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BubbleBum Booster Seat

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Best Bet Booster SeatThe BubbleBum inflatable booster seat is extremely convenient to transport and enables three-across seating. You can roll it up and put it in the stuff sack, which is perfect for traveling. Just pack it in your carry-on bag. At your destination it is ready to use in a taxi or rental car. The BubbleBum is also convenient for your child to take in a backpack, when they will be riding home with a friend after school. You’ll know they have a booster seat to use which has the highest possible safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Bubblebums Inflatable Booster Seat - ChevronGrainne Kelly from Northern Ireland was thinking outside the box when she founded BubbleBum. She developed this clever inflatable booster seat with feedback from children. They liked that it was for big kids and they could take it to school in their backpack, without being embarrassed by carrying a cumbersome “baby seat.” It includes a positioning strap to keep the shoulder seat belt positioned correctly.

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BubbleBum Booster Seat Review – What’s Good

Bubble Bum carry bagThe two main reasons parents and grandparents buy the BubbleBum are its narrow width and ease of transport.

The BubbleBum is just under 13″ wide, the narrowest booster seat available. If you are trying to squeeze three car seats across the back seat and at least one is a booster, you NEED a BubbleBum!

This inflatable car seat is ideal when traveling. It is lightweight and can be rolled to a compact size for carrying. Just pack the BubbleBum booster in your carry-on bag. With 4-5 breaths to inflate it when you arrive, it is ready to use in a cab or rental car. No more worries that the rental booster seat you reserved may not be there when you need it. No more concerns about what might have happened in the rental car seat before you got it. The money you save by not renting a booster seat will pay for the BubbleBum the first time you use it.

This portable booster seat can also be carried to school easily in a backpack, for carpooling or after-school trips home with a friend. Would your child really take any other booster seat with them to school?

It is great to have one or more BubbleBums on hand in the trunk for carpooling or visiting children. It requires so much less storage space than rigid booster seats.

The BubbleBum comes with a shoulder belt adjuster strap, which isn’t something you find with all backless boosters. The adjuster strap properly positions the car seat belt across your child’s chest.

BubbleBum Booster Seat Review – Concerns

Bubble Bum Booster Car Seat - PurpleBefore your child is buckled in, this car seat can slide around a bit on leather car seats. If your car has flat leather seats, you may want to get a slip mat to use with the BubbleBum.

Some users have reported that the seat leaks air. BubbleBum customer service said there was a small batch of seats that would not hold air and they have been very responsive in replacing seats that leak. But even if the seat deflates, it will still hold the seat belt in the proper position across your child’s lap and shoulder. The BubbleBum booster seat passed U.S. and the more stringent European safety testing in both inflated and deflated conditions.

Threading the lap belt through the clips on each side of the BubbleBum is a challenge for some younger kids, especially when it is between two other car seats. Because it can be difficult for kids to manage the buckle themselves, it takes a little longer for parents to buckle and unbuckle a child. This video shows how it is done.

BubbleBum Booster Seat Review – The Bottom Line

BubbleBum Booster Seat specsThe BubbleBum is a great choice when you need a compact booster seat. As one of the most narrow booster seats (12.5 inches wide), it may be your only choice for three-across seating. It is also ideal for travelers who need an inflatable portable car booster seat. If you have the space for a wider booster seat, you and your child may prefer a rigid booster seat for every-day use.

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