With three cars in our household, I am always looking for ways to buckle in my kids in the car. Hayley is almost at the age where she can wear just a seatbelt, but I don’t feel comfortable doing that just yet. Thankfully mifold sent me a very innovative product to try out in my car and I really like it!
A few weeks ago we were sent two of the most advanced, compact and portable booster seats in the world, the mifold. Hubby was really excited by this as we have recently adapted our car from a five seater to a seven seater. Our boot seats are actually suitable to be used without a car seat (don’t ask me how or why) but Hubby wanted the extra security of a car seat. As the seats are smaller than normal seats this was going to prove tricky so being contacted by mifold to review was brilliantly timed.
Over the past few months I've been helping out babysitting for a close friend. Her son is only six so he needs to be strapped in his booster seat still. And let me tell you it's been quite fun switching the seat back and forth between her car and mine each time she drops him off. Okay so maybe I'm exaggerating a bit cause it's really not that much fun. But I just can't see spending the money or taking up my valuable space to store one for those help out moments. It has definitely made me thankful that both of my kids are well past the stage of needing a booster seat. I say that because I remember what a hassle it was toting around their bulky seat in the back of my car and switching it to their grandmas car when she would pick them up. And how irritated my daughter would get when I made her use it even when friends were in the car that were older and didn't have to use one. She said it was embarrassing. But as a mom I had to make sure I was protecting her and following children's safety laws. Thankfully booster seats have come a long way since then. And thankfully I was able to get a sample of the new mifold® Grab-and-Go booster seat® because it's been a lifesaver. Now I don't mind storing a seat for those times I need to help someone out. It's so compact that I can actually even store it right under my car seat and never even notice it's there. I'm telling you this thing is awesome! I sure wish it was around when my kids were younger. I would have bought one for each of us and my mom just to keep from having to use the full sized bulky seats.
Booster seats are an absolute safety must for children ages 4-8 years old who are under 4 feet 9 inches and 40 lbs. but they can also be a real pain for parents! Traditional booster seats take up a ton of backseat real estate, are cumbersome to switch in and out of cars and forget about lugging them on long trips! Because of these issues, 1 in 5 children do not use a booster seat in the car for carpools, with grandparents or other relatives, in taxis, on vacations, in rental cars, or in a backseat with three passengers in a row!
I don’t know about you, but shopping for the kids car seats can be exhausting. First up is the bucket. Then you need a rear facing seat. Then forward facing. Then they can use a seatbelt. In comes the booster. It is never ending…or so it feels.
It has never been easy choosing which car seat to put your child into. There are a ridiculous amount of choices and brands. And the sheer size of them is scary to think about.
When our youngest hit the weight requirements recently to start using a seatbelt instead of the 5 point harness, we needed to start thinking again about which car seat would be best.
But we needed to think beyond just what he should sit in; we needed to think about the carpooling we did, the transferring of car seats from my husbands car to mine when we have more kids in the car. We had to think about the times when our parents want to take the kids out and what seat to put in their car. This whole car seat situation isn’t an easy one!
And then I heard about mifold. A compact and portable car seat that we could keep on us all the time and be safe no matter whose car they would be in.
Parents, meet mifold; the grab-and-go booster.
Guys, I think we have finally found the tiniest booster seat for the kids!!! Now when you ask me “do kids need a car seat in a taxi?” I can tell you “legally no but practically yes!” All these years we lamented about the weight of the car seats and booster seats for kids and would often take taxis (because as you may recall, we don’t own a car living in downtown Toronto) with kids and no car or booster seat. NO MORE! mifold – the grab and go car booster seat has come to our rescue! It’s perfect for when we rent a car, take a taxi, grab a Zipcar or take public transit to meet friends at a GO station only to be driven to their house – with kids in tow.
My family travels often. My children are 6 and 9 but only weigh 50lbs each. When we travel, we need to bring booster seats along. This makes packing a little more cumbersome and unpleasant. For years, I wished someone would invent a smaller, more portable booster seat.
Enter the mifold Grab-and-Go Booster. This amazing booster is the first of it’s kind. It folds up small, is lightweight and meets all safety standards. Best part, it’s now available in Canada.
With the days getting warmer, the summer travel plans being made, and us finding more and more time out on the road as we head out for adventures, we find that carrying around some of those bigger and bulkier kids gear pieces can really get in the way. Like many with kids, I find that when we are out, whether we are heading for an adventure along the coast or packing for a vacation, that those car seats and booster seats can get quite heavy to carry around and can also take up a lot of room. So when we were sent the mifold Grab and Go Booster to review, I was curious to check it out and also add it to my list of what to pack when we travel with the kids.
Guest Blog Post from Influential Mama. She was given a Mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat from Canadian Tire to review. All opinions are Influential Mama’s.
Our Four Year Old!
Our little boy is now 4 years old and 40 pounds. He has graduated from a car seat to a booster seat. He was very excited to move up to a booster seat of course! We were sent the Mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat from Canadian Tire to review. We were really surprised when we saw just how small the booster seat was! It really does live up to its name. It is so compact! My husband was a bit skeptical at first. He went online to review the product, watched videos and read other reviews. Once he was satisfied, we went on to test it for himself!
Here we review the mifold Grab-and-Go car booster seat, a revolutionary new car booster seat.
When we travel with the kids, we always take portable booster seats with us – we do a lot of travelling to and from airports in taxis or hotel cars and if we are on a city break, we usually take a taxi across town at some point. So having a portable booster seat with us is essential for the safety of the kids.
We were super-excited to hear about the launch of the mifold car booster seat – which you’ll be able to buy in John Lewis stores from December – which is set to change the way we view 4-12 year old car travel.
Concerned about the safety of your little ones, when you’re switching family cars all the time for different purposes, or they’re regularly traveling with other people?
The solution has arrived! It’s called the Mifold grab-and-go booster seat.
In a taxi-heavy country like Singapore where it’s also prohibitively expensive to own a car, many a mama has struggled with the challenge of schlepping a car seat – particularly when kiddos enter toddlerhood and small, portable infant seats are no longer an option.
We all know it’s infinitely safer to put a child in a car restraint – and ride share companies have started turning away customers who don’t adhere to the law about children under 1.35m needing appropriate restraints (taxis are exempt from this requirement). And yet how often do you see kids roaming freely in cars? Or simply clip your toddler into a taxi seatbelt and hope for the best? Because honestly, it can be really hard dragging a giant car seat around to school, or the airport, or running errands at the grocery store.
Ride-hailing app Grab has launched a fleet of vehicles equipped with child car seats.
More than 1,000 Grab cars have started serving GrabFamily bookings, where each vehicle is equipped with one booster seat for children aged between four and seven, and weighing between 15 and 36 kg.
Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday (9 March), Head of GrabCar Singapore Andrew Chan said that the goal is to put one child seat in every GrabCar vehicle by mid-2017. It’s part of a partnership with mifold, which produces ultra-compact portable child car seats that can be folded up to fit in a back pocket. The mifold seats are authorised for use in Singapore.
SINGAPORE — All GrabCar vehicles will soon come with child booster seats, offering parents with young children more rides to choose from.
Announcing the move on Thursday (March 9), Grab said more than 1,000 GrabCar drivers have already received the seat, with the rest of its fleet to be outfitted in the next few months, enlarging its GrabFamily service which began with 150 vehicles.
Ride-hailing firm Grab will aim to have a child booster seat in all of its private-hire cars by the middle of this year.
The firm, in partnership with car seat manufacturer Carfoldio, is looking to equip its entire fleet with the compact mifold Grab-and-Go seats, which cost $99, but will be sold to its drivers at $30.
Back in January, an article in The New Paper caused a bit of stir when it was reported that Uber and Grab drivers were refusing pickups with children.
Rightfully, they were just obeying the law – albeit a little known one.
Grab was well aware of this, and have been testing a new initiative called GrabFamily since last year, where they have a selected number of cars which are designed to be family-friendly – these are essentially cars with a booster seat installed for safety reasons, to cater to children four to seven years old.
The prerennial issue of the car seat – it’s a pain just on a day out if you want to grab a taxi, or take a lift in a friend’s car. But when you’re travelling, it’s a nightmare – no one takes their car seat on holiday, which means paying the fees for a seat that coms with your hire car; a seat you’re not absolutely sure you can trust, and which will cost you on average £6 a day.
And of course, there’s always the nightmare of turning up to collect your rental car only to be told there’s no car seats available.
I love how the world of travel is changing for families. I’m constantly amazed at the latest ideas to help make getting around the globe a bit easier for people on holiday or on their travels with their little ones. I’ve been in situations in the past when I have felt like I almost needed to bring everything from home to ensure we travel safely and easily, and I’ve also resented paying high prices for booster seats when renting a car overseas.
With the launch of a tiny new booster seat for children it’s time to make a little bit of space for the mifold, and I think it has the chance to change how we travel.