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Stop Using the PeaPod Travel Bed



Over the last few years I have recommended using the PeaPod Travel Bed by KidCo.  It seemed like the perfect travel bed for young children.  I was notified of a tragic death of a 5 month old that had rolled up on his side pressing his face against the non breathable fabric of the bed resulting in suffocation.  This is being investigated by the CPSC now.  KidCo has not issued a voluntary recall at this point.  Please do not use your PeaPod Travel Beds until more information is available!  We as parents must work together to assure that the products on the market are indeed safe for our precious children.  My heart goes out to the family that lost their beautiful child.


Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.



  1. Julia

    This is NOT the first death associated with these beds. There was a fatality in May 2011 as well. These things are death traps!


    • Thanks, Julia….do you have a web address for more info regarding this other infant death?


    • McBiterson

      2 deaths with a product that so many people own does not make it a death trap. What happened to those families is HORRIBLE but unfortunately, accidents do happen, even with good products and good parents. I definitely think that its use should be kept to children over 1 – 1 1/2 years (at parents’ discretion) though.


  2. Wow, so unfortunate; I can’t even imagine losing my little guy to something like a children’s product.


    • Leisa Morgan

      Omg me either, had anyone looked into starting a petition on http://www.change.org for a voluntary/mandatory recall on this horrible creation? They have worked wonders for so many others… Please let me know if there is anyway I can help keep other kids safe. Poor families suffering a loss of a child, that unimaginable heartache, my heart really doors go out to each and every one… Please parents don’t blame yourself, you were only trying to Jeep your child safe and a company didn’t do their research to protect your child promising a safe haven of slumber for these babies and did not look into actual safety facts!! Add parents we believe in companies knowing such hazards since even crib bumpers are made to breathable it’s obvious this should’ve been too!! It’s the company’s responsibility to uphold the safety and quality of their products before labeling it as completely safe such as bed tents too.


      • Leisa Morgan

        Does* keep* as*
        Dang phone my apologies, grammatical errors are my kryptonite and here I am throwing them out like candy ugh…but really I’d love to help educate others about the danger of this and other products claiming to be safe yet take the lives of children everywhere each yr and are still on the market. Companies need to own up to cutting cost for their own benefit rather than making a quality product that is safe, reliable, durable, and truly a stand up product which would make everyone happy sales would be up and death rates down…


  3. Josh F.

    I registered just to make this comment.

    With all due consolation to the parents, this is crap. We have one, and love it. Everyone knows that a baby that cannot get away from an object or cannot move its head will suffocate against an object that is not “breathable”. This is not the fault of an unsafe product. This is an accident due to a baby left alone and allowed to suffocate. Are we going to now ban every product that does not “breath” that may at some time come into contact with a baby. We can’t let them sleep on their tummy, we can’t have bumper pads, we can’t have cribs that have any moving parts, let’s just put a “breathable” helmet on all infants under 1 year of age.


    • I understand your frustration when the pea pod travel bed is working well for you. As parents, I think we need to caution others when there is a question of a possible safety hazard for our children. Since the safe sleep campaign, where parents are encouraged to put infants to sleep on their backs in a crib that only has a tight fitting sheet…no bumper pads, blankets, stuffed animals or pillows, the incidence of SIDS has significantly decreased. Working together, we can ensure that our children can sleep in safe environments…all parents need to be informed and then can make parenting decisions that work best for their own child. Thanks for your comment!


      • Josh F.

        I am simply pointing out the stupidity of blaming a corporation’s product in reference to a death when either an accident occurred, or the child was not monitored and allowed to suffocate.

        I agree, if a product is unsafe that is not obviously so, then by all means, caution others, but leaving an infant alone in a tent that is designed to keep water, sand, etc out and then complaining that the lining is not breathable is not one of those cases.

        Your correlation of the “safe sleep campaign” and a decrease in SIDS is incorrect. SIDS is the “unexplained , I don’t know why” explanation of death. All the things you mention, would go towards an explained reason of death, asphyxia, etc.

        Most of these bans and recommendations border on lunacy, either place your baby on his back and let them choke on their spit-up, or put them on their stomach and let them asphyxiate, bottom line is that your should not leave your infant, child, teenager alone very long without supervision, as they all seem to try and kill themselves at some point in their life 🙂

        Again, my condolences to the parents, but don’t take your grief out on a product and corporation. Parents use your brain and watch your children closely.


      • Thanks for your thoughts and opinions….I appreciate them. The Pea Pod travel bed is marketed as a bed…not a tent. So children will be unattended in them. Guess we will agree to disagree! Again, discussions always end up being beneficial…people learn from them. So, thanks!


    • McBiterson

      I am thrilled to see that I am not the only person who doesn’t just want to automatically ban this product from the world. I do feel horrible for any family who loses a child but I don’t think the Peapod is completely at fault. I’m not blaming the parents either, I just think that it was a really unfortunate accident and that maybe Kidco should redesign the tent for infants or should just not suggest it for children under 1 year. Ultimately, it’s up to the parent (no matter what the product says or doesn’t say) to decide what they feel comfortable with.


  4. Matt H

    Earlier writeups of what happened in December of last year left out a key detail — the child who died was left in the tent without it being zippered shut!

    I have a guest post on a friend’s blog about the issue: http://piaw.blogspot.com/2012/09/kidco-peapod-product-review-and-meta.html


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