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.