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30
Jul 2014

Why Travelling With Kids Is Awesome!

In blog | posted by: Declan McGuinness

Despite what you might think, travelling with kids can be a much more rewarding experience than you ever imagined, and possibly more rewarding than traveling without them ever was. So with that in mind we here at Bubblebum have decided to fill you in (for those sceptics out there) on why traveling with kids is awesome!

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Kids slow you down:

Sure with kids you have to go a lot slower than you once did, meaning that its becomes harder to fit in as many places as you once could have. Despite this it is a huge positive, generally with all the rush and clamour of travelling we struggle to fit everything in and can come back just as tired and drained as we went away. With kids you have to plan your days around them, often including rest breaks. This means that not only can you relax more on your holiday but you can find yourself being able to savour the little things about the places you’ve visited, things which you never would have noticed beforehand.

 

They help you to meet new people:

Children are incredibly social people, and can become best friends with someone within minutes of meeting them. As adults however, those initial moments of meeting can be, well, awkward. So when your kids start playing with other kids it’s a great way to start a conversation with other parents. This gives you the chance to meet other people who you would otherwise never get the chance to talk to and find out things that you might never have heard about otherwise- for example while in America we got chatting to a family in a park who told us of a great restaurant that did wonderful sea food for us and still had a kids menu that our fussy children would enjoy. If it wasn’t for them we never would have found it!

 

It’s a chance to learn new things:

Of course travelling anywhere is a chance for you to learn some new things. But with your children you can learn things that you would have never thought of before. Seeing the world provides not just an education in things like geography and language skills, but it also allows your child to see things from a completely different perspective. Sure this is great for them, but what about you? Well seeing you child’s perspective can on things can also have a huge effect on your own perspective and as children tend to be naturally intuitive they often pick up on things that me and you would have missed, the effects on this can be huge and long lastings, not only for you but for your children as well.

 

An end to picky eating:

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed that children can be rather picky when it comes to what they eat.  Travelling with kids means that you’re often forced to eat things that are out of your comfort zone (and which if you were to try and cook your self could go disastrously wrong, causing more harm than good). If you’re lucky you might have already gotten your kids to try and branch out in their eating habits, but once you’ve tried curries in Thailand, beef in Argentina or the fish in Spain you’ll never realise just what you’ve been missing. So use your travels to introduce your kids to the wonders of food from around the globe.

 

Making Memories:

Travelling the world with your children is a wonderful way to bond with them. Spending time in hotels, airports, planes and cars help to build bonds within families, but more importantly they help you create memories that your children will cherish as they grow up. There’s nothing like experience of seeing a beautiful beach at sunset, or one of the wonders of the world with your children. These are visual, visceral and spiritual experiences that mean a lot more in the long term than a quiet week away without the kids.

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So there you go, hopefully we have shown you that travelling with kids isn’t all crying and tantrums and that it can be a hugely rewarding and exciting experience! Please let us know how your trips have gone with your kids and share with us your precious memories, we would love to hear them!

28
Jul 2014

Sweet Southern Lovin Reviews BubbleBum

In Reviews | posted by: Zara McBrearty

Our good friends over at Sweet Southern Lovin blog give BubbleBum the thumbs up! :)

Check out the review below:

BubbleBum is the first ever inflatable booster seat. Founded by Grainne Kelly, out of pure frustration and concern for her own kids safely while traveling. This car seat is very light weight and perfect for kids ages 4-11. It easily folds flat and can be stored in a matching travel bag to make carrying around while traveling so much easier, since it inflates in only 20 seconds (by mouth). The BubbleBum is perfect for: Carpool, when you have 3 carseats in a row, taxis, holidays, rental cars, grandma’s car, and so much more. The options are endless. There are even positioning clips on each side that will hold the lap portion of the seat belt in place. The BubbleBum is available in 4 fun colors; purple/lime, black/silver, neon pink and neon yellow.

I was so excited when I received this opportunity. I have seen these in Walmart and have thought they were so cool. They come in a little tube and it is really amazing that a booster seat is inside of it. I got the neon pink booster seat. The booster seat is very lightweight so you can carry it anywhere and even pack it in your luggage for while you are traveling. I love that you can blow it up in less than 20 seconds, and your lungs don’t end up hurting after you blow it up. The BubbleBum Booster Seat is very sturdy and works just as well, if not better, than other booster seats. It features red hooks on the side so that when your little one buckles up in it, the straps fit safely and properly over them. Aubreigh loved having a new booster seat and she said she felt like a big kid. I am going to end up carrying this one around in my purse (yes it folds up that small) and carrying it with me. When we go out with my mother or mother in law, we sometimes would ride with them if going to more than one place, and they usually only keep one car seat in their vehicle. Now I will always have a booster seat with me.

You can purchase these online by visiting here, or you can visit your local Walmart which is where I found them. You can also visit their site to find a store near you. They are only $29.99.

Source: http://www.sweetsouthernlovin.com/2014/07/bubblebum-neon-pink-review/

24
Jul 2014

BubbleBum’s Top Travel Tips

In blog | posted by: Zara McBrearty
Family Travel

 

With the summer vacation in full swing, families are gearing up for family travel both near and far—camping trips, days spent at the beach, trips to see grandparents, or plane rides to fun destinations. Whether your trip is just across town or further afield, BubbleBum CEO & Founder Grainne Kelly offers her travel tips to ensure your trip is a safe and smooth one:

 

  1. Scan your travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance, immunization information, list of medications, etc.) and email them to yourself rather than keeping a photocopy in your bags/luggage. Make a list of important health/emergency information to keep with you while you travel.
  2. Make sure that your children are in approved child safety seats as required by the state or country you are traveling to.
  3. Always pack a first aid kit containing items such as pain reliever (for children & adults), thermometer, anti-itch lotion, bug bite/sting cream, instant ice pack, sunscreen, insert spray, motion sickness tabs, and Band-Aids. If you’re traveling a distance, such as internationally, it’s a good idea for the family to get checked over by a doctor prior to leaving. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date before taking off.
  4. If staying at a hotel or someone’s home, bring childproofing supplies, such as electrical outlet covers and travel baby gates to protect your child in a new environment. Be aware that cribs or play yards provided by hotels may not meet current safety standards. If you have any doubt about the safety of the crib or play yard, ask for a replacement or consider other options (for example, put a mattress on the floor).
  5. If your child is lost, instruct your kids to go to an agreed upon safe place and stay there. Dress your kids in distinctive or brightly colored clothes to make them more visible and write down your contact information on an index card and place it in your kids’ pockets to make contacting you easier.
  6. Whether traveling by car or plane, it’s always a good idea to bring along extra toys and activities to keep your child busy. Pack snacks and drinks for the family in the event you have a long layover or car trouble.
  7. When traveling by car, keep the following stashed in your trunk in the event of an emergency: jumper cables, flairs, blankets, water, fire extinguisher, mini tire compressor, basic tools, rope/bungee cord, and a flash light
  8. Have the kids help pack their own bags so they can choose items they really want for entertainment, whether that be their favorite book, an electronic device, or a fun travel game
  9. Flights and road trips are the perfect time to spend time with family and should be embraced. It provides a chance to play games together like the traditional ‘I-spy’, ‘who am I?’ or ‘find the vehicle’.
  10. Pre-packed and organized hand luggage is a life saver especially when it allows you to carry the essentials like passports and board passes alongside the more important (to your children at least) items like snacks, electrical devices and even a teddy or other comforter. These items can all be stored in their own small separate bags within your hand luggage, allowing you to keep you travel documents free from sticky fingers and placing a vital limit on the amount you’re willing to carry.
18
Jul 2014

Greetings from BubbleBum HQ!

Welcome to the July/August edition of our newsletter.

This summer edition is full of exciting stuff including; travel tips for your summer vacation, summer activities for the kids to ward off the dreaded ‘boredom’, a sneak peak at our newest product, exciting news on our growing family here at BubbleBum HQ and finally our recent lifestyle photo shoot.

Wishing you all a fanbubbletastic summer vacation and remember to be safe and bring your BubbleBum! :)

 

 

Travel Safety Tips 


With the summer vacation in full swing, families are gearing up for family travel both near and far—camping trips, days spent at the beach, trips to see grandparents, or plane rides to fun destinations. Whether your trip is just across town or further afield, BubbleBum CEO & Founder Grainne Kelly offers her travel tips to ensure your trip is a safe one:

1.Scan your travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance, immunization information, list of medications, etc.) and email them to yourself rather than keeping a photocopy in your bags/luggage. Make a list of important health/emergency information to keep with you while you travel.

2.Make sure that your children are in approved child safety seats as required by the state or country you are traveling to.

3.Always pack a first aid kit containing items such as pain reliever (for children & adults), thermometer, anti-itch lotion, bug bite/sting cream, instant ice pack, sunscreen, insert spray, motion sickness tabs, and Band-Aids. If you’re traveling a distance, such as internationally, it’s a good idea for the family to get checked over by a doctor prior to leaving. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date before taking off.

4.If staying at a hotel or someone’s home, bring childproofing supplies, such as electrical outlet covers and travel baby gates to protect your child in a new environment. Be aware that cribs or play yards provided by hotels may not meet current safety standards. If you have any doubt about the safety of the crib or play yard, ask for a replacement or consider other options (for example, put a mattress on the floor).

5.If your child is lost, instruct your kids to go to an agreed upon safe place and stay there. Dress your kids in distinctive or brightly colored clothes to make them more visible and write down your contact information on an index card and place it in your kids’ pockets to make contacting you easier.

6. Whether traveling by car or plane, it’s always a good idea to bring along extra toys and activities to keep your child busy. Pack snacks and drinks for the family in the event you have a long layover or car trouble.

7.When traveling by car, keep the following stashed in your trunk in the event of an emergency: jumper cables, flairs, blankets, water, fire extinguisher, mini tire compressor, basic tools, rope/bungee cord, and a flash light

8.Have the kids help pack their own bags so they can choose items they really want for entertainment, whether that be their favorite book, an electronic device, or a fun travel game

9. Flights and road trips are the perfect time to spend time with family and should be embraced. It provides a chance to play games together like the traditional ‘I-spy’, ‘who am I?’ or ‘find the vehicle’.

10. Pre-packed and organized hand luggage is a life saver especially when it allows you to carry the essentials like passports and board passes alongside the more important (to your children at least) items like snacks, electrical devices and even a teddy or other comforter. These items can all be stored in their own small separate bags within your hand luggage, allowing you to keep you travel documents free from sticky fingers and placing a vital limit on the amount you’re willing to carry.

BubbleBum’s Top 5 Summer Activities

As we near the middle of the kid’s summer vacation from school, we have put together our top 5 activities for the kids (and whole family) to take part in this summer break to keep them active and ward off the boredom!

1. Soccer

After the World Cup, soccer is cooler than ever (for boys and girls) and with a wide variety of ways you can play it, we just had to make it our number one activity for summer! You can play soccer anywhere with as many or as few people as you have and its always great fun. Even if you’re playing by yourself, practicing your skills with a ball is lots of fun and incredibly rewarding.

 

2. Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts are a great and simple way to keep your kids entertained for long or short periods of time and help bring out their creative side as well. You can join in the new craze of making a loom band using the different colored bands to make funky patterns or do a little old fashioned painting. Or, if you’re feeling particularly crafty, the internet has a whole range of sites available which feature craft ideas for all levels, like pinterest.

 

 

3. Swimming

Whether it’s at the beach or at the pool, swimming is a great way to cool off in the heat and a great way to exercise and keep active. Even better, you don’t have to just swim around, there are loads of fun games you can play in the water as well. From marco polo, to tennis or even volley ball there’s loads to do in the water which is why it’s our second favorite activity for kids this summer! TRIVIA: Did you know that Elephants can Swim up to 20 miles a day and can use their trunks as snorkels?!

 

 

4.Board Games

These were a staple of almost every house hold growing up and now they’re making a come back. With options available for every age range and some old classics like monopoly, chutes and ladders and even scrabble, board games are a great way to keep the family entertained.

 


 

5. Tennis

With Wimbledon just finished everyone seems to have tennis fever! Play singles or play doubles, tennis is a great way to get active and have some fun. Whether you’re just learning or you’ve played before, tennis is a sport which the whole family can get involved in. Give it a try! TRIVIA: Did you know, the fastest recorded serve in a woman’s tennis match was 205 km/h and was done by Venus Williams?!

 

 

 

Coming Soon…

Here’s an exclusive sneak speak of our new product, the Thingamybob, coming out later this year! All will be revealed… But in the mean time, can you guess what it is?

Team News

We are delighted to welcome the newest recruit to the BubbleBum team, Declan McGuinness! Declan recently graduated from the University of Ulster and has just joined the marketing department at BubbleBum HQ; dealing with all of the website stuff, social media and other marketing activities. Welcome aboard, Declan!


BubbleBum Lifestyle Photo Shoot

The BubbleBum team and our fanbubbletastic models recently headed down to Derry City Airport and our local primary school to take some lifestyle pics to showcase our eye-popping new neon colors! With local photographer extraordinaire Bernard Ward at the helm, we knew we were in good hands and got some brilliant shots!

We all had a great day playing dressing up, kicking a few footballs around and of course…eating lots sweeties (adults too)! Take a look at some of the brilliant images we captured below:

 


 

 


 

 

16
Jul 2014

Team News – Declan McGuinness

In Bubblebum News | posted by: Zara McBrearty
BubbleBum Team - Declan McGuinness

 

We are delighted to welcome the newest recruit to the BubbleBum team, Declan McGuinness! Declan recently graduated from the University of Ulster and has just joined the marketing department at BubbleBum HQ; dealing with all of the website stuff, social media and other marketing activities. Welcome aboard, Declan!

16
Jul 2014

Safe Sound Families Top 50 Travel Safety Products

In blog | posted by: Declan McGuinness

As you all know, safety is the number one priority for us here at Bubblebum and we do all that we can to ensure the safety and security of our products. As a result we are pleased to announce that we have been included in safesoundfamily.com’s top 50 travel safety products for families. Have a look at the list from the link below. And from all of us here a Bubblebum, have a great and safe summer!

 

http://safesoundfamily.com/blog/top-50-travel-safety-products-for-families/

 

 

14
Jul 2014

Five great sports for Kids this Summer

In blog | posted by: Declan McGuinness

With the summer in full swing here are some great activities for you and your kids to do this summer vacation.

These are a great ways to keep active and to have an awesome vacation free from boredom!

So here are BubbleBum’s top five sports for summer!

#5.Baseball & Softball
Baseball has been a hugely popular game among kids for decades and its easy to see why. Its simple and easy to play with lot of different ways to play. Have a go at a full game, or if you’re short players have a simple game of catch or even a home run contest!

 

 

 

#4.Beach Volleyball
Its summer time and there’s nothing better than spending your day at the beach. While you’re there why not try a game of beach volleyball, simply draw lines in the sand to create your court and play from there.

 

 

#3.Skateboarding
Skateboarding is the coolest way to get around this summer. Why not get some practice and give it a go.

 

 

#2.Swimming
Whether its at the beach or at the pool, swimming is a great way to cool of over the summer and its a great way to exercise and keep active. Even better, you don’t have to just swim around, there are loads of fun games you can play in the water as well. From marco pollo, to tennis or even volley ball theres loads to do in the water which is why its our second faviourite sport for kids this summer!

 

 

#1.Football
Of course this was our number one, its a wonderful game and children anywhere and of any age can play. You can play full games with your friends, or play catch with the ball. Football really is the perfect game for you this summer. Practice hard at it and who knows where you could end up!

 

 

That’s BubbleBum’s top five sports for kids this summer, and don’t forget to bring your BubbleBum with you when you’re making those car journeys! ;)

 

14
Jul 2014

Life of a Southern Mom’s thoughts of Bubblebum

In Reviews | posted by: Declan McGuinness

Life of a Southern Mom has reviewed our Neon Booster Seat. Have a look below to see why they loved it:

Life of a Southern Mom had the pleasure of working with BubbleBum to review their BubbleBum Neon Inflatable Car Booster Seat. BubbleBum was founded by Grianne Kelly. BubbleBum was created out of the necessity to keep her children safe while travelling abroad. BubbleBum’s vision is to create a global brand of products which are cool, functional and innovative travel solutions for families.

The BubbleBum Neon Inflatable Car Booster Seat is a convenient, portable, fold-able and inflatable booster seat for travelling families. The BubbleBum Booster seat is light-weight and compact with a belt positioning clip. The booster sit is narrower then most booster seats to fit smaller spaces making it possible to fit 3 kids across the back-seat. After use it easily deflates which makes it conveniently transportable fitting in diaper bags, carry-ons, glove box, trunk or purse.

The BubbleBum is suitable for:
-Children aged 4-11
-Children between 40-100 lbs
-Should be used only with 3-point car seat belt

The BubbleBum Neon Inflatable Car Booster Seat is a must for Summer. The travelling booster seat is perfect for families on-the-go. This inflatable booster seat is great! It was super easy to inflate and install. I love have it is narrow enough to fit between two car seats. I put it to the test and it fit and works well! This seat is perfect for travelling and when my eldest wants a friend over and we need another booster. A regular size booster seat will not fit in my vehicle with two car seat already in the car. The BubbleBum Neon Inflatable Car Booster Seat is small, convenient and easily fits in my diaper bag! I highly recommend BubbleBum to families with children who use booster seats.

 

Source: http://www.lifeofasouthernmom.com/2014/07/bubblebum-review.html

14
Jul 2014

Mama Fashionista’s thoughts on Bubblebum

In blog | posted by: Declan McGuinness

Here’s an excellent comment on Bubblebum by Mama Fashionista on how Bubblebum can brighten up your family travels.

Looking for a vibrant, safe, and FUN way to travel in the car with the kiddos this spring and summer? Introducing BubbleBum’s just-released neon color line! Featuring a super trendy chevron design available in neon pink and yellow, these inflatable booster seats are sure to get the kiddos excited for all of the upcoming warm weather road trips!

BubbleBum makes spring and summer travel a little lighter and a whole lot brighter! Take a look at their new eye-popping neons that feature a fun, trendy chevron design. If you loved BubbleBum before, you’ll love them even more now! BubbleBum is the first-ever inflatable booster seat and the perfect solution for car rides, plane trips, car rentals, cab rides and carpooling. Weighing in at less than one pound, BubbleBum can deflate in minutes, making it simple to throw in a backpack or large handbag. 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. And rest assured, it meets all US safety testing standards for booster seats.

 

 
BubbleBum can be inflated easily by mouth, is foldable, light, portable, and packable. For kids aged 4-11, it is the perfect travel companion for all of your spring break and summer trips, and I love these stylish and eye-catching new neon BubbleBum booster seats. They truly make life easier for all parents!

I can tell you from experience that the BubbleBum is a LIFE SAVER – not to mention super convenient! Who wants to lug heavy and cumbersome carseats through the airport or cross country {especially when you have multiple children that require them}? BubbleBum is perfect for using in taxis, rental cars, and for me they have been great for spontaneous trips to Target with my neighbour! And I’m not the only one who loves the convenience of BubbleBum…

BubbleBum is proud to join the exclusive winners circle selected by the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Media Awards. BubbleBum was also selected twice for an IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) “Best Bet” in their booster seat evaluation report, where they branded BubbleBum as one of the best for safety. They’ve also been honoured with a SheKnows Parenting Award and a JPMA.

Source: http://www.mamafashionista.com/2014/06/brighten-up-your-family-travels-with.html

14
Jul 2014

Jan Rose Reviews BubbleBum

In blog, Reviews | posted by: Declan McGuinness

Our friends over at Jan Rose Reviews have reviewed Bubblebum! Have a look at what they think:

 

I had the chance to review a purple BubbleBum! What a great idea! Being a mom of two, I am always carting around extra kids. Having the Bubble Bum in my trunk I am always ready for another kid in the car!

Comes with: booster, shoulder belt position, bag

My 7 year old told me that it was more cozy and comfortable on his bum!

Dimensions: approximately 13” x 13
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There is a valve that helps it blow the Bubble Bum almost all on it own.

For just $29.99, you can choose your Bubble Bum in colors of purple, black, neon pink, or neon yellow!

It is a must have for busy parents! It is easier to change from car to car when moving kids around!! It’s light weight, maybe a pound in the carry bag! Easy enough for kids to carry their own seats!

Source: http://www.janrosereviews.com/bubble-bum-review/

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