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Speaking of the 'devil being in the details', this new product is just that- so simply thought out, yet the important details are there, that it makes you wonder why no one thought of it before! And Yes, it DOES fir in your purse!
Meet the mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat!
Doesn't look like much does it?
But it is actually the most advanced, compact, and portable booster seat ever invented!
It is 10 times smaller than a regular booster seat, as you can see, but it is JUST as safe!
mi-fold was started on Kickstarter/indiego and quickly amassed 25,000 supporter, who raised $2,000,000 to get it into production! Since then sales have been climbing, as parents everywhere realize just how HANDY it is to have the mi-fold!
Designed for kids aged 4 and up, 40 to 100 lbs, and 40 to 57 inches tall, the mifold can literally fold up to fit into your purse, a child's backpack, a glove compartment or tote bag, thanks to its small size. It is less than 2 inches thick, and weighing in at 1.5 pounds, which is the same as a bottle of water! Isn't that just AMAZING????
Here you can see the mifold at its tallest, next to a traditional older children's booster seat.
Pretty SLIM isn't it???
But NO worries!
mifold is crash tested and complies with car safety regulations in the US, Canada, and the European Union (which as you wise parents know, are MUCH more stringent than the US ones). In fact it exceeds NHTSA standard FMVSS 213, and conform to EU regulations R44.4, which is in line with IIHS Booster Belt Fit Rating and the Safety Belt Safe booster use guidelines! A trooper friend DID suggest you might want to highlight that section in your manual and keep it with the seat, just in case you get stopped and have to prove that it is compliant, and meets any of the state's regulations! As with anything new and different not everyone knows about it yet! The compliance officers should, but general patrol might not!
You can rest assured the mifold is SAFE, thanks to its strong metal chassis, which is made of 6061 aircraft grade aluminium, which is as strong as steel, and Dupont Delrin 100ST a super tough plastic polymer, known for its superior impact resistance, in the extending arms and belt guides. The technology continues even into the foam padding! It is designed for extra comfort, and to stay cool, even on the hottest days, which we can attest to, as the day I took these pictures, it was 98 degrees outside, hotter in the car (as it had been sitting in the sun), and the kid NEVER complained about it being hot!
With the mi-fold, you don't have to worry about buying expensive boosters to keep in the grandparents' cars, for now and then rides, for car pools, or for when you're traveling and don't want to being a bulky booster with you for cab, train, airplane or bus rides! It will fit anywhere a traditional booster would! You can even fit three mifold seats in a row, even in the smallest cars.
You see, the key to the mifold, is that:
Instead of lifting the child up, mifold holds the seatbelt down.
Thanks to it's handy belt guide/latch, you can literally set the mifold up in liteerally 2 minutes or less! The seat DOES need a traditional lap AND shoulder belt, in order to work correctly! It can NOT be used if any of the following exist on the vehicle: a motorized shoulder belt, a side or rear facing seat, an inflatable belt system, lap belt only or where there s only a lower latch anchorage system instead of a shoulder belt.
Older kids won't feel "babyish" in their booster, while being just as safe.
Plus, you can use it for ANY of your older kids, thanks to its three width settings (the side belt guides pull out for the settings) of “small,” “medium,” and “large" . I DO wish they would lock in place, as the first time we set up the mifold, one side slid back in, but it was easily remedies by having the kid hold them 'out' while sitting down, then their body keeps them in place. Plus the fully variable shoulder guide, means it can be adjusted for kids ages 4 to 12 years old, with just a simple pull and release of the strap!
It is VERY easy to set up the mifold, just place it with the range belt guides to the front, with the 'flap' portion of the back adjusted to your seat, per instructions. Then you simply guide the lap belt through the belt guides. Then properly place the shoulder strap across your child, making sure it is snug, and not loose. Then you adjust the shoulder belt guide (by flipping open the catch and adjusting the belt height), and make sure to put it behind your child's back, and where the vehicle shoulder strap is one inch above your child's shoulder (as you can see above). Always remember to check again for tightness, including on the mifold strap. Slack can cause reduce the safety of the seat! What this does is to keep your child properly secure to the vehicle seat back, with the shoulder strap hitting them where it SHOULD!
Miss Gracce and went for a spin and she advised that for shorter rides she would be happy to use the mifold, but on the 90 minute ride to Irish Dance class, she would definitely want to ride in her traditional booster, as it is a bit more comfortable. however, she also informed me that she definitely liked sitting 'like a teenager'. Another issue was not being able to see out the windows as well, but that is really not that big of a deal for most of the times when you would really be NEEDING to use the mifold on the fly! So we will use ours for when she has to ride with someone else, or when we have another child riding with us, or for when we are traveling and not in our own vehicle!
mifold goes anywhere your child does, and that portability really makes it a must to have for back to school season, as you'll never know when you need to have an extra kid in the car, or when your child will have to ride with someone else. Knowing they have a SAFE and portable booster with them, really can give you peace of mind!
The mifold would be a great shower present, or a great 'bon voyage' travel gift, as it's one thing that all parents can USE but wouldn't really think of buying! But once you have it, you'll wonder why you didn't get one sooner!