Getting children to sleep on a plane can be a challenge for parents who travel. A new product called BedBox aims to solve that. It transforms from your child’s carry-on bag into a comfy bed.
BedBox, which is made by a Norwegian start-up called JetKids, won the 2017 Product Innovation Award at The International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas. It’s actually three products in one: A child’s carry-on bag, a ride-on suitcase and an in-flight bed. It’s intended for children up to age 7.
As a suitcase, BedBox is a plastic storage bin that holds up to 5 gallons worth of items, perfect for toys. It has swivel wheels and is sturdy enough for kids to ride on it through the airport. The suitcase is 14.2 inches high by 7.9 inches wide by 18.1 inches long, which is small enough to bring aboard most airlines.
To transform BedBox into an in-flight bed, you simply place it in front of the seat and wrap the pull strap around the bar beneath the seat. Then flip the lid upside down, slide out the panel that supports the bed and unroll the mattress pad. The mattress can be hand-washed.
JetKids says BedBox fits most economy class seats and doesn’t impede the seat in front of it from reclining. But it can only be used during the cruise portion of a flight. It’s not intended to be used during taxi, take-off, landing and turbulence. Some parents may want to put their kids to sleep as soon as they board or may not want to wake them when the captain announces turbulence, but a flight attendant will likely enforce the rules that all bags must be stowed beneath the seat or in the overhead bin during these times.
BedBox Reviews are Mixed
BedBox sells for $199 and can be found at a few retailers in the United States, including one that’s available on Amazon.
It may have just won a prestigious award, but reviews on Amazon are mixed. At the time of the award, it has only 2.8 out of 5 stars. Here’s what some reviewers are saying about BedBox’s quality and safety:
“Side rail cushions are a complete joke. They have velcro along the bottom and you set them on top of the edge of the ‘mattress’ which is a half inch thick piece of foam. There is zero structural integrity to this configuration, and the velcro stripes create sharp edges for baby fingers to explore.”
“The wheels don’t lock into place so there is no way to secure the bed box in it’s spot once it is set up as a bed and can roll/move if you accidentally bump it, which seems unsafe with a child sleeping on it.”
“Our 2 and a half year old son loved it! He loves sitting on it and being pulled in the airport. Rolls very easily. He loved putting his toys in it. It kept him busy in the airport.”