Kid-Co PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Review plus *Giveaway!*

    This review will remain on the blog because I feel as though the information is valuable and IS a complete and honest review of the models we have.  However,  we are sad to say that due to some safety concerns, Kid Co’s Peapod (and Peapod Plus) are not currently for sale (though will be agains soon, I am sure) and have been recalled.  While we have not had any issues with ours, we will be requesting the kit to fix them and suggest you do the same.  Please feel free to email me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com with any questions!

    Yesterday Stephanie talked about a list of her go-to items for traveling with kids.  On the top of that list was the Kid-Co PeaPod.  After getting the opportunity to try one out ourselves (and a Peapod Plus too!) we whole-heartedly agree it is a must-have.

    The purpose of both the PeaPod and the Peapod Plus is to provide an alternative to a bulky Pack ‘n Play when you are traveling (or backpacking or camping).  We love this because quite honestly, our minivan (high five to all the mini-van families out there) is filled to the brim with other gear nearly every time we leave the house.  It is a bit embarrassing that with just two kids + a dog + kid carriers + Chariot + skis + coats, gloves, hats, and snowsuits +  cloth diapers + snacks = a VERY full load.  Not sure what we will do if we have any more kids…

    We also love that kids feel like they are camping when they are in the tents (and sleeping bags are just the natural sleeping arrangement when you are in a tent.)  We usually give J a flashlight too just to add to the ambiance (plus, it’s fun!)

    Kid-Co generously sent us both a PeaPod and a PeaPod Plus so we could compare them.

    The PeaPod (retail $60) is certainly more stripped down.  It is smaller and recommended for ages up to 3 years (though an older kid could certainly fit in it.) It has just one zippered entrance (and no zippered “windows”).  However, it does come with an inflatable mattress that slides into a pocket at the bottom of the PeaPod (outside of the actual tent.)

    The Peapod Plus (retail $84) is quite a bit larger (could easily fit a 6 year old – we tested it by Daddy crawling in there with J.)  It has a door with a screen and a door flap, a window at the back with a flap that can zip open and two “windows” on either end that can open to expose just mesh.  It also comes with an inflatable mattress (and this one includes a hand pump too.)

    Due to the weather cooling off super fast this fall, we never got a chance to try these out while camping.  However, I have friends that have taken their PeaPods and just set them up in their larger family tent.  I have also heard of people that have kids that will not sleep anywhere BUT their PeaPod.  A great solution for going to daycare, the nanny, or just Grandma and Grandpa’s.

    We love setting them up in our home (which happens to be on the smaller side) for a fun place for J to play without it taking up a ton of room.  They are also great for hotel room sleeping.

    At first, I was a bit concerned about the airflow in especially the PeaPod Plus (because J wanted the door closed for sleeping,) but I snuck my head in numerous times to check and it was just fine.  There really is plenty of ventilation.  And for all the worried parents out there – the mattress is totally safe when blown up enough.  I see no risk of suffocation.

    Each PeaPod also comes with a carrying case large enough you can easily sneak in an extra blanket.  As you can see, they fold up super small.  To set up, you just pull them out of the bag and pop them up.  Getting them folded back up is a bit more tricky, but once you get the hang of it, takes about 10 seconds.

    The good news for you:
    Kid-Co has agreed to let me give one of these away!  Winner will have the choice of the PeaPod or the PeaPod Plus. To enter, please leave a comment below about something you are thankful for, since it is Thanksgiving here in the states!  This contest will be open until Midnight Mountain Time next Wednesday (November 30th.)  I will then email the winner and announce it here on the blog and on facebook.  Good luck!  This contest is open to US and Canada!

    KidCo generously sent us the PeaPod and the PeaPod Plus to review.  However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.

      Comments

      1. Jess here…I am thankful for all the many blessing in my life, including living in this great Nation where we are free to worship and live bountiful lives, my hearty and healthy family and this breathtaking sunrise!

      2. Gosh, we are so blessed there is so much to be thankful for – big and small. Today, as I posted over on the bloggo, I’m thankful for the simple things including a snow day at nanny’s, extra sleep+and hot coffee+ fresh muffins courtesy of Nanny. Happy Thanksgiving! Love that peapod 😉

      3. I am thankful for all the wonderful outdoor moms like you that I am getting to know through blogging. I sometimes feel a bit alone up here in Canada; being quite a bit more dedicated to the pursuit of getting out to the mountains as a family than the majority of my friends. I am loving that I can get to know other families and share our adventures on line.We had a regular peapod and my son didn’t like it all that much; maybe he was claustrophobic in it. Would love to try out the peapod plus though and see if it solves our travel dilemmas. We never know where to put Noah to sleep when we visit family or go on vacation.

      4. I am thankful for my new baby boy Pio (who could really use one of these when he comes to nanny with me!). I am also thankful for my amazing husband Marc who takes care of both of us. He is a model of Christian charity through service!

      5. Right now I am warm an toasty on the Oregon coast- while it storms away outside. Very thankful to be here with my family.

      6. SO many things to be thankful for: the best group of friends ever, for my husband, for all my sons, for my parents, in-laws,& siblings. But most of all for a God who is so good and generous! I am blessed beyond what I’ll ever deserve.

      7. At the moment I am thankful that my entire family including my parents have finally stopped vomiting today. We never did get around to making turkey dinner (I ate frozen broc and carrots) but we’ll do it tomorrow. It’s just good to be with family…even if they are all sick!Seriously you read my mind. We are planning a trip to Costa Rica in Feb and there was no way I was bringing that huge pack and play and there is no crib at the home we are staying at and the co-sleeping thing is getting too hard now that he tries to crawl (or jump) out of bed. This will be perfect! Thank you so much for posting this as I have never seen these before. It will also be great for camping!

      8. This year I am thankful for the birth of my daughter and the growth and blessings that have come from being a parent.

      9. I am thankful for my two wonderfully independent, strong willed and determined toddler boys who are teaching me patience and letting go of control every day.

      10. I am thankful to have my husband and children all with me this year. My husband has been gone a lot during deployments and it is nice to spend what time I can with him and our sons.

      11. I am thankful for MY family. My beautiful, crazy children and my handsome partner in crime who is helping me raise them with morals and values…and coffee. I NEED coffee. lol Hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

      12. I’m so thankful so the blue sky today and the fresh snow that fell yesterday, and for the technology that allows Sylvia to kiss her dad goodnight even when he’s 6000km away (what would we do without Skype?)Happy Thanksgiving!Laura B.

      13. I am thankful for things in my family’s life finally starting to look up. Things have been down all year, and thankfully everything is going down the right path. I’m thankful my baby girl is happy and healthy even after the bad stuff. Also thankful for giveaways that help make life a little easier 🙂

      14. I am thankful for my two beautiful sons and loving husband! Right now we are soaking in good quality time with Andrew’s parents and I am so thankful for in-laws who have embraced me as a daughter of their own.

      15. I want one of these SO BAD!! Seriously! I’m thankful for baby #3 who will join our family in May (see, I totally need this).

      16. I am thankful for my family being healthy, for having a place to live and food on the table. I know this sounds cheesy, but with so many disasters out there, I really feel like I should appreciate what I have.

      17. I am so thankful for a happy and healthy family. I am so very blessed.

      18. I am thankful for my happy, healthy little family. That I have met my partner who makes it possible for me to stay at home with our daughters and our furry ones. For my mother, who takes care of my father who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few years ago. I’m thankful to come from such a strong, loving family.

      19. I am thankful for so many things in my life – its hard to sum this up in a short comment!! Most of all though I am thankful for my beautiful son Matthew & my amazing husband Zach – my life would not be what it is without them in my life.

      20. I am so thankful for the opportunity to live in a country where we are able to make our own choices, and allow us to make decisions for what is best for our families. Having a father that has been an active part of the military I have been raised in a family where respecting the flag and respecting the United States has been a large part or my life. I am thankful for the love of families and also the love of children. Nothing can be any better then the love of a child.

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      22. I’m SO thankful for our little family and our many blessings… home, work, full bellies, wagging tails, hugs, & kisses!

      23. I am very thankful for healthy and happy children. I love being a mom and that is what’s most important to me. Two of my four children had to stay a few nights in a hospital in 2011 so I’m just very thankful that everyone is healthy and happy this holiday season.

      24. I am so incredibly thankful for my Husband and sons, last Thanksgiving was spent in the ER bleeding heavily believing I was miscarrying. Thankfully by miracle I did not and now have an amazing five month old along with a superbly wonderful toddler!mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

      25. Grunniper@yahoo.ca says:

        Hi my name is Jen. 🙂 I was just researching Peapods on the Internet for our vacation in a few weeks and I see you’re having a contest!I am thankful for so many things right now that I don’t even know where to start. Life keeps getting better and better … In March of 2007 I moved home from Australia after a couple years of travelling and teaching abroad, and one month before my 30th birthday. I landed back on Canadian soil newly broken-hearted and in an extreme depression. My parents took me in with open arms and I am so thankful for that. I was introduced to the love of my life that same year on September 19 and I’m thankful for my friend who introduced us. In July of 2009 he proposed to me and on May 22, 2010 I am thankful that he said yes! 6 months later we found out we were expecting and on July 28 of this year, our wonderful midwife and my husband delivered our beautiful little girl at our home (an unplanned water birth no less!). I am thankful for her every second of the day. She looks at us with these big blue eyes and I just can’t believe it… That she’s ours. Anyway, sorry to blabber on. But you asked… What are you thankful for. If you’d asked me 4.5 years ago I would have said ‘not much right now’ … It’s crazy how life can turn around when you’re least expecting it to. 🙂

      26. FINALLY! I have looked everywhere for a good review of the PeaPod and PeaPod plus with side by side pictures of the different sizes! Now I know which ones to get… thanks so much and I LOVE your blog! Thanks to this review, I’m a new follower 🙂

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