It is camping season around here. A couple of months ago, someone was asking something in the Chronicles Yahoo! Group and the topic of the PeaPod came up. "What is a pea pod," I wondered.
Well, if you guessed it is some sort of tent-looking thing, you looked at the picture above--and you are right! It is a little travel bed.It can be used indoor or outdoor. It folds up to a nice small package that a child can carry. It is supposedly big enough for children up to age 6. I don't know if I would really have Brayden (who is five) sleep in there, but he probably would like it.
Now, our family loves to camp. We do the easy camping where you camp in a trailer. I once swore I wouldn't be a "weak sauce camper" who camps in a trailer, but then I got older and had children and realized weak sauce camping was more comfortable and more child friendly. So I am not weak sauce.
Side Bar: did you know that when Brayden was two months old we took him camping in Wyoming in a TENT! What were we thinking?!!?!?!?!?!? I would never do that again. Now, the night went just fine--he woke up once, but it gets down to the 20s or 30s. That is cold in a tent!
Okay, back on track, so I thought this bed looked quite interesting for camping. McKenna needs to be in something enclosed so she doesn't roll off the bed. When Kaitlyn was this age, we used a pack and play, but that took up all of the floor space in the "kitchen." With this, McKenna could be on the bed!
They are spendy. They are about $85. But we thought it would be worth it.
And it was.
We used it for the first time last weekend (it has been a cold year for us). A couple of days before we left camping, We set it up for her to play in and get used to. It is super easy to set up. It is literally one of those things you throw in the air and it sets itself up. All three kids had fun checking it out.
The night we were camping, she was excited to get in. I zipped her in and off she went to sleep. It has mesh you can have open to get fresh air in their.
The next morning, Brayden and Kaitlyn were gabbing at 6:30 AM. We decided to get them up and get going. McKenna was sharing the bed with Kaitlyn. Much to our surprise, McKenna was still sleeping away. So we took Brayden and Kaitlyn to our bed and tried to keep them quiet until 8:30 when we finally woke McKenna up. Do you know that until that moment, I have never had a child sleep past 7 AM while camping? Sure, it is understandable. The sun is up super early and shining on you. I couldn't believe how well she slept.
We are sold! We love that thing. I give it 5 out of 5 stars and would heartily recommend it to anyone who needs a travel bed. It is easy to transport, easy to set up, easy to take down, and most importantly, the child sleeps well in it.
Note that there are some less expensive PeaPods, but one person told me the less expensive ones don't have the mesh opening options on the end. I thought I would want that so air could refresh in there. It also has a different mattress.
I wanted to recommend this to you while camping season was going on, so there it is! I couldn't say enough good things about it.