Monday, January 21, 2019

mifold One Non-Folding Portable Booster Seat {GIVEAWAY}

mifold Grab-and-Go portable booster seat would probably not be unfamiliar to parents that use ride-sharing companies e.g. GRAB, GOJEK, Uber a lot.

Singapore's GRAB actually uses mifold booster seats for kids aged 4-7 years old, as it is against the rules set by LTA for children below the height of 1.35m to use an adult seatbelt without a proper child restraint in a private hire vehicle and mifold booster seats meet all the requirements set by the Singapore Traffic Act..

Designed for kids aged 4 and above {up to 36kg/ 150cm}, it is an advanced, much more compact, portable booster seat that's 10x smaller than a traditional booster seat, yet just as safe.

Yes, you can use it in Singapore, and a lot of overseas countries since the mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat is regulated under the most universally accepted global car booster seat regulations, specifically: European Union ECE R44/04; FMVSS 213 in the United States, and the RSSR regulations in Canada.

How does it work? Well, unlike a regular booster seat that elevates the child to fit an adult seat belt, the mifold lowers the seat belt so that it's brought down from more delicate areas like your child's shoulder, face, neck and stomach and positioned on their shoulders, hipbones and across their lap.

Do note though, that the belt fit will vary by child's size, vehicle and seating position. There are 3 width settings of small, medium, and large, with a fully variable shoulder height.

We got the mifold for my sis and little niece 2 Christmases ago, and they found it so useful! Who knew that one day you could actually carry a booster seat in your bag with you?? haha.. The lightweight, compact size makes it super travel-friendly so that it fits neatly inside her handbag and she can easily bring it around when they need to sit in a cab or rented car during vacations.

Last year, mifold also released a non-folding portable booster seat - mifold One.

Just like the mifold, the mifold One acts just like a regular booster seat but instead of elevating your child, it works by bringing the shoulder belt down onto their collarbone, which is stronger than their face and neck. The lap belt is also brought down to their hipbones instead of their stomach, which is a lot more delicate and vulnerable.

And just like the mifold, it has a strong metal chassis that's made of 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum {as strong as steel}, and Dupont Delrin 100ST, a very tough plastic polymer for superior impact resistance. At 697g, the mifold One weighs just about the same as a small bottle of water!

So how is mifold One different from the original mifold?

Firstly, the very obvious difference is that mifold folds in half, while mifold One doesn't. If you need to carry a booster seat around e.g. when taking cabs or hopping a ride from friends/ grandparents, mifold would be more compact and flexible {although mifold one is slim & small too}, but for those parents that want a non-bulky booster seat on an everyday basis or to leave in the same car between uses,  you won't need the folding feature and mifold One would be a better choice. Even though this version of the mifold doesn't fold into a smaller size, the mifold One is still incredibly slim and would fit in the car seat pocket nicely.

Secondly, the mifold One features the new Quick-Clip2 shoulder belt guide that allows you to install it with one hand. With practice, you won't even need to look!

Thirdly, mifold One's larger seat size {made of Denseform that stays cool even on hot days & acts to provide constant support at pressure points} also ensures additional comfort while maintaining it's compact build. It also doesn't have the folding hinge area so is more comfortable for the child too.

Car seat regulations can be quite confusing as different countries have different requirements that could be based on a child's age, weight, height or a combination of all three.

Taxi Baby, a local company that's passionate about increasing the awareness of child passenger safety in Singapore and Asia, recently had an exclusive collaboration with mifold to release this limited edition orange mifold One booster seat. A lucky colour just in time for our Chinese New Year celebrations!! haha...

This verson of mifold One is certified to ECE R44.04, which is approved in Singapore, Europe, and most of Asia, but not legal in the United States, Australia and Canada. You can verify this with this orange label on the shoulder strap.

If you wish to use mifold One booster seat in US, Australia or Canada, please get the other version that conforms to US (FMVSS 213) and another for Canadian regulations (RSSR) from other shops.

All mifold One booster seats comes with a handy manual that fits neatly in a pocket of the booster seat cover. A video tutorial on how to use the mifold booster seats is available too.

mifold One does not have side impact protection but you can get additional products that do provide side impact protection from Taxi Baby.

mifold's creative innovations are inspired by their objective to lower the percentage of children that travel without a booster seat and the risks that come with the lack of one. By designing a lightweight, portable and equally safe version of the traditional booster seat, there really is no reason to not have your child travel in one when needed!

But, the opportunity cost of having a lightweight, portable and safe backless booster seat design like this is that it cannot offer the added weight and build that a booster seat with side impact protection would have.

For my own special friends & blog readers, I've ONE mifold One Non-Folding Portable Booster Seat in Orange {worth S$69} to give away!!

mifold One is suitable for children aged 4 and up, or between 15 and 36kg and up to 150cm in height. It can be used in Singapore, Asia, Europe and other countries that follow European regulatory standard (ECE R44.04).

Giveaway Method: Random Draw

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UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. The winner is Cynthia Koh-Aw. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Check out my current readers promos too. Thanks for your support!

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Debra said...

Best travel tip: Pack as lightly as possible!
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An Apel a Day said...

This looks super handy! I like that it's so portable.

Cynthia said...

Best tip for traveling with kids : making them drink a bottle of water once in hotel. Because we tend to drink less while out and about.

Jo Ong said...

For travelling, safety is the most imoortant. Most countries transport do not comes with car seat. Best tip is to bring along a portable car seat like Mifold! It is super slim n compact.

Teo Sok Hian said...

Best travel tip is travel light n we will usually look for hotel or Airbnb with washing machine and dryer free service!!
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Agnes Loh said...

Best travel tip is to stay in an apartment you can cook and wash so you can travel light. The lesser the luggages the easier to manage travelling with kids