My review of the Bubblebum inflatable car booster travel seat
I've written before about how I use my electric cargo bike to transport our chilren to school and around our local area (near Paris). I love it! Most of the time not having a car doesn't cause a problem because I also use buses and trains.
But obviously there are times when we do need a car for certain things. Such as the other day when my son had an appointment at a hospital a few suburbs away. My husband needed his car for work so we used an Taxi. I felt quite nervous about it because, at the time, we didn't have travel seats.
When the taxi arrived at our house I came out with their normal, large high-backed seats! It was very stressful trying to install them in a hurry with an impatient driver waiting and 2 children in tow.
At this point I realised it was time to hit the internet and find some appropriate travel booster seats!
I wanted an inflatable one that I could keep in my bag and it had to be safety approved from the age of 4 (my daughter's age). All of my searches led me to the Bubblebum . I got in touch with them and they sent me one to test and review.
It arrived in a neat bundle with a storage bag and a shoulder strap.
I'll be honest, at first glance, I was worried I wouldn't be able to work out what to do with the strap and how to get it all working (could I do this in a hurry when the taxi arrived for real???).
I had a quick read of the instructions and then took the plunge. Actually, it's really straight forward.
First, you need to blow up the seat using the attached mouth piece that simply twists open. It took less than 20 seconds.
Then you have tie the shoulder strap to the underneath of the Bubblebum in the same why that you'd tie a luggage label on to a bag and it's all ready to go!
Once in the car, you clip the shoulder strap to the top seat belt, thread the bottom seat belt through two red clips and Voila!
A quick Google search will bring up plenty of how-to videos.
My daughter really enjoyed it and got pretty excited about the Union Jack design. Being a British child, growing up in France, it's important we give her a sense of identity with little touches like this.
Now that I've tested it, I'll definitely be getting a booster for her brother too (maybe in the French flag if that design ever comes out!).
The important bits: the Bubblebum is for children aged between 4 and 11 years old (15 - 36 Kgs and up to 150cm).
Most importantly it's been approved under the United Nations ECE Regulation R44/04 for safety for both Groups 2 and 3.
I know there will be people who say that a booster seat isn't as safe as the real thing - especially for a child as young as 4 - but this is my thinking: the booster is not intended to be used every day as your main car seat. If you are on holiday, or find yourself in a situation where you haven't got a standard car seat for your child, something is better than nothing.
You just never know...
We also travel on planes a lot (the side effect of living away from both sets of Grandparents who are in Australia and the UK) and we usually get taxis to and from the airport. It will be handy to take the booster on board in my hand luggage for the kids to use as a pillow on the flight and to have ready for the taxi at the end of the flight.
You can buy it currently on Amazon for £26.23 (affiliate link).
The Bubblebum was given to me for the purpose of a review. As always, all words and opinions are my own.