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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:






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!

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’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!



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.



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



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!



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! ;)


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.



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.


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!


Jul 2014

Some thoughts from the wonderful Baby Cost Cutters on BubbleBum!

How many times have you had to take your child’s booster seat out of your car to place in someone else car? It can be a bit of a pain. If you live in a city and take cabs or are on vacation travelling on planes, trains, trolleys, or any vehicle not yours the BubbleBum is a great product you should check into!
BubbleBum inflatable booster seats are the coolest and most stylish way for kids to travel safely and comfy for both short and long distances! BubbleBum inflatable booster seat is a great alternative to the standard plastic booster seat and is perfect for road trips, fly ins with car rentals, taxi cabs and every day carpooling.
We all know how important booster seats are to the safety of our children! Bubble Bum meets all US Federal motor vehicle safety standards as required by NHTSA.


Plus, the are very light-weight! Weighing 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. Recommended for ages 4-11 weighing 40 to 100 pounds.
Sold for $29.99 on the BubbleBum website!



Jul 2014

Grandma’s Problem

In blog | posted by: Declan McGuinness

Bubblebum is the solution to one Grandma’s problem.

There comes a time in a child’s life when they can start to expand their options.  Specifically, my younger daughters are nearing the time of hanging out with their Grandma and Grandpa or Lola and Lolo on my hubby’s side.

However, my in-laws are limited on their child car safety seat options. Quite simply, they have a really nice, clean car, and one would be hard-pressed to find a spec of dirt in most of their car. Their cleanliness is to be commended, and my hubby and I wish we could be as clean. However, my trio are not the cleanest sort; they leave a trail and are required to clean up their messes. This made me wonder: Would my in-laws really want them to ride with them?

The answer is a big “yes,” but having full-sized car booster seats strapped in the back of their car does not make sense for them. There is also no reason to spend near $100 for a large car booster seat just for the occasional visits from young and growing grandkids. However, the options are out there if you know where to look! I found one that meets all of the parameters my in-laws need: the BubbleBum inflatable booster seat! It is portable, easy to store, easy to set up, and is priced at just $29.99– a much more reasonable cost than others on the market.

As you can tell, it works just fine for my 4-year-old. She now has the option to stay with her grandma and grandpa for longer periods of time and help them in a store soon. My in-laws will be set once they pick up one more of these affordable BubbleBum inflatable booster seats at a nearby store!



Jul 2014

Miss Frugal Mommy Reviews BubbleBum

In Reviews | posted by: Zara McBrearty

Our friends over at Miss Frugal Mommy have reviewed BubbleBum! Check it out below:

About BubbleBum

“Meets all US safety testing standards. BubbleBum, the cost effective, portable, lightweight, brightly colored, inflatable car booster seat for children aged between 4-11, easily deflates and folds flat so that kids or mom and dad can carry it in a backpack or purse, making it perfect for vacations, rental cars, taxis, school pick up or car pooling.”


  • portable & lightweight
  • inflatable & re-useable
  • inflates by mouth – taking less than 20 seconds to inflate
  • folds flat
  • packs away into its very own stretchy bag
  • comfortable & colorful
  • affordable
  • with added belt positioning clip for extra comfort


BubbleBum: The Portable, Foldable, Lovable Booster Seat Review


My Review

One thing that I absolutely despise is having to take a perfectly installed car seat out from my car and hand it off to a friend or grandparent. With my oldest being eight years old, I have lost track of how many times I have had to do this and it will never be something that I enjoy. I don’t expect everyone to have an extra car seat at their disposal to prevent this pet peeve of mine, so I have always just dealt with the gracefully. Apparently I am not the only mother out there that found it to be an inconvenience, as that is what inspired the mom inventor behind the BubbleBum inflatable booster seat. I am so amazed by this booster seat and how simple it makes life. I just love how compact it is when deflated, making it perfect to store in my to go bag or even in the car, without taking up much space.

As you can see from the image below, there is a nozzle on the side that you blow into and the booster seat only takes twenty seconds to inflate! It really does not get any more convenient than that.

BubbleBum: The Portable, Foldable, Lovable Booster Seat Review


Your child’s safety is always number one when it comes to traveling in the car and BubbleBum is very adamant about making sure their seats provide that. There is a belt positioning clip on the side that ensures your child is wearing their seat belt properly at all times. It’s very simple to use and easy to access so no one forgets to make sure your child is buckled appropriately. Overall I could not be more pleased with this product and really wish I had had something like this when my daughter was younger, it would have saved so much time and hassle. The price is amazing and the product is superb, something I highly recommend to all parents that have their child’s safety in mind when it comes to traveling in the car.






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