When I received an email to tell me that there was a booster seat for the car that inflates and can be packaged away easily for carrying about, I thought yes what a marvellous idea. How amazing, especially if you are travelling on a plane and can not take much with you. I think it can cost about £3 per day to hire one along with your car. So if you can buy an inflatable seat to keep forever for £29.99 then this has to be a winner!
and it might be for some people, those people I mention above that travel on a plane, or use loads of different cars for their child to receive lifts in but actually I am not one of those people. We have one car and I want JJ to be as comfortable and safe as he can be on his seat and sadly the Bubble Bum booster seat was not the answer for us. JJ is 7 but he is a strapping lad, dressed in clothes for a 9 year old so he was just too big for the seat I felt. He loves it and told me it was 'well cool' and that he was 'totally comfy' but I am the Mummy and therefore out rank him!
Look at these pics, does he look as if he is well positioned on the right size seat?
|You can't even see it under him, right?|
|The other side, all looks well here!|
I am pretty sure the bubble bum would do its job if we were in an accident (and it has passed all the relevant safety checks). You might not realise but the logic of a booster seat is not to raise the height of the child (that is a comfort thing with the seatbelt) the safety aspect is that the boaster seats guides the lap belt over the lap and not the stomach area. So in this regard the bubble bum is very good as it has two guides either side of the seat to ensure the lap belt goes across in the right place. I found these to be fiddly though and a touch annoying. I want to undo the seat belt and have my 7 year old jump out, not have to then fiddle with taking the lap belt out of a guide as he is pinned to the seat!
I will tell you what I was extremely impressed with and that was the professionalism of the company, Cheeky Rascals who offered me the Bubble Bum booster seat to review. I went back to them with my concerns about the size of the seat and the fiddly guides and they took time to reassure me that many people view these as benefits. Here is what they had to say -
The girth of the seat is perfectly sufficient for the age group that BubbleBum is designed for. With no hard edges, it simply doesn’t need to be as wide as more traditional boosters to be comfortable. In fact, it can be seen as an upside as it means that the BubbleBum can be fitted where other booster seats cannot – for example in the middle of two other child carseats, or as three BubbleBum boosters across the back seat of a smaller car, where you would normally only be able to fit two seats. Although legally you are allowed to let a child travel without a booster or child restraint in the middle of the back seat if there is no room for the extra booster, the child will obviously be much safer if they are seated on a child restraint such as the BubbleBum rather than just with an adult seatbelt.
The guides for the seatbelt are a very important safety feature of the BubbleBum and they set it apart from other boosters in making it much safer. They do take longer to undo, but are safer because of it. The idea of a booster seat is that it guides the seatbelt across the child’s lap and not across their stomach, so that in the event of an accident, it is the pelvic bones rather than soft tissue that absorb the impact of a crash (head and abdominal injuries being the 2 most common injuries following an accident). Traditional booster seats, although easier to undo, do not necessarily position the seatbelt correctly across the child’s lap and the force of the accident may cause the lap restraint to ride up against the child’s abdomen, potentially subjecting them to nasty internal injuries. The guides for the lapbelt on the BubbleBum are carefully positioned so that the lap belt is always held in the correct place against the child’s pelvis, even if there is an accident. Interestingly, and relating to your previous point, the reduced girth also helps with this correct positioning.
An American lady – the carseatlady – has some very interesting facts and figures on this as well as a review of the BubbleBum (she was given one to review – she has nothing to do with either BubbleBum or Cheeky Rascals).
I have to say as well that I do seem to be in the minority with my grumbles as I did a google search on reviews for the Bubble Bum and nearly everything I found came back very good. You can check out 24 reviews on Amazon here.
Ease of portability for travel 5/5
Weight of product 5/5
Height boosting ability 2/5
Size of seat 3/5
Value for money 4/5
Look/ Style 4/5
This is a review post. I received this car seat free of charge to trial and review. I was not instructed what to write, these are my honest opinions.