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I bought two of these back seat organisers from Amazon, one for the back of the front passenger seat and one for the back of the drivers seat. The price was discounted at the time so it seemed a reasonable cost after seeing them more expensive elsewhere. I thought with them being 'Lindam' that the quality would be brilliant but unfortunatly thats not the case.
The top pocket is useful for small books or lunchbox size snacks. It holds quite well but only for small items. The next row is meant for things like bottles/drinks I believe? However the pockets on this row are quite shallow so doesnt hold them very well. My son keeps spiderman and come cars in there instead. The bottom pocket is larger than the others which proves quite useful, however, when this pocket is in use the whole thing just seems to droop away from the seat, despite how tight you have the straps.
It is easy enough to attach to the seat and it also comes with instructions. The straps are adjustable so suitable for most cars. If I was to turn back time I wouldnt have bothered buying them, most kids carseats nowadays have very sturdy cup holders on them, alot sturdier than this back seat organiser. And small items such as cars and books can easily be placed in the side of the back door and still be accessible to the little ones.
Another issue I had, my son is two and still uses a carseat with a harness... The carseat organiser was infront of him but because his shoulders are held back by his harness he couldnt reach the items infront of him and he become frustrated. Out of sight out of mind, he only wanted these items because he could see them infront of him, if they had been in the side of the door he would have been able to grab them himself.
Waste of money
I spotted this in Tesco recently and returned a few days later and bought one for £8.99, it looked quite expensive and after doing some initial internet research it seemed to be a good price for a well regarded product. The seat organiser is now £5.66 on Amazon, so I could have waited, and probably should have as i'm not so sure it was worth £9.
The seat organiser comes in a small rectangular box, it doesn't really require instructions as fitting is fairly self explanatory. Basically you strap the lower half of the organiser around the front of the passenger seat, moving fittings until the seat organiser is tightly held to the back of the chair, you do the same at the top of the passenger seat, adjusting fittings until the organiser is tight to the chair.
For the passenger in the passenger seat the additional strap attached to the chair is hardly noticeable. I have found that even when strapping the organiser to the chair at the tightest setting it doesn't hold the organiser tightly in place, therefore when you place cups or other slightly heavier items in the organiser it droops.
The organiser is useful in providing a number of pockets for a small passenger to pick up drinks, snacks, books and toys on a long journey, there are 5 pockets in total and while all are useful, when you place something in each one the organiser droops a lot making it less than reliable, meaning somebody needs to help your little one try and pick things up.
Our little one is under three and not quite large enough to grab things yet, due to their short arms, but I am sure this will prove more useful as they get older.
Overall, this is a basic black piece of material that attaches to your car seat, as it is a little loose it doesn't look great. The looseness and the fact this can't be fixed mean this is probably a 3 out of 5 starred product at best. Useful but not overly effective, its a nice idea which hasn't been implemented properly.
When we bought our new car when I was I was pregnant with our second little boy, we were determined that we would keep it in immaculate condition. My old car was a bit of a mess - bottles of water, sweet wrappers, toys etc scattered everywhere. This wouldn't happen to our lovely shiny new car. Of course not. Fast forward a year and we have a ten month old and a 3 year and a car with a back seat that resembles Toys R Us. A messy, disorganised Toys R Us! I have to admit that I can live with it. I'm the one who drives the car the most, as hubby uses the second car for driving to work, but when we go on days out as a family, the hubby gets annoyed with the state of the car. He likes things to be neat, tidy and organised. Why he married me I'll never know! I told him he'd just have to deal with it - the kids needed toys to keep them entertained and we always need an emergency stash of things like nappies, wipes, raisins, water etc. If only there was a way of keeping all the necessities in the car whilst also keeping it tidy and organised...
It was actually my mum who first spotted the Lindam Back Seat Organiser during a baby event at one of the local supermarkets. She thought it looked handy and so bought one (with three grandchildren until 3 her car wasn't in much better state than mine!) She was pleased with hers and so recommended it to us.
We bought ours from Amazon for under £8 with free delivery which was actually cheaper than what my mum paid (I think she paid around £9) The full RRP is only £10 so it's not a massive amount at full price.
Lindam is a relatively big name in baby products and having bought a few of their items we have a mixed view on them. Their safety gates have been a god send and we were pleased with one of their in car mirrors but sadly the second mirror we bought was disappointing (reviews to come!)
The organiser attaches to either the driver's seat or the passenger seat with canvas straps. We found it easy to attach using the straps and it's quite secure when fastened in place. It covers the top half of the chair and the majority of the width. There is a gap at either side where the chair still shows but I guess that it dependent on the size of your seats. I personally would have preferred it to be a little bit wider, providing more space and more coverage of the back of the chair but perhaps if that was the case it wouldn't be suitable for smaller cars with narrower seats.
The organiser is made from wipe clean material making it ideal for protecting against smudges, smears and foot prints. We have found that a quick wipe down with a Milton wipe (I have an unlimited stash of these on my person at all times!) and it appears good as new. Even without the storage, the organiser is helpful in protecting the back of your chair from muddy feet and stratches.
In terms of storage the organiser has one large mesh pocket at the top, 3 small pockets to the middle and another large pocket at the bottom with two additional mesh pockets on top. The top pocket is ideal for small to medium sized books, small toys and any other little bits and bobs you may need. We use two of the three smaller sized pockets to hold drinks for both boys - they are the ideal size for bottles of water or a beaker. We use the large bottom pocket for wipes and nappies for the littlest man and we pop raisins and other bits and bobs in the small mesh pockets.
I was concerned about the mesh pockets ripping with toys and books being added to it but so far so good. It seems to be well made and we have no problem at all with the quality of the item.
It stores the majority of items we had lying about in the back of the car and has done a great job of making the back of our car much more tidy and organised. It also encourages our three year old to help put things away at the end of the journey. Having the different sections rather than one large one makes it much easier to find things and so are easily accessible to both us and our three year old.
It was a great buy for the price and I'd definitely recommend.
As the leading UK and European brand in child home safety, Lindam introduces a comprehensive range of Travel Safety Solutions. Combining safety and convenience, the range helps provide safety, comforts and convenience whilst on the go. The Backseat Organiser by Lindam is a convenient storage organiser which simply secures to the back of the driver or passenger seat of your car. It has several compartments for storage of drinks, toys and snacks and will offer protection to the back of car seats. Features - Simply secures to the back of the driver or passenger seat - Compartmentalised storage for toys, drinks and snacks - Protects the backs of seats