As of this summer, Kentucky children ages eight and younger, and 57 inches tall or less, are required under law to ride in a car seat. Many parents know the hassle of switching car seats from vehicle to vehicle, or needing an extra seat without warning.
The BubbleBum is a unique solution to these scenarios. This inflatable booster seat weighs less than 1 lb., and meets U.S. safety testing standards for booster seats.
Quick Hits for BubbleBum:
- Uses inflatable technology much like life rafts, life jackets and air bags
- Deflates quickly for easy storage
- Able to fit three boosters across the backseat of a car, minivan or SUV by using belt positioning clips instead of arm rests
Lexington Child Passenger Safety Technician Kaitlyn Silvestri Ellis said while high-back boosters are best practice until a child is mature enough to sit properly, the BubbleBum is a handy product for many situations like carpool or an emergency pick-up.
When your child is old enough for a booster without a high-back, BubbleBum is well worth the purchase to keep on hand. Few parents have the resources or space to lug around an extra car seat at all times, and BubbleBum is incredibly convenient for just under $30. Grandparents or baby-sitters could all have their own booster seat that could be quickly stored when not needed.
“My daughter still uses a convertible seat, but I mentioned the BubbleBum to my mother who often picks up the older grandchildren from school. She had just bought one and loves how easily it fits in her minivan among the other car seats. She is getting another BubbleBum seat to leave with the great-grandmother for when she occasionally does school pick-up.” (From Baby Bump Editor Katie Saltz.)
The BubbleBum retails for $29.99 online and at major retailers nationwide. Visit BubbleBum online at www.bubblebum.us.
Best practice is to keep your child in a 5-point harnessed seat until they are at least 5 years old, 40 lbs and mature enough to sit properly every time.
“Moving a child to a booster seat gives them freedom that they’ve never had before: freedom to lean sideways, slouch, bother their sister, pick up a toy off the floor, and so on and so forth. If a child is wiggling out of position at the time of a crash, that leaves them vulnerable to serious injury.
That means the decision to move from harness to booster is rooted in the child’s maturity. The ability to sit correctly for the entire ride, 100% of the time, happens somewhere past age 5 for most kids, and not until 6 or 7 for a many others.” (From www.csftl.org)
Generally, kids will need a booster until they are 4’9″ tall, which happens around age 11 for most kids. To ride without a booster, a child needs to be able to pass the 5-step test:
- Sits all the way back against the vehicle seat.
2. Knees bent at the edge of the vehicle seat and feet on the floor.
3. Shoulder belt fits evenly across the collarbone and sits flush with the torso.
4. Lap belt is low on the hips, touching the tops of the thighs.
5. Can stay comfortably seated this way the entire ride.
Kaitlyn can be reached at email@example.com to schedule an appointment for car seat safety fittings and installations.