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18
Dec 2014

BubbleBum, the award-winning inflatable car booster seat featured on The Doctors ‘Baby Boom’ segment.

Each and every audience member ( all expectant moms to be) received a BubbleBum car booster seat as part of The Doctors HUGE audience giveaway! Check it out below:

 

 

Source: http://thedoctorstv.com/episodes/hollywood-exposed-celebrity-love-lessons-bionic-eyes-wolfgang-puck

10
Dec 2014

The awesome workingmother.com has featured BubbeBum as part of its Family Travel Essentials Giveaway. Head over to their site to enter, and good luck! :)

 

 

http://www.workingmother.com/giveaways/enter-family-travel-essentials-giveaway

 

 

 

03
Dec 2014
Chad Nam from Pinwheels - San Francisco

 

Cutting Edge Companies BubbleBum & Pinwheels Join Forces to Bring Outstanding Transportation Service and Safety to Children in the San Francisco Metro Area.

BubbleBum is thrilled to announce their newest partnership with San Francisco-based company “Pinwheels”—a reimagined, modern alternative to the traditional yellow school bus idea. Pinwheels provides safe, caring transportation service to children for school drop-offs/pick-ups, trips to extra-curricular activities and more. After carefully testing many booster seat options, Pinwheels chose BubbleBum as their exclusive booster seat provider for all Pinwheel vehicles. So get your kids on-board Pinwheel and rest assured your child is safe and sound in a BubbleBum Booster Seat.

BubbleBum Founder and CEO, Grainne Kelly, said, “We are delighted that Pinwheels have chosen BubbleBum exclusively for their fantastic transportation service. This new service in San Francisco will not only give parents peace of mind that their kids will be transported safely but they will also be traveling in the appropriate child restraint.”

Pinwheels Founder, Chad Nam, commented, “We are extremely excited to announce our new partnership with BubbleBum, Pinwheels’ exclusive provider of vehicle booster seats. BubbleBum booster seats are rated a “Best Bet” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and because they’re portable and inflatable, they are a perfect fit for Pinwheels. Together we will revolutionize youth transportation and move children forward.”

 

Chad from Pinwheels

 

A Little Background on Pinwheels of San Francisco:

  • Founded in March 2014, Pinwheels is a youth-focused transportation solution for busy families. We connect a family to home, school, afterschool – and everything in between.
  • Just tell them where to go, when to be there, how many riders, and how frequently you’ll need them and they’ll do the rest.
  • Pinwheels partners with local schools to provide transportation services for more “out of the classroom learning” in San Francisco.
  • They combine the safety of a traditional yellow school bus with the point-to-point delivery of a personal transportation service.
  • Pinwheels drivers are First-Aid trained, TrustLine (CA’s only authorized screening program) registered and CHP certified to transport children.
  • Pinwheels provides tools for parents to stay connected to their children, such as, GPS tracking, on board camera for real-time video stream and confirmation notification for pickups and drop-offs.

Visit Pinwheels for more information and tell them BubbleBum sent you!

02
Dec 2014

BubbleBum’s Winter News Letter

In Bubblebum News, Newsletter | posted by: Declan McGuinness

Greetings buddies!

Winter has well and truly arrived and the festive season is not long around the corner. We have lots of exciting stuff to bring you in this winter themed edition of our newsletter including; a sneak peak of out latest photo-shoot, some great winter travel tips, a brand a new ‘meet the team’ and an exclusive newsletter discount!

We hope you enjoy! :)

 

Festive Facts


It’s now officially the winter and time to start preparing for the festive season, so we thought we would put together a few festive facts:
 

  • Originally known as the Macy’s Christmas Parade – to signify the launch of Christmas shopping season- the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924. It was launched by Macy’s Department store employees and even featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Now some 3 million people attend the parade and another 44 million watch it on television.
  • There are FOUR places in the U.S named after the famous festive bird, Turkey. Turkey Creek in Louisana, Turkey Texas, Turkey North Carolina and Turkey Creek Arizona.
  • The popular Christmas song, “Jingle Bells” was actually written for Thanksgiving. The song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh”.
  • Electric tree lights where first used just 3 years after Thomas Edison had his first public demonstration of the electric light bulb. Edison’s assistant, Edward Johnson, came up with the idea of electric lights for Christmas trees in 1882. They were a huge hit despite taking a few years to become publicly available.
  • England once banned Christmas, with Parliament passing a law that made Christmas illegal in 1647. The law was repealed in 1660 when the government lost power.
  • In the song, “Twelve days of Christmas” the number of gifts adds up to 364, one for almost every day of the year.
  • The first New Year’s celebration goes back almost 4,000 years to the Roman Empire. Julius Caesar declared January 1st to be a national holiday. He named the month after Janus, the Roman God of Doors and gates who had two heads, one looking forward and one looking back.
  • Around 1 million people gather from all over the world on New Year’s Eve in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop.

 

BubbleBum’s Winter Travel Tips





 
Traveling around the holiday season, especially with small kids, can be rather challenging. Chaos at airports and on roads is common and with the weather being unpredictable, winter travel can be a stressful and trying time, so we’ve come up with some winter travel tips to help you get prepared before setting off:
 

  • Plan ahead - This might seem like a rather basic tip, but planning a head can work wonders for your sanity. Knowing where, when and how you’re getting there. Having your tickets and hand luggage prepared beforehand, you can save yourself all kinds of hassle and stress.
  • Leave an hour earlier - With things like weather and traffic being hugely unpredictable during the holiday season always ensure that you leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. It’s always better to arrive early than late!
  • Stay hydrated - The heat might not be as much of a factor in winter travel as it is for summer travel. Long journeys in the cold weather can cause you to dehydrate just as much with your body using up more fuel in order to stay warm. So don’t forget to bring some extra water for the trip.
  • Pack a winter safety kit - A very basic winter safety kit and make a huge difference to your travels.


Here is our AAA approved winter safety kit: 

  • Blanket, rug or sleeping bag
  • Traction Mats or even bits of carpet or thick cardboard to place under wheels to help gain traction on ice or snow
  • Salt, sand or cat litter
  • Ice Scraper and de-icer
  • Torch and Batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Warning Flares or Triangles
  • Snow chains for those of you in remote rural areas
  • Battery jump leads
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks like cereal bars or chocolate
  • Extra Screen wash


 
 

Meet the team… 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 favorite vacation 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 flavor 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

 
 

BubbleBum’s Winter Activities




As the seasons change, so does the number of activities you can do with the kids, so we compiled a list of fun activities to keep them occupied (weather permitting):

Activities for Snow:

  • Build A Snowman – This is easy, fun and allows the kids to be as creative and imaginative as they can be. Once your snowman is rolled and stacked up, let the kids decorate him as they please, adding whatever they think suits their new snowy companion. 
  • Sledging – Sledge rides are lots of fun and kids absolutely love them. Just make sure they are well wrapped up with warm padded clothing, serving not only as a good way to keep them warm, but it should also cushion them from any potential bumps or bangs they might pick up on route.


Outdoors:

  • Warm up around a winter camp fire – A small camp fire in your backyard can be a real treat for the kids, some scary stories and a few smores go great with the dark evening.
  • Ice Skating – Ice skating is a fun winter activity and also a great form of exercise for the whole family. Teaching your own kids to skate is a great experience and one they won’t forget when they’re older!


Indoors:

  • Sewing or knitting – This might seem a little old fashioned, but what could be better than knowing you and your kids made their very own winter hats. And as they get better they will be able to add their own personal touches to their creations! Plus, these can make great personal and thoughtful Christmas gifts.
  • Putting up the holiday decorations – With the Christmas season fast approaching, setting up the decorations is a great way to get everyone in the festive spirit.

  

New Lifestyle Photo Shoot


Here’s a sneak peek of a few of the images from our latest latest photo shoot!

Our fantastic photographer, Bernard Ward, took creative control to get some beautiful in-car images and a few (top secret) new product shots.



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

A massive thank you to Ronan at Donnelly Group for the location, Bernard Ward for taking beautiful pics and our mini models for being true professionals! :)


Wishing all our fans, family & friends a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

01
Dec 2014

BubbleBum – On-the-Go Giveaway

In Uncategorized | posted by: Declan McGuinness

themamaexperience.com is running a great on-the-go give away for our BubbleBum Car Booster Seat.

 

 

Head over to their site to enter here. Good luck guys :)

26
Nov 2014

BubbleBum CEO Grainne Kelly spoke to tech.co for a special Thanksgiving section were, CEO’s tell us what their thankful for in life. Check out what Grainne has to say below, or head on over to the site to read the full article.

 

“The best piece of advice I received was from David Speakman, MD of Travel Counsellors PLC. David told me, ‘Always honor your integrity, as no one can ever take that from you.’ I am so thankful that he told me that, because many times along the way when things were tough, there were opportunities where we could have cut corners and done things maybe a little easier and more cost efficiently. However, my angel on my shoulder reminded me that my integrity was invaluable. I walked away from some very lucrative deals at the thought that it could impact on my integrity. It is one of BubbleBum’s core values.” Grainne Kelly, CEO of BubbleBum

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.

24
Nov 2014

BubbleBum features on wpri

In blog, in the media | posted by: Declan McGuinness

WPRI.com has created its very own Trouble-Free Travel tips for families, and BubbleBum was included. :) Read the full list here, or scroll down for more.

 

Trouble-free travel tips for families

The busiest travel day of the year is almost upon us. And if you’re packing up the little ones for a family gathering, you may already be stressing about the car ride.

WPRI.com digital journalist and mom blogger Courtney Caligiuri joined The Rhode Show to share some innovative and parent-invented items that can ease the strain of travel for parents.

Some of Courtney’s favorite items featured in the segment:

  • Top Carrier Cover for winter by Cozy Cover: A must-have for outings with baby during the colder winter months. It is a warm and soft infant carrier that protects your loved one from Mother Nature’s elements, such as rain, snow, wind, unwanted touch, and more.Suggested age: 0-12 months
  • On the Go Changing Pad: It can easily be stowed in a diaper bag or attached to stroller with its Velcro handle for when baby needs a quick change.  It features expandable pockets so you can have all of your necessities at your fingertips; there is even a zipped pocket to store your I.D, keys and more. Recommended age: birth – 2 years
  • Portable Easy Seat: With its adjustable back design, this product can convert any regular chair into a safe and secure high chair.  Its compact design features its own carrying case for easy storage. The five point safety harness makes it worry free to let your little one sit at the “big people” table. Recommended for ages 6+ month up to 35 lbs. 
  • BubbleBum: The First-Ever Inflatable Car Booster Seat: 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. It is the perfect travel companion for road trips, everyday use, vacations, cab rides, fly-ins, and more.
  • Backseat Organizer: The backseatORGANIZER is an awesome item to store extra wipes, toys and books to keep kids busy while traveling.
  • Car Seat and Stroller Gate Check Bags: Don’t wait in line long waiting for your baggage. The standout bags are large enough to fit most car seats and strollers. When not in use, the compact bags fold easily into the integrated drawstring pouch.
  • MyBuckleMate: No more buckles flopping around, falling into seat pockets. Perfect for holiday road trips and all car travel, MyBuckleMate keeps back seat buckles propped up and easy to reach so buckling up is always a snap!
  • PaciGrip: PaciGrip is an innovative baby accessory that keeps pacifiers attached to baby and off the floor.  The universal clip is compatible with popular pacifier brands and is easy to use.
  • SippiGrip: SippiGrip is an award winning mom invented baby accessory that was designed to help babies and toddlers keep their bottle, sippicup or toy from falling to the ground. The strong grip can be used with bottles and cups of different shapes and sizes.
  • Squeez’Ems Reusable Food PouchesThey are designed grow with your child. From baby food for infants and tots in daycare to apple sauce and yogurt for kids in elementary school, to nutrient-packed energy purées for fitness enthusiasts, Squeez’Ems is for people of all ages and lifestyles.
  • Pack’Ems Reusable Snack Bags: They are easy to open and close with unique VELCRO brand Press-Lok™ patented material. The best part is they are made of extra durable, environmentally friendly plastic that holds up through multiple washes and keeps food fresh longer.
  • Difrax pacifier: This is the trendy, fun, and innovative pacifier system from the Netherlands designed for every stage of your baby/child’s development. Each collection comes in 0-6 month, 6+ month, and 18+ month styles that are specifically designed with different features and benefits unique to the needs of that baby’s age.
  • Kinsights: Kinsights is an online pediatric medical record keeper for parents traveling with their little ones this holiday season. Your child’s medical records will travel with you wherever you go this holiday season, and you can easily access them on your smart phone!

 

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