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02
Mar 2015

Oo la la…vive la pink!

In Bubblebum News | posted by: Zara McBrearty
Pink Chevron 2

 

OMB* the latest edition to join the BubbleBum family is this pinktastic, raspberry and cotton candy chevron design! After lots of feedback from our valued customers we decided to come up with a new colorway, perfect for any little princess.

Ideal for everyday use, vacations, rental cars, cab rides, carpooling and the narrow design allows you to fit 3 in a row.

*(Oh my BubbleBum)

 

 

BubbleBum inflates in seconds with a few puffs of air and deflates just as quickly so it can be carried in a backpack, mom’s purse, hand luggage or stowed in the glove box for emergency situations when you need an extra booster seat. It weighs just over a pound and comes with a convenient carrying bag and shoulder belt positioning clip.

Just as safe as any rigid, backless booster seat, BubbleBum meets and exceeds all US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS213).

It’s the winner of the 2011 JPMA Innovation Award, the 2015 National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA) and the 2015 Family Choice Award. BubbleBum has also been ranked a “Best Bet” Booster Seat by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

BubbleBum Pink Chevron is now available to purchase online at www.bubblebum.us and via our Facebook Store. RRP: $29.99.

26
Feb 2015

BubbleBum Giveaway Vivaveltoro

In Bubblebum News, Reviews | posted by: Zara McBrearty
Vivaveltoro Giveaway

 

Our friends over at Vivaveltoro are running a BubbleBum multi-blogger giveaway!

Check out the below for your chance to win a BubbleBum + $100 Walmart gift card!

Source: http://www.vivaveltoro.com/2015/02/enter-to-win-a-bubble-bum-booster-seat-100-walmart-gift-card.html

 

25
Feb 2015
Family Choice Awards

 

We are delighted to have won GOLD in the prestigious Family Choice Awards in the US.

The Family Choice Awards recognise the best in children’s and parenting products, so we are honored to have been selected as a gold winner! :)

Check out the review below:

‘A must-have for everyday carpools and road trips, the award-winning BubbleBum is the original, inflatable car booster seat for kids aged 4-11 years, weighing 40-100 lbs. Weighing in at less than one pound, BubbleBum can deflate in minutes, making it simple to throw in a backpack or large purse. BubbleBum includes belt positioning clips in place of arm rests, so it’s possible to fit three boosters across the back seat of a car, minivan, or SUV. It is the perfect travel companion for road trips, everyday use, vacations, cab rides, fly-ins, and more.

BubbleBum ($29.99) is a top choice when it comes to safety. With its satisfactory design for parents and children, BubbleBum won GOLD in the 2014 National Parenting Publications Awards and is proud to join the exclusive winners circle selected by the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Media Awards. BubbleBum was also announced the IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) “Best Bet” in their booster seat evaluation report, where they’ve branded BubbleBum as one of the best for safety!

BubbleBum is a family-owned company founded by Irish mom-of-two Grainne Kelly. Grainne was frustrated with having to transport bulky and cumbersome booster seats on planes. She was also tired of car rental companies not providing booster seats for her children, so she designed her own portable booster seat. Now, just a few years later, BubbleBum has paved the way for inflatable car seats and is one of the safest car booster seats on the market today.’

 

Source: http://www.familychoiceawards.com/family-choice-awards-winners/bubblebum-inflatable-car-booster-seat/ 

23
Feb 2015

Have your kids ever unbuckled their car seat?

In blog | posted by: Zara McBrearty

Have your kids ever done a Houdini in the backseat?

We feel the best way to ensure they stay safely secure in their car seat is to properly explain the dangers of unbuckling themselves or opening the car door, not just for them but everyone else in the vehicle.

Here are a few more tips:

  1. Keep the ‘child locks’ on while children are travelling in vehicle. This is the only way to stop the kids from opening the door.
  2. If they unbuckle or open the door, bring the car to a complete stop (safely of course). Stay stationary until they learn that while they are unbuckled or opening the door, the car will not be going anywhere!
  3. Distractions, whether they be playing on their electronic device to singing songs with the parents work very well as it takes the child’s mind off trying to get out of their seat.
  4. Rewards and incentives. Use a treat incentive to ensure good behavior in the back seat. It can be ice-cream after dinner or collecting gold stickers…Whatever works best for your child.
  5. Scare tactics! This genius idea actually came from my dad as I was a little bit of a magician as a small child. He pulled over at the police station one time I was up to my usual tricks and got the policeman to speak to me about the dangers of unbuckling myself and opening the car door. Needless to say…my dad never had those issues again as I was completely petrified and convinced I or my dad would go to jail if I even moved!
19
Feb 2015

Meet the team…Grainne Kelly

In blog, Bubblebum News | posted by: Zara McBrearty

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It is always nice to out a face to a name so we have put together a quick team profile on BubbleBum Founder and CEO, Grainne Kelly, to get to know Grainne a little better!

Here we go…

1. Describe yourself in one word?
Quirky

2. What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not working?
Watch movies with my husband and the kids……no sci-fi though

3. What is your favourite vacation destination?
Maldives, Huvafen Fushi

4. What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?
Scent, should it be perfume, body moisturisers, shower gels……I love scents

5. Do you have a favourite historical figure, if so, who is it, and why?
No, but Bagpuss was my hero for many years, when the mice in the mouse organ went to sleep, well everyone went to sleep!

6. What’s something you think people should know about you?
I am actually not as confident as I am perceived to be. I am always nervous.

7. What famous quote describes your life?
Do the right things for the right reasons and only the right thing can happen.

8. What is the most interesting website you know of?
Springwise.com it shows all the new cool innovations happening globally.

9. If you could throw a party what would it be like and what would it be for?
It would be for family and close friends and it would have loads of food, just background music (we like to talk) and it would be to celebrate anything from Friday to a birthday. We do this a few times a year.

10. What Celebrity do you get mistaken for?
Emily Blunt when she has brown hair, very much a compliment… I know.

11. If you were reincarnated as an animal, what would it be?
A springer spaniel dog!

12. Do you have a reality TV show guilty pleasure?
The X factor

13. What is your dream car?
A black one

 

16
Feb 2015

The BabyCenter.com Reviews BubbleBum

In Reviews | posted by: Zara McBrearty

 

At a glance

Description
A compact, inflatable booster seat

Suitable for

Children from 40 to 100 pounds and up to 57 inches tall

Features

  • Inflates by mouth in less than 20 seconds
  • Belt positioning clip to adjust seatbelt
  • Rolls up into carrying sack
  • Cleanable with water and mild detergent

Specifications

  • Product dimensions: 13 x 13 x 4.5 inches (inflated)
  • Product weight: 1.2 pounds

BabyCenter Editors’ review*

What it is
A booster that will fit in the tightest of backseats is a carpool mom’s dream come true (well, that and a self-driving car). We blew this up in less than a minute and placed it between two full-sized car seats, in a space that ordinarily can’t fit three across. Two guides on the sides of the seat clip onto the seat belt to keep it in place. The BubbleBum propped up our 7-year-old tester to a height where he could use a standard seat belt. Once deflated, it rolls up and stuffs into a sack small enough to stow in a child’s backpack; our tester happily presented it when his carpool arrived. This booster comes in handy for vacations and taxi rides, too.

What to watch out for

Because it doesn’t latch into place, the BubbleBum can slide around beneath a squirmy child. It’s recommended for children as young as 4, but we were more comfortable using it with older children who can sit upright without fidgeting for the duration of the ride, keeping the booster in position.

BabyCenter.com Review

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.babycenter.com/103_bubblebum-booster-seat_10397117.bc

09
Feb 2015

The Grommet loves BubbleBum

In in the media | posted by: Declan McGuinness

Thegrommet.com has had a look at our BubbleBum Car Booster Seat and we’re proud to say that they love it!

BubbleBum Inflatable Car Booster Seat

A must-have for everyday carpools and holiday road trips, the award-winning BubbleBum inflatable car booster seat is perfect for kids aged 4-11 years who weigh 40-100 lbs. Weighing in at less than one pound, BubbleBum can deflate in minutes, making it simple to throw in a backpack or large purse. It also includes belt-positioning clips in place of armrests, so it’s possible to fit three boosters across the back seat of a car, minivan, or SUV. It is the perfect travel companion for road trips, everyday use, vacations, cab rides, and more.

BubbleBum ($29.99) is also a top choice when it comes to safety. With its satisfactory design for parents and children, BubbleBum won GOLD in the 2014 National Parenting Publications Awards and is proud to join the exclusive winners circle selected by the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Media Awards. BubbleBum was also announced the IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) “Best Bet” in their booster seat evaluation report, where they’ve branded BubbleBum as one of the best for safety!

BubbleBum is a family-owned company founded by Irish mom-of-two Grainne Kelly. She invented her own portable car booster seat after having to constantly transport cumbersome fixed booster seats back and forth on the plane due to the lack of car booster seats available from car rental desks. Now just a few years later, BubbleBum has paved the way for inflatable car seats and is one of the safest booster seats on the market.

 

 

 

Check out their site here.

06
Feb 2015

Baby Center has complied a list of Booster Seat which can fit three across the back seat and BubbleBum has been included. Have a look here to see the full list. Or check out below what Baby Center has to say about BubbleBum’s Booster:

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Most moms hate the idea of driving a minivan. But once the number of children you have exceeds your total number of arms, trying to fit them all safely into your car or SUV starts make those minivans look pretty appealing.

But you’re not out of options, parents of multi-kid families. There are car seats slim enough to fit 3-across in many vehicles. Will they fit into yours? You knew I was going to say this: It depends! But trying out one of the following slimmer infant, convertible or booster seats makes 3-across or 3-in-a-row a lot more likely.

Many baby stores have sample car seats they’ll let you try out in your own backseat to make sure it fits properly. Call ahead and ask; you may also want to ask if the store has any of the models recommended in the slide show.
Whatever you do, don’t rush your child ahead to a booster seat or turn your seat around before he’s reached the weight, age and height to do so.

The AAP revises its car seat recommendations every year; currently parents are advised to use infant car seats rear-facing position until age 2-4 and then convertible car seats until children outgrow the weight/height limits, ideally at age 8. Boosters should then be used until children can use regular belts (usually between ages 10 and 12).

 


BubbleBum: In less than a minute, the blow-up BubbleBum booster transforms from a tiny pouch to a handy height-provider for kids aged 4 and up. It doesn’t latch into place, so it’s extraordinarily easy to move around for playdates or travel. $25-$40

04
Feb 2015

We’ve Launched our Facebook Store!

In Bubblebum News | posted by: Zara McBrearty

We have just launched our brand new Facebook store on our US page, making it easier for customers to purchase your BubbleBum car booster seat online!

 

Facebook Store

 

Also, to celebrate this launch, we are giving our fanbubbletastic fans a massive 25% OFF their BubbleBum purchases via our Facebook store until 28th February, 2015, perfect if you have just booked your family summer vacation! Use code: ‘FACEBOOK‘ at the checkout to redeem this offer. *

Click on this link to check out our store: https://www.facebook.com/BubbleBumUSLLC/app_410312912374011

As we have a very exciting year ahead here at BubbleBum HQ, so make sure to check out our social media pages and store for exclusive product releases and discounts! Watch this space…

*Standard shipping is charged at $5.00 to the US only.

 

03
Feb 2015

Mom’s Magazine has been talking to BubbleBum CEO Grainne Kelly about her experiences with traveling with Kids and the benefits for them . Have a look here to see the full post on Mom’s Magazine, or check it out below.

 

10 Things Kids Learn from Travel

Children of all ages can benefit from travel, as kids learn through experiencing life. For example, they learn to speak by hearing, they learn to climb by crawling over rocks and furniture, and they learn compassion and hope by seeing other people in environments differing from their own. As parents, we want to bring up our kids to be kind, loving, and smart. We also want to give them an education that will serve them well in life.

Here are 10 beneficial things that your kiddos can learn from travel:

1. Problem Solving – From location transportation to currency exchange, there are all kinds of things to figure out when visiting a new country. Make your kids a part of the process by figuring out how to get from point A to point B without using GPS. Old fashioned map reading shouldn’t be a lost art. If US dollars aren’t accepted in the country you’re visiting, also teach your kids how to calculate money exchange rates.

2. Language – Traveling is a great way to immerse yourself in a new language. Before your trip try to learn basic phrases that will help you find the hotel, a restaurant, a bathroom, or a hospital. Be dedicated to use as much of the foreign language as possible on your trip.

3. Geography, History, and Culture – Kids have the misconception that everyone lives like we do in the U.S. Before you go, prepare them for things they may see on your adventure. For example, look at the location on a map or globe and point out bordering countries.

4. Empathy – If your travels take you to a country where people are less fortunate, kids will develop a compassion for others who struggle in daily life. It will help them be more appreciative for the easy things in American life.
5. Confidence – Some kids like routine and the status quo, so trying new things can be a real struggle. Visiting new places gives them the opportunity to try new foods and activities.

6. Tolerance – Many countries have people from various religious and cultural backgrounds, all living in harmony. Kids learn to see what people have in common and not just focus on the apparent differences. Visiting ancient ruins or temples can be enlightening to kids on many levels.

7. Memories are made by people, not places. When kids look back on family vacations, it’s not the destination they will remember as much as they time they spent with family. Experiences bind families together.

8. Patience – Things don’t always turn out as planned. Flights get delayed, weather cancels planned activities, and foods are strange. Adapting to the situation and enjoying all aspects of the journey are life lessons they will take with them wherever they go.

9. Water – Not all countries have water that is safe to drink. Becoming aware that water can cause serious illness is crucial for having a pleasant vacation. Carrying water, conserving, and being aware of where you can purchase safe water is something the kids can be a part of.

10. Autonomy – Parents have only two arms and two legs, so kids need to be responsible for carrying their own stuff. Thinks about the weight of things when packing and how much each child can tow with a rolling suitcase or in a backpack.

Traveling is an amazing gift for kids. Whether your travels are domestic or international, there are cultures to experience and history to appreciate. Respecting how others live in various regions can change their perspective on how differences can be a common thread between all people. Giving your child a global perspective will open up his mind to new and exciting adventures.

 

 

 

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