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I first came across the bubblebum car seats when my eldest daughter went for tea at a friends house after school, and when I walked her to their car, the mum got this fabulous car seat out of her boot. I thought it was a fantastic idea and promptly bought one for a spare for my car.
The bubblebum car seat is basically what I would call a spare or back up car seat. It is portable and really lightweight. It is an inflatable car seat, which did slightly put me off at fist as I wondered how safe it could be, however it has been approved under the United Nations ECE Regulation R44/04 for safety for both Groups 2 and 3. It is designed for use with a standard 3 point adult seat belt that has been approved to ECE Regulation 16 or equivalent.
Another massive benefit for me is that it fits nicely into the middle of two other boosters. Despite having quite a spacious 4 x 4, I struggle to get 3 solid booster seats in without having a fight with the seatbelts, but the bubblebum fits a lot better and reduces the frustrating clipping in of 3 children. Now when we have friends come for tea, I know I have the car seat in the boot. This car seat would also be perfect for travelling abroad if you needed to think about space for suitcase allowance. If we were planning n hiring a car abroad I would definately invest in one more and take both.
Inflating the seat isn't a hassle either and simply requires that you inflate it by blowing into a vace which is situated at the back of the seat. It deflates really quickly too. I have found the best way to get the air out of the seat is to place it somewhere flat and roll it towards the valve, the airs removes quickly and it is then ready to be stored away. It is really important to check the valve is fastened properly to ensure it doesn't start to deflate once it has a bum on it!
This car seat is suitable for the following children:
Age between 4 to 11
Weigh between 15-36KGS
Height up to 135cm or when child's ears are above the back of the vehicle seat.
The n,y slight negative with this booster is that the cover isn't removable so t can be machine washed. One of the girls friends did spill on it and I was rather miffed that I couldn't remove the cover in any way, however it did wipe clean quite well and I just left it outside to dry in the sunshine.
The car seat is available in either black or purple. We opted for the funky fun purple rather than the dreary black.
For the bargain price of £30 I think this is a fantastic little invention that will come in use when the children start wanting friends over after school, or if you intend to travel abroad and hire a car, it will fit nicely in suitcases and not eat into the baggage allowance.
A great item.