounds. These youngsters are old enough to be in their own seats, but are too small for the seat belt alone to protect them and provide the safety they require during airplane travel.



RideSafer Vest (not intended for plane use)


RideSafer Vest

RideSafer® Travel Vest has two different ways to use it:


The first way is to use a tether belt. RideSafer® can be used with a vehicle lap belt and top tether by securing RideSafer® with a top tether anchor in the vehicle.

The other way is to use without a tether belt. RideSafer® can also be used with a vehicle lap and shoulder belt with or without the tether.


RideSafer® Travel Vest Gen 5 comes in the following sizes:


sizing chart


WAYB Pico Portable Car Seat (for car and plane use)


WayB Pico Car Seat

Weighing in at just 8 pounds, the Pico car seat makes traveling with kiddos a breeze. It meets all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety and Federal Aviation Administration standards for cars and planes. This car seat is forward-facing only and designed for kids aged 2+ weighing 22-50 lbs and measuring 30-45 inches tall.





Note:


If you do choose to bring along your larger or heavier car seat, you can utilize a car seat dolly or a strap that fastens it to your carry-on luggage to try and lighten the load when you get stuck wheeling all your gear down to the farthest gate at the airport.




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