This amazing carry-on bag turns airplane seats into beds for kids

child in JetBox looking out airplane window

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Traveling with little ones is no small feat. If you ask most parents, they would probably rather endure a root canal than face a long flight with their small children.

However, sometimes traveling is a must. This is especially true for vacations and around holidays. Not to mention, traveling is a learning experience for children. It’s important for them to experience other parts of the world and to learn the value of patience and playing quietly.

Thankfully, one handy item is making traveling with kids much easier.

BedBox in 5 colors

$229 at Stokke

The JetKids BedBox is so genius that you will wonder how you survived without it for all of these years. It’s a suitcase that turns into a bed, and it will make nap time at 32,000 feet much more comfortable for your kiddos.

The BedBox works for children ages 2-7 and it has multiple uses.

child riding on bedbox

Kids can ride on it through the airport and store their stuffed animals and blankies inside of it, as well as small toys, diapers, a change of clothes — you name it.

The BedBox also stores neatly under the seat so you can grab it mid-flight.

You can use the BedBox to help prop up little ones’ legs, but most importantly, it turns into a bed.

child sleeping in bedbox

MORE: 8 mistakes to avoid making while traveling with kids

About BedBox

The BedBox was created by a former aircraft engineer and airline captain together with his wife.

After years of traveling with their kids and struggling with the experience, they decided to create a cozier way for kids to fly.

“For many parents, the real hassle about traveling starts when the child has to be seated for hour after hour,” according to the product page. “The children usually get tired and exhausted, and many of them will need their sleep. However, the sleeping opportunities for children onboard aircrafts are very limited.”

The BedBox works as a convenient solution inside the airport as well.

If you have ever wanted a clean surface to change your baby’s diaper in the airport or a place to lay them while you grab a quick bite, then this is the perfect solution for you.

And, if you have any jet-setting parents on your gift list, this is a perfect present for them!

Things to Consider

Some airlines don’t allow you to use the JetKids suitcase, but that seems to also be dependent on the flight attendants you encounter. The box also can only be set up when at cruising altitude and has to be stored during takeoff and landing.

Parent Perspective: We purchased a BedBox for a recent trans-Pacific and transcontinental trip with our two young children, and it was used by our 4-year-old. It definitely helped him sleep better on our two evening flights because he could stretch his legs out and get more horizontal. He also loved being pulled through the airport on it.

The biggest downsides were that the longer pull strap kept getting stuck in the front wheels when our son dropped it, and my two kids fought over who would get to use the suitcase. My almost-2-year-old loved pulling the suitcase but she was a little too unsteady to sit on it.

Pro Tip: Someone recommended we use travel vacuum bags to suck out the air on the BedBox mattress and padded rails, and that did give us more room to add blankets and stuffed animals (also vacuum condensed).

Anna Weaver contributed to this review

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