When our children are first born, we do everything that we can to ensure that they’re safe, especially when riding in the car. We make sure they’re snugly fastened into their car seats, which are installed correctly in whatever vehicle(s) they’ll be traveling in. As they grow, and transition from infant to toddler and finally booster seats, we continue to make sure that they’re 1) safe, and 2) happy when riding in the car – because a long car trip with unhappy kids makes for stressed-out, frantic parents. But car seats aren’t exactly made for comfort, specifically. Which is where Diggity Kids comes in.
What they are:
Diggity Kids is a family-owned company that sells a set of products to make traveling in car booster seats more comfortable (but still safe!) for kids. They offer three different items – The Keester (a portable cushion for booster seats), a Neck Pillow, and a Seat Belt Cover. The products launched in November of 2009 and are available for kids from ages 4-10. From their website:
We are a family owned business and our children are the center of our lives. We want the best for our kids and we expect it to be done right. We have brought The Keester to you because we want your children in a booster seat that conforms with your state’s laws, but also to provide a COMFORTABLE and COOL DIGGITY KIDS travel system that will provide your children with the same happiness it has brought ours. We guarantee it.
- The Keester is a cushion specifically invented, designed, and engineered for the comfort of your child. The Keester is an affordable, multi-use product that provides children some much needed cush for their tush! Where can you use The Keester? Anywhere!
- The Diggity Kids Travel Neck Pillow is the ultimate travel pillow for your child. The Diggity Kids Travel Neck Pillow slips on your child’s neck to provide the support needed for comfortable rest or sleep. It props their head in the perfect position to prevent sore necks. So soft and comfortable, your child will be relaxed in seconds.
- For your child’s shoulder and/or lap belt, our seat belt pads are comfortable, durable and light weight. The Diggity Kids Seat Belt Cover prevents chafing and keeps kids happy to be safely seat belted. Made of soft micro-suede, these seat belt pads are machine washable.
Here’s my our take on them:
It used to be that we traveled a lot – before we moved to our current hometown, we drove the 45 minutes over here and back every weekend it seemed. Hence the move, lol. And since our budget has gone way down, we don’t take family vacations or even visit out-of-town relatives very often anymore either. But, the girls and I do travel several times a year to visit a close friend and her family – which is a 2-hour drive in decent weather and traffic. And now that my mother-in-law’s health has improved, we’ll likely be driving the 45 minutes north to visit them more often this year too. My family is a 2+ hour drive away as well, so there is certainly potential for our kids to be in the car a lot this year. And with my older girls in booster seats (and my youngest not far behind), we were very excited to try out these travel products from Diggity Kids.
A couple of weeks ago we headed about an hour-and-a-half away for my sister-in-law’s wedding, complete with these products in place. My older girls sat on the Keester cushions and used the Seat Belt Covers – and had the Travel Neck Pillows at hand if they wanted them. My youngest is old enough to be in a booster seat, but since the internal harness on her seat is good up to 65 pounds, we’re keeping her in it as long as we can. Neither the Keester nor the Seat Belt Cover work with her current seat, but she had her travel pillow in case she wanted it too.
Two of our Diggity Kids sets are in the leopard print style and the third is a bright pink. In the interest of avoiding arguments (and keeping Mommy sane), my older girls have the identical sets and my youngest has the pink one.
One big disadvantage to booster seats is that you lose the headrest that curves around the child to the front, so that if they do fall asleep, there’s nothing to simply lean against. We did use a high-backed booster for my 7-year-old for as long as we could, but she just plain outgrew it. The neck pillows give them that support that they’re missing otherwise and so far work better than the other alternatives we’ve tried in the past – like using a full-sized pillow, or a bundled up blanket to lean against. With this travel pillow, they get the support – and I can still see out the back window, which is definitely a plus.
They did use the travel pillows, but since it was dark in the van during our actual trip home, they both eagerly posed with them to give an idea of how well they fit:
And their little sister likes hers too – she plays with it more than actually uses it as a travel pillow, but it helps keep her occupied. I had to laugh though, when she put it over the top of her head and announced that she was ‘wearing headphones, Mommy!’. I wish I’d gotten a picture of that one.
The seat belt covers do seem to help protect the girls against the belt cutting into their shoulders, especially when it’s warm out and they’re not wearing jackets or coats to provide protection. They’ve both asked to leave the covers on their seat belts since our trip. And the Keester cushions are still being used as well, even for shorter types of everyday trips. I asked the girls if they were more comfortable in their booster seats when using the Keesters, and got a resounding ‘yes!’. So I guess that’s a big thumbs-up on their part. I like the idea that we can use the Keester elsewhere too, since they’re easily removable and portable. I think they would make a big difference on hard bleacher or bench seats – I may just swipe one of the girls’ the next time I’m needing a softer seat myself.
I’m definitely thrilled that each of these products is washable as well – there’s a zippered opening on the Keester and the travel pillow so that the cover can be removed and washed. And the seat belt cover is washable too. I haven’t washed any of them yet, but it’s good to know that I can when I need to. The surface of each of these products is a soft micro suede that looks like it’ll be nice and cool in the summer too.
The bottom line:
The travel products for kids’ booster seats from Diggity Kids help make car rides more comfortable for children once they’re big enough to ride in a booster seat. The products are versatile enough to be used on other occasions too – I think I may borrow one of the seat belt covers the next time I need to carry a heavy bag over my shoulder, because I think it would cushion that kind of strap easily too, for example. And the Keester not only can help to make long car trips more comfortable, but also cushions hard plastic or wood seats anywhere you go – whether to sporting events, school or anywhere you need some extra padding underneath your child’s rear. Or even your own.
Where can you find them?:
You can purchase Diggity Kids’ products directly from their website at http://www.diggity-kids.com. The Keester costs $29.95, the Travel Neck Pillow costs $23.95 and the Seat Belt Cover costs $14.95. You can also purchase the entire travel system for $63.95, which does offer a savings over purchasing each item separately.
Diggity Kids also donates travel systems to pediatric hospital wards to help children have a more comfortable ride home after being discharged – you can find out more information on their site. You can also follow Diggity Kids on Twitter.
This post courtesy of: Diggity Kids and MS&L PR, who provided the product(s) for review. No payment or compensation, other than product samples as described above, was received for this post. All opinions given here are solely my own or those of my family.