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Bubble Bum were kind enough to send Mumsnet Local Cambridgeshire some inflatable booster seats to test and review.
Before inflation the seat is small, light & would certainly fit in a rucksack or school bag, handy if you were sending your child home with another parent. Once blown up the seat felt sturdy & not as bouncy as expected, its an attractive looking seat that shouldn’t cause arguments about being ‘too girly’ or ‘that’s a boys seat’
I had been looking for a while to find a narrow booster seat to fit between my existing two car seats, this inflatable seat is an ingenious idea. It fits easily between the two seats, admittedly the gap is tight but the main thing is I can safely squeeze an additional child in the car.
It looks small compared to the more traditional booster seat but the 7yr old who has been testing it all week assured me that it was very comfortable. It’s very simple and quick to fit, something to note if your child normally fastens their own seat belt – check that the belt has been fed through both of the red loops.
The seat gave the 7yr old the required height & the seat belt clip makes sure there is no seat-belt cutting across the neck. After a week of daily use the seat did not deflate and remained very comfy for the 7yr olds derriere.
The seat is fabulously small and compact and easy to keep in the car, & because it doesn’t take much room up in the boot it means the 18mth old & the 7yr old will be getting extra presents from Santa this year….
I received this free of charge for the purpose of review via my Mumsnet Local Editor Cambridgeshire. I probably wouldn’t have looked at buying a product like this but actually it was really useful. My 6.5 year old was very excited to try it out and it was very comfortable apparently, although she got a bit fidgety on a journey over an hour, I think she managed to wiggle it a bit, she initially found the red clips tricky but soon figured them out. It was much firmer than I expected and didn’t need reinflating at all during the test period despite a temperature drop and being left in the car. I liked the clip to stop the seat belt cutting across their face and once I worked out how to fix it ( thank you u tube) it was easy!
I think it would be really useful as a spare for ferrying friends around for grandparents cars, certainly handy to just leave in the boot and quick to inflate ready for use.
It would also be good for coach journey’s or holidays where you haven’t taken a car. I would probably not use is as a day to day seat as her original booster was slightly larger and more comfortable for longer journeys.
I received this free of charge for the purpose of review via my Mumsnet Local Editor Cambridgeshire.
I love this seat, its so portable. Granny was pretty impressed with it too, I have to admit I did wonder how she would cope with sliding the seat belt through the loop but she didn’t have a problem.
I had no problem blowing it up & attaching the shoulder belt positioning clip. We were testing the new Neon Yellow & It looks good & would hide drink & food stains nicely. The seat had no problem fitting in both back & front seats of my VW & once the child has been positioned & clipped in here is no chance of it moving around. Its very small & deflates/inflates easily making it easy to hand over to other parents & grandparents & I suspect it could save some money if flying abroad & you didn’t want to hire a booster seat on the other side.
I asked the child if it felt comfy & safe, ‘Yes’, Do you like the colour, ‘Yes’ Is it heavy, ‘No’.
I did find it bit tricky feeding the seat belt through the loop on the far side but I think a bit of practice might improve things. Overall a lovely, handy product that I shall keep using (& most likely sharing) – thanks
This seat is great for us. It’s going to live in the car for impromptu play dates. It’s also going to save us a fortune hiring car seats along with hire cars when we go on holiday with our DCs. Compact, easy & apparently comfy.
Station Road, Shepreth, Nr Royston, Herts, SG8 6PZ
As a Mumsnet Local editor, I was invited to review Shepreth Wildlife Park.
Easy to find by road Shepreth has an impressive range of animals with Bunny’s, Horses, Sheep, Monkeys, Otters, Mara, Lemurs, Ibis and the beautiful Tigers to name a few.
The park is in a lovely setting and you get very close to the animals. The enclosures looked to be a good size with lots of glass viewing areas at different heights to help the little people get really good views. The staff were friendly and helpful offering tips on the best times of day to visit certain animals.
A lot of the park has a path which makes it easy to wander around with a buggy, there a few parts where there is gravel but alternative routes are signposted. There are plenty of clean toilets & baby changing.
Throughout the day there are times where the keepers give talks about some of the animals; did you know tigers are attracted to Calvin Klein’s Obsession? We managed to catch the tiger talk on feeding day, food & scents were hidden around the enclosure & the two tigers obligingly hunted. The 6 yr. old was really pleased to see an extreme close up of a tiger scattering logs & ripping open a paper sack to find lunch.
The café had a good selection of sandwiches, sausage rolls, ice cream and light lunch options not forgetting the essential coffee & cakes. I managed to get a glimpse of the party food which was freshly made & plentiful. There are plenty of picnic areas, some undercover which on a hot or rainy day would be welcome.
Children can visit the discovery centre where they can meet some of the animals.
When the kids have had enough of looking at no extra charge they either can run around in the indoor soft play area (close to the cake & coffee) or they can exhaust themselves on the outdoor play equipment (the zip wire being a firm favourite)
We all had a great day with lots to keep the kids & adults amused, the best bit for the 6yr. old was ‘Bunny land’ (even after seen the huge glossy tigers – there’s no accounting for some) & the animal that got the most reaction from a 11 month old were the Meerkats.
Dotted around the site there are posters advertising birthday party options and Animal experiences, I think the 11 month old is perhaps a little young for a ‘Meet the Meerkats’ but perhaps it’s worth remembering for the future.
Buckden Road, Huntingdon, PE28 4NF
BananaFairyCakes 07-Apr-2014 (Mumsnet Local Cambridgeshire Reviewer)
I went with my two boys to find that the Easter Egg decorating didn’t actually start with an egg, it started with a bunny hunt. The reward for finding four bunnies around the garden centre was mini eggs and then we were let loose on the big eggs by the very friendly Barbara!
They were well organised with a pot of icing and a stick to attach sweets to the eggs. There were also ample sweets so if some “go missing” you can still have a well-decorated egg 🙂
Colouring pictures kept the eldest entertained while the youngest was finishing off then the eggs were wrapped nicely so they can be given as presents (if they last that long). Vegetarian sweets were also available.
At £5.99 per child I think it’s good value – the boys enjoyed themselves and you get a good egg, with that personal touch that only child-led decoration can supply!