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Could this mum's invention solve the problem of babies crying on flights?

Crying babies are stressful for parents and fellow passengers on flights, but an Australian mum-of-two has invented a pop-up sleep canopy to help to address the problem. Emma Lovell came up with the idea of the Fly Babee while caring for her sick mother in the UK, which required her travelling frequently on long-haul flights from Sydney with her infant daughter in tow.

Fly Babee is a pop-up sleep cover that easily attaches to airline bassinets and all types of strollers. Image: Fly Babee
Fly Babee is a pop-up sleep cover that easily attaches to airline bassinets and all types of strollers. Image: Fly Babee

She realised that the baby bassinets provided by airlines are usually relegated to high-traffic areas near the bathrooms or service areas, and the hum of activity all around is a major distraction to babies trying to sleep. Emma came up with the concept of the super-lightweight, breathable sleep cover, which easily attaches to bassinets and and all types of prams. It blocks out 97% of light and movement when the baby is completely covered over, providing a cosy, distraction-free environment to help them sleep.

Fly Babee is a pop-up sleep cover that easily attaches to airline bassinets and all types of strollers. Image: Fly Babee
Fly Babee is a pop-up sleep cover that easily attaches to airline bassinets and all types of strollers. Image: Fly Babee

The canopy has a rainbow-shaped opening so the baby can be put in without taking it off, and a little peephole is provided to enable parents to check up on them when covered over. There’s also a little pocket inside for your phone or tablet, so you can play lullabies or whatever you use at home to soothe the infant.

Fly Babee is a pop-up sleep cover that easily attaches to airline bassinets and all types of strollers. Image: Fly Babee
Fly Babee is a pop-up sleep cover that easily attaches to airline bassinets and all types of strollers. Image: Fly Babee

The Fly Babee currently retails in Australia and has already been approved for use on some Qantas and Virgin Australia cabins and aircraft. There are plans to launch it internationally, including in Malaysia, Singapore, Sweden, the US and the UK. Emma believes that it’s a game-changer for people travelling with young children, and says it helps them (and neighbouring passengers) to  enjoy what could otherwise be a very stressful experience.