Edited by: Juan Ruiz
& Keri Stooksbury
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As a parent, you quickly realize that there is a lot of stuff out there that you think your kid needs only to realize after your purchase that it just wasn’t worth it. That is especially true in the travel sector.
However, every once in a while you find something that is so clever and useful that you end up using it more than you ever imagined. That happened to me with the CloudSleeper.
The super-portable, inflatable travel bed for kids is made by JetKids by Stokke — the same company that makes the awesome BedBox that my family is also a huge fan of.
After JetKids saw my long-term review of the (incredibly awesome) ride-on carry-on, it sent over the CloudSleeper for my kids to test out on our travels.
Well, after 6+ months of use on the road and at home, I’m ready to give it my full review. Spoiler: It’s a good one.
JetKids has a feel-good story as it started as a family-run small business with 2 parents looking for a better way for their little one to sleep on a plane.
It created and started selling the BedBox which was eventually acquired by Stokke, a Norwegian children’s furniture and accessories manufacturer.
After much success and many accolades — it was named a Best Invention by Time Magazine — the company has rolled out a fun lineup of travel gear for kids.
JetKids has a small but creative lineup of travel gear for kids. If you are looking for something fun and functional to help with your little one’s travels, look no further.
The original BedBox is a classic and one that I can easily recommend. The “world’s only ride-on, carry-on, and sleep-on suitcase” is a favorite with my kids and a big hit as they ride it through airports.
Besides being fun to ride on, the bag has a lot of space to pack full of toys and spare clothes, can turn into a small bed, and can easily fit under most airplane seats.
The JetKids by Stokke BedBox is currently available in plenty of fun colors, including Blue Sky, Pink Lemonade, Full Moon, Green Aurora, and Lunar Eclipse.
Hot Tip: Check out my review of the JetKids by Stokke BedBox!
My new favorite addition to the JetKids lineup is the CloudSleeper, an inflatable travel bed for kids ages 3 and over. Although the bed isn’t designed for planes, it s perfect for travel, sleepovers, camping, and more. The built-in pump means inflating is quick and easy (and you get a quick workout), and it folds up into a packing cube that fits nicely in most carry-on bags.
The Crew BackPack is a very cute and functional backpack for your little one. The bag has a hidden zipper that allows the backpack to grow with your child and can add an additional 2 liters of storage. This allows the backpack to fit comfortably regardless of the size of your child.
Additionally, it comes with a seat pad and you can connect it to a BedBox, so it’s fun and functional. The JetKids by Stokke Crew BackPack is currently available in some great colors, including White, Blue Sky, Green Aurora, and more.
Check out the discounted bundle of the BedBox and the Crew BackPack if you want to save a few bucks.
Over the past 6+ months, my family and I have been running some real-life tests of the JetKids by Stokke CloudSleeper.
The CloudSleeper has found a semi-permanent home in the kids’ bedroom and gets pumped up when friends or cousins sleep over, or even when we are watching a movie at home. We have also taken it to a handful of hotels and international trips to see if it was worth the space it takes up in the luggage — and it was worth it.
For the times we used it at home, it was by far the preference of both kids and adults compared to a traditional inflatable mattress. Even twin mattresses take up a lot of space, which can quickly crowd a room. Our kids love helping pump up their CloudSleeper and get excited that they have a bed that is their size.
With travel being so chaotic over the summer, we packed the CloudSleeper inside my son’s BedBox as we were preparing for worst-case scenarios. If we were to ever get stuck in an airport on a long delay or even overnight (as unlikely as it is), being able to whip out an inflatable bed for the kids to sleep on would be an incredible parenting move!
During multiple hotel stays, despite having 2 queen beds for our family of 4, occasionally one of the kids would opt for the CloudSleeper instead of sharing a bed. With many hotels at max occupancy lately, having a backup bed could be a lifesaver if you ever get assigned a room without enough beds for your family.
The CloudSleeper comes with a TPU-coated nylon inflatable mattress (with a built-in pump), a machine-washable mesh sheet that zips around the mattress, and a compressible packing cube.
Setting up the CloudSleeper is relatively straightforward, but I haven’t been able to do it under 60 seconds as the website claims.
To inflate the CloudSleeper, simply:
The process is very easy, but I’m in relatively good shape and I get a good arm workout each time I need to pump the CloudSleeper up.
To deflate the CloudSleeper, simply:
Again, the process is very easy, and there are instructions on the back that help guide you when folding.
The CloudSleeper is relatively small compared to standard inflatable mattresses, which is not a bad thing.
It is recommended for children over the age of 3, and while my 8-year-old technically can fit, it may not be the most comfortable option for bigger kids.
The full specifications of the CloudSleeper are:
When packed up, it easily fits inside most carry-on bags as well as our BedBox, and when inflated it is big enough for kids without taking up an entire hotel room floor.
Just as I thought with the BedBox, I didn’t think the CloudSleeper was as durable as it was. I didn’t think it could handle constant folding, packing, inflating, deflating, sleeping, jumping, and more … again, I am happy to be wrong.
The CloudSleeper is made with a strong and lightweight 40D nylon, and it has been surprisingly resilient to my kids jumping on it (despite my objections).
The same goes for the 3D air mesh cover. By now I was expecting some rips or stretches in the holes, or at least some wear and tear on the bottom, but it impressibly looks as good as it did on Day 1. Plus, when it gets dirty I can just toss it in the wash, but air drying is recommended.
Unlike the kids’ carry-on segment, the inflatable mattress for kids competition isn’t as intense.
A quick search on Amazon will deliver hundreds of options, but none seem to check all of the boxes that the CloudSleeper does.
Being portable, durable, and having a built-in pump seem to be pretty unique features of the CloudSleeper.
Some of the competitors include:
The CloudSleeper is surprisingly affordable, especially after seeing how durable it is.
Depending on when and where you buy it, the CloudSleeper price can range from $99 to $149.
Every CloudSleeper comes with a 2-year global warranty.
As long as the mattress has been used properly and not damaged by a sharp object (or kids jumping on it), you can submit a warranty claim.
As with all JetKids products, there is a 14-day return window for items that have not been used.
Overall, the JetKids by Stokke CloudSleeper is an excellent piece of travel gear and one that has quickly become a “must-pack” for me and my family. The quality is superb, the design is creative and functional, and above all else — it makes travel easier. Having a comfortable and familiar place for kids to rest after a long day of travel is priceless. And being able to bring that comfort anywhere is awesome.
Yes, just like other inflatable mattresses, you can adjust the firmness to your child’s preference.
Yes, there is a built-in, manual pump.
Yes, when folded up in its packing cube, it can fit in most carry-on bags.
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