We were given the opportunity to test a pretty fun piece of baby equipment for the past month. Behold, the Pop-A-Tot.
Pop-A-Tot's creators are the parents of 5 children who, as outdoor enthusiasts, wanted a safe place for the smallest member of their family while they were out and about.
The Pop-A-Tot is a great alternative for an Exersaucer. I love the fact that it's as lightweight enough to literally carry along on your shoulder. The carry bag allows you to tote it along quite easily. Remarkably, it doesn't feel awkward to carry.
It pulls out of the bag and opens easily, fastening with two clips.
Initially, we were hesitant about the product because it seemed like our 6 month old was swallowed in it and her legs didn't touch. The age range is 6 months to 18 months, so we knew we were on the young end of the age range. (And come to find out, we had quite a tiny 6 month old). There is no height adjustment. But C seemed to love being in it for short periods of time and eventually, we decided to pad the bottom with something sturdy to allow her feet to rest on something. After that, she enjoyed being in the seat even more.
As she's grown, she's come to enjoy it more and more. So far, we've taken it outside, to grandmom's house, to a promotional event for a local restaurant, to Thanksgiving dinner, and often put it into the trunk to take to places where baby-proofing might be at a minimum.
The Pop-A-Tot runs about $50-$60 which I think is definitely worth it. It's about on par with an Exersaucer, price wise. The major difference between a Pop-A-Tot and an Exersaucer is the versitility of the entertainment. On an Exersaucer, the toys are generally fixed, (though you can get older versions where there are no toys, which allows you to put your own on the tray). The Pop-A-Tot has tabs where you can attach toys via linking rings, (the common component to most play mats). Toys can be rotated to keep a child's interest.
The Pop-A-Tot also has cupholders for snacks and drinks, though C loves putting toys into them and taking them out.
We started off as fans of this product and we're enjoying it more and more with every use. For those with more than one child, this is a great way to provide a safe place for your littlest one at events for your older kids. Because of it's compact storage size, it's also an ideal alternative for those who have small apartments or houses. I'd recommend it for sure.
Check out the Pop-A-Tot site for more information and for ordering information.
The Pop-A-Tot makes life with a little one much easier, and that works for me. For more Works-For-Me-Wednesday tips, visit Rocks in My Dryer.