- Made in USA or Imported
- Surrounded by lightweight mesh that promotes air flow and acts as an insect screen, this 2.5lb bed folds into a compact size
- The UV protection and anchor straps for ground attachment are allow for outdoor use
- The peapod comes fully assembled with a sleeping pad snapped to the underside of the floor
- A large front zipper panel makes access to children easy
- Comes with a carry/storage bag
Contains kids who climb out of playpens or cribs
We got this for our 20-month old son because he began climbing out of the play pen we took with us on a month-long vacation/road trip. For 3 nights in a row prior to getting the PeaPod, he would try and run around the hotel room or room at relative’s house and horseplay for hours after lights were out. When he was brought in the bed to sleep with us, he just crawled around and played with pillows and tried to pull at the lamps and wouldn’t sleep and that meant no sleep for the adults either. The PeaPod changed all that.He didn’t like sleeping in the PeaPod at first, but he soon tolerated it. He did sleep much better in the PeaPod because there were no distractions and he couldn’t escape and get into mischief, so he fell asleep much faster. The first night, he cried in it for about 30 minutes. The second and third nights, it was about 15 minutes and then it was 5 minutes or less. Not a huge fan of “cry it out,” but I was at my wit’s end. Consistency was key to get my son to sleep in this and things went great after the first few rough nights. If your child figures out there is an opening and is able to run their finger along the structure to unzip, you could always get a zipper lock.I recommend the PeaPod because it’s peace of mind, especially if you have a curious toddler who climbs on everything and gets into everything. (Places other than the home often aren’t baby-proofed). I slept better knowing he was safe and he slept better. The PeaPod hardly takes up any space in suitcases and pops into place immediately after being removed from its carrier. The only downside is that it’s challenging to clean and tough to fold up and put back in its carrier. Takes some practice, but certainly doable.UPDATE: To clean this, I pretreated the base with shout and then put it into my front loader washing machine. It took some skill folding it, but it worked. I put it on the hand wash/delicate cycle with no spin and put it in the bathtub to dry. Turned out wonderful! The pad that snaps on the bottom can be separated prior to washing, and the pad can be put on a spin cycle and hung to dry as well. I know the instructions say to surface clean, but nothing is as good as a washing machine.
Concerning infant death in previous model
I love amazon reviews and was very shocked when I read the previous model’s review by a woman whose son died while in the unit. Her credentials are valid. She used her real name, has a photo of herself, has other reviews that seem fair and was by no means a troll just trying to scare people about some competitors product. I feel…sick and horribly saddened for her loss and my pain for her held me off from buying for a few weeks until I read up on the changes made and other reviews. While the unit was in transit, I was actually stressed, thinking, "am I a horrible mother, subjecting my child to death?!" Well, the unit came today and i believe that the redesign was successful. Any movement that would put a child up against the wall will in no way block air to the child. It is completely mesh and air flow is great. Additionally the mattress pad is attached underneath the entire pod which means that it cannot move around inside and bunch up and provide a suffocation risk. As for the floor of the unit presenting a suffocation risk, I believe that it mimics the structure of a crib bedding. My crib has a plastic coated mattress with a sheet on it. Although there is no sheet here, it’s the same concept. I still would never recommend the first model and I still find that mom’s review 100% valid. That beings said, I am very happy that I bought this.Other things I like… I didn’t really realize that the unit literally pops up when you open the elastic straps. I thought you had to assemble it like a tent. This is fantastic and it eliminates user error. Not to mention, the size! The size is perfect for air travel. No pack and play! (Which my kid hates because it has a wobbly floor)As for moms who have concern with their kid hating it and refusing to be in it. Here is what I did. I popped it open in the living room. The I got super excited and showed my kid a new toy that I put inside it. Later I put her bottle on the floor in there and she climbed in on her own and laid down to drink it and then continued playing. I zipped it up and kept close by to let her know it was safe and good to be in there. I left it our living room for a few days before our trip and she had no problems with it.
Great for traveling, may need practice in it
So easy to assemble, take apart & travel with. This worked great for my 9mo.old except that he is used to rolling a lot in his crib, so while in the Peapod, he would roll into the sides & wake himself up (only during early sleep though). Once he was sound asleep for a few hours, he didn’t have this problem. May just need to get him more used to the size/space. It was very comfortable for him.
Great for some kids, just not ours
The concept is nice – compact/fold-able travel bed that keeps little ones contained. For our 3-year-old son we got one of those inflatable toddler beds with the sidings and it works great. For our 1-year-old daughter, she’s still in a crib and can get into trouble when out so we needed something to "contain" her. The concept is nice, but it really freaked her out. We practiced with it and let her freely climb in and out before we needed to bring it with us on a trip. But once we were travelling and she was in it, she was in tears the moment we zipped her in – definitely the "help, I’m trapped!" look of horror (it probably didn’t help that we were travelling and in a new place from where she normally sleeps). The zipper is loud, so light sleeping kids like her don’t do well to be put to sleep then set in here as it wakes them up – same with pulling them out as it wakes them to unzip it. The mattress is rather thin, so we found ourselves placing this up on the bed during naps when we weren’t in it so she had some additional cushion, which seemed to help. On the plus side, it folds up really compact and it was great to stick into our suitcase. It takes some practice to get the folding down. In the future, we’re just going to use one of those rental companies to get her an actual crib/toddler bed. I’m sure this product is great for some, just not for us – and we ended up returning it
I don’t know what I was expecting
This is basically a baby tent. Not a travel crib like I thought it would be. Looking at the pictures that is probably obvious to most people so don’t ask me why I was expecting more. I was just so eager to not have to lug a pack n’play around that I was blinded. As I unpacked it from the box I just laughed at myself. My 18 month old would immediately stand up and start trashing around.This would probably work best for babies 1-9 months, but not for us. I did end up buyingValco Baby Zephyr Travel Crib, Breezewhich I used for our vacation and was beyond satisfied with. It’s a little more expensive (I paid $140 on sale) than this bed and a bit bigger but still infinitely more portable than a pack n’ play. And lets be honest, can you really put a price on a good night’s sleep while traveling with a baby?
A little flimsy and, unfortunately, baby hated it
The positive aspects of this is that it is really easy to set up and takes up very little space. However, I didn’t like it because it was really flimsy manufacture and it didn’t seem like it would hold up. In addition, baby hated the Peapod and started crying immediately when I tried to put her in it. I tried to acclimate the baby by leaving it open, and I put her in there a couple of times with toys and so on, but she just couldn’t get used to it.
very important – — – recalled!
there has been a recall on these tents. if you already have one, make sure to request the free repair kit.[…]
A brilliant idea if your child will tolerate it
I wanted this for an upcoming vacation. It folds down into a disc about the size of a sun shade you use in your car’s windshield. It would fit right inside your suitcase and keep you from bringing along a travel crib and the $25 checked baggage fee that goes along with it. Unfortunately the red nylon part makes it seem like the baby’s inside a box. My little man screamed bloody murder every time I put him in the pea pod and zipped it shut, but if I left the top open he just crawled right out. I tried it for four naps in a row over two days and he never got comfortable enough to actually fall asleep.I don’t know why they say this is for 12 months and older (probably something to do with the recall) but I bet if I’d have used this when he was an infant by now he’d be so used to it he’d be totally fine with it. I’m so sad that this didn’t work for us because it would have been perfect for travel, or taking to the office or Grandma’s house, or even naps at the beach. It’s plenty long enough for my 31″ long almost-toddler. Setup and fold down takes all of 5 seconds. The bottom is padded for comfort and it seems really easy to clean. Maybe a 2 or 3 year old would think it’s like camping out and be ok with being enclosed inside it.I cannot say enough good things about this seller though. I had the product in my hands 24 hours after I ordered it and when I had to return it due to the reason above they gave me excellent customer service.
This is a great little tent. I originally bought it for travel purposes. It’s a lot lighter and smaller than hauling a pack n’ play. My son (9 months old) loves to climb in it and to play in it, but sleeping is another story. My suggestion would be to “practice” sleeping in it before a trip so your child gets acclimated. We’ll still get plenty of use out of it, but it was a bust for our trip (again, my fault for not getting him used to it in advance). Very high quality and cute.
Handy travel bed!
This product is the new and improved version of the peapod that was recalled.Very easy to use, if you’ve ever used those car sunshade that you need to bend and fold then you’ll know how to use this. Kidco does have a demonstration video that is very useful.