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26
Nov 2014

Hi guys,

 

Our CEO Grainne Kelly spoke to The Best Crows Nest about car seat safety and how the BubbleBum Booster helps to make your car journeys as safe as possible.  Check out the interview here, or else scroll on down to read it here.

 

 

Car Seat Safety {An Interview with Grainne Kelly, Founder & CEO of BubbleBum Booster Seats}

 

Last spring, our family got into a car accident. No one was hurt (thankfully) and it could have been way worse, but it was still pretty bad and really scary. When someone comes at you head on and your precious babies are in the backseat, your mind races.

“What if they aren’t buckled tight enough?”“What will happen if they get hit on their side?”“Please, God let their carseat serve them with enough protection right now.” 

Thankfully for us, we got hit on the front corner instead of anywhere near my kids, but it makes me feel better to know they were truly safe in their carseats. This was a wake up call for me as a mom though. I was always pretty serious about choosing the best carseat with the highest safety ratings, but did you know when you get into an accident, you ALWAYS need to replace your carseats? The insurance company we dealt with says they have their own criteria for replacing car seats, but every car seat manufacturer has their own rules. My advice? Go by those rules, not what the insurance company says. In our case, both the manufacturer and the insurance company agreed they needed to be replaced and they paid for it.

Grainne Kelly, Founder & CEO of BubbleBum | The Best Crowe's Nest

A while back I had the opportunity to send in some interview questions to Grainne Kelly, the founder & CEO of BubbleBum: the first ever inflatable carseat and ask her some questions about child passenger safety. I was eager to learn more about BubbleBum, what makes it so safe, and pick her brain a bit. Here’s what I found out :

Q : At what age do you recommend switching your child from a 5pt harness to a booster seat? There was recently a lot of chatter on this topic on my Facebook page and while it’s always going to vary based on the situation. Many parents wish to keep their child in a 5pt harness as long as possible. Curious what your age recommendation is for Bubble booster seats?

 
A child should be kept in the 5 point harness seat until he reaches the upper weight limit of that seat. Both the age and weight requirements should be considered before moving to a booster seat, which should be over 40lbs and over 4 years. Moving to the next car seat stage should not be viewed like a crawling milestone, be sure not to progress too early or you would be compromising your child’s safety.
 
Q: Why an inflatable booster? I’ll be honest, when I first heard of this concept, the thought of it made a me a little nervous, but what factors went into the design of this seat and what makes it a safe option for parents?
 
Inflatable technology is used for life saving devices increasingly more so over the years: Life rafts, life vests, airbags and now inflatable seatbelts too.
 
BubbleBum is designed to position the vehicle seatbelt in the optimum position by using the side positioning clips. The clips are attached with webbing which forms a harness around the inflatable bladder. Some people ask what would happen if the seat got punctured in a crash, we have had to crash test in the deflated state for our European approval and we pass all of the crash tests even deflated. The seat should always be used inflated as this provides the best level of protection. The BubbleBum seat is the functional equivalent of the best selling backless booster seats on the market.
 
Q: If you were standing next to a mom in the store looking at carseat and booster seat options and she asked your opinion (I know I’ve chatted with parents before while shopping for baby items to get their experience and recommendation,) what would you tell them about what Bubblebum has to offer over the rest?
 
BubbleBum solves all the barriers to booster seat use:
  • Inconvenience, mom doesn’t have time to coordinate car seat exchanges between cars and relatives. Unlike rigid seats, BubbleBum can travel with the child as it is inflatable, deflatable and compact making car pool and pick up from soccer practice much easier.
  • Big kids are resistant to ride on a ‘baby seat’, BubbleBum is cool and funky appealing to the 4-11yr audience. Definitely not a ‘baby seat’!
  • Renting car seats from car rental firms at exorbitant costs ( can be $7-$11 per day) is a real barrier to the use of booster seats. BubbleBum is easily portable and reusable so no more ridiculous rental charges and you can guarantee the history and hygiene of the seat you are using.
  • BubbleBum is the narrowest booster seat on the market making it easy to seat 3 kids across the back instead of having to upgrade your family car!
25
Nov 2014

Meet the Team…Fintan Kelly

In blog, Bubblebum News | posted by: Zara McBrearty
Fintan Kelly

 

 

In the spotlight  is our charismatic Operations Director and Vice President, Fintan Kelly!

So let’s meet Fintan…

Where did you grow up? - In London and then Northampton

What is your favourite holiday destination? - Difficult question as I love a combination of City Breaks and relaxing sun holidays so cross between New York, London and Barcelona with Malaysia

What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without? - My leaf blower

What’s someone you think people should know about you? - I have an uncle that is younger than me!!

What famous quote describes your life? - ‘Sometimes the best thing to do is to sit on your hands’

What is the most interesting website you know of? - Stumble Upon

If you could throw a party what would it be like and what would it be for? - I would throw a dinner party for the opening of an envelope so long as I get to do the cooking but someone else brings the food in a kind of Ready Steady Cook challenge

What Celebrity are you mistaken for? - Roger Daltry, that is if anyone can remember who he is!

If you were reincarnated as an animal/drink/ice cream flavour what would it be? - I would like it to be an Owl, but I am guessing it would be a Toad

What is your dream car? - Aston Martin

25
Nov 2014

Mommy by Nurture recently had a look at our BubbleBum Booster seat and loved it so much that they decided to run a competition with one of our seats as the prize.

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Head on over to her site to enter.

19
Nov 2014

Safesoundfamily.com has gotten 22 safety experts together to share their top tips to keep your child or baby safe in a Car Seat. Our CEO Grainne Kelly was one of these, check out what she had to say below for see the full article here.

Grainne Kelly

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Grainne Kelly is a Family Travel Expert and Founder of theBubbleBum inflatable car booster seat. Grainne is a former travel agent who revolutionized the child travel industry by inventing BubbleBum: the world’s FIRST inflatable booster seat. Safety is a prime element of a child’s health, and the BubbleBum ensures that kids stay safe and comfortable throughout all car trips.

When it comes to car seat safety tips for new parents, my #1 piece of advice is…

Moving to the next car seat stage should not be viewed like a crawling milestone– be sure not to progress too early or you would be compromising your child’s safety.

A child should be kept in the 5-point harness seat until he reaches the upper weight limit of that seat. Both the age and weight requirements should be considered before moving on to a booster seat, which should be over 40 lbs and over 4 years old.

 

14
Nov 2014
Cribsie Awards

 

The Cribsie Awards have opened their nomination gates, recognizing the best products, services and websites babies and tots.

If you love BubbleBum, feel free to give us a nomination here. Any support is much appreciated! :)

Source: http://cribsieawards.com/nominate/

 

14
Nov 2014

Gradie is still too small for a booster seat, but the thought has crossed my mind, what will we do when we travel, be it to South Africa, or just a small vacation to another state, when she is a bit older. I know lugging her full sized car seat with us through the airport recently wasn’t much fun. That is why I started researching what we can use in situations like this, just trying to be prepared for when the time comes. That is when I found the BubbleBum, and I am sure glad I did.

Did you know that a booster seat can come in a bag? Yup – a bag! The BubbleBum is a FMVSS 213 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) approved booster seat that is inflatable, and small enough to fit in a bag. Say WHAT? The BubbleBum is so easy to deflate, get into it’s bag and take along with you on all of your trips to ensure your little one is always as safe as possible while in the car.

 


bubble bum package

 

 

When taken out of the bag, you twist the little black valve to allow air to be blown into it. Blow it up (only takes about 20 seconds) and twist the black valve back to close it. Once it’s filled up, you’re ready to use it. I was really worried I would have to turn blue in the face trying to get this blown up, kind of like you do with air mattresses and the like, but it definitely is NOT like that.  Just take a look at the video below – it shows just how easy the BubbleBum is to use;

As I said above, the BubbleBum fits into a bag and weighing less than half a pound it is perfect to take along with you on all your trips, but trips are not the only reason you might use the BubbleBum, it is also easy to take along when your kids head out with friends and family who might not have a booster seat in their vehicle.

There are some features/specifications that are important to remember with the BubbleBum, to ensure that your child is as safe as possible!! It is for kids aged 4 through 11 that are between 40 and 100 pounds and up to 57 inches tall. Additionally, remember that when using a backless booster, a child always needs to have a vehicle headrest behind their head that comes at least to the tips of their ears.

The BubbleBum comes in 4 colors; black & silver, purple & lime, neon yellow and neon pink and at only $30 it is extremely affordable, I plan on picking up a few so that they are available for all those trip Gradie will take where she might otherwise not have a booster seat. You can pick them up on the BubbleBum website by clicking HERE, and of course you can Buy the BubbleBum Inflatable Car Booster Seat on Amazon.

 

Source: http://africasblog.com/2014/11/11/bubblebum-booster-seat-review/

 

 

14
Nov 2014

Moma GaGa tried out our BubbleBum Booster Seat and loved it. We have the full review here or you can check out their site yourself.

 

 

Holiday Travel with Kids: Transportation Made Easy With This Portable Car Seat

 

lanes, trains, automobiles!

When taking a holiday vacation or visiting relatives with the whole family, flying, driving, and riding are inevitable. You’ve gotta get there somehow, right? Some methods of transportation have child sized seats, MOST DO NOT. The trains, shuttles, taxis, private cars and subways that I have been on do not come equipped with car seats. Instead of lugging that huge convertible car seat along with your travels, take this portable and compact travel car booster seat: the Bubble Bum.

Child sitting in Bubble Bum portable car booster seat

The Bubble Bum is the first inflatable booster seat on the market. Crash tested and compliant with US Federal Motor Vehicle Standards, this is such an easy seat to take along wherever you go. You simply blow into the valve on the underside of the seat and position the seat belt through the red seat belt restraints. Roll it up and take it with you when you travel, or keep an extra in the back seat of your car when you might need it for grandma, carpooling, or for another friend on a sleepover on a play date. It’s made for children 40-100 lbs.

Bubble Bum Portable Travel Car Booster Seat for Kids

This seat comes in bright colors and ensures that your child’s seat belt fits properly across their chests. Kids can carry their own seat in their backpacks, my son was happy to! We tried out the seat at home, you can pretty much put it in any vehicle, fitting 3 in the back seat! My three year old was bummed that she couldn’t test it out, safety first.

Installation of the Bubble Bum car travel booster seat

Kid sits in Bubble Bum seat

Car passenger safety for kids

Even big kids need to sit in booster seats in order for the seat belt to restrain properly. 57″ tall is the magic number, so until then, be sure your kids are safe while in the car! Here are some child passenger safety facts that you should know:

  • Car crashes are the 2nd leading cause of death in children aged 4-10
  • Out of the 1,000 parents of children aged 4-10 surveyed, 9 out of 10 are allowing their children to merely use a seat belt without a booster before they are big enough.
  • The research also found that 7 in 10 parents do not know what size a child should be to ride in a car without a booster seat.
  • Children more than 40 lbs. should use a forward-facing, belt positioning booster seat with the lap belt fitting low and tight across the lap/upper thigh area and the shoulder belt snug across the chest and shoulder until they are 57’ and between 80-100 lbs.
  • Booster seats can reduce the risk of serious injury by up to 45% compared to standard seat belts.
  • Children who wear seat belts, but should be in a booster, are at risk for severe abdominal, head and spinal injuries in an accident.
  • 1 in 5 parents say they “bend the rules” when it comes to carpooling and allow children to go without a seat belt or go without a booster seat they are usually accustomed to.

Bubble Bum portable travel child car booster seat

When you’re traveling, you NEED a size appropriate booster or car seat for your child. Make it a little easier on yourself, grab a Bubble Bum and pack it in your carry on luggage. Traveling with kids has never been easier!  Thanks so much for sending out a review unit, Bubble Bum!

 

12
Nov 2014

Africa’s Blog reviewed our BubbleBum Car Booster Seat have a look here to see what they have to say, or continue reading for the full review.

 

 

Bubblebum booster seat logo
 

portable, foldable, loveable, car booster seat

Gradie is still too small for a booster seat, but the thought has crossed my mind, what will we do when we travel, be it to South Africa, or just a small vacation to another state, when she is a bit older.  I know lugging her full sized car seat with us through the airport recently wasn’t much fun.  That is why I started researching what we can use in situations like this, just trying to be prepared for when the time comes.  That is when I found the BubbleBum, and I am sure glad I did.

Did you know that a booster seat can come in a bag? Yup – a bag! The BubbleBum is a FMVSS 213 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) approved booster seat that is inflatable, and small enough to fit in a bag.  Say WHAT?  The BubbleBum is so easy to deflate, get into it’s bag and take along with you on all of your trips to ensure your little one is always as safe as possible while in the car.bubble bum package

When taken out of the bag, you twist the little black valve to allow air to be blown into it. Blow it up (only takes about 20 seconds) and twist the black valve back to close it. Once it’s filled up, you’re ready to use it. I was really worried I would have to turn blue in the face trying to get this blown up, kind of like you do with air mattresses and the like, but it definitely is NOT like that.

As I said above, the BubbleBum fits into a bag and weighing less than half a pound it is perfect to take along with you on all your trips, but trips are not the only reason you might use the BubbleBum, it is also easy to take along when your kids head out with friends and family who might not have a booster seat in their vehicle.

Bubblebum booster seat

There are some features/specifications that are important to remember with the BubbleBum, to ensure that your child is as safe as possible!!  It is for kids aged 4 through 11 that are between 40 and 100 pounds and up to 57 inches tall.  Additionally, remember that when using a backless booster, a child always needs to have a vehicle headrest behind their head that comes at least to the tips of their ears.

The BubbleBum comes in 4 colors; black & silver, purple & lime, neon yellow and neon pink and at only $30 it is extremely affordable, I plan on picking up a few so that they are available for all those trip Gradie will take where she might otherwise not have a booster seat.  You can pick them up on the BubbleBum website by clicking HERE, and of course you can Buy the BubbleBum Inflatable Car Booster Seat on Amazon.  

I recommend you head over to PinterestFacebook & Twitter to follow BubbleBum – make sure you don’t miss out on any promotions as they come along!!

31
Oct 2014

BubbleBum’s Local Halloween Horrors

In blog | posted by: Declan McGuinness

As some of you may know BubbleBum originated in the small city of Derry in Northern Ireland. What you may not know however is that the City has a history with some rather spooky going’s on. With today being Halloween we thought that we could post a few of  our Local ghost stories over the course of the day.

 

Up first is the story of the Banshee. Often seen to be one of the wildest and most elaborate of Irish superstitions, the Banshee is often described as an old woman in loose clothes looking rather unkempt or else a beautiful young girl. Regardless of the physical description, one thing remains the same, the appearance of the Banshee and her doleful cries points to impending death.

Banshee

The Banshee has been a prominent figure in local lore with numerous stories about her being seen or heard before the death of a loved. One such story is as follows:

 

A local man had been complaining to his wife for a few days about a particularly  painful toothache, and when discussing it with his wife had mentioned that their neighbour seemed to be drying a white bed sheet by hanging it from her front window. The man’s wife found this odd as she knew this neighbour well and didn’t normally dry her washing in such a way.

A day later her young son came into the house in a state of fear and confusion, and told his mother of a strange encounter he had just had. While making his way home he had seen what seems like a young child sitting on the wall outside their house crying. Being worried thinking it was a friend, the young boy approached the crying figure to discover that it was in fact a small wringled old woman who was crying and moaning inconsolably. As he reached out to her she moved away and fled. The young boy stood startled by what he had seen until he entered the house to tell his mother. Convinced that her son had seen a Banshee the woman encouraged her husband to see a Doctor straight away to no avail as a few days after the incident he passed away.

 

The family remain convinced that the husband saw his own burial shroud and that the old woman his son met outside his house was a Banshee foreshadowing the husbands death.

21
Oct 2014

The BubbleBum Team and our mini models took a trip to our local car garage  for our latest BubbleBum photo shoot.

Our fantastic photographer, Bernard Ward, from Derry Photos took creative control to get some beautiful in-car images and a few (top secret) new product shots. The images turned out absolutely amazing, as I am sure you would agree!

A great day was had by everyone; playing dress up in our winter snow gear, eating LOTS of candy and making a few new friends.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the images captured on the day:

 

BubbleBum Car Booster Seat Neon Pink

 

BubbleBum Car Booster Seat Shoulder Clip

 

BubbleBum Car Booster Seat in Black & Silver

 

3 in a row

 

Perfect for carpooling
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