When my sister in law announced that she was getting married in Mauritius two years ago we were super excited. Not only because it was a wedding we had been waiting for, but because it also meant a trip to Mauritius. Then we found out we were expecting the little man and we questioned whether it would be sane to take a newborn and toddler half way around the world. It was logistically tricky with two seven hour flights and a four hour stop over each way. We pondered it for weeks. One moment we were we going, the next moment we were staying. Eventually we figured that we’d regret it if we didn’t take the risk and booked our tickets before we could change our minds again.
Days and months passed, our little man arrived and suddenly our holiday was only weeks away. The reality of those seven hour flights dawned on us and we realised that we were going to need to start getting super organised. I’d heard that you practically took the kitchen sink with you when you travelled with newborns, but the thought of lugging half of our baby belongings with us to the other side of the world wasnt very appealing (unsurprisingly!). So I started to look for smart and clever solutions for little ones that we could take instead which was how we discovered SkyBaby, a clever little travel mattress for flying with babies.
I was curious to see the SkyBaby in action and was excited to put it through its paces on four long flights to Mauritius and back with the little man. Travelling with little ones is no mean feat. In the past the husband and I would travel with one suitcase for each of us, but with a toddler and newborn in tow we ended up with four cases to check in, and some impressive hand luggage to drag around with us across the world. What was great was that the SkyBaby didn’t add to our bulk as it came rolled up in a neat little bag of its own with a handy little clip that allowed us to attach it to the pushchair, our hand luggage bag and even the baby carrier which was particularly handy during our flight transfers.
It wasnt long after getting on our first flight that the little man wanted to sleep, so we unrolled our SkyBaby from its bag and got the little man set up in it. I was surprised at how quick and easy it was to set up, how simple it was to use and how well made it felt. The mattress is beautifully padded and very well designed, and the two wings on either side of it wrap across your baby and are held together with a little toggle which helps babies to feel secure. The airplane infant seat belt then wraps around the SkyBaby which is designed to lie across your lap allowing baby to travel much more comfortably than they would otherwise, especially when they are so little.
There are baby bassinets on board most flights of course, but what I didn’t realise until we were onboard our first flight was that they are not guaranteed and whenever there is turbulence you have to remove your baby from them and place them on your lap regardless of how old they are, what time of day it is and whether they are asleep or awake. So it helps to have something like the SkyBaby to provide that extra bit of support and comfort for little ones. What was great however, was that when there wasnt turbulence we could put the little guy and his SkyBaby in the bassinet which acted as a nice little mattress for him, and created a barrier between him and the bassinets which for the OCD mum like me was perfect.
Between flights it wrapped away just as quickly and easily as it was to take out and I found so many more uses for it too beyond the plane. At the airport it made a great little travel bed and on the beach we found it was the perfect little mattress to lie the little guy on in a sun lounger in the shade. The SkyBaby is one of those products you don’t realise you need until you’ve used it and discovered how essential it is to travelling with a baby. It has become one of my must have travel items and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone travelling with a baby. The SkyBaby mattress can be purchased directly from SkyBaby or Jo Jo Maman Bebe.
Disclosure: we were sent the Sky Baby in exchange for an honest and fair review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.