What four words are parents most likely to hear over the holidays?
How about, "Are we there yet?"
It's especially true if you"re driving somewhere for Christmas, particularly somewhere far away.
But on "The Early Show" Friday, CoolMomPicks.com Editor in Chief Liz Gumbinner spotlighted a bunch of neat products sure to keep children busy, happy and safe on the way, and to make the drive much less stressful for the grownups in the car!
(The following descriptions were prepared, at least in part, with information provided by the manufacturers or retailers)
KEEPING KIDS COMFORTABLE
Evenflo Momentum 65 DLX Car Seat Evenflo.com $200
The Momentum 65 convertible car seat is for use rear facing with children that are 5 to 40 lbs or forward facing for children that are 20 to 65 lbs. Advanced Triple-layer foam technology reduces Side Impact crash forces by 50% by absorbing crash energy away from the child. An Expanded Zone of Protection absorbs energy in a broader range of side impact crashes. There's SureLATCH technology - an exclusive Evenflo innovation consisting of two connectors for use with a vehicle's LATCH system. Just Click, Click, Push for super-fast, super-snug installation in less than 60 seconds! 65 lb. harness weight rating to keep children safely harnessed as they grow! The Infinite Slide Harness simply slides for an accurate fit. There's no rethreading necessary! And, the ReclineRight multiple-position upfront recline is easy to use and adds comfort for the child. There's even a removable, flip-down cup holder. Plus, the easy-off, machine-washable car seat pad requires no harness rethreading
Diggity Kids Keester Booster Seat Cushion DiggityKids.com- $30
Diggity Kids is a parent-owner and operated company and they invented this great booster seat, the Keester. The Keester is a practical solution for the discomfort and lack of back support experienced by children on most automobile booster seats. The most common complaints from children after long periods of travel in their booster seat are pins and needles in the feet and uncomfortable bottoms, otherwise known as "numb bum." The majority of booster seats have little or no padding and the seat itself is made of hard plastic. The Keester is more than 2 inches of polyurethane foam for added comfort. The rear of The Keester is a semi-circular cut out that suspends the tail bone and reduces pressure on your child's sensitive nerves, thereby preventing "numb bum."
Ella's Kitchen Ella's Kitchen.com- $1.40 Smoothie Fruit & $1.80 Baby Food
These smoothie fruits and baby food are 100 percent organic, made from just fruits are vegetables. They're created by kids for kids and have safety caps, are portable and convenient for mom and dad. They're available at Toys and Babies R Us, Bru.com, Whole Foods and Target.
Love them or loathe them, every parent gives juice boxes to their kids from time to time but they can end up making a mess. You have two solutions to keep your kids stain free...
Dwink Juice Box Holder MyDwinkBox.com $5
A few years back we discovered the awesome Dwink Boxes which keep kids from squeezing the middles of their drink and forcing all that lovely purple juice up the straw and onto everything. The white color is sleek, and I love those raised bubbles.
No Squeeze Juice Box Holder NOSqueeze.com $16 for 4
With Nosqueeze, drinking on the go has become inordinately neater. Just insert a juice box, milk box, or even one of those juice pouches into the cup shaped holder. Then fit the top over it and your kids can sip to their hearts' content without having to squeeze. And if you're in the car, it's pretty great that they can pop them right into the cup holder. And it turns your juice box into a sippy cup for older kids.
Wisey Car Bag TheSillyWagon.com $33
This bag is perfect and makes shorter car rides so much easier. It's designed specifically for the driver (you know who you are future soccer moms) and hangs on the passenger seat, conveniently organizing all those things you need within easy reach, while keeping your focus on the road. When you add a passenger, simply fold it up or turn it to the back. Once your child gets bigger, you can keep it turned around to hold all their junk! It easily holds pack of wipes, baby bottle, pacifier, books, toys, diapers, and there's even a special holder for your sports bottle. Removable wristlet-style pouch contains special spot for easily pulled wipes...throw it in the stroller for quick trips.
DVD PLAYER-FREE ENTERTAINMENT
eeBoo Travel Bingo EeBoo.com $10
Bingo… It's a non-magnetic travel game. Bright colors, great graphics, no small pieces. Four paper pads with twenty play pages each and 4 colored pencils included. It comes packed in a durable "slide-draw" box so the game will stay intact -- -- even in the back of the car!
Squiggle On-The-Go RandomLine.com $7
You can stimulate creativity with this award-winning and innovative traveling doodle pad. It's compact enough to go anywhere and is a fun activity that will keep kids to adults amused and occupied for hours! The object is to turn a squiggle, a random line, into a picture. Who knows what you'll see in your squiggle, it all depends on which way you look it at and that is determined by spinning the arrow on the back of the game.
Rory's Story Cubes GameWright.com $10
Rory's Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages. With Rory's Story Cubes, anyone can become a great storyteller and there are no wrong answers. Simply roll the cubes and let the pictures spark your imagination!
iPhone App: iStories
A storybook app from Tales2Go.com. It's $25 a year and $3 a month and there's a free one month trial. The perfect story companion for long car rides.
MUSIC KIDS AND PARENTS ALIKE WILL LIKE!
Justin Roberts, Jungle Gym: Chicago-based, kindie-pop leader, clever writing, distinctive voice- Just nominated for a Grammy.
Caspar Babypants, This is Fun: Lead by Seattle's Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the United States of America. Third CD as Caspar Babypants. Features bass of Krist Novaselic from Nirvana on cover of Sliver. Also guest appearances from Elizabeth Mitchell and Charlie Hope.
Recess Monkey, Final Funktier: Three school teachers from Seattle , high-energy, funky and silly, but smart lyrics too.