Hi Cody's Mom, welcome to the Tu family! As I always say to the parents here, I admire you guys so much for all that you do for your kids. I'm Type 1 but wasn't diagnosed until I was 27 so I didn't have to deal with all this during those early years. One day Cody is really going to appreciate all that you're doing to keep him healthy.
As far as pumps go, I'm currently on the OmniPod and love it. There are parents on Tu who have small children currently on OmniPod so hopefully they will chime in.
After 25 years, I finally switched from injections to a pump and I wish I had done it long ago. For me, the learning curve with a pump was not as big a deal I think because I already knew the mechanics of carb counting and insulin.
Since Caleb was just diagnosed a few months ago, you may want to make sure you read and learn as much as you can about pumping and insulin activity. Learning the diabetes part and the pumping part all at once creates a bigger learning curve.
I think there are many pros to going to the OmniPod for an adult or a child. With the OmniPod there is no tubing to deal with. That was huge for me. I don't want to have to get used to manipulating tubing when I'm sleeping or under my clothes. The OmniPod helps me feel less like a PWD because I forget that I have it on and don't have to wear anything on my belt - more freedom. I actually will forget where I've placed the pod and have to "pat down" to find it.
I also like the fact that the OmniPod has an auto-insertion and priming process. You put the pod on and push a button on the remote pdm to insert the canula on the pod. It feels just like a rubber band popped you and you're set and ready to go. Super easy. You never see anything that looks like a needle.
With OmniPod, I can bathe or shower or swim and never stop basal delivery because I don't remove anything. I have had no problems with the adhesive on the pods from water; if anything, I have to pull hard to get the pods off.
I haven't had any pods malfunction and when I pull a pod early because of a potential site issue, OmniPod has always replaced those pods for me at no cost.
I would try the different pumps out and choose the one that suits Cody best. I've heard other parents say that they've worn saline filled trial pumps themselves to try out how they feel before they try it on their child so you may want to consider that as an option.
Definitely read and re-read the book Pumping Insulin by John Walsh. It's an easy read and written in an easy to understand manner.
Good luck and please keep posting and asking questions. You will find much love, support and encouragement here. :)