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Let’s be honest… traveling with bulky car seats/booster seats suck. What is made to be memorable family trips turn into stressful trips when having to carry additional items that weigh a lot. I know for me, when I go on trips with my children and my husband isn’t around I start to panic about how I am going to carry everything with only two arms. Ever been there? It’s is not a pretty sight. Especially when one of my children want to be held. We even stopped taking the ferry into San Francisco because the thought of not having a car turned into a nightmare because we couldn’t cab around without our kids in car seats. After much (and I mean, much) research I found a product called BubbleBum that looked to be the answer to my problem.
BubbleBum is made for traveling. It’s a cost effective, portable, lightweight, inflatable car booster seat for children aged between 4-11. Now before you say “no thanks” like I did when I first read about this product, let me educate you on it first. Then, make your decision. Yes, BubbleBum is an inflatable booster seat but it meets AND exceeds all US Federal Motor Vehicle Standards FMVSS213 and the European Regulations EU R44/o4. It has also won a ton of awards including one from the Insurance Institue for Highway Safety Best Bet Booster.
BubbleBum was featured by The CarSeat Lady on an ABC 7 segment about Booster Seat Safety (this is a must watch):
If you are considering this for your child, remember… BubbleBum is a Belt Positioning Booster seat for children who meet all of the following criteria:
- Children between 40lbs and 100lbs in weight
- Children are over the age of 4,
- Children can sit for the entire journey without sitting on their knees
On a recent trip to Seattle we had the perfect opportunity to try out the BubbleBum for both my 4 year old and 8 year old. I have the tendency to bring more items than necessary on trips, so the idea of having to also bring both the car seat and booster usually send me into anxiety mode. When the BubbleBum seats arrived I was shocked to see how compact they really were and felt an immediate relief. They were the perfect size to put into our checked in luggage.
When we arrived to Seattle and got into our car we took out the BubbleBum booster seats from our suitcase and prepared to install them. With a quick few blows each of the booster seats were inflated and ready to be installed into the back seats. Installation and adjustments were easy and both boys fit into the inflatable booster seats comfortably and safely. It was great too see two children who are the opposite sizes be able to take advantage of the same seat.
I can’t begin to tell you how great it was to have these inflatable seats with us on the trip versus their normal bulky seats. There was zero stress when we had to take a cab because all we had to do was deflate and inflate them when needed. We could also store them in our backpack when we weren’t using them.
The BubbleBum booster seat is NOT recommended for every day use. This booster seat was made for parents to be able to travel easier. The BubbleBum is perfect for rental cars, cabs, vacation, and more. Best part? It retails for only $29.99!
BubbleBum offers four different colors to choose from. You can learn more about BubbleBum or order yours by visiting their website at: www.bubblebum.co/us.
Disclosure: I received complementary inflatable booster seats for my review. All opinions are my own.