Car seats are often a confusing hassle for parents. They're bulky and difficult to install, and let's not even get started on coordinating them when you're carpooling with other families. (If you're stuck, our installation guide can help!)
Thankfully, new innovations are making car seats simpler and more convenient every year. Last week, we covered a new car seat that can protect babies from being left in hot cars. In addition, we recently got to check out the Mifold, a cool booster seat that's currently in development and will hopefully be released by the end of the year (assuming it passes all its final US safety tests). Instead of lifting your kid up, the Mifold brings the seatbelt down to keep him safely secured. It's about ten times smaller than a regular booster, so you can actually fold it up and tuck it into your purse or your child's backpack (solving those pesky carpool dilemmas after school!) Plus, it's barely visible when a child sits on it, so older kids don't have to feel embarrassed about being in a booster seat in front of their friends. For a more in-depth look, check out this video:
Intrigued by this revolutionary new idea? Mifold is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for those who want to preorder at a discounted price. As I'm writing this, they've already raised over $293,000--that's 734% of their goal. There's the proof that parents want better, easier car seats and booster seats. Let's hope that the manufacturers continue to come up with inventive ways to keep kids safe.
Chrisanne Grise is an assistant editor covering kids' health at Parents. Follow her on Twitter @xanne.