Will you be traveling with kids this holiday season?

by Susan

Our Christmas Giveaway is well underway and we’re showering the blogosphere with toys. But while the Holiday Season is often a time for toys, it’s also a time for travel.

Do you have to travel far to celebrate with your family and friends?

Life spreads families throughout the globe and holidays bring them back together. When you’re traveling with children and during the busy holiday season, you want to be extra prepared.

If you’ve got any distance to go, you want to first make a stop at FamilyTravelGear.com. Linda and her husband Kevin are the dedicated owners of Family Travel Gear. They personally hand select each product to ensure that it makes “travel time with the kids easier, safer and a lot more fun!”

Whether you’re traveling by car or plane with babies or teens, you’ll find the gear you need.

Browsing through their site, you may also discover great stuff you didn’t even realize you needed… but you’ll be soooo thankful someone else figured it out for you.

CARES Child Aviation Restraint SystemFor instance, on their site I discovered the CARES Child Aviation Restraint System.

I’ve always worried about the safety of my children while traveling by plane, but I had no idea there is a safety solution.

This CARES Aviation Restraint System is designed 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.”

You’ll have peace of mind knowing your precious child is safe. And you’ll love how light it is to carry and simple it is to use.

If you have a toddler or preschooler and who will be flying this holiday season, consider the CARES Child Aviation Restraint System.

We have one CARES Child Aviation Restraint System to give to a lucky commenter. Check out FamilyTravelGear.com and then leave us a comment letting us know what product would best help you at travel time.

But don’t wait to find out if you won! Stock up on your travel supplies now and if you are the lucky winner, Family Travel Gear will reimburse you for the value of the prize, $62.00 USD.

We’ll draw a winner on Saturday, November 29nd.

This contest is open to US and Canadian shipping addresses. Due to legal restrictions, this promotion is not available in Arizona or Quebec. Please see our site’s Terms and Conditions of Use for a complete list of our Contest and Giveaway Rules.

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 RefreshMom November 12, 2008 at 11:20 pm

If the airlines authorize the use of this restraint, I think it’s one of the best inventions ever! I remember being incensed traveling with my baby and being told I couldn’t keep him in the sling during take-off. They told me I had to take him out and just hold him in my arms because if there was a problem, the force of him against me in the sling could injure me. That just didn’t make sense to me though when they insisted that my PURSE be “safely” lodged under the seat so as not to be a projectile, but they were insisting that my baby sit loosely in my lap. How much more damage would be caused (both to and by my child) if the force of turbulence or something were to wrest him from my arms?!

And not all car seats are airline approved, so that wasn’t a solution either. I think it’s great to have an alternative to just a lap belt in a plane (or a bus or anywhere else only lap belts are standard).

2 Stephanie V November 12, 2008 at 11:20 pm

We travel across the pond twice a year and this would be perfect for our little boy!

3 Colleen November 12, 2008 at 11:47 pm

We have one of these. It’s absolutely fabulous. We’ve used it numerous times with Zoe since we travel from NJ to FL multiple times each year to visit my parents. Zoe’s picture is actually on their website… and they also linked to a blog post I did on our vacation and using the CARES belt. Great product!!!

4 Heather G November 12, 2008 at 11:52 pm

We are traveling at Christmas. This would be a wonderful thing to have! We fly with our boys a few times a year to visit family. Having the CARES harness would make the flight a lot easier.

5 melissa November 13, 2008 at 12:00 am

Count me in, this looks great!

6 Terri November 13, 2008 at 12:14 am

would love to win

7 Terri November 13, 2008 at 12:14 am

subscribe to feed

8 Terri November 13, 2008 at 12:14 am

subscribe to newsletter

9 melissa l. November 13, 2008 at 12:23 am

I have lots of hours of travelling ahead of me with a little guy!

10 SarahHub November 13, 2008 at 12:30 am

We’re actually driving for Christmas, but will be flying to a warm and sunny beach for vacation in March. I’d love to have this!

11 Susan November 13, 2008 at 12:32 am

I would love one of these. We travel to see my family a couple times a year. I don’t understand why the airlines don’t offer these to parents, but it would give me some peace of mind.

12 Erin Read November 13, 2008 at 1:05 am

I never knew this was out there. We just moved away from family so we are always traveling back and forth and could really use this! Thanks!

13 Krista November 13, 2008 at 1:07 am

We are starting to travel a lot more and our son will be 2 soon, not allowed to sit on our laps. This would be fantastic!

14 Ann November 13, 2008 at 2:33 am

We are flying to Alaska both at Christmas and then again this summer. This looks like a much better alternative to bringing my 3-year-olds huge car seat along!

15 Sarah W November 13, 2008 at 3:24 am

I would love to win one of these! Being an oversees missionary with one toddler, this would sure make me feel better!

16 Amber November 13, 2008 at 4:49 am

Considering I fly with a boy who, the last time I flew alone, managed to do everything humanly possible to get away from me while I was carrying his airline approved carseat AND all our carry on luggage, this would be a wonderful device! I have lugged his carseat all over and every time I know somewhere along the way I will not have enough hands! We will be traveling to Hawaii during the holidays due to being re-located for the military and having one less cumbersome item to worry about would be a relief to our family!

17 babyrocasmama November 13, 2008 at 7:53 am

This is very cool & very needed.

I have posted about ALL the giveaways on my blog. I have your button & I am a follower/subscriber.

18 Virginia November 13, 2008 at 8:49 am

I’ve heard of these but never knew where to find one. If things go as planned, my two year old will be flying alone with my 18 year-old sister-in-law and this would make her life a lot easier for keeping him in his seat, not to mention my peace of mind.

19 Michele November 13, 2008 at 10:49 am

I’ve never heard of this! Count me in!

20 Michele November 13, 2008 at 10:50 am

I subscribe to the feed.

21 Michele November 13, 2008 at 10:50 am

I also subcribe to the newsletter.

22 Jessica November 13, 2008 at 11:39 am

Holy cow! I could really use this for Joey when you fly to see my parents in Ohio!

23 TLR November 13, 2008 at 11:54 am

This would be great. I have 3 kids and we travel a lot. Thanks for the awesome give aways.

24 ChrisO November 13, 2008 at 1:09 pm

I have a child in the family who can use this!

25 Shannon Baas November 13, 2008 at 1:22 pm

I would give this to my niece who has a little boy and will be traveling.

26 sandy November 13, 2008 at 1:31 pm

yes we travel, count me in

27 Deanne November 13, 2008 at 1:39 pm

I’d love one of these!

28 Alisha November 13, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Fantastic idea. We will be traveling just after the New Year to Florida. My 2 year hasn’t been on a plane since she gets her own seat. This would be great! Thanks!

29 Melissa November 13, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Oh, this would be SO HELPFUL when I fly with the infant and 2yo (BY MYSELF!!) to visit grandparents after Christmas. I hope hope hope the number generator picks me!

30 Perri Rendon November 13, 2008 at 2:28 pm

I am new to this site and look forward to getting involved and getting the emails…

This item would be perfect for my grandson. My daughter’s husband, my son-in-law just joined the military. My daughter will be travelling home a lot to visit and I will be travelling there and bringing my grandson home for visits.

This is a perfect invention. I didn’t realize they made such an item.

Once again, this would be perfect.

Thank you,

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31 Dariela November 13, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Yes! I have a 2 year old toddler and we will be traveling to Venezuela this holiday season. I’m a little scared and excited at the same time. This would be perfect for us!!

32 grubmama November 13, 2008 at 2:55 pm

What a great invention! It will fit in my diaper bag and I won’t have to lug his carseat! Thank you ladies! I wish you had more to giveaway!

33 Jill W November 13, 2008 at 3:44 pm

We will be traveling in May with our 2 year old, sounds great, thanks!

I’m a subscriber and signed up for your newsletter, too…

34 Mom of One November 13, 2008 at 3:45 pm

We are travelling back To Australia and this would be perfect!!!

35 Tina November 13, 2008 at 3:46 pm

I will be traveling at Christmas with my baby boy and he’s just big enough for this wonderful item. I’d love to enter the contest! Thanks!

36 Michelle November 13, 2008 at 3:49 pm

This would have been invaluable with our first-born, but at that time, I’m sure it wasn’t even invented yet. I am very interested in getting one of these for our third child.

37 Mozi Esmes Mommy November 13, 2008 at 4:16 pm

This looks wonderful!

38 Cammi November 13, 2008 at 4:20 pm

We will be going to Hawaii soon! This looks like it would be perfect for one of our children. We have 3 kids ages 1-5. Maybe I could purchase another!

39 Mozi Esmes Mommy November 13, 2008 at 4:20 pm

And I’m subscribed to your feed!

40 Eryn November 13, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Where were these when I was 8 months pregnant, flying to Europe with a 3 year old?! I wouldn’t want to win, because lugging a stroller and carseat +luggage through an airport is SO MUCH FUN! lol Obviously that is sarcasm! These are going to really revolutionize how parents who have to travel a lot feel about air travel.

41 Nadia November 13, 2008 at 5:15 pm

We will be flying overseas mid December to visit family with our 4 year-old and our 21 month-old. We’re putting our toddler in her car seat, but this would be great for our 4 year old. Thanks!

42 Nadia November 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm

I’m a suscriber.

43 Nadia November 13, 2008 at 5:16 pm

I receive your newsletter as well. Thanks!

44 Adrienne Gordon November 13, 2008 at 5:50 pm

nope, we’re driving

45 Sara November 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm

I think this is one of the best products I’ve ever seen for travel. I learned of it just before our last plane trip and almost rented one but was too short of time. We have far flung grandparents so our future is sure to hold more plane trips and this would be so helpful.

46 Miranda November 13, 2008 at 6:31 pm

I have a toddler and newborn, and live in Germany. We travel back and forth from here and the states all the time…
Having the CARES product make traveling so much easier!!

47 susan varney November 13, 2008 at 7:39 pm

no we won’t be flying this holiday season

48 Mamamoose November 13, 2008 at 7:55 pm

What a great product! Sign us up to win!

49 Normal to Natalie November 13, 2008 at 8:36 pm

one of my best friends is a missionary and will be traveling back to africa this christmas season with her baby, toddler, and preschooler…she could really use one of these and i would love to be able to give it to her! thanks!!!

50 Rachel M November 13, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Wow what a great prize! I would love a CARES system to use when we fly to the UK for the holidays. We’re taking my 2 yr old to meet his great gran for the first time :)

51 Linda November 13, 2008 at 9:32 pm

I am a subscriber.

52 mandy November 13, 2008 at 9:39 pm

We have one of these they are awesome!! Make sure to print out the documents about using them on airplanes. This September was the first time we were asked about it and I was very glad to have it! We have used ours at least a dozen times and never were asked before this past time.

53 Stacy November 13, 2008 at 10:23 pm

My parents do live on the other coast so this is needed.

54 Rachel Ellis November 13, 2008 at 10:54 pm

We travel across the country several times a year… this would be great!

55 Rachel Ellis November 13, 2008 at 10:55 pm

subscribe to feed.

56 Rachel Ellis November 13, 2008 at 10:57 pm

I also subscribe to the newsletter.

57 Keri (Auburn Gal Always) November 14, 2008 at 11:35 am

I’ve gotta have me one of these!

58 Aura November 14, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Ha! Last time I flew I drove myself crazy purchasing a seat for my 2 year old and buying a sit n stroll (and nearly going broke after both purchases) only to be told on the plane that the sit n stroll is an evacuation hazard so I cannot use it and my son insisted on sitting on my lap the whole flight because he felt lost in the big seat. It was really unsafe (and uncomfortable) and I would love to win it. Now he is 5 and I always chose the safest car seats and boosters for the car why risk his safety on a plane?

59 steven lewis November 14, 2008 at 12:26 pm

my grandchild is coming

60 Valerie Mitchell November 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm

This looks great! Wonderful way to keep the little one safe!

61 Heather November 14, 2008 at 2:01 pm

I will be traveling at Christmas time with my 3 yr old & 6 yr old & this would come in quite handy! Thanks for the giveaway!


62 Briana November 14, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Please enter me.

63 Monique Rizzo November 14, 2008 at 4:52 pm

I would love to win this! We Travel a lot!

64 hazel hunt November 14, 2008 at 5:01 pm


65 Tammy Winstead November 14, 2008 at 7:57 pm

We are planning a trip to visit Gma & Gpa finally! This would be awesome!!!!!

66 Tammy Winstead November 14, 2008 at 7:57 pm

I’m a subscriber!! ;)

67 Karla K November 14, 2008 at 9:20 pm

My grandsons could use this.

68 Terra November 15, 2008 at 7:20 am

Safety is always #1!!!

69 Katharine November 15, 2008 at 6:43 pm

I have a toddler and a preschooler and we will be flying home AFTER the holidays. Thanks for the chance to win.

70 Carol Drury November 16, 2008 at 12:26 pm

no pnly an infant this year!!

71 America November 17, 2008 at 9:55 am

I have a three year old and a one year old and with my husband being deployed I am really dreading the car seats through the airport by myself. I am really wanting one of these, but would rather win it! ;)

72 Kari Follett November 17, 2008 at 7:26 pm

This is great! I have three kids and I’d love to win.

73 CityReviewer November 18, 2008 at 1:18 am

I have the perfect product for traveling moms! GoPicnic just came out with MightyMunch meals for kids. These meals are what my kids eat when we are traveling and then I don’t have to prepare them! The meals focus on natural ingredients and clean labels and are completely free of Trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and peanuts & tree nuts, the most common allergens. PLUS- all of the MightyMunch meals are balanced to 35-10-35 nutrition standards that limit the amount of fat, saturated fat, and sugar in each meal, recommended by many school districts and advocacy groups for kids’ healthy eating. I order them online at http://www.gopicnic.com. Enjoy!

74 kate scalio November 18, 2008 at 5:25 am

I am flying to Hawaii with my two toddlers this year to visit my sister and her family. I would love to win this prize.

75 Sandy Miresse November 18, 2008 at 11:01 am

Our grandsons include both an infant and toddler and they are planning to visit us in January. I would love to win this for them.

76 jennefer sweitzer November 18, 2008 at 11:33 am

We are not traeling for Chistmas but will be traveling for Easter holiday.

77 Perri Rendon November 18, 2008 at 12:16 pm

I didn’t realize you get extra entries for feeds and newsletter…so here is my extra entry.


<a href=”http://www.5minutesformom.com/4739/christmas-giveaway-

78 Perri Rendon November 18, 2008 at 12:18 pm

I didn’t realize you get extra entries for feeds and newsletter…

so here is my extra entry for newsletter.


<a href=”http://www.5minutesformom.com/4739/christmas-giveaway-

79 Perri Rendon November 18, 2008 at 12:19 pm

I didn’t realize you get extra entries for feeds and newsletter…so here is my extra entry.

This one is for the feed…
thank you,


<a href=”http://www.5minutesformom.com/4739/christmas-giveaway-

80 carol lewis November 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Yes have a 21 month old and vacation coming in December. Excellent product.

81 chastidy vernengo November 18, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Perfect for my niece and nephew they travels several times a year.

82 Jennifer hedden November 18, 2008 at 11:05 pm

preschooler not flying

83 Belinda A. November 19, 2008 at 12:42 am

I have a toddler who will be traveling just after Christmas:) Got your giveaway button and I’ve linked back!

84 Jennifer M November 19, 2008 at 1:55 am

My daughter will be travelling on her second flight in February.

85 Lori Walker November 19, 2008 at 1:45 pm

We are receiving our nephew on a flight this holiday season and this would be nice for him.

86 Sheila Capell November 19, 2008 at 2:37 pm

We’d love this!! It’s about time someone thought of something so cool!

87 Sheila Capell November 19, 2008 at 2:37 pm

I’m a subscriber

88 Sheila Capell November 19, 2008 at 2:38 pm

I get your newsletter

89 Rosanne Morrison November 19, 2008 at 6:28 pm

My 3 year old granchild will be flying twice-with her mom and stepdad to ski and then with her dad to visit us.

90 Hesper Fry November 20, 2008 at 1:14 am

I’m adopting a little girl from China and we will be on a plane for quite a bit!

91 sandra Wright November 20, 2008 at 1:52 am

I am pregnant and we travel very often. With a home in Texas and in Spain we are all over the place. My husbands job takes us to Spain, England and all over the USA! I need one of these!

92 Smellyann November 20, 2008 at 9:03 am

yes, I have a 3, 5, and 7 year old who will all be traveling this holiday season – and beyond – by plane. They all fit the size requirements, too (we make tiny kids). I could really use this, thank you!

93 Randy Amis November 20, 2008 at 10:07 am

Have a toddler grandchild. Will travel this holiday.

94 Allison November 20, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Oh, I would love to win! We are actually traveling in January, but it will come in handy then!

95 Angela H. November 20, 2008 at 4:18 pm

We definitely need one of these. Thanks for the great contest.

96 Angela H. November 20, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Here is our second submission for this since we subscribe to your feed.

97 Angela H. November 20, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Here is our third submission for this since we subscribe to your newsletter.

98 Max November 20, 2008 at 4:33 pm

next year, he is too young this year

99 Corrie C November 21, 2008 at 7:21 am

our 3 year old is going to florida to see thier grampy and nana

100 Lily Kwan November 21, 2008 at 8:44 am

The Original Baby Sherpa Diaper Backpack would best help me at travel time.

101 Julie November 21, 2008 at 10:49 am

this product looks fantastic. It would be a nice idea if all airlines were required to have some of these aboard for children.

102 Brooke November 21, 2008 at 11:38 am

BedBugz portable bed bolster by Toddler Coddler! I had no idea such a thing existed!

103 Janet November 21, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Count me in, this looks great!:)

104 vanessa hunter November 21, 2008 at 1:00 pm

The Snack and Play Travel Tray sure would come in handy during travel time.

105 Donna K November 21, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Not yet. I want to adopt a toddler.

106 Scott G November 21, 2008 at 10:01 pm

I have a 14 month old and would love to fly home this year for Christmas. The restraint is a great prize!

107 Karen Gonyea November 21, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Great Prize. I love the snack and play travel tray for traveling !!!

ktgonyea at gmail.com

108 Elina November 22, 2008 at 1:13 am

What a great idea!

109 Bhavana November 22, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Enter me please. Thanks!

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