BubbleBum Review

Looking for a good booster seat that doesn’t take up much room and comes in a bag? Yup – a bag! The BubbleBum is a FMVSS 213 (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) approved booster seat that is inflatable, and small enough to fit in a bag. It is made from durable materials; similar to that used to make life vests and other life saving products. It has even passed standards in its deflated state in case it were to be punctured in a crash. It’s easy to inflate and even self inflates to a certain extent when taken out of the bag.

Bubble Bum

Bubble Bum

CSFTL Quick Stats

  • Weight range: 40-100 lbs
  • Height range: up to 57″
  • Expiration: 4 years
  • Rolls up in to carrying bag
  • 2014 IIHS Best Bet

 

 

 

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BubbleBum air valve

Usage

When taken out of the bag, you twist the little black valve to allow air to be blown into it. Blow it up (only takes about 20 seconds) and twist the black valve back to close it. Once it’s filled up, you’re ready to use it.

 

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BubbleBum lap belt guides

 

After putting it into the vehicle, you slide the lap belt through the first belt guide, have your kiddo sit in it, pull the belt across like typical buckling, slide the lap belt through the other belt guide by the buckle, and buckle. Check the belt fit. The lap belt should fit low across the upper thigh and hips and the shoulder belt should lay on the middle of the shoulder and cross the chest.

 

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BubbleBum shoulder belt adjuster

 

If you find the shoulder belt fits too high or not against the shoulder, you need to use the shoulder belt positioning clip that is included in the packaging. This clip attaches to the bottom of the booster, behind the child, and then attach the red clip to the shoulder belt and tighten.

 

Additionally, remember that when using a backless booster, a child always needs to have a vehicle headrest behind their head that comes at least to the tips of their ears.

 

 

 

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BubbleBum

 

What comes in the box?

-Inflatable booster seat
-Shoulder belt positioning clip
-Instruction manual
– The bag

 

 

 

Travel

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BubbleBum in a three across with a Combi Coccoro and Britax Frontier

This is a sensible seat for day-to-day travel, but we’ve found with the double belt guides it can be a hassle for some kids to thread every single trip. The situations where the BubbleBum excels is tight spaces, travel seat (easy to pack in a suitcase during plane travel), and as a back up seat to stash in backpacks for car pools.

 

 

Fit to Child

We decided to put this seat to the test and find out what several of our Littles thought of it. Here are their thoughts.

 

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BubbleBum- Ilana, 6 years, 55 lbs, 48 inches

 

 

Ilana
Age: 6 yrs
Weight: 55 lbs
Height: 48″

Installed in a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country

I like that it’s soft like a pillow. I needed mom’s help to get the seat belt through the red clip. I think it’s really comfy.

 

 

 

 

Sam
Age: 4.5 yrs
Weight: 40 lbs
Height: 42″

Installed in a 1998 Honda CRV.

 

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BubbleBum- Addison, 5.5 years, 40 lbs., 44 inches

 

 

Addison
Age: 5.5 yrs
Weight: 40 lbs
Height: 44″
Installed in a 2009 Dodge Journey

I like it but think it’s a little wobbly under me. It’s comfortable otherwise, but I can’t do the belt guides and that’s frustrating.

 

 

 

 

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BubbleBum- Brennon, 6 years, 42 lbs., 48 inches

Brennon
Age: 6 yrs
Weight: 42 lbs
Height: 48″
Installed in a 1999 Ford Taurus

It’s comfortable but I was nervous about getting the belt in and out of the red clip. After a few trips riding in it, I can get it into the clip much easier now though.

 

 

Olivia

Age: 5.75 yrs
Weight: 50 lbs
Height: 46″
Installed in a 2014 Toyota Corolla

I like that it’s wobbly. I like wobbly stuff.

 

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BubbleBum- Evan, 8 years, 52 lbs., 49 inches

 

 

Evan
Age: 8yrs
Weight: 52 lbs
Height: 49″
Installed in a 2007 Town & Country

*Fighting with his little sister, Ilana, over who got to try it first*
I like that it’s soft too. I need mom’s help with the seat belt too.

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BubbleBum shoulder belt guide

 

 

 

 

After having me try it out without the shoulder belt guide, my mom decided I better put it on so the belt fit better.

 

 

 

 

 

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BubbleBum- Leif, 8 years, 90 lbs., 50 inches


Leif

Age: 8 yrs
Weight: 90 lbs
Height: 50″
Installed in a 2007 Kia Rondo.

I don’t like it. It’s a little too squishy and my legs can’t get comfortable. I also get frustrated that I can’t get the belt into the belt guide by myself and need mom’s help.

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BubbleBum

 

 

 

It’s pretty cool that I can blow it up myself though and I can throw it in my backpack when I need to ride with friends.

 

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BubbleBum- AJ, 10 years, 95 lbs., 54 inches

 

 

 

 

AJ
Age: 10 yrs
Weight:  95 lbs
Height: 54″

I like it because it is soft and small so it makes you feel like you’re not sitting on a booster. The red clips were kind of hard to do. Overall I give it a thumbs up and liked it.

 

Pros

  • Inflatable
  • Stores in a bag for easy portability so it’s great for travel
  • Very narrow

Cons

  • Small belt guides can be difficult to thread the belt through
  • Not much leg support

 

Overall Thoughts

With this info we can see that the belt fit is good with every child we tried with it. The majority thought it was comfortable, but had difficulty threading the seat belt through the belt guide. We always recommend trying before buying any child safety seat since every child and every vehicle will fit differently. The parents loved how small the seat is, giving the ability to squeeze an extra child in the backseat or for ease of travel. Overall we agree with AJ’s remark – give it a big thumbs up!

 

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Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, Janet J! 

Do you love it? Want to win it? Enter the giveaway below! Contest is open to US residents only, ages 18 and up. Winner will receive one BubbleBum inflatable booster seat. Please remember, the BubbleBum can only be used for children over age 4 and 40 lbs who are mature enough to sit correctly in a booster. Can’t wait for the giveaway? Check it out on Amazon: BubbleBum Inflatable, Portable Car Booster Seat