Finding the right car seat

I’ll never forget the moment that I put my little babies in their bucket for the first time on our way home from the hospital. The bucket was so light and I couldn’t imagine how my new tiny baby would ever fill out the whole thing. But it happens and it happens fast! The great thing about an infant bucket is that they serve a purpose for a short period of time- a baby who sleeps most of the day needs to be portable!

Then one day it happened. I put them in their bucket and picked it up. I felt like I was going to fall over! My shoulders and wrists started to hurt also. How did the infant bucket get so heavy all of the sudden?!  I really couldn’t carry them in it anymore. With both kids, that has been my cue to go buy a new car seat! Get the baby out of the bucket asap and into a convertible car seat.

But where to start? Like any baby item that I have purchased I research. I want to make sure that I’m getting the best bang for my buck. With car seats I also want to know about their safety rating, the quality, the durability of the car seat and the longevity.  Car seats like any baby item can be overwhelming. There are SO many to buy with so many different features.  I was thrilled when I was offered a Diono Radian RXT car seat the same week that I planned on buying my sons new car seat. The funny thing is that I was going to purchase a Diono Radian RXT anyways and let me tell you why.

I made a mistake when I purchased my older child’s car seat. I got caught up in a good deal that I didn’t think about her being able to grow out of the car seat earlier than expected. You see, she’s very tall so although she is so far under the weight limit of the car seat she will outgrow it in length first which means I will have to purchase the next type of car seat for her. When shopping now for my son the longevity of a car seat was so important for me. I love that the Diono Radian RXT takes me from all the way from 5 lbs to 120 lbs! Kids can also ride rear facing in the Radian RXT up to 45 lbs! Seeing that my little (or big) guy is 20 lbs at 10 months I’m assured that he will be able to stay rear facing for quite a while! Then once I decide to flip the car seat around to forward facing, this is the only seat I will need. The seat is able to switch from a forward facing car seat into a booster. The only seat I will need! That’s music to any parent’s ear and wallet!

Safety ratings are also really important to me, especially in terms of a car seat. I need to ensure that my most precious cargo is safe. I love that Diono makes their crash test ratings available on their website for consumers to read.

The quality on the Radian RXT is supurb. The car seat has a steel alloy frame aluminum, reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam and an energy absorbing 5-point harness. These things give me peace of mind that god forbid we should ever be in a car accident, my little guy will be well protected.The fabric is plush making it comfortable for little and big riders.

I chose the Radian RXT in Storm. I can’t wait to share our experience with all of you. Look out for my next post coming soon! 

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