A revolutionary invention brought to you through the practical ingenuity of a regular mom, Seat Pets are an award-winning line of adorable plush pets which attach via Velcro to your car’s seat belts, giving kids cushy snuggle buddies during car travel. Featuring brilliant built-in pockets, these cute companions keep games and snacks easily accessible, adding up to a smoother, more enjoyable ride for everyone.
My Experience With Seat Pets
What parent doesn’t dread long car trips? In my case, forget the “long” part of it: I had reached the point where even a quick trip to the market caused my whole family endless amount of anxiety. It sounds silly, but my 4-year-old son hates the car. Every time he’d see pick up my car keys from the kitchen counter or put on my jacket, the tantrums would start: non-stop kicking, screaming, and whining. I found myself avoiding basic errands and fun excursions just because dealing with the car-ride fallout was not worth it. After running out of milk one too many times because I couldn’t talk Joe into going to the grocery store, I was at the end of my rope. And that’s when another mom told me about Seat Pets.
She’d seen the commercial on TV for these traveling companions, which affix easily to your child’s seat belt through two simple loops. After using SeatPets for a week with her own two daughters, she reported that her life at changed completely. It sounded like the dream solution to our increasingly frustrating problem.
My kids and I logged onto the website together and were all delighted by the assortment of bright, friendly options. Love Bug the Lady Bug, Bentley the Dog, Lincoln the Lion, Mercedes the Cat, Malibu the Monkey, Yukon the Cow, and Edsel the Monster were all beyond adorable, and practically impossible to choose between. My girly girl 8-year-old couldn’t decide between the sweet ladybug and the pinkalicious cat, while my son struggled to choose between the lovable lion and the out-of-this-world monster. After talking it over with my husband and discovering that there was a discount for buying more than one, we decided to buy all four. My kids’ comfort–and my own peace of mind–was worth it!
Made by leading plush toy company JayPlay International, Seat Pets have received multiple awards including the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, Dr. Toy’s “100 Best Children’s Product,” and “Product of the Year,” from Creative Child Magazine. I get all the fuss: this amazing product has changed the way my family travels in the car. Traveling with kids has never been so stress-less!
While my daughter has never minded car rides, she had a different issue than my son before we found SeatPets. She loves her iPad; however, it–along with its accessories–was frequently getting lost in the seat cushions and left behind. Now she just tucks the device and earphones away into the convenient zippered compartments, and the daily question of “Where is your iPod?” has been eliminated.
Seat Pets have also helped eliminate car mess. Between ballet class, tee-ball practice, piano lessons and swim team, we have an activity every day after school. Most days I don’t have time to return home to feed the kids before their after school activities, but failure to fuel up their bodies led to cranky and low-energy participants. I was not only tired of cleaning up wrappers, but was starting to feel like it was a safety issue for me as a driver. I was constantly passing back snack after snack to hungry passengers, spending more time fumbling around looking for the requested treat, than focusing on the road in front of me.
Our new Seat Pets have also wiped out complaints about kinks and cramps. My in-laws live almost two hours away, and we prefer to travel at night so the kids can sleep. Before, the kids struggled to fall asleep because they were uncomfortable. Now, we put them in their pajamas and load up the car, knowing both kids will be out cold by the time we reach the highway. And because these adorable amigos keep the seat belt from twisting, it stays in its intended position.
It’s hard to choose my favorite thing about Seat Pets, but their machine-washability is at the top of the list. I just throw ours in the wash, and they are as good as new and ready for the next trips.
Seat Pets have also become my new go-to gift! I keep a stash of them in our supply closet, and when I need that perfect gift for the next baby shower or birthday party, I grab one and go. Every recipient, from child to expectant mom, has been delighted by the unique and useful present.
My Overall Review
- Kids will look forward to car rides
- Your car will be neater, as kid can store their own items in practical built-in pockets
- No more complaining about painful neck cramps or discomfort
- The selection is so diverse that every child is sure to find one they love
- Your kid may demand more than one–try ALL–of these furry friends
- Instead of whining “Are we there yet?” your kids may be whining, “Are we there already?”