New Product: Carseat Travel Strap

Cynthia Dermody
Toddlers & Preschoolers

summer vacation guide

Lugging heavy car seats around the airport is a huge drag. A new travel product promises to cross this hassle off your vacation headache list: The Traveling Toddler Strap. I haven't tried it personally, but for what it's worth, it received four out of five stars in Amazon reviews.

The Traveling Toddler Strap fastens the car seat to a carry-on bag to convert the whole thing into a makeshift stroller.

I can't imagine my flimsy little carry-on being strong enough to push my bulky Britax car seat that is, in turn, carrying a 35-pound toddler. Nor can I imagine myself having the strength to push it in the first place, but hey, the makers claim they've tested it out on a variety of carry-on suitcases.

It has worked in every combination, the company says, with most major car seat brands, including Graco, Eddie Bauer, Cosco, Evenflo, and Britax. (The exception is some Britax seats made in 2009, but the company is trying to fix that.)

Oh, and you kinda want to have a suitcase with a telescoping handle that locks into place, otherwise the job will be even harder.

What do you think? Would you try this? Is there a real need for this product?

The Travelling Toddler strap is available on amazon for $15.

++How do you manage car seats when you're flying? Do you bring your own or rent or borrow once you get there?

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