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Airplane Bed for Toddlers – Flyaway Kids Bed Review

As parents, there’s nothing quite as bad as being stuck in a cramped space and trying to manage an overactive toddler. Though the flight is just a small part of the trip, we all still want it to go well, but there are no guarantees when flying with a toddler. There is one thing that can help improve a flight with a toddler immensely and that’s getting a toddler to sleep on the airplane. If only there were airplane beds for toddlers?😉

image of toddler holding book sleeping on plane on airplane travel bed for toddlers

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We were gifted the Flyaway Kids Bed from Flyaway Designs, but as always, all opinions are our own.

After you’ve spent countless hours entertaining your toddler with all the best airplane travel toys you could cram in your bag, you’re ready for a break! Depending on the age of your child, you might be able to pull out the iPad and enjoy a few relaxing moments while your toddler enjoys a short show.

toddler airplane activities

(I promise, as your child gets older, you’ll even be able to watch your own movie while flying with kids).

If you’re on a long-haul flight with your toddler, then you’ll definitely want to get your toddler to sleep during the flight, whether it’s just for a nap or even a night sleep depending on your flight time. We have been big proponents of using a toddler bed for flights and swear by them to get toddlers and kids to sleep on the airplane.

What are these magical travel beds for toddlers on planes?

It’s an inflatable cushion for the airplane that fills the gap between your toddlers seat and the seat in front of them. These inflatable seat extenders along with your toddlers seat on the airplane will create an airplane bed for toddlers and kids.

airplane bed for toddler inflated on seat in airplane

There have been several of these inflatable flight cushions for toddlers around for years, but what’s the latest in inflatable airplane beds for toddlers?

We had a chance to test out the Flyaway Kids Bed recently. Though it’s a similar idea to what we’ve seen already like the Fly Tot, Plane Pal or Kooshy Kids inflatable cushions, it’s a little bit different with some definite improvements.

If anything, I’d say that it combines the best of the Fly Tot inflatable airplane travel bed for toddlers and kids with the JetKids BedBox (a wheeled carry-on that also turns the airplane seat into a bed for children), while reducing the bulk.

Flyaway Kids Bed Review

What is the Flyaway Kids Bed

The Flyaway Kids Bed was created by Flyaway Designs, like many of us, she’s a mom who struggled through too many long-haul flights with toddlers and knew there had to be a better way!

The Flyaway Kids Bed is an inflatable airplane cushion that works to transform your child’s airplane seat into a toddler bed for the plane.

It works slightly different than the other inflatable travel footrests on the market which work as a seat extender by fitting in the floor area between your child’s seat the seat in front of them. Instead, the Flyaway Kids Bed covers both your toddlers seat and the area between, but it keeps the floor space available!

Once installed your toddler can use it play, eat and sleep on the plane.

Child on airplane travel bed for toddler (Flyaway Kids Bed)

What’s included with the Flyaway Kids Bed

In addition to the Flyaway Kids Bed inflatable cushion, you’ll find a handy card with instructions for use, a travel bag and a compact pump in your box.

How do you use the Flyaway Kids Bed to turn the airplane seat into a bed

Set up of the Flyaway Kids Bed is simple! You unfold the inflatable toddler airplane bed then inflate valve 1, followed by valve 2. And voila, a toddler bed for the plane!

You can set it up as soon as you are ready (after take-off during the cruising portion of your flight) and it also makes an ideal place for your toddler or child to use the tray table or play.

We always recommend trying out any new toddler travel gear at home first before using it on your trip. While it’s simple to use, you probably don’t want to be trying it out for the first time on your flight.

Putting the Flyaway Kids Bed away is even easier, just open the valves and squeeze the air out. I did have a little difficulty folding it back up the first time within the confines of my seat, but it’s easy enough to carry it off and fold it up smaller when you have the time and space.

What are the rules for using the Flyaway Kids Bed & using it safely

Airplane beds for kids can only be used in window seats or the center seat of the middle block on larger planes.

You can only use the Flyaway Kids Bed and other inflatable airplane seat cushions after takeoff. We all hate doing it, but you’ll have to wake up your child when the plane starts to descend. Airplane toddler beds cannot be used during takeoff or landing.

The seatbelt can (and should) be used while your child is sitting or sleeping. When your child is fast asleep on their inflatable bed for the airplane, make sure they have their head towards the back of their own seat and fasten the seatbelt across their chest.

image of getting a toddler to sleep on a flight with a toddler travel bed for airplane

The Flyaway Kids inflatable airplane toddler bed can be used in bulkhead seats but not in the exit row.

Best Seat Selection for Using the Flyaway Kids Bed

To ensure the best chance at using an inflatable flight cushion for toddlers, make sure you have the right seats. This diagram shows where it can be used inflight (after takeoff and before landing, of course).

Image of which seats to choose to be able to use an airplane bed for toddlers

What’s so great about the Flyaway Kids Bed

Like the other inflatable beds for airplanes, the Flyaway Kids bed will create an airplane bed for toddlers or kids. This leaves you free to move around instead of staying perfectly still with a child’s head on your lap.

Since your child has their own sleeping area, they have a chance at getting a much better sleep. They’ll be undisturbed on their airplane travel beds. Our kids, once asleep, don’t wake up until WE have to wake them up before landing to fold it away.

Which airlines allow the Flyaway Kids Bed

The Flyaway Kids Bed has been approved by over 50 airlines. They do a great job at keeping their website up-to-date with all the airlines that have approved the Flyaway Kids Bed.

Airlines that have approved the Flyaway Kids Bed:

From their Website at the time this post was published (and several more leave it to the discretion of the cabin crew and even more are in the process of assessing it):

 Aeroflot,    AirAsia,    AirAsia India,    AirAsia Indonesia,    AirAsia X Indonesia,    AirAsia Japan,    AirAsia Malaysia,    AirAsia X Malaysia,    AirAsia Philippines,    AirAsia Thailand,    AirAsia X Thailand,    Air Calin,   Air Canada,  Air China,   Air Mauritius,    Air Transat,   Air Vanuatu,    American Airlines,    ANA,   Angola Airlines,    Cathay Dragon,    Cathay Pacific,    China Airlines,   Delta,    EasyJet,   Ethiopian Airlines,   Etihad Airlines,    Eva Air,    Frontier Airlines,   Garuda Indonesia,    Icelandair,    JAL Japan Airlines,    JetBlue,    Jet Star Pacific (Vietnam),    Jet2 .com,    KLM,    LATAM,    LOT Polish,    Luxair,    Malaysia Airlines,    Norwegian Airlines,   Scoot,    Silk Air,    Singapore Airlines,    TAP Portugal,    Utair Airlines,   Vietnam Airlines,    Virgin Australia,   WestJet.

For our fellow Canadian moms flying with a toddler, you’ll be pleased to see both Air Canada and WestJet on that approved list.

image of toddler sleeping on Flyaway Kids Bed (airplane bed for kids)

Curious about your airline? See which airlines have approved the Flyaway Kids Bed here.

Airlines that have banned the Flyaway Kids Bed:

United Airlines, Philippine Airlines (PAL), Korean Airlines, Asiana, Fiji Airways

I can speak from experience about Korean Airlines, that they will request you remove your inflatable travel pillow for toddlers if you set it up.                                        

Tips for successful use of the Flyaway Kids Airplane Bed for Toddlers

image of boy on travel bed for toddler on plane
  1. If you’ve called your airline and they’ve told you that all airplane beds for kids are not allowed, that may not be the case. It’s possible that the use of one of these plane beds for kids is up to the discretion of the flight crew.

    You risk purchasing it and not using it, but there will be future flights! The Flyaway Kids Bed has a recommended age of 2 to 7 years old, so you’ll have plenty of time to get use out of it.

  2. Don’t try using a toddler airplane travel bed during takeoff or landing. We recommend waiting until the meal has been cleared and everyone is settling into their flight. This is the best time to discreetly inflate it without any disruption to your fellow passengers or the flight crew.

  3. If you are told you can’t use the toddler airplane bed, please be respectful to the flight crew, apologize and remove it.

  4. Don’t give the flight crew a reason to ask you to put it away. Use your inflatable travel cushion only in the seats that won’t block anyone.

    Inflate it within the confines of your seat rather than in the aisle. You’ll want to do this anyways so that you only inflate it to fit within the space.

  5. Always put the seat belt on your child, whether they are sleeping or just sitting on the Flyaway Kids Bed.

    If my child seems uncomfortable with the seat belt as he’s getting his wiggles out before he falls asleep, I’ll put it on immediately after he falls asleep. I usually take the time to get the seat belt ready before he falls asleep.

What are the Pros & Cons of the Flyaway Kids Bed

image of what's inside the box of the Flyaway Kids Bed - includes inflatable airplane cushion, travel bag and pump

Cons

  • Like any extra toddler travel gear, it’s going to take up space and add weight to your carry-on.

  • While the price of the Flyaway Kids Beds is on the higher end of the inflatable airplane travel beds, I was impressed with the quality of it. The upfront cost may seem like a lot, when compared to some of the cheaper alternatives, but in my opinion the benefits are more than worth it.

    Let me ask you this, would you pay $100 to have your child sleep on the flight? Plus, there’s the added benefit of not having to blow it up with your mouth and the risk is low that you’ll get a leak compared to cheaper versions.

  • I did find that because this adds to the height of seat, the tray table was resting on my son’s legs when I had it down. It wasn’t a huge deal; I just kept his drinks on my tray.

    You also need to be careful that your child’s head is at the back of their seat, since the additional height would make it possible for them to get bumped in the head if the person in front reclines.

  • As previously mentioned, I found it slightly more difficult to fold up within the confines of my seat. The extra piece that inflates to be the supporting leg was the issue.

    But I had gone against my own advice and used it on the airplane for the first time. My husband later folded it up properly and said it was easy (not sure what I was doing wrong). It easily fit back in the travel bag along with the pump.

Pros

  • Like the other toddler beds for flights, you’ll get the benefit of more sleep, more space and more freedom! You’ll be free to move around and not worry about disturbing your sleeping child.

  • It’s fast and easy to inflate and deflate.

  • It does not affect the person in front or their ability to recline.

  • We used it for the first time on a short 4-hour flight. It was an evening flight and we wanted our son to sleep, so we felt it was worth the effort to bring it.

    He easily fell asleep on it an hour into our flight and slept soundly until I woke him up. Without hesitation, it will be coming with us on our next flight.

How Does the Flyaway Kids Inflatable Airplane Cushion Compare to other Airplane Beds for Toddlers?

Here is where the Flyaway Kids Bed really shines compared to the Fly Tot inflatable airplane cushion and the Fly Tot alternatives.

1. The Flyaway Kids Bed folds up to roughly the same size as the Fly Tot, but where it saves a lot of space is in the pump. It’s a much smaller and easier to use pump.

image of flyaway kids airplane inflatable bed and fly tot inflatable airplane cushion side by side

2. The Flyaway Kids Bed inflates in 90 seconds, where the others can take a 2-3 minutes or longer if you don’t have a pump (like with the cheaper airplane seat cushions for planes).

3. The Flyaway Kids Bed has bumpers like the JetKids BedBox, which are helpful if you have a little one who moves around a lot or likes to drop their toys!

image of pump for airplane bed for toddlers

4. Also similar to the JetKids BedBox, the Flyaway Kids Bed has a support leg that keeps the floor space available for storing your bags. Other inflatable footrest types fill that space instead.

5. The Flyaway Kids Bed has been designed with a pressure release valve to help adjust the pressure inside during the flight.

6. The Flyaway Kids bed keeps the flight bed for toddlers at one even level. The other inflatable plane cushions can be lower than the seat, which can cause some discomfort though it’s never been a major issue for us.

airplane bed for toddlers with child sleeping on plane

7. The Flyaway Kids bed can be used in the bulkhead seats. The other toddler plane seat extenders may need to be flipped to fill the space or may not fit in as securely.

8. It has the most approved airlines of all the inflatable airplane beds for toddlers.

Is the Flyaway Kids Airplane Bed just for toddlers?

While it’s recommended use of the Flyaway Kids Bed is for toddlers and kids (from ages 2 to 7 years old), it can be used as an airplane bed for babies. You can only use it as a baby bed for flights if you’ve purchased a seat for your baby (or toddler under 2 years old) or you’ve lucked out with getting a spare seat while flying with a baby.

If you have purchased a seat for a toddler under 2 years old, make sure you know the rules of your airline and if a child restraint is mandatory.

If you plan to use an inflatable travel pillow for a baby airplane bed, you will still need to pick your baby up during takeoff, landing and during any turbulence – even if your baby is sleeping!

It is worth Purchasing a Toddler Airplane Bed

From our experience it has been more than worth lugging our airplane beds for toddlers. Our kids have slept on every flight that we have used these inflatable airplane beds for kids on.

There have been a few flights where we left them behind because the flights were too short, and we weren’t sure the kids would sleep because of the time of the flights. As luck would have it, they did fall asleep on me and it made for a very long flight!

I recommend buying one when your toddler is 2 years old (if you aren’t traveling with a car seat on the plane) so you get the most use out of it.

Where to buy the Flyaway Kids Bed

You can buy the Flyaway Kids Bed directly from their website using our coupon code BABYCANTRAVEL10 for a 10% OFF discount.

Note: You will also have to pay for Express Global Shipping of $10 USD

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