KIDCO PEAPOD TRAVEL BED REVIEW: TRAVELING WITH AN INFANT OR TODDLER
The Kidco Peapod travel bed is one of the most popular toddler travel beds. We purchased the Peapod because it was one of the few that was reasonably priced, unlike other travel beds that can be over $200. After having the Kidco PeaPod for over two years, we are finally writing our Kidco Peapod travel bed review.
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- Weight: 2.45 lbs
- Dimensions when open: 46” L x 18” H x 28” D
- Bag: 16.5”L x 16.5”H x 3”D
- Colors available: Cranberry, Sunshine, Midnight, Tangerine, Sky
- Recommended for kids ages 1 to 3
There is a Kidco Peapod Plus that can be used for kids ages 1 to 5. We recently switch to this version, since our son is almost 2.5 years old and his Peapod has been through a lot.
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We always start our reviews with the safety of a product, and this is no different. I thoroughly research an item and even look for past recalls for all baby and infant gear.
There was a recall of this product in 2012 due to the risk of suffocation in infants in the gaps between material. If you would like to learn more about the recall in 2012 check it out here.
This was initially a concern for us but after more research, we found the incidents were connected to younger kids and we could take precautions. Since 2012 I could not find more recalls so that put us at ease and led us to believe the company made changes to the design and it is safer, eight years later.
To reduce the risk of our 1-year-old being entangled we only let him sleep in his travel bed with a small blanket. The manufacturer stresses NEVER add a pillow, comforter, or another mattress for padding. Also, the sleeping pad included with the travel bed should only be used on the inside. NEVER place it on the inside with your infant or toddler.
The carrying bag is the best thing ever. This is the best travel bed for portability because it can fit in a suitcase. The carry case is so light our son like to drag it around, I think it makes him feel like a big boy.
We’ve taken this to Oahu, Mexico, Colorado, and Ohio. It is a lot easier to get around with than the Baby Bjorn travel crib. If you are an outdoor family thins is the perfect travel tent for your little one.
Our son will not sleep if he is uncomfortable. We learned when he was 5 months old and refused to sleep in his crib. We finally got fed up and thought to purchase a mattress pad, and it worked. He started sleeping through the night in his crib at 5.5 months.
Based on our experience above we know he will not sleep if he is not comfortable, so we believe it is comfortable enough for him to sleep in. I tried to test it myself, but I am a little too mature to fit inside (see pic below).
Our KidCo Peapod has been through a lot in the last two years, especially with a toddler as rough as ours. He makes it his personal mission to break as many things as possible, but this travel bed has held up.
The one vulnerable area is the netting, which our son has managed to tear over the course of the last six months. He thinks it’s funny to put his hand or foot outside of the tent.
This is one of the most affordable toddler travel beds. At less than $70, it is a good investment for family travel, especially if you do not want your toddler sleeping in the best with you.
The most similar toddler travel bed is the Joovy Gloo, which is almost twice the price of the Kidco Peapod.
How to get your baby to sleep in the Peapod
- Start early – Start putting your infant or toddler in the travel bed for one of their naps and slowly increase it
- Make it fun – We do not want him to dread going to bed so we use it as a play area and bed
- Be consistent (don’t give in) – As new parents, we had to learn to see it through. It is all about willpower because if you give in once you will have to start from the beginning.
- Stay encouraged – If your little one is as stubborn as our son you have to believe it will get better, trust us.
The mistake that we made is not using the Peapod soon enough. We purchased it and threw it in the closet for several months (big mistake). It would have been smart to start sleep training him in the travel bed before he became a busy body.
He slept in his crib at night and it would have been a good idea to get him used to sleep in it in his crib (hindsight is 20/20). Since we made it harder on ourselves here is how we are transitioning him to sleeping full-time in his Peapod travel bed.
To get him used to the bed we would go inside and play with him. As you can see it is a little too small for me. We did this for almost 2 weeks and he eventually would go inside within his toys to play by himself. Eventually, we started moving his long afternoon nap into the travel bed. After a week and a half, we put in him the travel bed to sleep through the night.
I must admit we are still working through sleeping through the night in his Peapod, but we are making progress. It is unzipped at night in the event something is wrong, and he wants to get out to come to our bed.
He sucks us in with his cuteness, so he ends up in our bed 4/5 times. We have committed to buckling down and not giving in starting this weekend. I love my child, but I do not love sleeping with him.
Update: Our son now gets into his tent for nap time when he is tired. We have mastered nap time in his travel tent. Our routine is to play sleepytime music 15 minutes before naptime so he can relax. After 15 minutes he gets into his tent and we play a sleepytime video with fish that helps soothe him to sleep.
Recent Development: Our 21-month-old son sleeps in his travel tent, full-time. He gets inside when he is tired during naptime and at night when it is time for bed. The last 6 months have been great with him using this as his bed.
2021 Update: Now we are more than a year into using the PeaPod as his full-time bed, and it’s going better than ever. He gets in his bed when we tell him it’s time to get in his tent without a fight. We recently purchased the KidCo PeadPod Plus because he needs more space.
What we LOVE about the Kidco Peapod Travel Bed
What we love most about this travel bed is how lightweight and portable it is. We just throw it in our suitcase without worrying about the weight.
This travel bed is perfect for camping, a day at the beach, or a family picnic. The mesh is great because it provides protection from mosquitos for your little one and makes it easy to see inside. The material is also UV coated and fire retardant.
If you detest laundry day as I do there isn’t much needed to clean. We use a damp cloth and wipe it down and place it outside to dry. It only takes a few hours to dry so we clean it in the morning, and it is dry and ready to go by his second nap.
What we DO NOT LOVE about the Kidco Peapod Travel Bed
There are a few things that we do not love about the Kidco Peapod travel bed. When you remove the travel bed from the bag be prepared for it to pop open quickly. It is like the can of biscuits, even though you know it is coming you are still surprised when it pops open.
I am not sure if it is just me, but it seems impossible to get this folded correctly within a few tries. We’ve had this travel bed for over eight months, and I have not folded it successfully one time. I defer to my wife because I usually get frustrated and walk away.
Also, the area where the mesh and zipper meet seems like it needs to be reinforced. I am not sure how that could be done, but that area does become “worn” quickly. IF your toddler is anything like ours (escape artist) they may pick at that area and cause it to become weak over time.
KIDCO PEAPOD TRAVEL BED PROS & CONS
- Easy to clean
- UV protection
- Net covering
- Hard to fold
- Pops open quickly
- No sheets
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OUR FINAL VERDICT
We love the Kidco Peapod travel bed for our little one. He isn’t a huge fan, but we are making it work. As a family on the go, it is perfect for us when we travel, and we can avoid getting a 2 bedroom. We can put him to bed in our room without him sleeping in the bed with us.
We’ve encountered cribs that did not look safe during our travels. There was a crib in Beijing that had a bent leg, so the crib was leaning. We did not feel that it was safe for him, so this is perfect.
If you need a portable, lightweight, durable travel bed for your toddler look no further. We plan to use this for years to come with our son. The only regret we have is not purchasing the Kidco Peapod Plus since it can be used for kids up to 5 years old.
If you would like an infant or toddler travel bed that is designed like a pack n play check out our recommendations below.
Do you have a favorite travel bed for your infant or toddler? Tell us about it below in the comments.
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