I’ll admit I’ve had my reservations about trying out an inflatable car booster seat. The idea of a car seat that is inflatable has concerned me even though the Bubblebum has passed all the relevant safety tests and crash tests. I’ve also felt a responsibility to try it out more than once before posting a review here.
The BubbleBum is an inflatable booster seat safety approved for groups 2 and 3 (age 4 +) invented by an Irish mum – Grainne Kelly who had to travel a lot to see family and got frustrated about the difficulty in carrying bulky booster seats or hiring decent ones. It is deflatable and folds flat to put in your bag or just to store.
The seat belt guides on the BubbleBum ensure that the seatbelt sits over the child’s lap and not their stomach which helps to avoid nasty internal injuries in the event of a crash.
Having used it for about ten journeys I have been pleasantly surprised by the product. It was sturdier than I expected although it is only a product we would use if the alternative meant using no car seat or booster seat at all. The product didn’t deflate at all during use and my daughter has found it comfortable. However if it were not for the seat belt guides it would be like using a cushion. It is not as firm or as high as a plastic booster seat and I also had concerns for the position of the seat belt across my daughter’s neck.
I think it’s an ideal product to take on holiday if you’re hiring a car. It would easily fit into a suitcase and weighs less than half a kilo, but if you were only using it in the UK it does seem expensive at RRP £29.99. The product could also be improved with some extra height.
The fact it has passed all the relevant safety tests is reassuring and this is a booster seat we will continue to use, but only if there was no alternative available or we were travelling abroad.
Disclosure: we were sent the Bubblebum inflatable booster seat free of charge to review.