17 May 2015

Yondi Panda by Trunki

Our J loves to fall fast asleep in the car. The canny lad even times his naps to coincide with motorway journeys. “Are we going on a motorway, Aai?” invariably means, “I am really very sleepy, but will only do so once we hit the road. That way, I save precious play time.”

This was all okay till J moved out of his forward facing stage 1 car seat into a stage 2 booster with a much straighter back. Every time the child dozed off, his head would loll all the way forward till his nose almost touched his tummy. Not comfortable, even for a child whose flexibility rivals that of Lewis Smith.

Yondi Panda by Trunki

Enter Trunki with a clever product – the Yondi. Where standard travel pillows fail, the Yondi comes up trumps with a super cosy microbead filling stuffed in a velvety soft fabric. Perfect for little heads to rest on. The clever bit is the hidden magnets on the ends that keep the two arms together. These encircle the child’s neck (gently, I hasten to add, if you pick the right size) and support the head, keeping it from lolling about when your child is fast asleep.

The Yondi is available in two different sizes - small and medium. The small is suited to children between the ages of 2 and 5, while the medium is for the 5+ age group. There is a range of cute, cuddly and colourful characters to choose from.

We chose Pablo Panda to support J’s head during those snoozy car rides. He is not yet 5, but is quite tall for his age, hence the decision to go up a size. It had nothing to do with the fact that he positively adores pandas.

Toy Panda modelling Yondi  by Trunki


Is it a magnet?" was his first reaction when he gave Pablo the once over. Followed by a very excited, "Baba! Look, it has magnets. You can sleep with it in the car. Zzzzz!"

We were out in the car earlier today, and the Yondi came with use. J was happy to sit with it around his neck in anticipation of the nap that was to come.

As you can see, he is snoozing in his car seat with Pablo Panda for support. And his head has moved forward. But instead of his nose falling to his knees, it has ended up snuggled against Pablo’s furry magnetic arms.


Fast asleep in Pablo Panda's supporting arms.

Pablo Panda Yondi by Trunki


We shall monitor the situation closely on future car journeys to see if making subtle changes to his seat make a difference to the head roll. For now, J seems happy to rest his tired head on Pablo Panda.

Did I mention the little Trunki grip on the side? It provides the perfect anti-slip grip for our favourite green blanket. No matter it is the end of May; we still like a comfy blanket when we snooze.

I think the Trunki Yondi will do very nicely for a peaceful sleep on long-haul flights as well. It will most certainly be accompanying us on all future holidays. Here’s to deep slumbers!


Disclaimer: We were sent a Yondi Panda by Trunki for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

25 comments:

  1. Forget the kids, why don't they do them in my size?!

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    1. My sentiments exactly, Michelle. I would love a plush panda to rest my weary head on!

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  2. i bought things like this with all of mine and it does help especially when they fall asleep during travels and you cant reach them

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  3. What a really good idea this is, I want one x

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  4. Ah both panda and child are very cute :) Trunki always come up with great design.

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    1. Aw, thank you. Trunki do seem to have their finger on the pulse, don't they?

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  5. That looks so cool! Trunki always seem to come up with things that massively appeal to children and the inner child in adults! Stephen :o)

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    1. Definitely the inner child! I wouldn't mind a Yondi myself. Though not so sure about whizzing around on the grown-up Trunki :-D

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  6. to be fair I could do with that on a long haul flight this August !

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  7. What a great idea. My daughter always wakes up with neckache in the car - this could really help.

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    1. J does that too. The yondi seems to be doing the trick so far.

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  8. Oh how lovely this sounds wonderful, what a great idea. Looks very comfortable too - we could have done with one of these when we were away recently. We did have a Trunki though for plane bits and bobs :)

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    1. J has had his fire-engine Trunki for a while now. This is his latest addition to the range :)

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  9. I want one my size lol. I absolutely love this

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    1. I know. I would love one in my size too! So much more fun than plain travel pillows.

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  10. We have this - they are fab aren't they

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  11. This looks fab! Liv has a little cheap one that doesn't really help. I will be checking these out!

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  12. Ooh great idea! Syd always falls asleep in the car as it avoids him feeling sick - but I can see when he moves up a seat he will need some neck support!

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  13. We have one too and love them - they're brilliant. Love your photos too.

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  14. What a lovely cushion, your son looks cosy using it.

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  15. this looks lovely, we have been checking Trunki out for our holiday in 2 weeks .. We still havent sorted what we are doing yet ..yikes! however this looks fab for traveling

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  16. Little one looks so comfy in his seat. Awww ;)

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  17. cute looking; I wouldn't mind one for myself ;-)

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  18. Brilliant idea - and such cute photos! Kaz x

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