What is a Kids Travel Tray
A kids travel tray provides a flat contained surface for children to occupy themselves with any activity. If a child wants to color, read or play with toys
a sturdy flat surface is ideal. During a long road trip or a short drive around the block, some kids need activities to keep them busy while the caretaker safely drives. Traveling trays, much like the name suggests are designed to be used in vehicles. They are soft yet sturdy, hard yet brittle in an accident. The best travel trays offer a wide range of features, from easy to clean, perfect size, many compartments, drink holder, a tall wall for items not to fall off, and easy to transport and store. We look at the different types of trays available, the pros and cons to each so you can make the best choice for your kid and your needs.
1. DMoose TT-1 Play & Learn Tray
DMoose Tray offers a reinforced tray surface that will not sag, 4 inch wall around the tray so nothing falls over. With many pockets and long strap they offer a 100% money back guarantee if you do not like it. Their material is a nice beige polyester and pearl wool for easy cleaning and waterproof surface. We really like this DMoose’s product and rate it highly. We would have loved if it had a tablet holder so children don’t have to worry about them sliding around.
Unique Feature The side walls are attached on to the body with a zipper.
2. My Specialty Kids Shop Backseat Tray
My Specialty Kids Shop deliver when it comes to a travel tray. They take it literally and that’s why we place them in a solid number 2 position. Their travel trays will go anywhere was they easily transform into a bag, keeping all the contents inside and back into the house. With clear PVC cover, any car transforms into a backseat media player. If you have a child older than 3, we recommend this portable car tray. We would have loved if rate this tray higher but it’s not all age friendly.
3.ModFamily MOD-7 Travel Lap Tray
ModFamily E-Z Tray is safe and sturdy. It can be worn as a backpack with a variety of places to store things, it even comes with two removable mesh pockets. We really that ModFamily kept it simple and easy to use, but the fact that the tray walls are not sturdy or high enough took points away from the best travel tray. We also did not like the position of the cup holder.
4.BABYSEATER Erasable Surface Play Tray
The Baby Seater is designed with a clear plastic top layer so kids can color and draw on the tray. The tray comes with side pickets designed for wet wipes. This simple design is elegant yet small when compared to DMoose TT-1. We would have liked to see sturdier and taller walls around the tray and pockets inside the tray. BABYSEATER includes 6 dry erase markers and drawing activities putting it in a solid 4th best travel tray.
5.Star Kids Snack & Play Travel Tray
Last but not least, we have Star Kids Snack play travel tray. If you want basic and original, the star kids travel tray is it. It’s the most widely sold tray, one of the most popular and well known trays as well. It features reinforced walls, a cup holder and mesh pockets. It’s made out of nylon and features a one size fits all design. Now we can talk about whats wrong with the Star Kids tray but it wouldn’t be fair as most other trays are based off this original design. The competition has caught up, the offer a better design, more features and are sturdier.
Top 4 Things to Consider When Buying a Car Seat Tray
Car seat travel trays need to have a sturdy base so kids can enjoy their activities without the base drooping. The base should be sturdy during activities but forgiving during an accident. The materials needs to have the perfect trade off, as safety is any parents first priority.
Weather the tray is for toddlers or older kids, sturdy and high walls are a must. If crayons and toys are falling off the tray at every turn, the product fails to make the life of parents easier.
We all know kids can be messy eaters. Every tray should be made of a composite material that is easy to clean and sturdy for the abuse an upset child can throw at it.
Keeping a child safe is an everyday matter. Every parent knows the risk of driving and we don’t ever want to think about a scenario that involves our little one but we have to be prepared. The biggest advantage of these trays is it keeps our babies occupied so we can keep our attention focused onto the road, but if anything did happen. These trays cannot prohibit or get in the way of built in safety features in the car and car seat.