I recently stumbled onto a video about the BedBox by JetKids—a ride-on suitcase for kids up to 7 years old that also helps convert a regular airplane seat into a small bed. What a concept! If you haven’t heard about (or seen) the BedBox yet, here are some points to consider in deciding if it might be helpful for your family.
Pros of the BedBox:
Keeps little legs from dangling restlessly—or kicking the forward seat—by providing support even during waking hours.
Can be used with the safety belt when sitting upright, using as leg support.
Provides a clean, lie-flat sleeping surface in flight for babies through kindergartners with their own seats.
Gets kids moving through the airport whether pulled or self-propelled.
Cons of the BedBox:
Not to be used during taxiing, take-off, or landing, and must be stowed like carry-on at those times.
May not fit beneath seats in smaller, regional airplanes like Spirit or Horizon.
Might interfere with forward passenger’s seat recline in some situations—but may not be a concern if used on the bulkhead row.
At $170 U.S. retail, the BedBox may not be a worthwhile investment for everyone, but for a some family travelers it may be well worth that (or even more—what price would you pay for sleeping toddlers in flight?! Especially on an overseas flight?). A global directory of BedBox retailers is available here.
Some parents have already shared their thoughts and questions about the BedBox on our Facebook page if you’d like to join the conversation.
And here’s that video where you can see the BedBox in action:
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