We love boarding an aeroplane for our holidays, but when it’s not your average hour’s flight, Stanley gets fidgety and there’s barely enough space for him to lay down- that’s where the BedBox comes into play. The JetKids BedBox was created by an entrepreneurial parenting duo who have experience in children’s products and saw a gap in the market for an in-flight children’s bed.
We had the pleasure of being sent a BedBox for us to trial during our flight to Turkey recently on our May half term holiday. While it is only a 4 hour flight, this was the longest the boys have ever done and we were also aware that our journey home was to be a night flight! The BedBox is both a suitcase AND a bed! It’s a ride-on that contains a handy lightweight mattress which, when assembled the correct way, turns into a platform for your 12mth to 4year old to sleep and stretch out on.
Stan decorated his with some stickers and LOVED taking charge of it when we arrived at the airport. He pulled it along by the strap and looked like a chuffed Cheshire Cat with his own personal hand-luggage! When we got onto the plane, we obviously had to store it in the overhead locker until we were in the air and the captain had turned off the seatbelt sign. Once we got it down, I assembled it effortlessly for Stanley as he was sat in the middle seat. For this journey he was only keen to use it without the mattress which was fine, as it meant he could have his legs elevated. When we landed in Antalya Airport, the BedBox then became a fun ride-on while the children waited patiently for us to find our luggage.
On our night flight home, the children were super tired so I was very much looking forward to setting up the bed for Stan. The cabin crew on this particular flight didn’t appear too thrilled with me wanting to assemble it. They questioned and queried it’s purpose, but eventually said we could use it. Stanley fell asleep, however yet again made a ‘fuss’ about using the mattress again (thanks matey).
While this product ticks a lot of boxes and definitely does what it says, in my opinion, like everything there is still room for improvements. Not ALL flights allow a product like this because it obstructs the foot-well, so it’s worth checking before you purchase. There is a list of airlines HERE who have approved its use. JetKids are working intensively hard to get more airlines on board. Each time the seatbelt sign goes on (turbulence etc), you MUST store the BedBox back in the overhead locker, which of course can be disruptive especially if the child is sleeping on it, however you have to adhere to all safety regulations. I would imagine this is perfect for a long haul flight because it would get used to the maximum potential.
The BedBox by JetKids is a great concept and made to the highest standard.
Visit the website to purchase your next holiday investment piece HERE.
by Laura x