Australian mum reveals travel hack that allows her to turn economy seat into bed for kids

The ultimate family travel hack: Mum reveals the VERY clever budget trick she uses to make every plane trip with her toddler a breeze

  • A mum has revealed how she created a cosy bed for her toddler while flying 
  • Her clever hack used a pet bed from Kmart and an inflatable flying device  
  • The inexpensive bedding arrangement allowed her child to sleep on long flight 

A savvy mum has revealed how she created a simple sleeping solution for her toddler using pet bed from Kmart and along with an inflatable flying device.

Jaimie Anastas’ clever idea meant her young child Mila could sleep comfortably on a nine-hour flight the family recently took from Sydney to Doha.

Her budget trick saw her place the pet bed on the seat over the top of the pillow which inflates to the same height as a leg rest. 

Taking to Facebook to share snaps of her baby comfortably nestled in her ‘economy bed’, Jaimie described the result as a ‘total parent win’.

‘What do you get when you add Plane Pal (Hiding under the pillow) and a $5 Kmart pets bed to you carry on? You get a very happy baby! Total parent win!’ She wrote. 

Total parent win: This mum used a pet bed from Kmart along with an inflatable pillow to create a bed for her young toddler

During set-up: The Plane Pal is underneath the cushion supplied by the airline and at this stage the child hasn't had her seat belt fastened

During set-up: The Plane Pal is underneath the cushion supplied by the airline and at this stage the child hasn’t had her seat belt fastened 

Plane Pal (pictured) is an inflatable cushion which can be used as a seat extender

Plane Pal (pictured) is an inflatable cushion which can be used as a seat extender 

Plane Pal, the inflatable pillow used by the mum, functions as a type of seat extender, a product which is especially useful for those travelling with small kids.

The item, priced at $79.95 including a hand-held pump, weighs just over one kilogram and comes neatly folded in its own carry bag.

Once on-board, simply unroll the pillow, hook it up to the pump and inflate. 

When it needs to be packed away, quick-release valves enable it to deflate in just four seconds. 

Australian retailer Kmart has a range of pet bed on offer including an extra large version (pictured) priced at $32

Australian retailer Kmart has a range of pet bed on offer including an extra large version (pictured) priced at $32

The travel pillow features  quick-release valves that enable it to deflate in four seconds

 The travel pillow features  quick-release valves that enable it to deflate in four seconds

The creator of the ingenious device is Sam Cardone, an Australian mother-of-three and self-confessed travel enthusiast.

She explained on her website, her business idea was sparked by wanting to find an easy way to manage young children when flying.

‘I have been that mother desperately rocking a screaming child while pacing the aisle,’ she said.

‘I have also been the mother pinned under twin sleeping toddlers for 6 hours straight, with dead legs and a desperate need to visit the bathroom.’

The creator of the ingenious device is Sam Cardone (pictured right), a mother-of-three and self-confessed travel enthusiast

The creator of the ingenious device is Sam Cardone (pictured right), a mother-of-three and self-confessed travel enthusiast

The solution, one that’s also seen Sam earn nomination as a finalist in this year’s Mumpreneur awards, puts an end to the difficulty of trying to settle kids mid-air.

Information on Plane Pal’s site states the cushion is approved for use in over 40 airlines including Virgin Australia.

There are some restrictions in that it cannot be used when seat-belt signs are turned off (not during take-off or landing).

Additionally, Plane Pal recommends seat belts to be worn at all times in the event of unexpected turbulence.


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