This post is sponsored by Bubblebum. All opinions are my own.
Find out how it’s easier to carpool and to travel with a child’s booster seat by using Bubblebum inflatable booster seat!
When my daughter started Kindergarten, Bubblebum was the very first tip that I learned about from the other moms. See, my friend had a two-door car, but she wanted to be able to carpool with other families.
She discovered a small, inflatable booster seat that could fit easily between other car seats and boosters in the back seat! Honestly, we all decided to purchase one for our kids to make carpooling easier that year. But, I found even more useful ways to use the Bubblebum beyond carpool…
What is a Bubblebum Booster Seat?
Well, the technical answer is that it’s the original, inflatable car booster seat for kids aged 4-11 years, weighing 40-100 lbs that can fit 3 across the backseat. But, the mom answer? It’s exactly what we all need to have in the back of our cars to make carpooling and traveling with our big kids a breeze!
See, I learned quickly that it was going to be hard to safely take other kids home with me after school. The thing is, it’s almost impossible to fit two boosters in the backseat of my car since they have bulky armrests and my younger kids are still in car seats.
There’s just not enough room for two big boosters and a car seat in the back.
To let the kids travel without booster seats.
*insert scared face*
In fact, new research carried out by BubbleBum has revealed that the majority of parents have driven a child in their vehicle without the correct car seat. And, I have to admit. I’ve done it before too!
Even though that can be an easy “solution,”you and I both know that isn’t safe…
Why Buy a BubbleBum Booster Seat?
Well, BubbleBum includes belt-positioning clips instead of having arm rests, so it’s possible to fit three boosters across the back seat of a car, minivan, or SUV!
Thank you, BubbleBum!
And, it makes sense because BubbleBum was created by an Irish mom-of-two, Grainne Kelly, as a solution to her own struggles while lugging heavy booster seats during her travels with her kids. Now, BubbleBum is leading the way in ensuring that EVERY child has a safe and comfortable booster seat on EVERY car ride.
What Make BubbleBum Booster’s Easier than a Traditional Booster?
Well, my favorite part is that it’s easy to store and takes seconds to inflate.
In fact, my daughter can deflate, roll up, and place BubbleBum in its handy sack all on her own. We have put her Bubblebum in her backpack so she has her booster with her when she goes to a friends house after school, but now all the moms that I know have bought our own Bubblebum boosters to store in our cars.
That way, we can always safely another kid home with us in a pinch!
Does Bubblebum Make it Easier to Travel?
The short answer is YES.
Summer vacations are right around the corner. BubbleBum will keep kids safe no matter where your travels take you. It’s ideal for road trips, fly-ins with car rental, Uber/Lyft and Taxi rides.
Personally, this is my favorite reason to have a Bubblebum on hand. We like to fly with Bubblebum because we can easily store it in our carry on luggage. That way, if we can safely drive the kids around in our rental car without having to lug bulky boosters around the airport.
But, it also makes it easy for my kids to jump in the car with their grandparents when we go to visit without my family having to buy and store their own car seats for my kids!
But, is Bubblebum a Replacement for a Traditional Booster?
We still use booster seats in our cars for everyday driving, but just like a traditional booster, BubbleBum offers the perfect “boost” to keep kiddos from slouching to bend their legs over the edge of the car seat. Slumping introduces slack into the belt path and can lead to submarining (where the seat belt slides above the pelvis and into the abdominal area). This is extremely dangerous, as it can cause abdominal injury in the event of an accident.
Which is why we don’t want to just drive our kids without a booster to make it “easier” when we carpool or travel.
Here are some more fun facts about Bubblebum:
The IIHS (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety) chose BubbleBum as the “Best Bet” in their booster seat evaluation report for the past 6 years. Parents can trust BubbleBum to keep their most precious cargo safe in the event of an automobile accident.
BubbleBum’s air-filled design provides extra comfort and will keep kids comfy AND safe for all long and short car trips!
Weighing in at less than one pound, BubbleBum can inflate and deflate in seconds, making it simple to throw in a backpack or large purse.
BubbleBum is super cute too and comes in the following designs: Black, Pink, Luck of the Irish, British-inspired Union Jack, and American Stars & Stripes.
I personally bought a black Bubblebum so that I could use it for all of my kids, but I know that my daughter would have loved to have the pink one!
As a quick recap, here’s why Bubblebum is the perfect carpool and travel hack for busy moms:
Bubblebum is small and easy to inflate and deflate.
It stores easily in its sack.
It keeps kids in a safe body position for riding in the car.
It easily fits three across the backseat.
I feel like we should put this on every back to school list for moms!
I could not be happier that my friend discovered this awesome, inflatable booster seat. We’ve recommended this to a bunch of friends who love it too.
The best part?
It keeps our life simple while keeping our kid’s safe. Finally, a mom hack that actually works!
Thank you to Bubblebum for sponsoring this conversation. I already brag about your product to every mom that I know, so it is wonderful to get to work directly with you! Follow along with Bubblebum on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Need a fun activity for baby? You’ve come to the right place!
Inside this post, I’ll share exactly how to make a fun activity for baby with a sticky surface and foam letters. Your baby will love it!
Ready for some easy fun? Let’s go!
Full disclosure: I know it’s hard to see what’s going on in this picture.
I can almost hear you thinking,
“But what is this baby doing in the picture!?”
“How old is that baby??”
“And, where can I buy those magic sticky letters?!”
Well, hold on, friend…
Don’t go clicking over to Amazon just yet, because those letters?
They were a $1 find at my local K-mart. No Amazon purchase required (unless you want to).
And, the stickiness??
Well, it’s just something that you need to pick up at your local grocery store…
Before you start making a list of supplies you’ll need for this activity, let’s chat about why we do fun baby activities around here in the first place and how old my little guy is in the picture. Plus, why you should do fun baby activities in your house too.
What Are the Benefits of Doing a Fun Activity for Baby?
The teacher in me wants to tell you that there are SO many benefits to doing this fun activity for baby like:
Hand-eye-coordination as the baby moves their hand to grab a letter.
Strengthening fine motor muscles as they grasp the letters.
Sensorial experiences as they feel the sticky wall.
And, retaining attention as they focus on grabbing multiple letters off the wall.
That said, the mom in me wants to tell you that life is busy and it’s far too easy to turn on the TV, grab something blinky and/or noisy to “entertain” the baby, and completely lose our minds from the repeating blinks and sounds by dinner time.
So, to be honest, the real answer is that these activities help to maintain my sanity at home with my kids, but within each activity are tons of amazing learning opportunities for kids.
In my opinion, it’s never too early do activities with babies!
That said, you don’t have to go crazy. I spent most of my early days snuggling, nursing, and sleeping alongside my babies. So, don’t feel the pressure to do all the things. I like to do activities with my babies once they are sitting up because they are actively looking to play with objects around them.
Note: In this picture, my son is around 14 months. But, this activity could be adapted for younger babies by lowering the sticky wall so a sitting baby could reach.
But, what does all of this have to do with YOU?
While these activities aren’t hard to do or to set up, they do require us to think a little differently about how we “play” with our babies. Say goodbye to searching for “top baby toys” or looking for another crazy alligator push toy (although my son does love his); instead, you can go to the grocery store and the dollar aisle to entertain your baby.
Are you willing to trust me on this??
It’ll be easy. Promise.
Okay, let’s talk about supplies…
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Supplies For This Fun Activity for Baby
You’ll only need 3 things for this activity:
Contact Paper (I buy mine at our local Rite Aid. But, yes my dear friend, you can buy it on Amazon too – you’re welcome)
Small foam puzzle (Again, I picked up a small foam puzzle in the dollar section at my local K-mart. If I were to buy one on Amazon, I’d buy this mini puzzle version.)
How to Make This Fun Activity for Baby
Here’s how to put up this sticky grab game for baby:
Put up a sticky wall byusing CLEAR contact paper. Remember how I said that you can find the sticky wall in the kitchen section of groceries store? You can find contact paper at the grocery store, but I grab mine at Rite Aid. You can also buy it here too.
Peel back the paper on the back of the contact paper roll and tape a section to a wall or window nice and low for toddlers or slightly higher for preschoolers. Just make sure that the sticky side faces out.
Use lots of tape here, don’t be stingy!
Then, grab anything lightweight like the foam puzzle. Lightweight is the key term. If objects are too heavy, they will pull down the contact paper from the wall.
Then, stick and *grab* the pieces off. You can also see it in action on Instagram.
Take the letters down and then put them back up to repeat.
You’ll see the magic right away after you play this game.
Inside this post, I’ll share exactly how to turn an egg carton into an engaging activity for your 1 to 2-year-old baby. Yes, really.
Ready for some easy fun? Let’s go!
Full disclosure: I realize that this doesn’t look like a super fun game.
I mean, an egg carton and q-tips? I can almost hear you thinking: Um, Katie… this belongs in my recycling bin not next to my baby.
I know, friend.
I’m not here to make a fool out of you by making you dig through your recyclables for no reason. There is a VERY good reason why you should go dumpster diving today…
Before I send you off to go jump into your trash can, let’s chat about why this is fun for baby…
Why Do a Fun Baby Activity at Home?
That’s a bit of a loaded question. For me, I didn’t really know what to “do” with my first baby.
I loved her.
I stared at her.
And, I pumped a lot of milk for her (TMI).
But, the real magic happened when I sent her to childcare.
That’s how I learned how and why to do fun baby activities with my little girl.
Her fabulous teachers taught me about the RIE philosophy.
What is RIE philosophy?
Here’s a quick synopsis of the philosophy:
The basis of Magda’s Gerber’s RIE philosophy is respect for, and trust in the baby to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self learner. Magda encouraged parents and caregivers to provide: An environment for the child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing. Source
What blew my mind about this philosophy is that they regard our babies as little people who deserve to be spoken to and included in every step of the day.
As a quick example, we learned to say things to my daughter like, “Lillian, is it okay if Daddy holds you now?” as opposed to just handing her off to my husband. If she shook her head no or leaned towards me, I wouldn’t pass her off to my husband.
It allowed her to have independence and a say in what was happening even before she could speak!
But, what does this have to do with a fun baby activity?
Because I learned that my baby was always learning.
No, my daughter couldn’t speak, ask questions, or throw big tantrums yet (don’t worry, she made up for it). But, she was always learning even with little tasks that seemed mundane or uninteresting to me.
Like an egg carton and q-tips.
All it takes to engage our little learners is to experiment with what interests them. And, this is activity appeals to most 12-18 month olds!
At least, thats what my fellow moms have told me over on Instagram…
Supplies For This Fun Baby Activity
Q-tips (just a few)
Now, all you need to do is prep that takes 2 minutes or less…
How to Make Q-Tip Push Game
Turn your egg carton over
Poke holes in the bottom with scissors and make each hole bigger by pushing a pencil through
Make sure a q-tip can fit through each hole.
Just show baby how you can push a q-tip through a hole and your baby will catch on quickly. This activity is pure magic.