I’m going to start this off by saying I’ve tried many car seats over the years. Diono has been one of my all-time favorites for quite some time. We may not have a vehicle or our licenses but when we go in a taxi or uber we need to bring our own seats along, so I’m always on the lookout for what new seats would work best for us.
NOTE: Because I value you and am always 100% transparent – The photos for this post were taken inside the house as we don’t drive and uber doesn’t really want photos taken in their cars. I promote rear facing as long as humanly possible.
Diono recently released this brand new Diono Radian 3 RXT seat. This all-in-one seat is stylish with all the practicalities that you could ever want or need like a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, and memory foam to put your mind at ease while your tot travels safely in style and comfort.
- Rear-facing from 5 – 50 lbs and between 18 – 44 “, Forward-facing from 22 – 65 lbs and between 30 – 57″ in a 5-point harness and converts to a booster from 50 – 120 lbs and between 40 – 57”.
- Additional side impacts protection with aluminum reinforced head support and energy absorbing EPS foam.
- Sleek design allows for a 3-across fit (in most mid-sized vehicles).
- SuperLATCH system makes installation quick and easy. A versatile top tether for both rear and forward-facing, unique to car seats.
- 10-year product lifespan from date of purchase.
This seat is extremely simple and easy to install. It pulls out of the box ready to go. I will say, one of my pet peeves with car seats is the weight of them. They can be extremely heavy, big and bulky. Making it hard for those of us without a car to use them because they are too hard to bring around. This seat is extremely easy and rather lighter (29.9lbs) than most seats I’ve tried in the past. I was able to use it in multiple uber rides without issue, and not have to strain my back to carry it in and out.
Mia is 15 lbs and is still rear-facing obviously, and will be for quite some time as is Hanna. So when we go out, they both rear face and thankfully because this seat goes up to 65lbs we will be able to use it for both girls for quite some time still to come.
The material used with this seat is high quality so not only does it look great, it feels great to keep the girls comfortable and content in the seat when in use.
The cost of this seat is $399 – and I’ve been told in the past sometimes costs of car seats is too much, but if you think about it this seat is the only one you will need from newborn until they are ready to sit in a car without a booster. Worth every penny if you ask me. Plus, being a Diono you know you will be getting your money’s worth.
Transport Canada (TC) Car Seat Recommendations for Children:
- Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size and choose a seat that fits in your vehicle and uses it every time.
- Always refer to your specific car seat manufacturer’s instructions; read the vehicle owner’s manual on how to select a seating position and how to install the car seat using the seat belt or UAS system.
- To maximize safety, keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.
- TC recommends that children ages 12 and under ride in the back seat.
With the winter months coming and the really cold weather snowsuits, bunding bags, winter jackets and big puffy coats are not recommended in your car seats.