The BubbleBum Inflatable Backless Booster

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We like

  • Easy to store and completely portable
  • Made of durable materials that allow the booster to inflate and deflate easily
  • It’s compatible with any standard seat belt system
  • Small enough for up to three to be used at one time on the same back seat
  • Fits in any sized luggage and great for travel
  • The adjustable shoulder strap and side clips keeps kids locked in and safe
We don’t like
  • Not great for long car rides
  • Can lose air after a certain amount of time

How it works

The BubbleBum Inflatable Backless Booster has been well received by many parents who were looking for a booster seat alternative from the ordinary boosters. What the BubbleBum was able to offer that other boosters do not, is its ability to be deflated, folded up, and put away, which makes it great for families with multiple kids and small cars. The BubbleBum has also proven to be reliable not only during short car rides, but also during traveling when carrying a booster seat around seems unrealistic, yet not impossible. With the extreme ease that comes along with using the BubbleBum, many parents have also found that the inflatable booster also comes with its shortcomings, however, for the purpose that it is supposed to serve, the BubbleBum may be the right choice for your needs.

 

Design

Design

The BubbleBum Inflatable Backless Booster is designed to be used quickly and efficiently. The booster comes with a drawstring bag that the deflated booster can easily fit into. It can be carried anywhere you need to bring the booster. The booster is made entirely out of a durable material that is closely related to the same material used in life vests. It also contains cushioning that is designed to not only mold to the weight of your child, but the foam also absorbs the shock of an impact during an accident. The seat weighs about three pounds and is about one foot wide, allowing for three BubbleBum to fit across the backseat of a car. The booster seat also comes with a shoulder strap. Once the booster is secured to the backseat and your child is strapped into the seat with the car’s seat belt, the shoulder strap will keep your child tight in the seat, and the seat has clips that hold the seat belt in place. The seat is inflated and deflated through the valve located on the side of the seat.
Safety

Safety

The BubbleBum Inflatable Backless Booster has passed all the required tests for vehicular safety in the US. What’s more, is that the Bubble Bum was awarded the best booster seat for highway safety eight times. BubbleBum comes with two red clips on the sides of the seat. The purpose of the clips is to slide the seat belt into them when you strap your child in for the car ride. The clips help keep the seat belt tight around your child’s body so that he or she can safely and comfortably travel while using the BubbleBum.

It should be noted that there are no grips or rough materials underneath the BubbleBum to prevent it from slipping. If you have leather seats or if your seats are made of a material of a similar nature, you may want to ensure that the seat will not slip out from underneath your child especially if your child does not have a lot of weight to them as their weight will be the main factor in keeping the seat still, even though the seat is strapped onto the backseat.
Portability

Portability

BubbleBum can be transported anywhere you want to bring the seat. The seat was created by Grainne Kelly who wanted to make sure that her children would be able to travel safely no matter where the family was located, whether they were traveling far or staying within the boundaries of their own town. BubbleBum was designed to be completely inflatable and deflatable for the sole purpose of being able to take it anywhere you go. The BubbleBum comes with a small drawstring bag and the seat folds perfectly inside of when not in use. The folded up seat can fit in any tote bag, diaper bag, car glove box, underneath car seats, and in luggage, whether it’s carry-on luggage or checked luggage. No matter where you go, you can bring the BubbleBum along, which stays true to Grainne’s vision of wanting to have a booster ready at all times for her children no matter where they were traveling.
Cleaning

Cleaning

When your child spends more than a few minutes in the same spot with toys, food, and beverage, the risk of a mess is multiplied greatly. The best way to keep the BubbleBum clean is by spot cleaning the booster. Some parents have advised that by simply taking a household cleaner wipe or wet paper towel to wipe down the seat is an extremely effective way to keep the booster clean. Other parents have noted that the material that the booster is made of can be placed in a washing machine on a gentle cycle and washed; however, it is not known if that may damage the foam and the materials that make up the booster. To be on the safe side, wipe down the booster if needed.
Inflating and Deflating

Inflating and Deflating

Inflating and deflating the BubbleBum Inflatable Backless Booster is very simple. The BubbleBum works in the same way as any blow-up device. It comes with a port valve that you can put in your mouth and blow. The port valve for the BubbleBum is located on the side. All you have to do is unscrew the valve, put your mouth to the valve, and inflate using your own breath. Once the BubbleBum is completely inflated, screw the cap back on to cover up the port and stop any air from coming out. It can be placed on the backseat of your car, and your child can be placed on top of the BubbleBum and strapped in for the car ride. Some parents have had difficulty keeping the BubbleBum inflated. At first, many parents found that when you are done blowing up the BubbleBum, the minute you remove your mouth from the port valve, the BubbleBum immediately starts to lose the air. Parents recommend that as soon as you are done blowing up the booster, immediately screw on the valve cap as soon as possible to prevent air loss. Parents have also found that the BubbleBum starts to lose air after a child has been sitting on the booster for a long period of time. This loss of air makes the booster unsafe as your child will begin to come loose in the seat belt and could potentially fall out of it.
Accidents and Fender Benders

Accidents and Fender Benders

The BubbleBum is designed to keep your child safe in the event of an accident. It is made from the same durable materials found in life jackets and those durable materials are able to absorb a certain amount of shock if you have an accident. Because BubbleBum comes with a shoulder strap and side clips that hold the belt and your child in place. It is designed to keep your child secure if the car comes to a sudden stop or another car makes an impact with your vehicle. With that said, one parent found that during a side collision, the BubbleBum came out from underneath their child. Although their child remained safe, except for a few scratches, when the parent checked on their child post-accident, the BubbleBum was on the floor of the vehicle.
Short Trips Vs. Long Trips

Short Trips Vs. Long Trips

BubbleBum has been deemed very safe and a great investment for many parents; however, most parents have found that BubbleBum is great for short trips, and longer trips pose a problem for the booster. Because the booster is inflated in the same manner as a pool float, after several hours of your child’s weight on the booster, it begins to lose its shape and starts to deflate. This can happen because the valve cap is not on tight. Another possible reason may be the squirming and moving around in the seat and this can cause the air to get lost out of the booster. For whatever reason, that poses a safety concern. Parents who have taken shorter trips have found that the BubbleBum kept its shape and was completely safe. If you feel your trip may be too long, it may suit your needs better to get a different kind of booster that will remain as comfortable as possible for your child and give you the peace of mind needed knowing that your child is truly safe.
Storage

Storage

The reason the Bubble um was created was for the sole purpose of portability, and with that portability comes storage. As you take the BubbleBum everywhere you go, you will need a place to keep the booster. BubbleBum comes with its own drawstring bag for storage purposes. To deflate the booster, unscrew the valve cap and the air will automatically be released from the booster. Feel free to fold the booster in half, which will cause more air to be forced out of the booster until there is no air left and the booster can be folded freely. Replace the valve cap so you don’t lose it and then fold the booster as small as possible and put it in the storage bag. Once it is in the bag and the drawstrings are pulled, you can store BubbleBum anywhere it will fit. For parents on the go, it fits well in backpacks and diaper bags. For families that are traveling on airplanes, the BubbleBum fits in any sized suitcase. If you have a rental car or you want to store BubbleBum in your own car, it can fit in the trunk, in the storage nets on the backs of the front seats of the car or even underneath the seats of the car. Some parents find that the doors of the car are also a great place to store a folded BubbleBum.
Price

Price

BubbleBum Inflatable Backless Booster is moderately priced. There are more expensive booster seats out there; however, for what BubbleBum offers, the price seems right. BubbleBum has a long life span and can be used for multiple children. Because the shoulder strap can be adjusted, you can pay for one BubbleBum and different children can share it. The BubbleBum is also small enough that three of them can fit across the back seat, so for the moderate price, it is reasonable to buy as many as possible. Some parents have found it was a great investment if they have multiple kids because car seats take up so much room, and the BubbleBum can be placed easily between car seats or off to the side and still be safe and effective.
Conclusion

Conclusion

The BubbleBum Inflatable Booster Seat is an affordable booster that can travel with you anywhere. It is easy to inflate and deflate without the use of machines, and the sturdy materials that make up the booster give it a long life span that allows the booster to be used by several children. The booster has been designed to be small enough to transport and fit in your car, and at the same time, keep your child safe. Some parents have had their problems with BubbleBum as far as deflations and the level of safety it provides, but for the most part, many parents have been satisfied with it and recommend it to others. For those parents who are looking for an affordable booster for shorter car rides, BubbleBum is a great fit for their needs. It’s moderately priced and will ensure that your child will always have a safe ride.
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