All about the 1st Class Kid Travel Pillow
August 30, 2016
We recently got back to Singapore after spending a lovely month in the UK visiting family and friends. I was dreading the journey with a 16/17 month old, but it was fine in the end and one thing which really helped was this handy pillow. We got lots of comments and questions about it from other interested parents (and cabin crew who had never seen it before), so I thought I’d do a short write up of it for anyone who is interested.
As you can see from the photo, the pillow inflates to fill the foot well in an airline seat. The exact dimensions aren’t really that important as you can let some air out to squeeze it into a smaller space. You can also use it for long car journeys etc, but it’s really designed for flying and in my opinion that’s when you’ll really need it. It hardly takes up any space in your hand luggage when it’s not inflated, probably as much as a hoodie or a large book.
On the first flight my daughter fell asleep as we were taking off, so when we were up in the air we just inflated the foot pillow and popped her on her seat, where she slept for 3 hours giving us time to eat dinner and relax for a bit. In fact, she slept for almost 3 hours on every long haul flight we had to take and I’m 100% sure that wouldn’t have been possible without this pillow.
My daughter was around 76-77cm tall when we were travelling which meant that she could comfortably lie down flat on the seat (propped up by a couple of the airline pillows) and there was enough room for her to stretch her legs on the foot pillow. Next year when we fly back she will probably have to be in more of a sitting position as she’ll be too big to stretch out fully, but the foot pillow will still help her sleep.
It’s not just for children – another thing I found it great for was breastfeeding on the flight. As many of you will know, a foot stool makes breastfeeding much more comfortable so when I was feeding on the plane I used the foot pillow to rest my feet on, which was a much better position.