Gear Review: mifold portable booster seat

Gear Review: mifold portable booster seat

Traveling with young children can present a unique set of challenges that other travelers may not face. One of the top concerns of parents traveling with young children is understanding car seat laws. Along with this comes the challenge of lugging a travel booster seat around from destination to destination. Until recently, this was a struggle that had no viable solutions. However, with the introduction of the smallest, safety-certified portable travel booster car seat on the market the MiFold Portable Car Seat has completely changed that family travel scene

Navigating the Maze of Family Travel

Have you ever been on vacation and found yourself in a position where you needed to transport your child in a taxi, but you didn’t have a booster seat? Although these situations in the United States are often legally exempt I always worried about my daughter’s safety. Lugging a booster seat around town wasn’t a realistic option, but I kept having taxi rides that made me sick with worry. I also dreamed of a less cumbersome booster seat to pack when I knew we were renting a car.

Imagine my excitement when I first heard about the MiFold Booster seat! This seat promises a safe booster option that folds up and can be easily brought along when traveling with your child age 4 years and older weighing 40 pounds or more.

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How it works

A regular booster seat raises a child up so that the seat belt is positioned safely across the hips and clavicle. The MiFold instead sits flat against the seat of the car and uses 3 belt holders to make sure the seat belt is properly aligned to the child. 

Always make sure to read the instructions fully before using to ensure the seat is set up properly for your child.

The first belt guide is an adjustable strap that goes behind the child (much like a backless booster shoulder strap adjuster). The shoulder harness of the seat belt is inserted into a clip at the end of the MiFold strap to ensure it goes across the clavicle properly.

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The other two belt guides are on either side of the unfolded seat. These hip belt guides are adjustable to the size of the child and help position the lap portion of the belt across the hip bones.

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We took our MiFold on a driving trip around Southern California for several days. This is what we learned from our experience.

Pros

  • It is easy to pack in your carry on, backpack or even a large purse.
  • miFold is much smaller than a traditional booster seat.
  • You have a safer (portable) option for taxis and car services instead of going without a booster seat.
  • MiFold is an inexpensive booster seat option (affiliate link: buy on Amazon).

Cons

  • Elizabeth complained it was uncomfortable every time we drove more than a few minutes.
  • It did not fold as compactly as the pictures indicated.  The shoulder strap holder did not have a way to be secured in between use.
  • Unlike a regular booster where a child can buckle themselves in, this seat design requires a parent to assist getting a younger child safely into the seat each time.

How I plan to use MiFold

Although it wasn’t exactly what I had hoped for I am still very glad that we purchased the MiFold. The MiFold has been my go-to booster seat for when we take a cab or car service to and from airports over the last few months. It is also useful if you will be taking longer cab rides around a metropolitan area.

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mifold Grab-and-Go Booster Seat Makes Travel Easy! #Giveaway

mifold Grab-and-Go Booster Seat Makes Travel Easy! #Giveaway

Our recent family vacation included an airplane ride, car rental with interstate road trip and some vehicle changes.  We have three children and traveling is getting a lot easier as they get older.  Our youngest still uses a booster seat which is the only additional item left for us on our travels — no convertible car seats, pack n’ plays etc.!  mifold makes this one extra item even less of a burden and it’s now sold at Target stores nationwide!

Gimme a spring break: Younger siblings tag along and make a splash

Gimme a spring break: Younger siblings tag along and make a splash

Smart, compact, clean and safe, the mifold® the Grab-and-Go Booster is a super-compact car booster seat perfect for traveling because it folds up and fits into a purse, glove box or luggage, which is why its safety and effectiveness is so amazing. The Grab and Go Booster works differently than regular booster seats — instead of boosting the child up to meet the belt, it pulls the belt down into perfect position for your child which makes it safer than traditional boosters. Plus, you have the peace of mind of having a booster with you always that you know is safe, portable, installed in seconds and 10 times smaller than a traditional booster. Perfect for traveling by car. ($44.99)

mifold Grab-n-Go Booster: Convenient AND Safe

mifold Grab-n-Go Booster: Convenient AND Safe

Having young children, means equipment, and lots of it! Some of the things, like a car seat or a booster, is a must have. With my van being the primary car to drive around the kiddos in, I have the bulkier, more installation intense, high back, 5 point harness booster for my 4 year old.  While I love the booster seat that I have for my Nolie Bear, its a pain to move (especially since he insist on sitting in the 3rd row). Because of this, there is no way that I am going to move it for every whim that he has, like wanting to ride in daddy’s or his grandparents car for a 5 minute drive. So, for the times that he wants to go on an adventure with someone else, there is the mifold Grab-n-Go Booster!

MIFOLD – THE GRAB-AND-GO BOOSTER SEAT

MIFOLD – THE GRAB-AND-GO BOOSTER SEAT

Choosing the right booster seat for your child can be difficult because there are so many options that are available. We look to see if the booster seat meets safety requirements, are they comfortable for our children, how they fit in our vehicles, ease of use, durability, and costs. mifold has a great booster seat option that is not only affordable and safe to use, but is also the right size to take with you anywhere you go.

mifold Grab-and-Go Booster

mifold Grab-and-Go Booster

This compact booster is perfect for kids ages 4-12 and makes traveling with car seats so much easier. I love that this safe booster fits in my carry-on luggage and I don't have to check a bulky car seat at the airport. This car seat is ready to use and is great to use when renting a car or traveling by taxi. The 10X smaller booster seat protects the child by positioning the seatbelt instead of just lifting the childlike regular booster seats. My big boys love sitting in this booster. This booster comes in many colors also.

CES 2018: Crowdfunding Creator Showcase

CES 2018: Crowdfunding Creator Showcase

The BackerKit crew has been at CES 2018 for a few days now meeting dozens of crowdfunding creators. We’ve been getting priceless hands-on time with projects and impressed with the overall crowdfunding presence here. We’ve spent most of our time in the Eureka Park Marketplace located on the lower level of the Sands where the most promising tech pioneers are showcasing and demoing their tech. There’s an overwhelming amount of things to see, and we wanted to share a handful of cool projects that were brought to life through the power of crowdfunding!

The World’s Most Compact Car Booster Seat for Children Now in the Country

The World’s Most Compact Car Booster Seat for Children Now in the Country

The statistics are downright scary.

Road traffic crashes are the second leading cause of injury death among Filipinos, including children. These incidents are so common that about 100 children, ages five to 12, become victims of road traffic injuries every single day.

Unfortunately, these numbers are only bound to rise in the years to come. As more vehicles hit the road, more car crashes are likely to occur.

In 2010, there were 6,634,800 vehicles registered with the Land Transportation Office. In 2015, the number climbed up to 8,703,236. Consequently, the Metro Manila Traffic Accident Recording and Analysis System (MMARAS) reported that there were 90,258 road crashes in Metro Manila in 2014. Only two years later, in 2016, the number had risen up to 109,322.

3 in a row? A booster seat that puts the others to shame.

3 in a row? A booster seat that puts the others to shame.

Car seats. Booster seats. Car manufacture rules, state and federal laws. Laws for Taxi's, school buses, airplanes. It's exhausting as a parent to keep up. They say that 95 percent of new parents install car seats incorrectly. 95%!  I mean, these are new parents people! The most diligent, careful, paranoid people out there, and even THEY can't get it right? Well, as a parent, let me tell you why.  Because each car has different guidelines, each car seat has different guidelines based on your car, the age, height, weight of your child at each and every stage of their life. It's impossible to keep up. The shoulder straps, the latch system, using the seatbelt when they get to heavy for Latch, rear facing, forward facing, infant car seats, convertible car seats, booster seats. It's INSANE. Now wonder we as parents can't get it right, not to mention that they expire.  So then every 5-7 years you have to learn a whole entirely new system. this is what I call CRAZY.

9 Products to Keep You and Your Little Winter Athletes Going Strong!

9 Products to Keep You and Your Little Winter Athletes Going Strong!

9 Products to Keep You and Your Little Winter Athletes Going Strong!

Winter sports means carpools and extra kids to tow. Smart, compact, clean and safe, the mifold® the Grab-and-Go Booster is a super-compact car booster seat perfect for traveling because it folds up and fits into a purse, glove box or luggage which is why its safety and effectiveness is so amazing.

mifold The Grab and Go Car Booster Seat Review

mifold The Grab and Go Car Booster Seat Review

What is a Mifold Booster Seat?  Mifold is a booster seat that adjusts the adult-sized seatbelt to securely fit a child. Two red lap belt guides hold the lap belt accurately on the hip bones. The shoulder strap and red clip aligns the chest strap with the child's shoulder.
  Designed to conform to EU regulations R44.4 and to exceed US regulations FMVSS 213 in line with IIHS Booster Belt Fit Rating and the Safety Belt Safe booster use guidelines.
   At 1.6lb (750g) mifold weighs the same as a small bottle of water.  The mifold sets up in less than 30 seconds and it adjusts to 3 shoulder widths: small, medium and large.  Designed for ages 4+. USA: children from 40 Ibs to 100lbs. EU: children from 15kg and up to the height of 150cm. Specific regulations differ by country and could be based on age, weight, height or a combination of these.

The Ultimate Last Minute Stocking Stuffer ~ mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat!

The Ultimate Last Minute Stocking Stuffer ~ mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat!

The countdown has begun with Christmas only five days away! Fear not, Santa has something up his sleeve. mifold the Grab-and-Go booster seat is the ultimate last minute stocking stuffer that will delight kids and parents alike. Available on Amazon.com for easy ordering to arrive before the reindeers land! 

Smart, compact, clean and safe, mifold is a super-compact car booster seat that folds up and fits into a purse or backpack which is why its safety and effectiveness is so amazing, especially for travel during this holiday season. The Grab and Go Booster works differently than regular booster seats—instead of boosting the child up to meet the belt, it pulls the belt down into perfect position for your child which makes it safer than traditional boosters. Invented by dad-preneur Jon Sumroy, it's a must-have in all cars at all times to ensure no child goes without a booster seat. 

What You Need To Know About Traveling With Kids

What You Need To Know About Traveling With Kids

Keeping kids safe while traveling is always a priority. One way we can do that is by providing kids with a car seat. Since car seats are so big and bulky, this can make traveling difficult. Thanks to the mifold booster seat, we can keep kids safe without the hassle of lugging around a heavy car seat. This seat fits kids over the age of 4. It folds up into a handheld-sized rectangle that makes it easy to fit inside of a bag, purse, and even some back pockets! There are no clunky buckles to secure, just expand, sit, click, and go

5 Memorable Things to Do in Barcelona With Kids

5 Memorable Things to Do in Barcelona With Kids

Stay Safe: When it came to taking taxis around Barcelona, I brought a mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat, a super light-weight foldable booster that’s small enough to fit in your purse. When walking around, we quickly learned that the traffic signs in Barcelona mean business. A flashing green man or hint of yellow was NOT the time to attempt to cross the street. The traffic lights change quickly, the cars waiting at the stop lights are unforgiving so it’s best to wait for the next light instead of taking your life in your hands. Don’t count on pedestrians having the right of way.

The 7 Best Booster Seats to Buy in 2018

The 7 Best Booster Seats to Buy in 2018

Once your child exceeds the height or weight limitations of a harnessed car seat, you’ll want to transition them into a booster seat, which are designed to properly align regular seat belts over a child’s lap. Many children are ready to switch to a booster seat around age six or older, but again, they should remain in a forward-facing harness as long as they meet the height and weight requirements.

Each state may have different laws on car and booster seats, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations in your area. When you’re sure that your child is ready to make the switch, it’s important to research different booster car seats and choose the one that best fits your child’s needs, especially their height and weight. Here are some of the best booster seats available to protect your little ones in the car.

If you’re planning a vacation or trip with your kids and want a booster seat that’s easy to transport, the mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat is designed just for that purpose. This unique booster seat is 10 times smaller than traditional boosters, but it provides the same necessary protection that kids need in the car.

The mifold is for kids weighing from 40 to 100 pounds who are 40" to 57" tall. The product folds up into a neat, compact size—10" long, 4.5" wide and 2" tall—that’s easy to stash in a backpack or suitcase, and it is safety tested and meets or exceeds NHTSA standards. While it doesn’t have extra features like many other booster seats, the ifold still takes the seatbelt off the stomach and the neck and has a comfortable surface for kids to sit on.

Though this product probably isn’t the best for everyday use, reviewers say it is easy to use and perfect for traveling. If your family is frequently taking vacations where you need to bring along a booster, the mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat may be a wise investment.

The Compact & Portable Child Car Safety Seat

The Compact & Portable Child Car Safety Seat

Travelling over the holidays and every day just got easier! mifold® the Grab-and-Go Booster is perfect for travelling by plane, train and automobile. So compact and lightweight, the mifold® can easily be carried in a backpack, tote or carry on luggage. No more having to rent a booster seat or bring your own to go from airport, bus or train terminal to hotel or remove your own when family or friends are caring for your child.  I wish this was around when my son was young!

Holiday Travel with Kids Made Easy with mifold

Holiday Travel with Kids Made Easy with mifold

When you have kids traveling for the holidays comes with an added concern. If you plan to travel you need to think about car seat safety. We don't usually travel by plane, but I know many people do. Traveling on a plane with a child or three with their car seats or even booster seats can be difficult. They can be big and bulky to carry or difficult to check. When I saw the MiFold I knew this was a great option for those traveling by plane. But like I said we don't often travel by plane.  But I was still interested in this as often times our kids might ride in someone else's car, which also means a switch of car seats or booster seats. 

Product Review: The mifold Super- Portable Booster Seat

Product Review: The mifold Super- Portable Booster Seat

In travel and everyday life, safety is of utmost importance when you’re getting into a car with kids.

One of the biggest problems when it comes to traveling with a car seat or booster seat is portability. Bringing your own car seat equates to bringing a lot of extra bulk on a trip but it will save you a good amount of money instead of renting one. A booster seat isn’t as bulky as a car seat but they can still take up a decent amount of space.