Installing my new Diono Rainier car seat

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Guilty: I previously have had all my car seats professionally installed … until I received my Diono Rainier Car Seat.

I have to be honest, I can’t remember the last time I was as nervous as I was before installing this car seat. Wouldn’t you know that your most precious cargo is going to be sitting in this car seat that you just installed?! I’m not a professional!

I received the car seat and was so beyond excited to test it and then panic set in … I have never installed a car seat. So I did what I do best, procrastinate. I left it in my hall for a few days and just stared it down, it was me against this car seat. Sunday afternoon, I mustered up the courage and unpacked it and the large car seat was in one piece and instantly my heart rate slowed down. For some reason, I had it in my head that it was going to be in a lot of pieces. Yes, I have gone through a lot of car seats, but I usually pre-order them and then pick them up to be installed and it is already out of the box by this point.

Now that I was feeling all confident with how easy the initial set up was, I was ready to take the car seat head on and install it, instruction booklet in hand (plus I read all the stickered instructions too!)

Being an install rookie, I can confidently say that the installation was pretty easy! Here’s how it all went down:

The instruction manual was extremely helpful providing detailed written instructions, as well as diagrams (I am a visual person so that really helped). On top of that, the SuperLATCH system is probably the best invention and easily takes 20 minutes off your install because you don’t have to hold down a button while finding your way in the dark zone to the hidden latch. Using my body weight, I tightened everything and let me tell you, that sucker didn’t budge, I was quite impressed with myself! As my car does not come with an anchorage point under the passenger seat, I used the tether to create a tether anchorage point, tightened and that’s it … my car seat was installed! How easy?!

For those of you who are scared to install a car seat, this is the perfect car seat to try on your own! I promise you, if I can do it, you can absolutely do it!!!


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