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.
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
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
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
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
Boost-a-Pak by Trunki
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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