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.
But, I’ll be honest – they can be a pain to carry. We usually travel with our Trunki BoostApaks, which are great as they double as backpacks – but they are heavy for the kids to carry (especially when loaded up with a water bottle, iPad for the plane and a couple of colouring books or toys) so I inevitably end up carrying both my kids backpacks, as well as my own bag.
So I can tell you that I was super excited to come across the newest portable booster seat on the block – the mifold Grab-and-Go car booster seat. For me, this promises to be the perfect booster seat for travelling.
What is the mifold?
The mifold is a revolutionary car booster seat designed for children aged 4 years and above. The best thing about the mifold for travellers is that it is one tenth of the size of a regular booster seat, and folds up small enough to be able to fit into your handbag or child’s backpack. You can see in the photo below, the difference in size between a regular booster seat and the mifold.
Parents with large families will also be pleased to hear that you can easily fit three mifold car boosters seats across the back seat, even in small cars.
The mifold is available in six colours: Perfect Pink, Denim Blue, Lime Green, Slate Grey, Pearl Grey and Yellow Taxi.
How does the mifold work?
Instead of lifting the child up like with a regular booster seat, the mifold brings the car seatbelt down so that the adult seatbelt correctly fits the child.
Belt guides (adjustable to three sizes) on either side of the child’s hips holds the lap belt against the hip bones, and away from the stomach, while a third clip on an adjustable strap pulls the seatbelt chest strap down across the collarbone, and away from the face and neck.
Watch the following video to see in detail how the mifold works:
How safe is the mifold?
The mifold conforms to the most universally accepted global booster car seat regulations – European Union ECE R44.4; FMVSS 213 in the United States and the RSSR regulations in Canada.
Note that regulations do vary from country to country. In the US and Canada, the mifold is designed for children weighing 18-45kg and between 100-145cm tall. In Europe, the weight range is from 15kg up and until a height of 150cm.
Also note that the miform does not conform to Australian car seat regulations. It is allowed to be used in the UK.
What do we think of the mifold?
I expected the mifold to be a little fiddly to set up – but in fact it took around a minute (yes, I timed it!) to get my daughter secured in the car with the mifold.
As this was the first time I had ever used it, this included adjusting the shoulder strap to the correct height, so I expect as I get used to using the mifold, it will become even easier and quicker. It was very simple, and my daughter said she was comfortable when using it.
Conclusion of our mifold review
I think the mifold is completely revolutionary for travelling parents.
For full time use in the car at home, I will continue to use high-backed booster seats with side impact protection. However, when we are travelling with the kids, I will definitely be taking my mifold booster seats with me from now on – for use in taxis and for airport transfers etc.
Have you tried the new mifold Grab-and-Go car booster seat? What do you think of it?
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Mum on the Move received mifold car booster seats for the purposes of writing this review. This in no way affected our review, and as always all opinions are honest, and our own.