DISCLOSURE: Thanks to Diono USA this post has been updated to include a giveaway of one of the car seat mentioned in this post (ARV $399.99)
Car seats are one of the first items you think of when you find out you’re having a baby. Let’s be honest, they’re expensive (car seats not babies, even though babies ARE expensive) – especially the car seats from the matching stroller combos, which I have to admit are the ones we had…both times. After a year we were in the market for new car seats as our boys were too big for those ones.
The Diono Radian RXT seats rear-facing children from 5 to 45 lbs. and forward-facing children from 22 to 65 lbs. in the 5-point harness, up to 57″ in height plus it converts to a booster for children 50 to 120 lbs. or up to 57″ in height
Considering my 9-year-old only weighs around 60 pounds, I’d say that’s a pretty long life span and fits in just right with the Diono Radian RXT 10 year life from date of purchase.
Besides life span and price there are so many other factors and important safety issues that you have to take into consideration. In the case of an accident how safe will your baby be? Will your baby be comfortable? Can the car seat be installed easily?
Important Features of the Diono Radian RXT
- • Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides for unmatched safety
- • NEW! Premium plush interlock knit fabric
- • 12-position aluminum reinforced adjustable head support – helps babies head not be so “flippy floppy” during car rides
- • Fully lined with energy absorbing EPS foam for superior head and body protection
- • Fits 3 across in most mid-size vehicles
- • Safe Stop® energy absorbing harness
- • Unique SuperLATCH system that makes installation quick, easy and secure
- • Sits low on vehicle seat for easy child boarding and improved safety performance in a crash
- • Folds flat for travel and is FAA certified – love this feature. My husband & I were always having to take the car seats out whenever we needed to transport large items.
- 1. Don’t assume all car seats are the same. Thoroughly read the instruction manual before installing.
- 2. Visit your local fire hall to make sure your car seat is properly installed – I made my husband so this both times before he picked us up from the hospital..
- 3. Once the car seat is installed do NOT take it out.
- 4. For maximum safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as the maximum weight and height will allow.
I wish I would’ve done my research when I was pregnant with both my boys to try and find a car seat that could’ve grown with both our boys like, it would’ve saved us a couple hundred dollars. Instead I’ll just rub my wisdom off on my little brother who is expecting his first baby this summer, in the hopes that he’ll be able to save money and keep his family safe at the same time, starting with the Diono Radian RXT.