A first class travel experience for kids?
My daughter recently turned two (read all about her bunny themed birthday party here) which means when travelling on a plane she’ll have to have her own seat now. No more sitting on mummy’s and daddy’s lap, yay! We recently went on holiday to Greece and whilst I was looking forward to having a seat for myself again, I was slightly worried how Vicky would cope. She never seems to be able to sit still and I was worried that she would try to slide down from the seat to sit on the floor. Our holiday involved an outbound flight during Vicky’s nap time and an inbound flight in the evening well past her bedtime, so I was also hoping to somehow being able to make it comfortable enough for her to sleep. I had heard great things about the JetKids by Stokke BedBox – a ride-on suitcase that transforms your child’s seat on the plane (or train / ferry) into a first class bed. So when Stokke sent us one for review just in time for our first flight with a two year old I was delighted!
What is the JetKids by Stokke Bedbox?
The JetKids BedBox is a carry-on dimensioned ride-on-suitcase designed for children aged 3-7 years which turns an economy seat on a plane, train or ferry into a first class seat. The bed feature can be used from the age of 2 years.
The BedBox has a small handle attached to it for kids to hold on to when they’re riding it and a long strap that can be either attached left and right of one side of the suitcase to pull it along, or attached at either side of the case to allow parents to carry it over their shoulder.
The case is available in three colours: blue sky, green aurora or pink lemonade and comes with a set of fun stickers that you can use to personalise your suitcase.
You can also purchase the case without the mattress as “JetKids by Stokke RideBox” and upgrade it with the “JetKids by Stokke RideBox Sleeping Kit” at a later stage if you so wish, but that would work out a bit more expensive in total.
How does the JetKids BedBox work?
For take-off you can either put the BedBox in the overhead locker or under the seat in front of your child. Once airborne and the seat belt signs are switched off you can put it up in a few simple steps:
You take off the lid, take out the rolled up mattress, turn the lid round and then put it back on upside down adjusting it to the height of the seat.
Then you use the strap to secure it to the seat so it can’t roll around but, to be honest, we didn’t do that as once popped into place and with my bag next to it, it was impossible to move around anyways.
You then pull out the two extensions on the lid in both directions to close the gap between the seat and the seat in front to create a larger surface for your child.
Last but not least you pop the mattress on the seat and velcro on the soft side panels to create a comfortable space on the seat.
Your child can still wear it’s seat belt with the BedBox in place by the way. We’ve had it closed during the whole flight.
That’s it! Job done!
What I love about it
The JetKids by Stokke BedBox isn’t just great for sleeping. It generally makes the seat a lot more comfortable for little ones as their little feet are not dangling in the air. It also prevents them from sliding down on the floor and their toys falling off the seat.
I also love that the suitcase is accessible from the top which makes it so much easier to reach for things and prevents things from falling out. We had Vicky’s favourite toys in the main compartment and snacks for the flight in the lid and once it was put up I could reach them very easily.
I also found the BedBox super easy to manoeuvre, both for myself and my daughter as the suitcase has front swivel wheels plus the strap is attached to the left and right of the suitcase when you pull it along so it really follows where you go.
What I don’t love about it
The only thing that I would change is the strap; for my liking it is a bit thin and I think if it was a bit thicker it would be more comfortable to carry.
Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that some airlines do unfortunately not allow the JetKids BedBox, so make sure to check if the airline you are flying with the most does allow it. You can find a link to the list of airlines that officially approve it’s use here.
But if your favourite airline is not on there, don’t give up as yet. We went on holiday with TUI and they are not on the official list but I googled and found that people said that the airline does actually allow the use of the JetKids BedBox, and we had absolutely no problem using it.
One thing to bear in mind as well is that you should only use the Jetkids BedBox on the window seat in order to not block any passengers or emergency exits.
We really enjoyed our JetKids by Stokke BedBox on our recent trip!
Whilst Vicky was still a bit too little to ride on it she had great fun pushing and pulling her own little suitcase along. It was super easy to put up and it held her favourite toys and snacks for the flight which were easily accessible due to the top-opening. And of course Vicky was super comfortable in her little first class seat. Definitely our new travel must have! You just got to love things that are multifunctional as a parent, don’t you?
I would recommend a trial run at home at putting it up though so you know exactly what to do as there won’t actually be much space on the plane when you’re putting the BedBox up for the first time.
What is your top tip to make travelling on a plane more comfortable for kids?
The JetKids by Stokke Bedbox has been kindly sent to us for review but I was not asked to write this post and all opinions are my own.