We bought this for my daughter who has developmental disabilities and is unable to stand unassisted. This is a great way to involve her in the kitchen and not worry about her losing her balance. Although our situation may be a bit unusual, I can see how it would be helpful for any small child as they often tend to fidget and move around while standing on chairs, and this just takes away the chance of any accidents in the kitchen. It is a bit pricey but the peace of mind is worth it.
Okay as a parent i know only too well that there are lots of products out there that seem like good ideas when you see them but when you actually hand over money and then show them to your child its game over. This i thought might be one of those products but i was willing to give it a go even with it being a bit pricey for what looked like maybe a wooden box. It arrived fine and was easy to assemble. I bought it for when my little boy had started walking as he was begging to get up high so he could see what i was doing when cooking/making meals. I am so glad i bought this it got his seal of approval straight away and he loved being in it!! Once he was properly walking and running he stopped wanting to go in it so much as he just wanted to run around burning off energy, during this time it made a good storage box, especially for hiding things from him that he had got a hold of. He is now 18 months old and has been asking to go back in it the last few weeks. He loves watching me cook and going in it to wash his hands at the kitchen sink (which he could stand and do for hours) My only negative is that it is heavy to move about however it does have handles for moving and fits nicely under the kitchen work top. Overall an excellent product and would recommend!!
I bought this for my 18 month old son and it is fantastic. As a lady who is in the kitchen alot and spends alot of time baking this allows my child to Join in.
Also when he doesn't want to sit in his booster sea I sand him in his box close to the table and he was away without feeling so trapped :) worth the money!
We bought this as a little extravagence - it is fair to say that at £100 it is not cheap. However, it was money extremely well spent, this is truly a lovely piece of kit.
The problem we faced was a very active 14 month old boy who liked being involved. In everything! He particularly loves helping me cook and this was becoming very impractical.
I considered getting a sling but then happened on a recommendation for the FunPod. My son took to it immediately. He stands happily in it for any length of time, he "cooks" with me on the work surface, he puts knives and forks into the rack. He loves being up at Daddy height. He also loves playing Peek-a-Boo in it. He doesn't at all look or feel hemmed in it. If anything, I think he regards it as his own little private space. It is always funny to find what he has stashed away in it when I take him out.
It is very well made and finished, sturdy and HEAVY. It does require a bit of "lugging around" but then if it was lighter it would not be solid.
We have a very small kitchen and it is not entirely practical to have this in there but it seems to be revolutionising our time in there. Archie has gone from being clingy and demanding to being happy as larry. This may be due to the novelty and time will tell if the novelty wears off but I suspect and hope that it will not - after all, the possibilities of what he can do once he is in his Pod are endless...
Finally, I had a small concern about the Pod and am happy to say that I received a very warm welcome when I called Little Helper (the manufacturer) who were friendly and courteous and resolved my question very well. Worth mentioning as this is not always the case...
I had one of these years ago for my first child, not actually planning to have another so sold it. I then had a lovely accident and hey presto, baby no. 2 so I have bought another one knowing how great it was first time round. I can’t praise it enough – we use it every day and then some. Highly recommended!
Keeps my wee ones a bit happier than setting them on the floor, they love being up higher. We have, ah hem, slightly adjusted it to add a few inches to occassionally accommodate my 18 month old twins I'm sure this is NOT endorsed/recommended by the company but there is no way we could have two in the house!
When she was too young to understand to keep away from the oven, this worked well to keep her safe and entertained as she could watch me. Now we use it when she helps with cooking. I can see us using this for years. I know that we all stood on chairs as children, but I like to think that if this had been available our parents would have used them... Just in case. I have also purchased a stick on blackboard which I have stuck to one side so that it has a function when tucked away as well! Not great for a small kitchen though...
We knew of this product because our eldest granddaughter has had one for just over a year in her own home and has loved being in it from the beginning. We bought this one for when she and other grandchildren come to visit. Our second grandchild is only just big enough to use it, but she loves it too as she is able to stand up in it and be close to us. We are very pleased with the funpod as it is very sturdy and stable, and even a small toddler is secure in it.
After persuading my husband that we should splash out on a FunPod (he thought it was too expensive!) we have both agreed that we have definitely got our money's worth!
All 3 of us, in particular my very own little helper, all love meal times! It's so lovely to enjoy time as a family in the kitchen, baking and preparing meals with the added advantage that I am confident that my little one is safe while she is my mini sous chef!
Bought this for my 18m old neice for christmas as she likes to see what's going on in the kitchen and is getting too heavy to lift and still wangle the kettle etc - so far so good, she can see and it is keeping her out of mischief - not had long enough to test against other comments regarding water on here, but instructions do warn that it should be wiped down if wet.
Our little one has used this since before he could stand properly and it seemed to help him get his confidence. He can stand and watch us cook in safety but also likes to play at the sink or have a snack while stood in it. We think it's a must for anybody with a pre-toddler through to whatever age he outgrows the need for a stool to reach the sink/worktop.
- My 16 month old LOVES her funpod. She enjoys being up to the kitchen work top with us whatever we're doing and she also enjoys playing and sitting in the 'box'. She requests to go 'up... up.... up' which makes my life so much easier as she can be involved in my cooking/baking whilst being busy doing lots of messy play/exploring whilst i am near her as at 16 months standing her on a chair is very difficult/dangerous. FOor this reason it is well worth the money.
- The funpod is spacious and safe. My little one is tall for her age and is on the second setting to be at chest height with the kitchen worktop. Lots of growing room!
- Easy to move around on our laminate floor leaving no marks.
Only issue i've found (which i knew would happen( is that due to the safety feature of a large base on the funpod, when the funpod is against a cupboard where there is no bottom recess for the base to go under there is a space of around 7cm between the front of the fun pod and the worktop meaning lots of picking things up off the floor when my little one is up at the worktop and drops things. I try to get her up where there is a cupboard so the top of the funpod is flush wiht the worktop but we only have a small kitchen so sometimes she is round the end of our island for safety reasons when the hob is on so she can still see what i'm doing at a safe distance and i can talk/play with her.
Perfect around the kitchen for my little helper. She can stand in the height adjustable box and help to her hearts content (reminder, it is not the products responsibility to move sharp or breakable objects out of reach!).
This has honestly changed my life! I can now work in the kitchen and turn my back occasionally, safe in the knowledge by 17 month old is safe. He really likes it and asks to go into it so he can play in the sink. Even my (light) 4 year old loves it. I have recommended it to lots of people and they love it too!