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.
I’m really excited to be able to review this booster seat. I actually heard all about it in November 2015 after listening to John, the founder of Mifold, at a blogging conference. I was quite impressed after listening to him and I really wanted to get one for us to review. I got to have a quick chat with him that day and mentioned my interest. The booster was only a prototype at that time but just over a year later, they finally launched the product! So it was great to now be asked to review it! Yay!
Gadgets tend to remind me of handy little homemade creations my gran would come up with to make her indoor life easier. Her house was full of little DIY amends here and there to help with things like lighting the fires, using the toaster grill in the kitchen and gardening. Let’s face it, a good gadget can be worth it’s weight in gold…!
We all spend hours researching the safest, most comfortable infant car seats for our babies to leave the hospital in. The festive season can often see us whizzing here, there and everywhere, but it's not always possible to take your car seat with you wherever you go, especially when laden with pushchairs, changing bags and travel cots!
Grabbing a taxi can be a quick and simple way of nipping around on short journeys, especially whilst Christmas shopping - but what about our children?
Well… it's plain and simple. Whenever travelling by car, little ones should always be kept safe in the appropriate safety seat for their age all the way up until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall - with the exception of the odd taxi ride here and there!
The safety powers that be are keen to stress that children should not travel in a car without the appropriate car seat unless absolutely necessary - it's only in the case of unplanned and occasional journeys in a taxi that these rules apply.
Now, here at PX HQ we are all in favour of keeping our little people as safe as possible and totally agree with recent campaigns encouraging parents to travel with their children in high back booster seats. However, there are some nifty little products on the market that could be just the ticket if you're planning taxi rides for your over 3's and want them to be that touch safer.
The Mi-Fold portable booster seat is a foldable and grab-and-go booster seat. It might be tiny but according to the latest safety tests, it's just as safe as a full sized booster seat. The seat works in a simple but genius manner by clamping the seat belt so that the belt restrains the child in the safest possible places on their body. Instead of raising the child to the position of an adult (as a normal booster seat does) the Mi-Fold lowers the seat belt position so it is off the child's pelvis and on their upper thigh and off their neck and onto their shoulder. This tiny parcel is a great solution for parents travelling with the over 3's in taxi rides, especially if you were planning a city break or going on a holiday where you expected to make quite a few taxi journeys.
Choosing a car seat can been a hellish process. Not all car seats fit all cars well, they aren’t all as good as each other and sometimes you can spend a fortune and then realise your children just aren’t comfy in them.
Isofix for me is what I prefer from a safety point of view but this isn’t always practical or possible for some people.
This is the ‘famous’ booster seat that we’ve been banging on about for quite a while now. Nicky first discovered it way back when, and has been using it the whole time, and loves it. So perfect for holidays. I actually tried to buy two for my trip to New York at Christmas, but couldn’t get them delivered in time. So I ended up buying two regular boosters (I don’t trust the ones you get with hire cars – they’ve generally seen better days and/or are filthy…) which took up half of one of our suitcases. Anyway, the exciting news is that this genius portable car seat (yes, it really is true, when folded it really is smaller than an iPad!!) is now available at John Lewis! Mine (in grey of course) are on their way, and yours can be too!