Our friends over at Cheap-O-Air have reviewed BubbleBum and given it the thumbs up!
You see it at the airport all the time. Folks traveling with their kids, heading off to an exciting destination, lugging around a massive car seat or booster for their kids to use when they arrive at their destination. Recent changes to car seat laws have made it even more impractical for families to travel without excess baggage toting, since most states require kids to use boosters until the age of eight. Until recently, parents only had two options: to tote along their hefty boosters, or rent a booster from their car rental company, which despite the convenience, tends to come with a hefty price tag.
Enter the Bubble Bum booster seat, designed for kids age 4 and up who sit in a standard booster. This incredibly practical booster seat actually deflates for storage and transfer, and inflates for use making it take up very little space in your checked or carry-on baggage. It is very lightweight, sturdy, easy to fold and put into use, and meets both US and European safety standards and regulations for car seat boosters.
I was very interested with the Bubble Bum for use with my girls. Two of my three are still in boosters, and the concept of not carting around two extra car seats to our most recent trip to Hawaii was incredibly appealing. We packed two Bubble Bums right into our carry-on bag; the two seats together took up a fraction of the amount of space of their standard size booster. I was already impressed.
When we arrived in Hawaii and got to our car, I found that the Bubble Bum is incredibly easy to inflate for use or deflate for storage. The entire process of getting it into useable position, including blowing it up, took less than 30 seconds. It should be noted here that I can’t even blow up a balloon and was afraid I wouldn’t have the lungs to do it; it was incredibly easy to inflate.
My girls sat securely in their boosters within no time, and the straps easily and simply lock into the seat belt. The restraint system was so well crafted that my girls did have a bit of a hard time getting out of the seat after arrival, but they quickly learned to figure out the method of release.
Super lightweight- saves you on baggage overages
Approved for use in US & Europe (in place of booster seats, not five point car seats)
Fits back into storage bag for easy stowing
Deflates down to a small, manageable size for transport
Bargain pricing- purchase is less than a typical car seat rental
The seat offers little side impact protection, although it is the same as any low back booster
Unbuckling can be a bit tricky for kids, so parents will have to do this themselves for a while. (Not the best for lots of out and in trips in the car)
Overall, I was really impressed with this product and plan to use it from now on in lieu of renting car seats or carrying our massive ones along.