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!
I love the idea of having a super small booster seat that I, or my girls, can take anywhere in a bag or backpack, perhaps for those unexpected trips or when we are travelling away.
So, what is mifold?
It is a Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat. It is compact and portable. It is more than 10x smaller than a regular booster seat so you can easily put 2 or 3 of them in your suitcase or backpack. It is very lightweight, so it can be carried with you at all times and despite its compact appearance, it is very strong and sturdy.
Current UK Law
The current UK Law requires that all children must use the correct child seat until they are 12 years old or 135 cm in height (whichever comes first). Only EU-approved child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle.
New child car seat rules
On 1 March 2017 new rules are being introduced across Europe that will change how backless booster seats (booster cushions) are made. The Government are planning to re-classify the group classification from Group 2 to Group 3 for all newly developed booster seats.
The new rules mean that manufacturers aren’t allowed to introduce new models of backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg. Any NEW booster seats being launched to the marketplace and seeking approval to be sold in the UK will be classified as a Group 3 (suitable for children weighing 22kg or measuring over 125cm, whichever comes first) and not a Group 2 car seat (suitable for children weighing from 15kg).
What about existing booster seats?
Existing booster seats will not be affected by new rules. If you already own a booster seat which bears an R44/04 Group 2 label, then you will not need to replace it, it will still be 100% legal for these booster cushions to be used for children from 15kg and the parents will not be breaking the law by using them, even once the new regulations come in. Existing booster seats will continue to be sold with a Group 2 classification. The Group 3 classification will ONLY be applied to NEW booster seats that have been developed after the change in law has been passed, NOT existing booster seats.
When can a child travel without a car seat?
A child aged 3+ can travel without a child car seat in some circumstances such as:
- Taxis and minicabs
- Minibuses and coaches
- Unexpected journeys. If the correct child seat isn’t available, a child aged 3 or older can use an adult seat belt if the journey is unexpected, necessary or a short distance.
- No room for a third child seat if there are two occupied child car seats in the rear but not enough room to fit a third one: a child over 3 years can sit in the rear using the car’s seat belt instead of a child car seat.
- Vehicles without seat belts. A child aged 3 or older can travel in a back seat without a car seat and without a seat belt if the vehicle doesn’t have one.
Now mifold can help with all these situations and provide a better child safety journey for our children on those occasions. Mifold is a Group 2/3 seat and can be used by children from the weight of 15kg which is approximately the age of 4 years old.
So, when can we use mifold:
- Everyday use
- Car rental (cheaper than renting a booster seat)
How does it work?
Regular child restraints lift a child up to be in the position of an adult, whereas mifold does the exact opposite by holding the seatbelt down in a suitable position for a child. With 3 belt guides, mifold adjusts the lap belt and shoulder strap to fit the child and accurately holds the seat belt on the hip bones and shoulder, offering the correct amount of restraint in case of impact.
mifold is so compact you can store it almost anywhere. This means that each of your children can have one with them at all times ensuring that they always have a safe way to travel, at home or abroad. You can even fit 3-in-a-row across the back seats of the smallest of cars. And those kids that are 8-12 year olds will feel like big kids using a mifold.