Friday, September 08, 2006

New option for toddlers on planes

We're traveling by air next weekend as we've done over a dozen times since Z was born, and I'm not looking forward to shlepping the car seat onto the plane. Z's Evenflo Triumph 5 weighs in at a hefty 19lbs. That's why I was excited to hear that the FAA just approved a new airplane harness for toddlers that attaches directly to the plane's lap belt. I likely won't be buying one since it costs about $80--as much as a new car seat--but the manufacturer says they're hoping the device will be available for rent soon.

What we have purchased is the Pac Back, a compact backpack that makes carrying the car seat a reasonably comfortable (and hands-free!) experience. Each time we've traveled, another parent has stopped us and asked us where we found it.