In continuation of the “What is that and where did you get it?” post, today marks the last of a four-part series of product reviews sharing the “why” behind our newest additions: the KidCo Go Pod and the 7AM Enfant Pookie Poncho. Both of these products came to us second hand after Jude was born and I’m honestly not sure why I didn’t snap them up when Clyde was little because they’re really great!
KidCo Go Pod: Made by the same company as the PeaPod, the Go Pod is a folding exersaucer with a fabric top and seat on a metal collapsible frame. When collapsed, it fits in a nylon bag with a shoulder strap like a folding camping chair. Jude is just 5 months old in this picture and with such a nice deep seat, he is supported enough to start standing in it – yay! Around the seat are toy loops so you can hook on a variety of new toys all the time. In front of baby is a mesh cup holder and a fabric cup holder for drinks and snacks.
We have used this a handful of times outside this winter and otherwise have it set up in the basement so we have an exersaucer on both levels of the house. I foresee this becoming a staple piece of gear for us outside when the weather gets nice. One of the features I like best is the attached fabric at the bottom acting as a mat for their feet. This is basically an invitation for me to put them in the dirt 🙂
7AM Enfant Pookie Poncho: This was recommended to me by my sister-in-law and it did not disappoint! The Pookie Poncho is a down-filled coat for the car seat, stroller or over a baby carrier. I have had it set up on Jude’s infant car seat (Peg Perego 4-35) since November for the winter and it is amazing. It looks sleek, is well made and extremely warm. In any temperature, I put Jude in his car seat in plain clothes with a thin hat and he almost always comes up having broken a mild sweat. That’s saying a lot for an Ottawa winter! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed not having to wrestle with extra layer on a little one this winter.
It has a very thin piece of fabric that sits inside the car seat making it is car seat safe. The main part sits over the outside of the carseat and tightens with a drawstring at the feet. It has a zipper down the middle and from side to side towards the top making it really easy to open for long car rides and to get baby in and out.
I haven’t yet used this on the stroller for my big boy but I am looking forward to the versatility it offers for the next few winters! Stay tuned to see if it stays with us or if it will remain a car seat favourite and be passed along.
That bring us to the end of product reviews for our top favourites! Comment below if there’s a product of gear that you love so I can check it out!
In closing, and a nod towards the growing minimalism trend, I will admit that I was mildly self conscious about the mid-size pile of gear I assembled for product reviews. I briefly doubted the necessity of each item and then reminded myself that these years with small kids are short and they are hard. Getting everyone dressed, eating a good meal and getting out the door (bonus for being on time) will eventually become mindless tasks for all involved but for now they are like being an ultra-marathoner accomplishing one major feat after another. For this reason, if there is a product that exists to make any of these tasks a little easier, sign. me. up!
I will leave you with this. Do your research, shop smart, shop second hand and, when you can, shop small. Use what you buy and when you’re done with it, pass it along to another mama that’s walking just a few steps behind you.