I have three children, a 7 seater car and we have another car at weekends and evenings. We also have friends with children the same age. It often means car seat swapping and lots of headaches along the way. This new travel car seat seemed like a dream come true, it’s so compact it can fit in your handbag, you could easily pack it in your carry-on luggage for a holiday.
But is it safe? I, along with my friends thought backless car seats were a no no nowadays. Actually it’s not the case. I looked into the current legislation, and any new car seat needs to conform to safety regulations, which are as follows:
Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first.
Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt.
Car seats are either height based or weight based. Only EU-approved weight-based child car seats can be used in the UK. These have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle and ‘ECE R44’. (Information from the UK government website).
The mifold is a car seat restraint from age 4 years and upwards, it’s group 2/3 for weight between 15-36kg and it’s approved to ECE R44.04. So all perfectly legal. It’s perfect for Phoebe at the moment, who is a bit too big for the booster backed seats but not quite big enough to wear just a seat belt.
Is the mifold easy to use?
The first use was a bit fiddly, as is usually the case with any car seat fitting, but once you know which bit goes where it’s easy. Firstly you place the mifold on the seat of the car with the long strap at the back going upwards (this will connect to the shoulder strap), then you pop out the red plastic bits on the side to the width of your child’s bottom/thighs, not wider but not touching the thighs. Sit them down, then the seatbelt goes tucked under the hooks and into the socket. This makes the seatbelt lie comfortably on their thighs and stops it cutting in their stomach. It keeps it in place. The shoulder strap then clips in to stop the seatbelt from going across their face or neck. I love how easy it folds up, I lent it to my friend yesterday and it was so much easier than swapping bulky car seats. It’s also so sturdy, it’s hardwearing plastic and fabric, so you know it will survive modern life. Here’s a picture of it in use:
Disclosure: we were gifted the mifold seat for this review. All opinions are our own.