Kids travel comfort products that actually work!
We know just how important it is for your kids to be comfortable and well rested if you are going to undertake long journey’s, be it by plane, car, train -anything that involves hours of sitting!
For us, a big transition stage has been moving to booster seats, without the head support that they are used to with more structured car seats.
In this post, we take a more in-depth look at some of the best head and neck cushions on the market to get kids comfortable, as well as comfort items you can use on long-haul flights.
- Best kids neck pillows
- Best toddler neck pillows
- Best seat belt comforters
- Airplane sleeping pillows
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Best Kids Travel Neck Pillow
Whatever form of transport you are on, a travel pillow can help children feel more comfortable by supporting their head for sleeping.
What to look for when purchasing a neck pillow for kids
- Many brands are not ideal to be used with a child’s car seat as they may not fit within the existing head support; Kids neck pillows work best in cars once a child has graduated to a booster.
- Foam filled pillows may be too firm and bulky for smaller children, look for more flexible microbeads with younger kids.
- Check how breathable the material covering is and is it machine washable.
- How light and flexible is the product to carry, can it slip on to your luggage?
Here’s a buyers summary guide for neck pillow products we like for preschoolers through to pre-teens. You can see them described in more detail below.
|Trunki Yondi Travel Pillow||Outer made from spandex, velour, nylex; Microbead filling||4 oz||7 animal and colour designs including Monkey, Owl, Lion, Fox, Dino|
|Critter Piller Kid’s Neck Pillow||Outer polyester. Filling hypoallergenic fibers made from recycled materials||6.4 oz||23 different critters to choose from|
|BCOZZY Chin Supporting Travel Pillow||Outer fleece, filling siliconised microfibre||4.2 oz||7 standard colours, 24+ patterened designs|
|Cloudz Kids Pillow Plush Animal||Outer polyester, filling premium polyester fiber||4.8 oz||13 animal designs|
|Nido nest neck pillow||Outer stretchable polyester & cotton liner, inner polyester microbeads||4.2 oz||Ladybird, Bumblee Bee, Frog, Owl and Pig|
|Memory soft travel pillow||Outer washable velour, filling memory foam||13.4 oz||Navy Blue|
Let’s look at each of these in more detail
From the makers of Trunki, a great addition to their family travel products suite and our top pick for the best combination of soft filling, weight and appealing design.
In typical Trunki style, they come in lots of cute designs and colours including Fox, Lion, Dino, Owl and Monkey.
They are easy to transport with a small clip for attaching it to your bag. They hold together well around your child’s neck with magnetic ends.
One of the best value for money and lightest, comfortable kids products on the market.
This is a great choice for kids looking for a bit more fun with their neck pillow.
The manufacturers say suitable from 3 years old, but note this one is a little bulkier than some products so it wouldn’t really suit being used in a car seat, but ideal on planes and trains where there’s no other head support.
The cover is polyester while the filling is hypoallergenic fibres made from recycled materials.
There are a massive 23 different critters to choose from though so if your fussy one is looking for a particular animal this could be your best place to find it!!
Great for all forms of transport, this is one of the most practical designs.
Coming in both adults and kids sizes, we love that this product completely contours the neck, wrapping under the chin to stop chin bobbing with a snap strap that allows you to attach it to your bag.
It misses out on our top billing as we could only find children’s sizes in navy which won’t excited and entice most kids! There overall range of colours and designs though is huge if you’re looking for something fun and stylish for yourself!
One of the most lightweight options that comes in a huge variety of animal designs for a bit of fun.
The animal design does make them a bit too bulky to fit in a car seat but they’re perfect for on the plane or when used with a booster.
Another made from soft microbeads, these great squishy pillows also come with an appealing matching eye mask.
The super stretchy material is machine washable (which not many do) and the snap claps holds the pillow firmly on your child’s neck.
Critters available include Ladybird, Bumblee Bee, Frog, Owl and Pig.
Once kids have started to outgrow the novelty products this is a great graduation to a more adult brand. Made by MemorySoft, the same makers of Memory Foam mattresses ronound for being the sleep comfort experts!
Slightly heavier and bulkier than the light microbead products but does come with its own clip and bag to hang from your hand luggage and is one of the most highly regarded brands on the market.
Best Infant and Toddler Neck Pillows
For slightly smaller kids our top picks are those with a little more flexibility to fit within car seats and a lot of cuddly fun that can also we machine washed!
|Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid & Toddler Neck Pillow||Outer velour, filling polyester||7.2 oz||Dog, giraffe, ladybird, owl, monkey|
|Panda Children's Neck Pillow||Outer soft plush fabric, filling polypropylene cotton materials||6.4 oz||Panda|
|Convertible Neck Pillow/Stuffed Animal Travel Pal by Satellas||Outer polyester, filling polyester bland||5.6 oz||Bear, cat, dog, giraffe, panda|
Let’s look at them in more detail
A pillow that doubles us a soft toy makes this one ideal for the toddler category – designed for 2 to 4-year-olds. They are made of polyester with a velour finish.
Bonus add ons! The gorgeous Skip Hop range includes Insulated toddler backpacks, wheelie bags and reign backpacks which can be a great fun addition to your travel gear!
This cute and cuddle panda cushion is ideal to appeal to the younger crowd (though we’d recommend given its bulk this one is better used without a car seat).
With a plush soft cotton exterior and polypropylene filling it gives a firm but comfortable U shape. It also comes with its own handy travel bag.
Another cute and cuddle options these are the ideal pillow-to-teddy conversion pillows.
Easy to use, they come in a range of bright and colourful designs sure to entice your little ones to want to bring along their own pillow.
Seat Belt Comfort for Kids
When kids are graduating from car seats to boosters, we found that they were irritated by the belt rubbing on their necks, so anything soft and cuddly helps, even if it’s not a full head wrap but something they can wrap around the actual seat belt.
Here are our top seat belt pillow picks!
Attaching by velcro to the seat belt, these cuddly pet comforters double as a pillow and include extra little pockets for toys and snacks.
As well as the pink unicorn design, they come in cat, dog and panda designs.
Their downfall is they are perhaps a little too large for everyday travel convenience (15 inches long), so you’d need to consider them in your luggage space. They also weigh 1.1 pounds, a fair bit more than most pillow products.
From the makers of popular booster seat BubbleBum, we love their neck pillows too! A microbead-based product, it not only stops rubbing but works as a pillow too.
It velcros on to the seat belt and includes a small pouch for toys, Mp3 players.
At 5.6oz it doesn’t add too much to your overall travel weight. More variety of colours would be good to see though.
This simple but cute and cuddly fun seat belt wrap can be the ideal light-weight solution while travelling.
They come in a dog and bear option and are machine washable, ideal for little droolers! They work in both high backed and stand alone booster seats.
Airplane kids sleeping pillow
Last but not least, the other pillow and comfort craze to consider is not just kids necks but how else they can get cosy to sleep on a long overnight flight.
Plane pillows essentially allow kids to stretch out flat (though your legs may still need to be curled) for a more comfortable flight than being seated.
You can see our comparison chart here and the pros and cons discussed in more detail in this post. (** Note they are not permitted on all aircraft and have usage restrictions. We discuss safety and legality of plane devices within this post**).
|Product Name||Image||Weight||How it Works||Where to purchase|
|Leg Rest Travel Pillow by 1st Class Kids||0.5kg (1.1lbs)||Can be rolled or folded. Inflate my mouth or from ceiling air vent||Amazon US (in stock from Mid-June) or if overseas check distributors|
|Fly Tot||1kg (2.2lbs)||Folds flat and inflates with a foot pump - this adds bulk but saves time||Available on Amazon US|
|Plane Pal by The Happy Travel Co||1.2kg (2.6lbs)||Folds or rolls into its own bag, can buy with or without the foot pump||Exported from Australia You can now also buy Plane Pal Full Kit on Amazon US and Amazon UK(pillow only)|
You may also want to check out the Jet Kids Bed Box – A hard case that doubles as a roll along suitcase and sleep aid for long-haul flights
Have you found any kids comfort products that you can’t leave home without?
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