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Gearing up

Portable and protective

(Kari Bodnarchuk)
By Kari Bodnarchuk
Globe Correspondent / April 4, 2010

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We’ve used KidCo’s travel tent, the PeaPod, as a portable bed and play space for our daughter at the beach, where it protected her from sun and blowing sand; at Grandma’s house, where it kept a curious cat at bay; and even in our hotel room, when we didn’t trust the loaner crib. This foldable, nylon tent is a cinch to set up, with its built-in plastic poles — just watch your chin when the packed bundle springs open. Use the included plastic pump to inflate the air mattress, which slips into its own storage sleeve on the tent’s floor. Then place your child in or on the sleeping bag (also provided). The small PeaPod fits children up to 3 years old and can be stashed in your airline bag, while the larger but still lightweight version suits children up to 6. It’s available for $69.99 (small) at Magic Beans in Cambridge (617-300-0171, www.mbeans.com) or contact KidCo (800-553-5529, www.kidco.com).

KARI BODNARCHUK