We were recently sent a new and rather exciting product to test out over Christmas. the mifold car seat. On first glances, it doesn’t look anything like a traditional car seat and to be honest, at first Ghostwriterdaddy and I were a little confused… here are our initial thoughts on the mifold car seat- I’ll update you on when we return from our Christmas travels!
This car seat is billed as the ‘grab and go’ booster seat- ideal for journeys where you need to preserve as much room in the car as possible, or for play dates and impromptu pick ups. It’s ten times smaller than the average booster seat, but just as safe. Because of it’s size, it can fit easily into the glove box, or under the passenger seat for safe storage. It’s portable, so your child can take it to school with them if they’re off to a friend’s house for a play. It can easily fit in the back seat, thus eliminating the ‘how do we fit three car seats along the back’ problem.
This all sounds great, and definitely something we need, especially as the car is currently packed to the rafters with luggage, Christmas presents and other bits and pieces. But how does the mifold actually work?
How it works
The makers behind mifold say that a regular booster seat lifts the child to be at the same position of an adult. The mifold does the exact opposite- it holds the seatbelt down instead of lifting the child. What does this mean? According to the website: “mifold 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.”
You can find out more in this short video.
Our initial thoughts
So initially, we took the mifold out of the box and thought ‘what on earth is this?’ Its nothing like any car seat or booster seat we’ve ever seen and if we’re perfectly honest we’ve put off using it for a little while because we just weren’t sure it was safe to use. But the website clearly states that it conforms to safety regulations: “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.” and the video clearly explains how to use it, and why it works.
So we’re going to give it a go. We leave this morning (eek!) so we’ll be posting updates throughout the holidays on how we’re getting on and what we think of the mifold so far. Make sure you watch my Instagram stories, and follow my updates on Facebook.