A new way to get your kids to fall asleep on a plane

When people ask me for help getting kids to fall asleep on a plane, my go-to gadget is the FlyTot (there’s now a new and improved 2.0 version). Well, my new, second gadget is the Armrest Buddy (retailing on Amazon for $24.99).

The Armrest Buddy by Roamwild is two things in one: a specially designed super-soft pillow that slips snugly over a plane seat armrest and a built-in blanket that keeps the child cozy and warm. (Just make sure you’re not in the bulkhead because it won’t slip over those armrests.)

The man behind the idea is James Thorn, previously a senior product engineer at Dyson. In the press release, James says: “We were on the way back from Spain and my youngest refused to wear the travel neck pillow we bought for the trip. I spent most of the flight with my head in my hands – but the good news is it prompted me to come up with Armrest Buddy. I knew it would work after testing the first prototype. My son fell asleep very quickly on the next flight we took – and now we have Armrest Buddy.”

Here are the details from the source:

  • A plush well-padded fun character that fits onto any armrest and doubles up as a pillow or super soft leaning area.
  • Also includes a generously sized kids travel blanket. Made from soft plush material, this keeps them warm while traveling long-haul or short-haul, and when not in use the child’s blanket neatly stores inside the soft toy.
  • Ideal for kids traveling by plane, car, bus, coach, train or ferry.
  • Made from all premium and hand washable fabrics.


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