|Manufacturer: Lay-n-Go, LLC
Retail Price: $24.95
On the Web: www.layngo.com
Buy It Here: www.opensky.com
Lay-n-Go® LITE (patent pending) is an 18 inch travel/mini activity mat that converts into an easily transportable satchel allowing for a quick and effortless clean-up of small toy pieces in seconds. Toy collections used on the Lay-n-Go surface are easily spread out for hours of fun at restaurants, on airplanes, in cars, at Grandma’s house, etc. Once playtime is over, the drawstring is pulled and the activity mat is instantly converted back into a soft storage bag. Lay-n-Go LITE is small, but like its big brother/sister, it is a smart and easy personal activity mat, cleanup, storage and handy little carryall solution in one.
Thought there would never be a truly easy way to get your child to clean up their messy collection of LEGOs, blocks, cars, _____ (fill in the blank with whatever tiny toy you constantly end up stepping on)? Think again! Lay-n-Go is the answer – and it is easy! Lay-n-Go works like an ordinary play mat for kids, and then when it is time to clean up, they just need to pull the drawstring in and all pieces are collected and accounted for! It doesn’t get any easier than that!
After several hours, days, weeks of play with the Lay-n-Go Lite we couldn’t be more please with the durability. There was definitely some concern here that the constant pulling of the drawstrings would create some weird twists, turns and knots that we would never be able to recover from, but that was simply not the case. Durable fabric, problem free operation. Nice.
Amazing! Truly….and it isn’t the style that captures the attention…it’s when Lay-n-Go is in use that your kids (and you) are going to fall in love with it. The kids we worked with were thrilled to have an easy way to gather/clean up their toys…almost as amazed as Mom and Dad. Once our kids saw the Lay-n-Go in use one time they just had to try it for themselves. Imagine, a way to get your child to actually think collecting their toys up is kind of cool?!
First of all, Lay-n-Go works. It is an excellent storage solution that makes the gathering and clean-up quick, painless, argument free and easy. Add in that your kids can store almost all of their favorite tiny toys and have them ready to take on the road whenever, wherever, and you are looking at a super functional toy storage solution.
Cost Efficiency was the only downfall of the Lay-n-Go in this review. The Lay-n-Go LITE is on the smaller side (to see the monster full size Lay-n-Go you have to head over to www.layngo.com – believe us – it’s worth seeing in action!), and with a suggested retail price of $24.95 some of our parents were just priced out. Their argument was that there are plenty of backpacks and storage bags on the market that cost the same (or less) than one small Lay-n-Go LITE. And in this case, our parents are not wrong. The difference in the combined playmat/storage functionality, but at the hefty pricepoint some of our parents just couldn’t see it as a good option for them. Don’t misunderstand, those same parents felt that the Lay-n-Go LITE was an amazing storage option, just at the high price point it wasn’t an option for their families.
Putting the Lay-n-Go LITE back on the plus side of our rankings is the Originality category. We have never, ever seen any kids toy storage option quite like this. Bottom line – the Lay-n-Go LITE is an original!
How good does a product have to be to have a pretty low ranking in Cost Efficiency and still earn 5 stars overall? Real good – and Lay-n-Go LITE is! Yes, it is expensive, and we know that will take away a big portion of families that could really use a storage solution like this. But, if you can afford the high cost, you and your child are going to love the Lay-n-Go! It is easy to use, it’s durable, and it is the perfect storage solution! We love the Lay-n-Go LITE and we know your family will too!