The Diono Rainier Convertible + Booster!
Even before you leave the hospital with a new little life, there is one baby item that you absolutely need to have. That one item is a car seat that is safe for the drive home and beyond.
It is actually one of the items that new and veteran parents put the most thought and time into and it is no surprise as to why. Whether you are a first-time mom or a veteran, you may find yourself stumped as you are trying to determine which car seat is the best for your child. There are so many choices available at multiple price points and it can be a huge challenge for any parent to face.
You Live and You Learn.
I have two kids now and I can tell you that car seats have come a long way! My oldest is now 13 years old and I am amazed at how much nicer and more user-friendly everything is nowadays. I could go on and on about the new video monitors and how convenient they are in the middle of the night, but since this is a car seat post, I’ll save that for another time. But, one thing is for sure, there are a lot of options and finding one that has the most bang for your buck is optimal.
For Gabby, I used a car seat that was given to me. My husband and I were young and since I was the baby of the family, I didn’t have much experience. I was happy when the car seat fit into my car properly and we seemed good to go as we waited for our new arrival.
Now, when she arrived, she was only six pounds, so she was on the small side and she was able to use the car seat for a little longer than most but, once she outgrew it, it was time to look for another car seat that would accommodate her. If I had had the option of using a car seat that grew with her, I would have jumped at it in a heartbeat.
Fast forward a few years to the Rainier car seat. It is everything that my first car seat wasn’t. The Rainier car seat fits newborns as small as five pounds and the support cushions and memory foam offer the ultimate in comfort for your little one.
With its extended rear-facing capabilities, it can comfortably seat rear-facing children from 2.3 – 22.7 kg (5 – 50 lbs) and forward-facing children from 10 – 29.5 kg (22 – 65 lbs) in 5-point harness mode. Additionally, it converts to a booster for children between 22.7 – 54.4 kg (50 – 120 lbs) or up to 144 cm (57″) in height.
Made to Last.
I love the fact that as your baby grows, this car seat will grow with them. You will not need to worry about purchasing a new seat because this one can face the back, the front, and then turn into a booster seat. If you are just starting out with a newborn, you won’t have to buy a new front-facing seat or a booster seat and baby will be comfortable for many years.
The aluminum reinforced headrest has 12 height positions for adjustable head support and additional EPS foam surrounds the child’s head and body for complete side impact protection.
Its unique SuperLATCH™ system makes installation easy and the Rainier is NCAP crash tested, which is the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident conditions.
Mimi is little and just like her mama, will probably be a shorty. So, knowing that it has been tested and having her in a harness gives me that comfort of knowing she is safe.
It’s safe to say that I love the Rainier. I have to point out how compatible it is to my vehicle. It is almost seamless and as if it is part of the vehicle aesthetically. It is available in various colours like Black Forest green, Black Mist grey, Black Plum and Midnight black.
The car seat even sits low in my vehicle, so I never have to worry about bashing her head on the top of the car as I am putting her in and taking her out of her seat. Or when she is jumping in and out. My oldest will tell you that that isn’t fair because she had to deal with the bumps and she jokes that it knocked some sense into her!
One thing that will never be an issue is keeping the Rainier car seat clean. Especially when something gets spilled because I can quickly remove the cover and wash it. Spilled drinks and crunched up Cheerios that get ground into the fabric are a thing of the past for me!
I noticed right away that the car seat is a bit heavy. But, it is built to last. The best feature in this car seat is that it folds up flat for travel. Which means whenever we are on-the-go, I can easily send it through with the luggage for the plane ride.
The best part is that we have it to use when we hit the ground. It comes with an over the shoulder strap for travel and is FAA-certified to use aboard an aircraft.
One of my biggest complaints with kids in car seats may not be big to others. But, their newfound ability to kick the back of the seat drives me bonkers. Whether they kick it for fun or to push off of is beyond me. Needless to say, it’s one of my pet peeves. Not only does it damage the seat, it leaves me having to clean it countless of times during the week.
Diono has some pretty awesome accessories to add to your arsenal. The Stuff ‘n Scuff is one that I was immediately interested in. Why? Well, it eliminates shoe marks on the back of my seat! Not to mention, it holds knick knacks and keeps the car neat.
It is a washable, waterproof fabric to keep mud and dirt off the back of your vehicle’s seat. It is easy to install and its pop-open design maintains its shape providing full seat protection and the large cargo pocket holds everything. Fastens easily around any headrest and the adjustable lower tab secures it in place. It can be folded for easy storage in seat back pocket when not in use. For starting at $9.99, you can’t go wrong.
They even have some seat guards that I have my eye on. They offer a wide array of accessories that can help you travel efficiently. Take a look at the Diono accessories out, here.
The Rainier car seat does cost a little more than my first car seat did; retailing for $499.99. The benefits of the design, the functionality, and the fact that it can last until Mimi is ready to sit in the vehicle without a seat will actually save me money in the long term. I am happy to announce that I am giving a Diono car seat for only lucky Whispered Inspirations reader, enter here!
I highly recommend this Rainier car seat to all parents. Whether you are having a baby or have a child who is still in a car seat or booster seat. As you can see, Mimi is 7 years old but because of her height and weight needs a booster. She is a little jelly bean so, this will work for her for years to come.
It eliminates the trouble of having to find another car seat for your child as they continue to grow. Plus, finding a new owner for your old car seat can be time-consuming too. With the Rainier, you don’t have to worry about any of that for a long time. You just adjust the seat as your child grows, it doesn’t get any simpler than that.
Plus, you and your child will enjoy your time in the car. That is until they want to listen to “Let it Go” for the millionth time. You may resist, they might cry and you will most likely give in.
Hey, at least they won’t be crying because they are uncomfortable in their seat!
It’s the little things, right?
What features do you look for in a car seat?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.