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The purpose of this post is to explain to you all why we LOVE our Diono car seat! But first, a story! 😉
When I was pregnant with Noah, we decided that we were not going to find out baby’s gender! It was hard, but it was so worth it! When Noah was born and the Doctor said “It’s a boy!” (quickly followed by “he’s peeing all over the place”) I remember feeling like I was on top of the world! I have a baby, and he’s a boy! As a person who generally cannot be easily surprised, that moment will go down as the most surprising moment of my life!
As hard as it was to go 40.5 weeks not knowing the gender of our baby, it came with some pretty awesome perks!
- Because we didn’t know the gender of our baby, the majority of the gifts we received for our shower were actual items we registered for and not just cute baby clothes! Don’t get me wrong, cute baby clothes are awesome, but the stroller, pack and play, diaper genie, and bouncer are so much more valuable for first time parents!
- The clothes we did receive, and the colors of the baby products, were all gender neutral! This was awesome because we knew that if we wanted to have another baby in the future, it wouldn’t matter if we were having a boy or a girl!
We saved EVERYTHING of Noah’s. I’m talking about every sock, every burp cloth, every onesie – well except for those code brown, slip the onesie off the shoulders and down because, well you know where I’m going with this! 😉 The funny thing is that the only way the clothes would benefit our second child was if a) he was a boy and b) he was born during the same season so the clothes sizes would match up! (You can’t put newborn winter clothes on a newborn summer baby)
Flash Forward to January 30th, 2017, we found out we were pregnant with baby No.2! The silver lining of not getting the summer due date I was hoping for: the due date was October 10, 2017, perfectly aligning with my first November baby! The only thing we needed to know was whether baby No.2 was a boy or girl. And not to spoil the ending here, but as you know, we have 2 beautiful boys! (Read about our gender reveal here.)
Thankfully, we’ve been able to use all of Noah’s hand me downs – clothes, towels, toys, stroller, and infant car seat! Now that Ryan is older, we’ve hit a stumbling block. WE NEED A NEW CAR SEAT!
It wasn’t a concern for us for the past year because Ryan has been riding in Noah’s old infant car seat. Now it’s time to upgrade him, but at 5 years old, Noah hasn’t outgrown his convertible car seat!
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DIONO RADIAN 3RXT
Enter the Diono Radian 3RXT! There are so many amazing reasons we love our Diono car seat! Here are our top 5:
1. Slim Design
The Diono Radian 3RXT is super slim and provides for so much more space!
One of the features it is best known for, is its ability to fit three car seats side by side in most vehicles! Although that’s not something we personally have to worry about, it’s nice to have the extra space in the back seat for those times we have an extra passenger!
2. Grows With Your Little
The Radian 3RXT can be used from the moment you bring your itty bitty new-born home all the way through to those later years to transport them to and from school! It can be used rear facing, forward facing, and as a booster! It’s a one and done type of car seat. There’s no need to replace it because it adjusts as your child’s needs adjust. And while most car seats have a 6-8 year expiration date, Diono car seats have a 10 year expiration date!
3. Superb Safety & Comfort Features
Diono car seats feature steel alloy frames, aluminum reinforced sidewalls, and energy absorbing foam. The reinforced head support offers even more safety! As if that isn’t enough, the Diono has an extra layer of protection with their rear-facing tether that helps keep the seat stable, especially in the event of impact.
This particular model comes with a snazzy cup holder that Ryan will definitely make use of once he’s snacking on his own in the car. And the added cushion on the straps and the super soft fabric make each of Ryan’s rides super comfy! Not to mention, the cover is easy to remove and machine washable!
4. SuperLATCH Installation
The ease of installation is another reason we love our Diono car seat! There are times when grandma and grandpa have the kids with them in their cars and need our car seats. It’s no big deal for us to transfer Ryan’s car seat from one car to another because it’s as easy as clicking in the superlatch! And this silly goose doesn’t have to wait long to get into his comfy seat!
5. Compact for Travel
It’s safe to say that we are a travelling family! We love to travel and the fact that we have kids has never slowed us down! Although we havent done it yet, I’m thinking travel with our Diono car seat by plane is going to be a breeze! As far as a car seat goes, the Diono gets pretty compact when you fold the seat up.
We are extremely happy with our Diono car seat and happy to share our experience with all of you! I mean, just look at that smile! If you are in the market for a new car seat, I would highly suggest you look into the Diono! Click Here to go to their website and check out their latest deals!0