If you're going on holiday, it can turn into a bit of a juggling act keeping your little ones safe in the car.
We all know how important car safety is. Summer holiday season is fast approaching (in fact for many of you lucky people, it's already started!) and lots of us will be using a car for our travels. But what if you aren't travelling in your own car? What if you are jumping from taxi to taxi? Using a hire car? Going by coach?
Car seats are often heavy pieces of kit and it's simply not possible to take them through the airport/ swap them from coach to taxi etc, so we've been investigating to see IF there is a holiday car seat solution that will keep our children safe without breaking the bank.
The Mi-Fold portable booster seat is a foldable and grab-and-go booster seat. It might be tiny but the seat works in a simple but genius manner by clamping the seat belt so that the belt restrains the child in the safest places on their body. Instead of raising the child to the position of an adult (as a normal booster seat does) the Mi-Fold lowers the seat belt position so it is off the child's pelvis and on their upper thigh and off their neck and onto their shoulder. This tiny parcel is a great solution for parents travelling with the over 3's in taxi rides, especially if you were planning a city break or going on a holiday where you expected to make quite a few taxi journeys.
The BubbleBum inflatable booster seat could also be an option if you think you might need to catch a taxi here and there with your child who is usually in a group 2 or 3 car seat. It's a simple little inflatable pad that can be inflated and deflated as and when you need to use it. The lap belt and shoulder belt guides help to position the seat belt in the safest position on your child. Because of its floaty-light filling of air, the bubblebum is superlight to carry around so you won't even notice it in your handbag or rucksack.
The Boostapak from the travel experts, Trunki, is also another option to consider for travelling with the over 3's on Taxi rides. The Boostapak acts in the same way as a traditional booster, by raising the child to the correct height in the car seat so that the seat belt is able to restrain them safely. The hard plastic shell of the Boostapak helps it to keep its shape and support the weight of your child, whilst it can also double up as a handy backpack for storing those precious toys and snacks to keep the kids fuelled up. The Boostapak has backpack straps too, so even though it doesn't fold flat, carrying it around is still easy enough.
And whilst we know these options aren't high backed boosters and don't have the same safety values and standards, they are still a great temporary alternative to your every day car seat when you are off on your holidays.