Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bubble Bum Review

*this is a product review. the product was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. all words are my own,*

As my kids have gotten older we have been able to graduate from the infant car seats, to convertible car seats, and now on to booster seats. The booster seats give my 4 and 6 year old a bit more feeling of an older kid, without the straps and bells and whistles of a "baby seat" as they call it. But the debate now ensues, do we go with a backless booster or a high back booster?

Now frankly, I am not totally comfortable with the backless booster seats, for a few reasons. First, most aren't physically attached to the seat, they just sort of jiggle around and slip and slide while the kids try to get into it. Secondly, I feel like they like the head and body protection of a high back booster. And third, if the kid falls asleep in the car, which mine tend to do sometimes, it's just a hot mess of crying/whining and all around being totally uncomfortable for them, and in turn, ME.

Now, I was recently given the opportunity to review the Bubble Bum booster seat.

Now, I know my readers come to my blog for an honest review, and that is what you will get from me now.

Do I love the Bubble Bum? No. I don't. And by reading the paragraph above you can understand why. I am clearly not a fan of backless boosters, and that is exactly what the Bubble Bum is. 

Is it convenient? Heck yeah. Since it is literally blown up with your own mouth, it is the lightest weight booster seat you'll ever find. But I don't like to trust my kids safety to convenience. And it's super narrow, so if you desperately need to fit a third seat in to your back seat, it is possible and the size of the Bubble Bum does help with that.

Is it comfortable for the child? Not my kids, they kinda hate it truthfully. Since it is so light weight it moves around a lot. Not just when they are trying to situate themselves on it upon getting in the car, but even WHEN they are riding on it. There are these red strap holders on the sides that are supposed to keep them from moving around but they do not do a very good job.

So all in all, the Bubble Bum is convenient, and we only use it in my husbands car, for short trips to the store or school drop-off/pick-up. And yes, if i HAD to squeeze a third child into the back seat of my car I would probably wedge this between my two high back booster seats in the middle. I would maybe even consider using it on an airplane if I didn't already have two high-back boosters (that CAN convert to backless boosters if I wanted to). But frankly, if I need a car seat on a plane, I will need a car seat at my destination, so what's the point? 

But yes, it does fit a need, but I wouldn't ever use it as the one and only booster seat for my kids, nor would I recommend it to others.

My rating: 2 stars out of 5 stars

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