The Best Inventions of 2021
November 10, 2021 6:08 AM EST

Goal No. 1 when flying with a toddler: get them to fall asleep. The JetKids BedBox ($199), a carry-on suitcase that converts into a seat extender with a comfy mattress on top, makes that a little more likely. Even if you’re in coach, kids 2 or older can use it to lay flat—just like those grownups in first class. An engineer and former airline pilot, Halvor Holmgren dreamed up the product while traveling with his 6-month-old, building an ad hoc bed with his crew bag and a few blankets. “I told my wife as a joke, ‘I’m going to make this for real,’” he says. Unlike that initial experiment, the BedBox has wheels, which means your kid can ride atop it as you rush to the gate. The 7-lb. carry-on has already been approved by carriers like American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. —Jesse Will

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