I am new to the world of car seats and booster seats, so until yesterday I didn’t really understand why kids had to be in booster seats basically until they’re teenagers. While I’m certainly not opposed to this, I grew up in the 80s and I’m certain I never had a booster seat for the car once I grew out of whatever car seat my parents were using. Car safety has come a long way since then! My son is years away from booster seat territory, but last night I discovered the Mifold, which I have a feeling is going to reinvent the booster seat industry.
As opposed to traditional bulky car booster seats, the Mifold is pretty small.
It’s so small, in fact, that it can fit in a pocket.
Or in the front pocket of a backpack! They’re calling Mifold the grab-and-go booster seat because you can literally grab it as you are running out the door.
So how does the Mifold work? Traditional booster seats exist to bring kids up to the level of adults in cars. (I didn’t know this before yesterday — I discovered this by watching the video on the Mifold website!) The Mifold, however, brings the seatbelt down to the level of kids by making sure it buckles securely over their smaller laps, and the shoulder belt clips so that it’s away from their necks.
The Mifold is so compact that it even fits 3 kids across in a small car!
Safety is one of the team at Mifold’s biggest concerns and this compact booster seat aims to meet or exceed all booster seat safety regulations. I found the following on the Mifold Facebook page:
Final regulatory testing and approval will be conducted on actual production samples, which we expect to have later this year. In the meantime, we have crash tested prototypes successfully in testing facilities around the world (UTAC in France, Calspan in the USA and TRL in the UK). These test results indicate that the final production version will meet the various regulatory standards and we will only ship products that are fully approved by the relevant regulatory authorities.
Seriously – how awesome is this?! It makes the idea of transporting kids around so much easier and at a price point of approximately $39.99, you can pick up a few for the various cars your child might be traveling in or just to have on hand when you do things like dropping your kids off at their grandparents house for the weekend.
With a Mifold grab-and-go booster seat you can, with ease:
- Allow other kids to ride around in your car. Keep a spare one handy in the glove compartment!
- Allow other people to give your kid a ride home from school as your kid can carry a Mifold in his/her backpack!
- Take your child in a taxi!
- Skip renting a booster seat if you rent a car!
Be sure to check out the Mifold website for more details and to sign up for their wait list. The Mifold should be available in North America at the end of this year or early 2016.