Infants: 0-2 • Little Kids: 3-6

6 Best Travel Car Seats for Babies and Toddlers

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Most parents opt to hold young children (age 2 and under) in their lap for flights, mainly because it’s free (and when else will you be able to save that much money?). But what if you’re prepping for a long-haul flight and want baby to have a secured seat? Or perhaps you just want a car seat that’s versatile for all modes of travel. Whatever the case may be, choose one of these trusted travel car seats before your next adventure.

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Child Airplane Travel Harness

The Child Airplane Travel Harness is super compact (fits into an accompanying sack), easy to install and perfect for children age 1 and up. It is specifically designed for air travel; in fact, it's the only child safety device that's been fully approved by the FAA.

Approximate Price: $80

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Evenflo Sonus Convertible Car Seat

The Evenflo Sonus Convertible Car Seat is as versatile as they come. It's a rear-facing car seat for babies weighing between 5 and 40 pounds, or it can be a forward-facing seat for toddlers 22 to 50 pounds. And because it meets FAA inversion requirements, it's also guaranteed to work for air travel.

Approximate Price: $80

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Evenflo Tribute Sport

Another favorite by Evenflo, the Evenflo Tribute Sport Convertible Car Seat is compact and lightweight, with a five-point harness system. This one is best for toddlers.

Approximate Price: $50

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Milfold Grab-and-Go Booster Seat

The Milfold may be the most compact booster seat ever, making it perfect for air travel with toddlers age 4 up. It's also convenient for parents -- it's easy to install and so small that it can fit into a handbag or even a child's backpack! It comes in various colors, too.

Approximate Price: $40

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Boost-a-Pak by Trunki

The Boost-a-Pak is the "hands down best thing ever," says Jody Halsted of Ireland Family Vacations. That's because it's a combination backpack and car seat! You can take it on the plane as a carry-on, with all of your child's toys and games ready to go.

Approximate Price: $65

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Bubble Bum Travel Booster Car Seat

Parents swear by the BubbleBum. "It gets good safety ratings, it's easy to use and my daughter likes it," says Eileen Gunn of FamiliesGo!. The BubbleBum is conveniently inflatable, foldable, and when fully blown up, just 13 inches wide. It's designed for children ages 4 to 11, weighing between 40 and 100 pounds.

Approximate Price: $30

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