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Frequent flyers are always looking for ways to make long-haul travel more comfortable – and keeping your kids happy is an important part of that.

While there are always toys, snacks and movies to keep little ones busy, a cranky, tired child will always growl.

So it’s important to find ways to help your kids sleep during long plane rides, especially ones that last for days in the sky.

Recently, we discovered a mum Adele Barbaro hack that only cost her £104 and gave her and her kids some sleep during their 14-hour trip to Australia.

Adele has managed to snag her family a Sky Couch as part of an upgrade available on Air New Zealand, which turns a row of seats into a full flat bed, perfect for napping.

Adele reviewed the SkyCouch on Air New Zealand

The SkyCouch transforms the row into a full-size bed that is suitable for adults and children.

But, while the Sky Couch is the hack we’ve all dreamed of, it’s currently only available on a few airlines, including Air New Zealand and All Nippon Air.

Luckily for parents, there’s a flight accessory that’ll let you convert a budget seat into a bed for little kids so they can get some sleep on board.

Mom, Misty Kingmashared his review of the Airplane Flyaway Kids Inflatable Bed on TikTok – and went viral.

Misty used the bed on her flight to Australia
Misty used the bed on her flight to Australia

Misty wrote: “Testing an inflatable kids bed on our 15 hour flight to Australia.

“It’s the Flyaway toddler bed. Lennox slept 7.5 hours and had a comfortable place to play while he was awake. I call that a success.

In the caption, she added, “Highly recommend! Comes with a hand pump to inflate on the plane. It’s worth the investment!”

The Flyaway bed is formed from an inflatable mattress that has an inflatable support under the base to keep the bed level while resting on economy seats.

It comes with a hand pump so you can inflate it on the plane.

The bed can cost around $159 (£131), but can be useful for longer journeys.

Misty showed her son sleeping on the inflatable bed
Misty showed her son sleeping on the inflatable bed

Misty’s video quickly went viral with over 7,000 comments and 19.9 million views.

In the comments, one person said, “Do they have this for adults?

“I have to save this for when I have kids in the future,” added another.

“Awesome,” added another.

FlyWithBaby also reviewed the bed and said, “”It takes about 100 seconds to inflate. My four and six year olds both preferred the comfort and sturdiness of the one piece flat Flyaway mattress. ”

Alternatives include inflatable foot pads that create an even surface
Alternatives include inflatable foot pads that create an even surface

They added that it allows the person in front to recline and comes with bolsters on the sides to prevent children from falling out of bed.

Unfortunately, as the seat belt cannot be tied around the bed and can block escape routes, some airlines have banned the item – so check before you fly or buy.

A cheaper alternative is an inflatable footrest which inflates to be level with the seat, such as the Beleby Airplane Footrest which costs just £17.99. Amazon.

This creates a larger, flat surface for toddlers to lie on without restricting seat belt access.

Another option is a foot hammock such as the BlueSkye, £14.99 Amazonthat hangs from your tray to create a surface to rest your feet or legs in flight.

Always check the policy of the airline you are traveling with to ensure that any comfort items or travel accessories are permitted before purchasing your seats.