Back Seat Sanity Saver? Thoughts on the Kiddie Catch-AllPosted by Jen E @ mommablogsalot on March 11th 2011 in Featured Reviews, travel & eats (5 Comments)
The back seat of any car with kids is bound to become a disaster area of abandoned toys, temper tantrums and their favorite book which is always just out of reach. Add two kids and the toys are never near the child that wants them.
The Kiddie Catch-All can’t teach your children to share nicely but it can offer a space to corral small toys and books so they don’t get dropped into the small corners of the back seat, never to be seen again. If you can get your kids to use them anyway.
When I was offered a chance to review the Kiddie Catch-All, I almost passed. “There’s no way my kids would use that,” I thought, along with, “They seem kind of small” and “I bet my four year old could rip a hole in that thing in five minutes!”
Then I thought, all the more reason to review it! There’s no need to be sunshine and roses around here – you guys need honest reviews of real stuff! So I said yes to the review offer so I could give you guys the real skinny on the Kiddie Catch-All and really put it to the test.
Here’s what I found out from my experiences with the Kiddie-Catch-All:
the Kiddie Catch-All in action on my 19 month old’s car seat
My first thought when the product arrived was that it was indeed awfully small. For some kids, it’s probably plenty big but we have gotten into the habit of keeping larger toys in the car specifically because they are big and won’t easily get lost in the car. I wondered how many small toys were actually in the car that I could use this for.
Obviously I don’t expect the large block toy shown to fit in any kind of car seat organization system, but I do think that if it were maybe a little bigger that some of the larger books in our backseat might be able to go in them, which would be great for my older son, but more on that later…
My daughter has gotten into the habit lately of sneaking small toys into the car with her. A tiny book here, a toy camera there. The Kiddie Catch-All is perfect for these stowaway items and I’ve started putting them there instead of bringing them back upstairs. Now I can’t say that she puts all her toys there when she’s done playing with them, but if I’m proactive enough I can get the toys in the little basket either as we’re getting out of the car or when we’re getting in so that if she wants a toy while we’re driving, they should all be right there for her in easy reach.
The Kiddie Catch-All is working much better than I’d anticipated for her. It fits snugly and securely on the arm of the car seat, just under the fabric so that she won’t be tempted to take it off and play with it. It isn’t getting tossed around, toys are often seen perched in the 10f8 little catch-all – I think we can call that a success.
Luckily he hasn’t picked any holes in the netting, so at least that premonition proved not to be true… yet.
Unfortunately, it did not fit on my son’s booster seat – there is simply nowhere to attach it. Any booster seat moms reading this click here to make sure that the Kiddie Catch-All will fit your seat before you buy. We’ve got his perched on the cup holder right now but he’s not really using it, except to pick it up every now and then and play with it or ask me why it’s there.
Bottom line: It’s not a perfect solution. It will not mean that you’ll never tidy up the backseat again or that toys won’t get dropped. If anything, I’m cleaning the back seat more – maybe that’s a good thing. If you’re willing to set an example of putting the toys in the Catch-All where they belong, your kids might pick up the habit, too. At the very least, it will make car rides marginally easier when toys are corralled ahead of time. I’m not sure they are worth the money though- I think you could probably Macgyver something yourself for cheaper. And I do wish it were a little bit bigger and that there was a way to attach it to my son’s booster seat.
But it does fit well on my daughter’s car seat and neither kid has destroyed theirs yet – and sometimes they even use it. So I’d say the Kiddie Catch-All worked better than I thought it would and is worth your consideration when trying to help organize the back seats of your cars while your kids are in car seats (-edit- booster seat moms especially will want to check this link to make sure your child’s seat will accommodate the Kiddie Catch-All).
You can purchase the Kiddie Catch-All right now for $12.95, buy one get one free (normally $19.95).