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.
The MiFold booster is a small, ultra-compact portable booster seat. And by small, I mean that this foldable car seat can fit inside an adult’s back pocket. The MiFold car seat is marketed as a grab-and-go booster seat for children, and on all accounts, it is a perfectly accurate statement. It is tiny, lightweight, and quick to install. And all of these things put together make it attractive as an ideal booster seat for travel. But does this foldable car seat live up to the hype?
Using car seats for travel can be a frustrating experience. Oftentimes they are large, bulky, heavy, and just plain awkward. Because of this, many parents simply leave them at home. This can be even more common when traveling to countries with no, or lax seatbelt laws. We have traveled with car seats to Mexico, Portugal, and Iceland. And while it was incredible having our car seats available, the stress of traveling internationally with something so large in addition to all the other family travel gear that we carry can be difficult.
There have been times abroad when we have been on the road and haven’t had car seats available. In both Colombia and Grenada, we were in situations where we didn’t have a car seat available to us, and we had to travel without car seats. While this can be part of travel, it also ups the risk and stress of travel with children.
The design of the MiFold foldable booster car seat is clean, tight, and well thought out. But the real ingenuity of the product lies in it’s unique approach to the child’s position. Because most car seat belts are designed with adults in mind, most car seats focus on raising the child up to the safe height of the seatbelt. This creates the connection necessary to keep the child safe when the belt locks. The MiFold portable car seat, however, takes a different approach to car seat safety. The MiFold is designed to lock the seatbelt height down at the level of the child. Essentially pulling the seat belt into the place of the child rather than lifting the child up. This allows the seat belt to be adjusted to the size of the child without affecting its functionality.
The MiFold can be set up in about a minute. There are two buttons on either side of the bottom-front of the unit that unlock the two sliding latches on each side of the MiFold booster. This allows the foldable car seat to be adjusted to the width of the user.