We got our first inflatable airplane bed for toddlers way back in 2016 and have been using that original Fly Tot inflatable toddler airplane bed plus a couple of others ever since. We always find a way to bring our airplane beds for toddlers on our long haul flights, knowing it’s our best chance for a good sleep when flying with toddlers and kids.
We sometimes feel like the extra space to bring the airplane travel bed for toddlers (plus having to carry them around for our entire trip) might not be worth it, but when flying with toddler that extra space for playing and sleeping always ends up being more that worth it. In the end, they are one of our airplane essentials for toddlers and we never regret bringing them!
Even just a few hours of getting a toddler to sleep on the plane (and not on our laps) is worth it to us.
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In this post, we will review three of the best inflatable airplane travel beds for toddlers and kids. We’ll include a few of the other popular ones and how they compare.
If these just aren’t in your travel budget right now, you can check out these top budget inflatable airplane travel beds for toddlers we recommend to turn the airplane seat into a bed.
You can get an airplane bed for toddlers in one of these 4 types of seat extenders for the airplane:
- Cube shaped blow up cushions (that you’ll find in our list of budget inflatable footrests).
- Mushroom shaped inflatable plane cushions like the Fly Tot.
- An inflatable cushion that covers the entire seat and area between the seats like the Flyaway kids bed.
- A ride-on suitcase that converts to a toddler airplane travel bed like the JetKids Bed Box.
Best Airplane Beds for Toddlers
Are inflatable Airplane Beds Allowed on Planes?
Yes, for some airlines. It’s important that you research your airline before using an inflatable airplane bed for kids or the JetKids Bed Box suitcase. We can speak from experience that airlines which have a strict no-use policy will ask you to remove it if you set it up.
Which Airlines Will Allow You to Use An Airplane Inflatable Bed?
Where possible the companies have listed the airlines that have either given approval for using their airplane travel bed for kids or given an indication that it could be used at the discretion of the flight crew.
- Plane Pal Approved Airlines
- Kooshy Kids Approved Airlines
- Fly Tot Approved Airlines
- Flyaway Kids Bed Approved Airlines
- JetKids Bed Box Approved Airlines
Our Tips for Successfully using a Toddler Travel Bed for the Airplane
An inflatable airplane bed, like the Fly Tot or Flyaway Kids Bed, is the best way to create space to play and for sleeping. With these tips, your airplane travel bed for a baby, toddler or child will increase your odds of success for getting your little one to sleep.
- If using it as a plane seat extender for your baby, never leave your baby unattended since she can still roll off.
- You will need a reserved seat for your baby or toddler to use an inflatable bed for the airplane. Your toddler (under 2 years old) or baby will need to be in your lap for takeoff, landing and during any turbulence.
- If a flight attendant requests you to put your child in your lap, please politely comply – even if your baby or toddler is sleeping. They are looking out for the safety of your child.
- Make sure to position your child’s head near the back of the seat with feet on the toddler airplane bed, so you can use the seat belt in case of sudden turbulence.
- Never try to use your Bed Box or inflatable airplane beds for kids during taxi, takeoff or landing. We prefer to wait until the meal service is complete and everyone is settled in their seats.
- Make sure you have the correct seats for using travel bed for toddlers on the plane. You will need a reserved seat or a spare seat to use it with. Only use it in the window seat or the middle seat of the center row on larger airplanes.
- Never use your toddler travel bed for the airplane in a way that might impact other passengers. When used properly it should not interfere with the person in front of you or their ability to recline.
- Never try to inflate it in the aisle, do it within the confines of your seat. You’ll want to inflate the airplane seat bed for toddlers in place anyways to get the most snug fit.
- If you are asked to remove it, politely apologize and remove it. Flight attendants are your best friend when flying with a baby or toddler. In most cases using one of these airplane sleep aids is at the discretion of the flight crew.
What Ages is an Inflatable Airplane Travel Bed Suitable for?
Typically they are geared towards children who are 2 to 7 years old, given that you would have an airplane seat purchased for a child in this age range. They can still be used for infants and babies, if you have a reserved seat or are able to get a spare seat next to you.
What Can You do if Your Airline Doesn’t Allow You to Use an Airplane Bed for Toddlers?
If you are flying with a baby, you can request a bassinet (if available and if you are seated in the bulk head seats). Otherwise, we recommend bringing a baby carrier for travel on the airplane. You can use it after takeoff to help get your baby to sleep.
If you have a purchased seat for your toddler or baby on the airplane, you can travel with a car seat if it will help your baby or toddler sleep.
If you don’t have a purchased seat, always ask if there are any spare seats on the flight. You can bring your car seat right to the gate and gate check it if you can’t get a spare seat.
And the big question…Are Inflatable Airplane Beds for Toddlers and Kids Worth It?
The answer to that question will depend on how much you intend to use it and the age of your children. If you buy it early on (when they are 2 years old) and plan to use it at least once a year, then yes, the cost is absolutely worth it. Especially if you will be doing long haul flights.
It’s no big deal to have a child sleep on your lap for a short flight, but when we are talking several hours… I would say that having them have their own space where they can spread out is more than worth it.
If you will only use it on one or two flights, then you can probably survive without it. The flight is a very short portion of your trip.
Don’t forget, you can also make use of them on other forms of transportation like on trains or ferries. The airplane travel bed for your toddler can even be used in a car.
More Toddler Travel Resources
- Best Places to Travel with Toddlers
- Top 10 Toddler Travel Essentials you Shouldn’t Leave Home Without
- Best Airplane Activities for Babies and Travel Toys for Toddlers
- Top Tips for Traveling with a Potty Training Toddler
- Best Travel Potty Chairs and Folding Toilet Seats for Toddlers
- 5 Things You Must Know Before a Road Trip with Baby or Toddler
- Dealing with Toddler and Baby Jet Lag
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