With so many new startups making toddler trays for travel and over a dozen available on Amazon. Many of them not very different than the next. We took the time to go thru and find the best children trays you should consider. If you’ve ever taken a long road trip with your baby, you’ve probably wished you had something to keep the little one occupied.

We’ve all been there and trust me when I say it, it makes traveling a tad bit more of a drag. With so many car seat lap trays on the market which one is the best and fits your lifestyle.

We reviewed some of the best car seat travel tray on the market below. So you can make an informed decision.

1. DMoose Toddler Car Seat Travel 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. Since first reviewing this tray, Dmoose went out and created a version 2. We originally said we would love if it had a tablet holder so children don’t have to worry about them sliding around. And they did just that!

They also improved the stability of the tray and added mesh pockets. Now our only complaint is if the pockets were removable. So parents can pack the pockets at home and leave the tray in the car. 

2. Kids Travel Tray By Innovations

This toddler tray features a padded frame made with honeycomb-like material. The side walls are a good height and fairly study. This is a newer company in this market and we would have liked to see a tablet holder. We did like the removable mesh pockets and with a bonus coloring set, we believe this will make any parent happy.

With so many new start ups making toddler trays for travel and over a dozen available on amazon. Many of them not very different than the next. Kids Travel Tray is our solid number 2

3. Kids Travel Tray By Kenley Kids

Kenly Kids makes a great travel tray for any kid. The tray’s side walls are tall and sturdy, the base features a padded front edge that stops anything from rolling off the tray.

We love that this tray has a collapsible divider, with the divider up there storage all around including the underside of the tray. This tray is easy to put away and can be hung like a shoulder bag.

We would love to see Kenley add removable side mesh pockets and for them to change the fabric bezel to a clear one for tablet holder.

4. My Specialty Kids Shop Backseat Tray

My Specialty Kids Shop delivers when it comes to a travel tray. In our first review, we ranked then 2nd, since last year the competition has caught up and with not any changes made MSKS we dropped them down to 3rd.

We love that this backseat tray easily transforms 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 MSKS would update this tray.

5.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 being a real contender. We also did not like the position of the cup holder. We did really like the price point and think it’s perfect for the budget  parent.

6.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.

Star Kids Snack & Play Travel Tray – The One That Started it All

Last but not least, we have Star Kids Snack and 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 wall, 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 on this original design. The competition has caught up, they offer a better design, more features and are sturdier.

But we needed to include them as an honorable mention.

Top 4 Things to Consider When Buying a Kids Car Tray

Sturdy Base

A car seat activity tray need to have a sturdy base so kids can enjoy their activities without the base drooping. The base should be sturdy during activities but be forgiving during an accident. The materials need to have the perfect trade-off, as safety is any parents first priority. Some trays have cup holders in the middle or at the corner of the base. While this is a logical place to put a cup holder, we found that many toddlers complained once a full cup’s weight was on their legs. Parents also found their kids were more likely to sit crooked as having a cup resting their leg was unconformable. We prefer a flat base with attachments coming in off the reinforced sidewalls or against the outside of the base.

Study Base
Weak Base

Side Walls

Sturdy and high walls are a must in travel tray for carseat. If crayons and toys are falling off the tray at every turn, the product fails to make the life of parents easier and annoys children. Many lap trays do not offer reinforced walls, while others have the walls so low it fails to do what it was designed for. Think of the base as a home and the walls the fence.

Sturdy Tall Side Wall
Short Weak Side Wall

Material

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. It should be tear proof while at the same time being comfortable and safe for your sweetheart. As a parent, you want the best for your child and with many companies selling toddler travel tray they should be offering the best.

Safety

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 on the road, but if anything did happen. These car tray for toddlers cannot prohibit or get in the way of built-in safety features in the car and car seat.

What is a Car Seat Travel Tray For Toddlers

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. Travel tray for car seats, 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 kids car tray and your needs.

 

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