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(Obviously don’t let your kids ride in the car like this. Haha. This was in our garage at home, where Toby decided to be silly.)
Could We Get Around Orlando & NYC Without Car Seats?
We have two little boys, one of which falls into the age and weight range where he still needs a fairly bulky car seat. We could probably get by on the airplane without one, but would definitely need it for the rental car in Florida. We weren’t doing the typical “stay on Disney property and use the shuttles” kind of family trip. I needed to be a bit more flexible with transportation, because I’d be dropping Josh off at a work conference on some of the days and driving the boys out to some fun stops like Gatorland.
Our six year old still legally requires at least a booster seat, so there was that to figure in as well.
Sure, we could always rent one from the car rental company, but we wouldn’t be able to guarantee its cleanliness or verify that it hadn’t been banged around or in an accident.
And then there was New York to think about…we weren’t renting a car there, and while we planned on using the subway most of the time, I wasn’t able to get a definitive answer on whether the bus from the airport to the subway required car seats or could accommodate them.
New York TECHNICALLY doesn’t require car seats in cabs, but there was no way I was taking that chance with the kiddos’ lives.
So the search for the perfect travel car seat that we could carry through an airport, on the plane, and to two major cities began.
Which Travel Car Seat is Best for Families?
*Note: The Hiccapop was another option I considered, and actually ordered first, but then the company cancelled my order because of a product recall, so I wasn’t able to test it.
I liked how small the Mifold could fold up, but it just didn’t look like something that was very soft to sit on, and didn’t really boost the child’s height at all, which can be frustrating when they want to look out the window.
So I opted to try the Bubblebum instead.
Bubblebum Travel Car Seat Review
The Bubblebum is a compact, inflatable travel car seat that comes in a few color options and designs: basic black, pink chevrons, British Flag, green clovers, and USA colors. Brendan chose the green clover pattern.
The only possible negative of the Bubblebum that I saw is that the valve you inflate the seat with is on the back, where it will inevitably be touching the same area where everyone sits. Eww. If you’re using it often in cabs or various Ubers, this ups the ick-factor a bit.
We kept a pouch of antibacterial wipes handy for this purpose, but I do wish the seat had a little cap or cover for that part.
The Bubblebum also deflates and rolls up to a very small size.
It comes with a handy carrying bag with a drawstring that was very easy to hang on the stroller, loop around the handle of my carryon suitcase, or tuck into a backpack.
Travel Car Seats for Toddlers
That was just too perfect for my Mickey-loving 3 year old. There are multiple colors and types available on Amazon, but if you want the Disney-themed version, you can find that at Wal Mart. And at under $50, it doesn’t break the bank!
What We Like About the Cosco Finale
The first test for the Cosco Finale was at the airport. Luckily, this seat was VERY lightweight and easy to carry through the terminals. Josh either held it in one hand, or we used a spare bungee cord (helpful tip: bring a few of these along! They may come in handy!) to attach it to our rolling carry on luggage. Much less of a hassle than I thought it would be.
The seat installed quickly and easily on the airplane seat, as well. All we had to do was thread the plane seat’s lap belt through the openings on the back, and tighten it. It’s a great choice if you’re flying with kids! We put it in the window seat, and Toby was able to see everything as we took flight. This kept him pretty occupied most of the time, which was a blessing!