Traveling with kids isn't easy. Not just because they're not always super cooperative with your travel plans, but it isn't always easy lugging around everything that comes with the kiddos. Mom Grainne Kelly was tired of of carrying giant boosters on her travels from one country to the next and came up with the idea of a portable booster seat — BubbleBum ($30)! It's brilliant and I had to try it. Here are some of the reasons I really like this seat (and how you can win one of your own).
1. Simplified Guest Pick Ups
There are times when my mom or I need to pick my nephew up from school or watch him and I thought this seat would be perfect — I can store it in my car without it taking up a ton of room and inflate it in under 20 seconds when needed! My sister can even roll the seat into it's carrying pouch and place it in his backpack for whoever picks him up that day to make things easier — no more wondering how we're going to get a car seat for his pick up (or ending up with a bunch of extra car seats taking up space). One thing I will add (since I'm a bit of a germaphobe) is that it would be great if BubbleBum sold silicone covers to go over the valve so that each person using the car seat could have their own designated (color coded) cover to use and disinfect with ease.
2. Easy to Use
All you need to do is open the booster seat air valve, blow into it until the seat is firm and fully inflated, close the valve, then attach the booster seat to the seat belt of the car. If your child needs you to add the seat belt positioning clip, the seat comes with this to use as well. (It's important that you clip the seat in for safety, like any car seat). I really like that this booster has that added safety feature, actually — most backless booster seats I see in stores just sit on the seat with the seat belt buckling as normal. The BubbleBum booster seat sits on the car seat and clips into the seat belt before buckling as normal. When you're done with the seat just deflate it and put it back in the bag (unless you're going to use it in the same car again).
3. Cute (and Safe) Stand Out Design
The BubbleBum booster is an award-winning seat that meets all safety requirements for seats in the U.S.! I especially love the black and white zig zag print with the pink and highlighter yellow lettering of the BubbleBum seat I picked out (called Neon Pink), it reminds me of the 80s in a super fun way. Both the booster seat and carrying bag have very bright colors, making them easy to find in a messy trunk, an overflowing backpack . . . or in your luggage! The seat is a lot smaller than typical booster seats, making fitting more seats simple, but also may not be best for long car rides if your kiddo needs a fuller seat. It would be fun to have a color your seat option, or label to write your information in case of loss in the future, but these seats are super cute as-is..
My daughter loves the colors and says that the pink really makes it hers. [Though this seat is rated for ages 4-11 and 40-100 pounds (up to 57"), my daughter is still in a rear facing car seat and I don't plan on using a backless booster for her until she's much older (which makes it perfect for my 7-year-old nephew), but she knows it's her future big girl car seat that she's letting others use for now.]
Forget lugging your car seat across airport terminals, attempting to stack it on your pile of luggage to make it to the airplane or worrying about how baggage check may be treating your car seat behind the scenes — with a BubbleBum it simply fits in your carry on and is ready to use in the rental car or cab in under a minute after you get off the airplane. This booster also simplifies the car seat Tetris some families have to play since it's so small, making three across a cinch.
Overall, this is a fantastic product that will likely have more new and exciting offerings in the future! Want to try it out for yourself? Enter to win one below!
BubbleBum sent me a Neon Pink booster seat for this review and is providing a seat for the giveaway. All opinions are my own, no other compensation given.