“Lauren, make sure you grab your booster out of my car so you have it when you go with Grandma and Grandpa!”
Lauren is used to taking her booster with her when she goes in someone else’s vehicle. She knows that it keeps her safe.
However, there is a new seat that is 10x smaller than the boosters that everyone is used to.
Yes, Lauren is 10 but she is only 4’8″ and doesn’t pass the 5 Step Test so she rides in a booster.
Proper Belt Fit
Boosters are required for kids to ensure that they fit in a vehicle seat belt that is designed for adults. The lap belt is to sit across the passengers hip bones and the shoulder belt needs to sit across the breast bone and collarbone. The belt needs to sit on the passenger’s strong skeletal structure, rather than the soft, fleshy parts (like your neck or stomach). Children aren’t ready to ride in a vehicle without a booster until they pass the 5 Step Test.
Booster to Go
Riding with other family or friends is always a concern for me. I need to know that she’ll be safe in their vehicles. The mifold is small enough that Lauren can tuck in her backpack when she heads out and she’ll be ready if she needs it.
Who can use the mifold?
The mifold states that it is for kids who are:
- 40″ to 57″ (3’4″ to 4’9″)
- at least age 4
(Please note that as a car seat technician, I need to remind parents that maturity is important. The instructions say that the child’s back needs to be against the vehicle seat back. This means that the child has to be mature enough to sit properly in a booster without wiggling, slouching or sleeping.)
Installing the mifold
The mifold comes with everything attached to it, ready to be used.
The shoulder adjuster has all the labels and CMVSS logo that is found on all car seats. And there is a nice slot to store the manual in; very important as the manual always needs to be with a car seat.
Before you begin, you must read the manual. It’s not very long and the photos are very helpful.
The first time you use the seat, you will need to take a sufficient amount time to adjust it properly for your child.
The Lap Belt Guides need to be close to, but not touching, your child’s thighs. There are 3 locked positions to choose from. The vehicle seat belt must be through these lap belt guides.
The booster seat needs to be slid back against the vehicle seat so that it is in contact with the vehicle seat back.
With the child sitting on the seat, you can adjust the Shoulder Belt Guide. It needs to sit just above your child’s shoulder and it clips onto the vehicle seat belt.
Then pull the vehicle seat belt snug across the child’s lap and chest and you’re ready to go!
Once properly adjusted, Lauren was able to get the seat set up on her own!
The driver of the vehicle should always ensure that all passengers are properly secured with a seat belt before driving.
Available at Canadian Tire!
mifold is available in Canada at Canadian Tire, in store and online!
Visit Canadian Tire’s website for more information about the mifold.
They have a lot of photos and videos to help you make sure that you are using the seat properly to keep your children safe!
Disclosure: I’m a Child Passenger Safety Technician, certified by CPSAC, and the opinions in this article are my own. The mifold booster seat was provided to my by Canadian Tire.