Bringing the kids’ carseats on holiday is always a bit of a pain. If you don’t bring them who knows what the car rental company will give you, but if you do they are difficult to transport and take up valuable luggage trolley space.
We first discovered Bubblebum Inflatable Booster Car Seats five years ago, when we bought our first one from Amazon, for our Italy holiday trip (I even mentioned it in a blogpost back then look). We’ve recommended it to many friends over the years, and our original one is still going strong. We’ve brought it on holiday numerous times, it’s gone to Granny’s and is used if we collect the kids’ friends from school. It’ll fit in the awkward middle seat of a car where regular rigid boosters won’t and it folds up when deflated to a very compact size to keep in your hand luggage if you’re going abroad, or in a schoolbag if it’s needed for the school run. It’s also perfect for bringing in taxis or when getting a lift.
Our original Bubblebum was bright purple in colour with a matching pouch to transport it but there are several colours available these days, and we were sent the patriotic Irish shamrocks one to review.
The initial reaction wasn’t as expected, as the kids fought over who could “own” the new bubblebum. It’s approved for kids aged between 4 and 11 so all three of mine qualify (there’s a recommended weight range of 115-36kg). It does the same job as an “under the bum” rigid booster, but it’s inflatable. It’s easy to blow up and deflate. .
It’s fully tested and passed EU and US safety regulations. There are buckles on both side to guide the seatbelt through to make sure it’s fitted correctly and it’s also got a shoulder strap to adjust the seat belt, making it safer and more comfortable
Since the Bubblebum is compact it allows three seats to fit across the back of all cars, even the smallest. (I haven’t tested this myself on all cars mind you, but I can confirm personally that it fits in the middle of a Ford Focus, a VW Passat and a Nissan Almera).
As we’ve been using and recommending our original one for travel and carpooling for years, I’ve no hesitation in recommending it.
Where to get one?
Bubblebums are currently available in Lidl Ireland for only €24.99 while stocks last, the black version only.
You can buy many different patterned ones, like our Irish shamrock one on Amazon – affiliate links below.
Or You can WIN a black Bubblebum below!
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I received no payment for writing this post. I did receive one Bubblebum Booster Seat for the purpose of review, and Bubblebum are providing another for the winner of the giveaway.
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