I admit that I still love that feeling when my tweens¬†want to cuddle up next to me and rest¬†their heads on my shoulder next to me on the plane. But I also admit — and yes, it’s a little sad — that one day you will not be so enamoured of that moment. So I’ve found possibly the most adorable travel pillow for kids ever.

We discovered¬†Kikkerland’s Zip Flip Travel Pillows for kids¬†at the NY NOW gift show last week, and it was one of my kids’ absolute favorites.¬†(More on those to come!)

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Bear convertible travel pillow for kids: Just unzip and it folds into itself!

Whether¬†your kids are past¬†the booster seats with headrests, or just frequent travelers who want to be comfy — well, this really is comfy. Surprisingly so. ¬†I have tried inflatable versions which are great for packing, but a little meh in the comfort department, however ¬†this cuddly plush penguin¬†(or brown bear or black bear) has a¬†hidden zipper down the back. Open it up, and the doll essentially twists inside itself to turn into a travel pillow. It took my kids a few minutes to get the hang of it, but it’s not hard at all.

The stretchy Spandex fabric makes it extra comfy¬†— and durable — and inside, there are¬†microbeads that basically squish around to create a perfectly round travel pillow that shows no signs of ever being the cute creature that it was only minutes before.

Penguin convertible travel pillow: Unzips and flips from a stuffed penguin to a neck rest travel pillow

It’s so cute and practical, now I have to get a second one so my girls stop fighting over it.

Not that it will replace your kid’s very favorite can’t-sleep-without-him stuffed creature of choice, but it could provide another cuddle option, that isn’t your own shoulder.

Find the¬†Kikkerland Zip Flip Penguin Travel Pillow for kids¬†at our affiliate Amazon for $25. It’s available at lots of boutiques and indie retailers for a little more, though we also found it, along with the bear pillows in two styles at Bed Bath & Beyond for $19.99.

Thanks to Kikkerland for providing one to CMP for review.