You Won’t Believe What These Dads Invented to Make Life Better for Their Kids
July 25, 20172 min read
Necessity may be the mother of invention—but change the word "mother" to "father" here, because these amazing dads saw a need based on their life with kids and invented a solution to share with the world.
Jon Sumroy—mifold: A booster seat that fits in your glove box
Jon Sumroy, the founder and creator of themifold Grab-and-Go booster seat, says he got the idea for his product around 2002 during the endless carpool shuffle that occupies so much of suburban life. Jon lived in Englewood, NJ, at the time and was working at a tech startup. "I had three young children and they were all using car seats regularly, or they were carpooling to school in someone else's car without the right protection, and it really bothered me," he says. Sumroy thought a compact version that was safe, light, easy to carry or even put in a car's glovebox would be a great idea. Then, in 2012 a friend sent him a magazine article that said 50 percent of children don't have a car seat when they're carpooling. Sumroy says, "That old light bulb went off: Nobody had yet solved the problem." Sumroy spent countless evenings and weekends in his garage designing the first prototype himself, fashioning it out of canvas and straps. A year later, he launched mifold, now the most advanced, compact, and portable child car safety seat in the world. It's more than 10 times smaller than a regular booster and just as safe. It's intended for children between four and 12 years old who weigh between 40 and 100 pounds. Retailing for $44.99, mifold is now used by the Bradley County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee in some of their patrol cars to transport kids in emergency situations.