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Once the summer hits, we are traveling machines. This summer is no different… except we have two additional bundles of joy (and all of their stuff).
With twins, you must learn how to pack light… ha ha ha! For us, it is a constant struggle of utility vs lightweight vs easy-to-pack items. We have our bulky items to use at home and our easy-to-pack travel items.
Recently, we found out about the Kidco GoPod, which are portable activity seats. They are essentially like a combination between the foldable tailgate chairs and a jumper/walker (without the toys). I was fortunate enough to have Kidco send us two of the GoPods to use and review, and we are totally in love! Unfortunately, we didn’t get them in time for our beach trip (they actually arrived while we were away), but we have used them so much since then, and we are going to use them all the time this entire summer. In fact, they are going to live in my car, so when we visit our families and spend time at the pool or outside (or even in the house), we have a quick, safe place for the babies to go.
The GoPod comes in a carrying case that you can quickly throw over your shoulder. To set it up, you simply slide it out of the case and unfold it. It has 4 height settings so that as the child gets taller, you can make it grow with your child. There is a locking button to make sure that it is secure and safe, and it comes with a floor pad so that your baby’s feet never touch the gross ground. I can’t tell you how perfect that is, considering Audrey and David’s feet are always in their (and each others’) mouths. There are also 5 clips to attach toys as well as drink/snack holders. Basically, it has everything you could need… and it is so lightweight. The Go Pod can be used from the point that Baby holds his head up (about 4 months) to walking. Weight-wise, your baby can use it from about 12-26 lbs.
I absolutely love all of the features that it comes with. It’s like they thought of everything, and they have streamlined it down to the lightest carrying weight possible. Audrey and David love it too. I mean, they really love it. They sit in it. They stand in it. They play in it. They get to watch everyone and everything around them. It is fantastic.
On the box, it says “No assembly required,” and it is absolutely correct. You literally take it out of the box and bag, unfold it, hear the “click” that locks it into place, and you are good to go. I put Audrey in it while I was feeding David (and then David in it while I fed Audrey), and it was amazing at how she took to it right away. She could lean back and sit with her legs resting, or she could push off the ground and stand up. Both positions seemed comfortable. I was surprised at how far down the fabric comes with the weight of the babies sitting/standing in it, but everything is very secure and it seems incredibly safe.
To fold it up, you just have to find the button on one of the legs, push it in, and then press the legs together. You can even fold it up easily when you have adjusted the legs for a taller baby.
The biggest downfall is that the fabric is spot-clean only. However, because it is made with tailgate chair material, I can imagine we can just hose off the entire Go Pod if it really becomes dirty enough.
Overall, this is an item that I would highly recommend for anyone who is on-the-go with a baby, whether you have one baby or more. I am always looking for ways to travel smarter, and this is certainly at the top of the list. With an average $50 price tag, I know it can seem expensive, but this is an item that is worth every penny.