Thursday, October 15, 2009

Popatot - A Review & Giveaway



Since I am a mom of a 15 month old, I am always looking out for "affordable" baby gear! I am not one to buy because of a name brand per say, but I do appreciate quality and if the price is right, that is a bonus.

As parents, we can be bombarded by the amount of baby gear that is needed to transport, change, keep baby safe, and entertained. Its exhausting even thinking about it.

I recently came across a product that I just have to tell my readers about. Its called the Popatot and its amazing!

The PopATot by Kiddy Creations is a PVC-free canvas activity center supported by a folding steel tube frame, much like a camp chair. The rated age range is 6 to 18 months. It opens with one hand and has a locking system to keep it from collapsing.

The PopATot is 27″x27″x24″ and collapses into a shoulder bag 5 inches wide and 36 inches long. It has loops on the top to attach toys (which a parent supplies) as well as two cup holders.



The floor of the PopATot is removable and machine washable (hang dry only) but the top is not washable except with a wet cloth to spot wash.

The PopATot essentially serves the same purpose as a traditional activity center (does not spin), and the play yard. It provides a safe place for a child to sit and play, even when outdoors.

There are also some great accessories for the PopATot, including sun shades, toy links and toys.

Stacy at Kiddie Creations generously sent me a complimentary PopATot to test out and review. Thank you so much!

My Review:

When I found out that I was going to be reviewing this product I was so excited! And I have not been disappointed.

The first thing that impressed me was how quick the shipping was, even to Canada. I found out that I would be receiving the PopATot on a Friday afternoon and received it the following Wednesday afternoon!! Wow, wow, wow!

Secondly, the customer service I received was nothing but wonderful! I spoke with Stacy regularly through email and once on the phone, finding out more about the PopATot. She was friendly and very helpful. Thanks to you, Stacy.

Third, my daughter loves the PopATot! As soon as it came to my door, I put her in it and she was very happy, at least long enough for me to mop my floors:) She is a very active child and has not been in an activity center for quite some time because she loves to be free to move (been walking since she was 11 mths and crawling since 5.5 mths). However, she did not mind being in the Popatot at all. She played with toys, and would put toys and her cup in the holders over and over.

Because she is a bigger child (28lb and 31 inches), she is getting to the size limit for the PopATot, but has not even attempted to climb out.

Fourth, I love how portable the it is. We spent the weekend out of town and brought the PopATot with us. Just fold it up, place in bag & put it in the trunk and done, it goes with you (just like the lawn chairs!) You can take the PopATot everywhere!!! In your yard in the summer when you are entertaining, moving the lawn, gardening. In the winter, to hockey games, in the library, and restaurants (we tried that out, and it worked great!) You can use it all over the house too (laundry room, for example while you iron clothes your baby is within sight and happy and safe)

While visiting family over the Thanksgiving weekend, I was able to test the PopATot with my sisters little boy, who is 5 months old! He LOVED it!!! Smiled the whole time, and played with the toys my sister attached for him. She even was able to clip his soother on it for him! Because of his age, of course he only lasted a few minutes, but that is understandable.

Since my youngest daughter is getting too big it, and I currently do not have any little ones who would benefit from the PopATot in my home daycare, I gave the PopATot to my sister to use in her home for a few months!!! In fact, she was able to carry on the plane with her while traveling home, and said she could not believe how great it was to have in the airport:)

Just this week alone, she has been able to bring it to her other children's soccer AND hockey games!!! In fact, she said that it was perfect for both! When you have 3 children in sports and have to bring the baby along, this is perfect!!!!

BUY IT: You can purchase the PopATot directly from their website for $49.99 There is also a list of retailers on the website. For Canadian readers, you can purchase the PopATot at Starbright Kids in Calgary, AB for $65

WIN IT: ONE LUCKY READER WILL WIN THEIR VERY OWN POPATOT!!!!

TO ENTER:
Visit PopATot online and tell me the closest location to you for purchasing the PopATot! (mandatory for entry)

EXTRA ENTRIES:


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9. Tell one way you would use the PopATot if you had one
10. Tell me one way the PopATot could be used in the Winter months

U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY (lower 48 only)FOR THIS GIVEAWAY
(sorry my Canadian Readers, I promise to make it up to you!)

Giveaway ends November 30, 2009

89 comments:

  1. Wow this looks awesome. My son is almost five months and this would be perfect for visiting family. I am glad it is available online (if I don't win one :) ) the closet and only place to purchase in FL is:
    EasyWay Beach & Pool
    Big Cypress MarketPlace
    195 Basik Drive/US 41
    Naples, Fl

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  2. I subscribe to your blog already as womandriver2 using google reader :)

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  3. Pop a tot could definitely be used in our winter months here in FL. :) Our family does field trials with fox hounds. They are generally a three day event and we spend most of those three days in the Ocala National Forest. This would be great for when we have the campfire going and are cooking breakfast! Would keep him safe and busy!

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  4. My PopATot would get tons of use. I have an almost five month old son. I also have a grand daughter that is 3 months and one that is 2 months and another grand baby due in March. Yup, I think it would get some use!

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  5. You can find my blog post here:
    http://lifedomestic.com/2009/10/great-chance-to-win-popa-tot/

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  6. Posted the video to my facebook (Julie Pierce Driver) Love the fact it comes in a type of camo pattern! :)

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  7. I can buy it here in GA: Precious Cargo (nowhere in TX!)

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  8. I would use it in hotel rooms!

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  9. In the winter, I could use it to keep him safe around the fire!

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  10. Gosh there are no retailers in NY or NJ the closest place in MOnday's Child in Pennsylvania.

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  11. With twins I would use the pop a tot whenever I travel to friends houses. There's never a place to put the babies down otherwise!

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  12. In the winter I could use it when we travel or inside to keep the kids away but in site when I'm cooking

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  13. I can buy these in Smyrna, GA...not very close to me :(

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  14. I would use this as a great baby shower gift for my friend who is expecting her first in Feb!

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  15. This would be great in the winter months to keep the baby out of the Christmas tree--I'd set it near the tree so the baby could look at the lights and ornaments though.

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  16. The closest place for me is
    Cath-lene's
    66 Camden Rd
    Parsons, TN

    but thats still and hour and a half away...on-line would probably be the best. This is uch a great idea...I'm always looking for something that would be easy to carry with me and let's face it most companies aren't inthe market for that;o}

    tlb3405@yahoo.com

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  17. Awesome prize. How handy is this? I love that it's portable! The closest location is Precious Cargo
    1675 Cumberland Parkway, Ste 305
    Smyrna, GA 30082
    770-444-3200

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  18. have your button http://theartofrandomwillynillyness.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-favorite-blogs.html

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  19. I would give this as a gift to my firnd who just had a baby a few months ago

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  20. The Colorado location is the closest to me... so it looks like online would be the way to go! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    lorifrost1 {at} gmail {dot} com

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  21. The Tennessee location is the closest to me (but not really that close). This is such a great idea!
    Thanks!
    davidandotis(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. It looks like the closest store to me is one that is 2 sates over. I live in NC and there is one in Georgia.
    gerrie.shaeffer@yahoo.com

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  26. The closest location to me for purchasing a PopATot is The Plaza Grill
    120 S.E. 6th
    Topekia, KS 66603
    (to purchase call)
    785-272-1894 (Jeanette)


    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  27. none in New England... but I guess the only store in PA would be my pick! These look very nice!

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

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  32. while I love to hold my grandson, he is getting heavier... and my arms aren't what they used to be after multiple surgeries. So I would use it from time to time to be able to watch him and play with him yet give my arms a break.

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

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  33. In the winter, and especially in the holidays this would be a great product to bring to friends and relatives houses that don't have little ones or don't want little ones running all over the place breaking stuff... you can put your little one in the Pop a Tot and be assured they are going nowhere yet will be entertained as well!

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

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  34. The closest place is Tiny Wonders
    506-C Cruise St.
    Corinth, MS 38834
    But that's not really close to me at all!

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  35. I would use the Popatot for my friends baby when she comes over and we workout! That way, baby won't get in the way of us Mommies getting fit!

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  36. In Winter months, the Popatot would be great for Christmas get togethers! Having a fun and safe place for baby to be put without being stepped on or getting in the adults way!

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  37. Thanks for reviewing this. It looks perfect for our lifestyle!

    Unfortunately, the closest location for us to buy it is almost 800 miles away in Colorado (The Baby Store Plus). So, on-line is a much better option. In fact, I'm going to add it to my wish list right now:)

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  38. I became a fan of PopATot on facebook
    Gerrie B Shaeffer
    gerrie.shaeffer@yahoo.com

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  39. twitter follower @shaeffermom and tweeted http://twitter.com/shaeffermom/status/5979601833
    gerrie.shaeffer@yahoo.com

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  40. I would first use this for my niece. She would have a ball playing in this. Then I would keep it when she outgrows it for any child that I may keep! I love to babysit and this would be great to have around.
    gerrie.shaeffer@yahoo.com

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  41. In the winter months this will be good to take out to sporting events or other activities. It also is a good way to stay inside on those cold days and have something to play with!
    gerrie.shaeffer@yahoo.com

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  42. The closest place near where I live is Precious Cargo in Smyrna, GA which isn't to, to far from me so that is great. Thanks for the Chance, awesome giveaway =)

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  45. The closest place is:
    Gingerbread House
    102 North Main
    Edwardsville, IL

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  47. I tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/_HeatherAnne_/status/6205168237

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  48. The closest one to me is
    Playtime in Elgin Illinois


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  50. I follow your blog as jelaws5

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  51. I could use it right now because I am babysitting my neighbor's little girl who is 8 months :)

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  52. Deb's Hair in Carbondale, IL is the closest.

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  53. I tweeted about the giveaway.
    http://twitter.com/era54/status/6212183673

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  54. I became a A Mom After God's Own Heart Facebook fan.

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  55. I became a PopATot Facebook fan.

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  56. The closest location for me is
    Deb's Hair
    1316 W. North St.
    Carbondale, IL 62901

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  57. The PopATot could be used during family gathers (Thanksgiving/Xmas) so the little ones don't try to pull the tree on themselves or pull the wrapping paper off of presents.

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  58. Mississippi

    Tiny Wonders
    506-C Cruise St.
    Corinth, MS 38834
    This would be the closest to me in ARkansas~ Thanks

    keithadanielle at yahoo dot com

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  59. Could be used in the winter months to keep litte crawlers away from space heaters! thanks

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  60. I would use the pop a tot when taking my son to church functions! Thanks

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  61. Precious Cargo
    1675 Cumberland Parkway, Ste 305
    Smyrna, GA 30082

    That's the closest place to me & I think it's like 4hrs away, lol.

    This is a really cool giveaway, thanks!!

    The pink & leopard print one rocks! Do we get to pick the color or is it the red/blue one that we get?

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  63. the_dog_days_of_life @ yahoo.com

    one way I'd use popatot would be during the day while hubby's working, I'd set it up in the kitchen so I can do my baking without having to worry about a little one underfoot

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  64. I follow your blog!

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  65. What a great thing to have!

    There isn't a retail location anywhere near me, but I think the closest would be Lil' Surprises in Frankfort, IL.

    xpsundell at gmail dot com

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  66. Oh, I guess I mentioned a way PopATot could be used in the winter in my last comment. My little one gets into everything, so this would be a great help keeping her out of places she shouldn't be! Or even just a place to hang out in the bathroom while I shower.

    xpsundell at gmail dot com

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  67. I would definitely use the PopATot when we visit family and friends that either have a non-kid-friendly home or just don't have anything for my little one to play with. Also, it would be great for the park!

    xpsundell at gmail dot com

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  68. I follow you on Twitter and tweeted!
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  69. During the winter months you could take it to the mall with you (well ok, during one winter month!, LOL) And whilst having to stand in that seemingly never ending line to see Santa, you can pop it open & put baby in. This way they aren't stuck in their stroller, they aren't having to be carried or they aren't having to stand by you while you hold their hand.
    Have one parent sit on a nearby bench, with the baby in popatot, within viewing range of the line & when the other parent gets close to being ready to see santa you simply get up & head on over & take your place in line beside them!

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  70. the_dog_days_of_life @ yahoo.com

    Subscribed to your blog!!

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