Traveling with a child always adds in some extra elements of “planning required.” Sure, you want to make sure you’ve got the entertainment packed, you’ve got all of your travel essentials, including a first aid kit. But, what about how you will get around at your destination? Will you bring carseats for ever child? Can you borrow them? Will you not need them? Is it even possible to travel with a kid and no carseat? Read my RideSafer Harness review below to see how it was our best solution.
The answer? Yes, it’s possible. On a recent trip to Seattle with my 5 year old, E, we were flown out and told to secure our own transportation to the hotel and around the city. Knowing that a car pick up at the airport wouldn’t have carseats for children, I needed to figure out my options. Flying alone meant I didn’t want to have to lug our suitcases and a carseat for her if I didn’t have to.
RideSafer Delight Harness
Then I remembered seeing the RideSafer Harness 3, Generation 4 and I decided to look into it more. As it turns out, this was our perfect solution. The box alone gives you an indication of how much smaller it is than a carseat or even a booster seat. So, I reached out to the company and they offered to send one for us to try out.
RideSafer Harness Review
The harness was a great solution for us. It easily fit in my suitcase and even our backpack (E carried it around, too), so we could hop in out of our Lyft rides while walking around Seattle. It was so freeing knowing we had this and could get in a vehicle at anytime.
What all the RideSafer Harness Includes
Inside the box, you will find the RideSafer Harness with travel bag, and a couple optional items depending on use: the tether (required for use with a lap belt only), a crotch strap, and a neck pillow.
Knowing I would make sure we had full lap-shoulder belt seat belts, I opted for just taking the harness with us on our trip. You can see how well it folds up into the travel bag. This made it easy for us to take with us any time we left the hotel.
About the RIDESAFER®2 Vest Gen.4
RIDESAFER®2 Vest Gen.4 is tested and certified to the dynamic test requirements specified in FMVSS 213. RIDESAFER®2 Vest Gen.4 is also designed to and complies with all of the other applicable requirements of FMVSS 213 for a harness including product labeling, webbing requirements and instruction manual. You will find this manual on the inside flap of the harness.
This RIDESAFER®2 has two different use modes, one use mode as a harness/vest when secured with a lap belt and top tether and a second use mode as a vehicle belt positioner when used with a vehicle lap and shoulder belt. The RIDESAFER®2 Vest is available in a small and large size for children 30 to 60 lbs. and 50 to 80 lbs. respectively. The harness use mode, used with the vehicle lap only belt and top tether, for both size vests is limited to use with children weighing 60 lbs. or less.
Get to know the RideSafer Harness
The newly designed adjustable clip with locking device was created so parents would have to unclip it. You just have to squeeze the two pieces in line with each other to be able to “unbuckle” it.
The back of the harness is also adjustable so it comes down to place the lap portion in the right spot. The hook and loop allows you to move it up and down.
There are also covered hook and loop tabs to attach the neck pillow if it’s being used.
Both the shoulder belt and the lap belt have pictures with very clear directions. Then you fasten the cover over it and the seatbelt stays in. Effectively, you are making the seatbelt the right size for a child instead of bringing the child up to the seatbelt like a booster seat would.
Using the Ride Safer Harness
You can save some time (albeit not much) in the car, by putting the harness on before you get in. This is also helpful if it’s cold outside, or raining or both as they can wear it underneath their jacket.
Once in the car, I buckled the seatbelt and put it into the appropriate shoulder spot on the harness. I also placed it across her lap making sure that the lap portion is in fact across her lap and not across her tummy.
It really made it so much easier to get around a city without a carseat.
Another great use is leaving it in our van. Sometimes, we pick up a neighbor or friend’s kid. It takes up minimal space. The RideSafer Harness also allows us to still safely and legally secure another child in our van without having to own extra carseats.
Read more about Safe Traffic’s RideSafer Harness on their website.