At only 2.5 pounds, it’s a much lighter, more compact, and practical car seat or booster seat option, especially if you are traveling on a flight and do not want to lug a car seat around with you. It’s also great if you plan on being in and out of taxis at your destination where a car seat or booster seat won’t be practical.
The RideSafer Car Seat Travel Vest is a safer option than a traditional booster, providing a four point harness that attaches to a regular lap/ shoulder belt and/or a tether. If used with the optional crotch restraint, it provides a 5-point harness. It moves and grows with the child and adds extra shock absorbency, distributing shock throughout the vest.
The vest can be removed or worn for a quick in- and out- excursion, although many parents have complained that it is too uncomfortable and hot for a child to practically wear the vest outside the car walking around for long periods of time. Many children find the vest to be comfortable to travel in, particularly with the optional head rest that can be used with the vest.
Another bonus is that it can be sold to an older toddler or younger child as a super cool astronaut suit :).
Many parents have also found the RideSafer Car Seat Travel Vest to be a practical, convenient solution for home use, especially for people who frequently travel by taxi (NYC), or for car pooling/ transferring a child to someone else’s car. Other parents have found it to be the perfect solution for needing three car seats in the back of a sedan where most car seats won’t fit. The travel vest takes up as much room as a child does, so it easily provides for three in a row in the back, or can fit an older child in the middle between two car seats on either side.
The RideSafer Car Seat Travel Vest comes in two different sizes:
Small RideSafer Car Seat Travel Vest: intended for use beginning at age 3 AND 30 pounds/ 34 inches (up to 60 pounds/ 52 inches).
Large RideSafer Car Seat Travel Vest: intended for use for a child 50- 80 pounds and 45- 57 inches tall.
I am very eager for my daughter to fit the minimum requirements for the RideSafer Car Seat Travel Vest as it will make keeping her safe on the road while traveling much less cumbersome and more practical for us. Especially once we have another baby and will need to travel with a car seat for him, it will be much easier to bring a car seat for baby and a RideSafer Vest for our older toddler.