Need a car – with a carseat? No problem…

Every mum has been there at some point in her life. You’re stuck without a car and just want to pop out with kids in tow. Maybe the hubby has borrowed the car because he left his elsewhere, maybe your car is having some work done, whatever the reason you feel housebound. If you do get out and you manage to flag down a taxi, you might be lucky and discover one that has functioning seatbelts, but if your children are small, you’ll be clutching them close to you while sitting in the backseat whispering a prayer in the hopes that no lurches or sudden stops might result in them moving too much – or worse!

Wouldn’t it be great if there were taxis designed for families travelling with children that came with kids’ car seats?? Well funnily enough we found a solution! You are probably all familiar with car booking app, Careem, as we were, but possibly not with their Careem Kids Cars.

If you order a car from Careem through their app, you can select a Careem Kids car, which in most cases is a ‘normal’ Lexus, however these arrive with a Graco kids car seat already set up in the backseat.

The seats are not restricted to tiny babies either, children of various ages and sizes can safely travel in their cars. The seats are all Size4Me™ models so they are convertible car seats, meaning they can hold a rear-facing infant from 4-40 lbs, or a forward facing child weighing 20-65 lbs.

Careem Captains (yes, that’s what they’re called!) have received full instruction on how to adjust the car seat to accommodate each child, so even if you’re not familiar with the make or model, you’ll have assistance on hand to help buckle in your little ones.

At the moment, they only offer one pre-installed car seat per car, but if you have your own, you can bring it along and the captains will help you install it too.

We thought it was a fantastic initiative and are keen to help the lovely (and thoughtful) team at Careem spread the word, so please feel free to share this post! And did we mention, they’re also offering CitiSpi members a great offer of 15% off your Careem rides (of a maximum of four) until the end of June with promo code CITISPI.

The Careem app is available for iOS and Android, and you can download it from your App Store or Google Play here:

So let Careem take over the stress of driving you around Dubai, with or without kids in tow.