Ride in Style & Ultimate Protection with the Diono Rainier Convertible + Booster Seat & Stuff ‘n Scuff Organizer!
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?
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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. 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.
Dang, that looks COMFY! It even has a cupholder! I would like to travel in that! LOL Car seats and booster seats sure have come a long way since my kids were little. At least my grandkids can travel in comfort AND safety!
They sure have come a long way!
Hi Nancy,thanks for such a detailed review my daughter will soon be in the market for one.
My pleasure! That is great. 🙂
That is one awesome seat! I love how comfortable AND safe it looks. Thanks!
Both are right! 🙂
That looks like an awesome car seat. I love how safe it is. P.S. I think it’s hilarious that your daughter is in her booster seat just chilling with her smartphone. LOL
LOL, kids these days! They are pros. Hehe.
This looks like a great car seat. I love that it grows with your child. It would be great for a friend of mine.
That is awesome!
Very cool! We still have 1 in a booster seat and were just talking about replacing it the other day! I’ll definitely be checking this out! I love the seat protector from little feet!
Such a life saver, let me tell you!
She is stylin for sure! She looks like she is ownin it in that seat!
I love how durable this car seat is and how easy to clean it is.
“washable, waterproof fabric to keep mud and dirt off the back of your vehicle’s seat”
Sometimes you just really have to pay more to get this quality. But you can’t put a price tag on comfort and safety. It looks like she enjoys it too! She’s beautiful!
I agree and the good part is that it grows with your child. You only really need one until they do not need a seat anymore.
We have a DIono for my 7 month old. It’s by far my favorite seat. So comfy for her and safe.
My daughter loves it. I could imagine it would been comfy when she was younger too.
She looks very comfortable in her car seat. Car seats are so different now than when my kids were babies. This one looks so cool.
They are very different! But, much safer now. 🙂
Now that is one stylish looking seat! That is definitely going to make a car ride more fun 😉
Wow that looks like a great car seat and super comfy. I had something similar when my daughter was little.
That is awesome!
I love this car seat! It looks great in your car and your daughter looks so comfy!
I really like the flexibility of this seat so you can use it for a long time. Sometimes parents don’t realize just how long kids are supposed to stay in car seats based upon today’s safety recommendations and laws. Thanks for the heads up about this product!
Yes, I think that a lot of parents do not know.
Wow, that is one nice looking car seat. I just love the way it’s made! I wish I would have had one of these for when my girls were in car seats like this.
I love that there is such great products available now to help parents feel that their little one has the best chance to be safe if an accident was to happen.
I agree, it is such a peace of mind.
We love Diono car seats! That is the only brand that I use with my children.
That is great to hear!
I love how long this will last due to its versatility.
Yes, it definitely is in for the long-haul.
My youngest is ready for an upgrade. I really wish that I would have spent a little bit more money to buy a convertible seat. But then again I guess I can’t complain, he has been in his 5 point harness just shy of 6 years.
This one can stay with you until he does not need a seat. 🙂 Worth it for sure.
I am a huge fan of convertible car seats. I am willing to pay more for a seat that can be sued for years than pay less for a seat that lasts for only a year or so. The Stuff ‘N’ Scuff feature is brilliant! My kids kick the seats as well, and it drives me nuts. This will eliminate the marks they leave on the seat and they can put things they need inside of it.
Hello Lian, thanks for such a thoughtful comment. 🙂 Yes, the Stuff ‘N Scuff is genius!
Thanks very much for this terrific detailed review, your pretty daughter has all of the comforts of home while traveling! I love the safety features, comfort, conversion from rear facing car seat for infants to booster seat for youngsters, plus the easy cleaning features of this Diono Rainier Convertible car seat, it’s all-in-one perfection!
Thank you Rosanne, for such a thoughtful comment. I agree, it is made really well. 🙂
They have definitely thought of everything with this seat! I love the modern look too!
Me too, it really goes with my car. LOL.
Diono car seats are fantastic! We absolutely love ours.
They really do make great products.
What a good looking car seat!!! Riding in style for sure!
I love the design,it certainly is a nice looking chair with great features
I know besdides safety, I do love the design and look.
I love the SuperLatch system that makes installation easier than other car seats.
Makes all the difference.
we have been researching carseats and you review has been a big help
Awesome, thank-you so much! Glad it helped.
That is a pretty sweet carseat! I think that safety and comfort are #1 in my book!
I love how this car seat is made to last and grow with the child! Of course the safety features too!
Yes, it gives peace of mind.
I love that it grows with your child and looks very comfortable!
That is definitely the best part.
That looks super comfortable and secure. Your daughter is such a sweetheart, so pretty.
Aww, thanks so much Rose.
I trust the name but never expected so much added comfort too. I would love one of these in my vehicle for my granddaughter.
That sounds like an all around great car seat. It does look super comfy for long car rides too.
It is! No complaints from her.
Its awesome! I am glad to know about this new product! It seems very high-quality product! So fabulous!
Thanks, it really is a great one.
Thanks for the detailed review,this would be a wonderful chair to last till child is old enough to sit be themselves!
My pleasure. 🙂
That’s a nice looking car seat! My brother is going to be shopping for one for my little niece soon. Will tell him about this.
Awesome, thank-you for passing this on.
Fantastic review! My daughter has a convertible car seat by them and personally don’t think I could find a better car seat for her. I love this brand!
Thank-you so much! That is awesome, they really make a great seat.
Thanks for the great review! I appreciate the details you’ve given and the photos, too.
I love the safety system such as the trademarked Superlatch system that makes it easy to install.
It is such a great option!
Wow! How those seats are changing for the better with years! My kiddos have outgrown theirs now, but I wish we had great car seats like this one. I really like the pouch you hooked behind the driver’s seat! Cute baby girl 🙂
Thanks! They have changed!
Diono makes such wonderful car seats! That seat back protector is brilliant! Kids get in the car with dirty shoes and they really can ruin the back of the drivers chair!
I completely agree!
We’re about ready to move our last one into a booster, the convertible style ones are the best.
Yes, they are a great way to get the best value for your dollar.
I love how the car seat grows with the child and looks so comfortable. Looks great and the safety features are a piece of mind.
Yes, that is for sure!
It’s great that the headset has so many positions – perfect for a growing child!
I certainly hope we will be able to use our Radians for a couple of more years!
Thanks for the review it has so many amazing features and i would feel so safe having my grandkids use it !
Such a detailed review! I love how it grows with the child from carseat into a booster seat! Don’t have to worry about getting another one while they continue to grow.
Thank you for your detailed review , I’m in the market for a new seat
Love that this chair grows with my child and it’s has great safety features!
Wow! That is a super fancy car seat! I’ve never heard of Diono before, but that looks like a good one!
It is very practical.
I love this seat’s versatility, and Diono’s paramount attention to safety.
I’m glad they’ve extended the expiry dates, I think it used to be 6 years. Whith 10 years now it won’t expire before a child grows out of it.
It is great!
It’s amazing how far car seats have come in such a short amount of time. I love the idea of safety and not having to buy a new car seat every time my baby gains weight. What a beautiful booster seat.
They have come a long way.
I like the versatility of the Diono seat and that it just seems to l fit in any car and look good too.
Safely features are so important and this chair has some awesome ones,thanks for the introduction!
I love that this seat sits low , perfect for our truck
I think it’s great that you can easily remove the seat covers to wash and clean if necessary without the hassle.
I love that it converts to a booster so easily
The steel frame was the main lure for me when I picked my first Diono(they had different name at the time).
I love how this folds down for travel
Great review! I’m going to check it out with my wife in person to see the seat! I think I noticed it in the last baby show I was at but didn’t get a chance to ask questions!
We love our Diono Radian!
I love that it even has great cup holder!
I love how it comes in colours that would compliment different cars and will fit most cars safely!
The stuff in scruff is definately a must have
I love how there are additional accessories to grow with the child and they are at a decent price since I’m saving from getting a second car seat when they grow older!
So great that it comes in many different colours! I think my fave is Black Plum.
This seat would be money will spend i love that it will grow with my grandchild.
I love the different colours this seat offer! I can make sure it looks great with the car. Thanks for a great review!
I love that this seat has a cup holder
I really like that the headrest has 12 positions sure to make the little one comfy as they grow !
I’d love to win this for my kids, these car seats are so great!
It’s great how its made to last! The safety and growing with the child car seat is what I need!
I love how I dont need to purchase a new seat! The investment in this seat beats buying 2 seats and love that it grows with the child!
Thank you for the great review as I’m looking for a new seat , love hearing g opinions on them
I love how you can remove the seat if there are spills or any dirt – easy peasy! Also the heaviness does not deter me actually like how it’s built solid and to last a long time!
I love that it grow with your child and it has memory foam to keep them nice and comfy!
A word of caution: yes, it’s totally washable, but make sure you take pictures of each step as you take the cover off (interesting process if you need to wash it from a vomit 🙂 ). The pictures help a lot when you try to put it back together.
I love the Superlatch function! Easy installation makes it easy to move from car to car if need!
I looked at the colours this seat comes in and I love them
The different accessories you can purchase to compliment the car seat is a plus! Always great that you have options to add on to the car seat to make it more comfortable for the child and the protect the car.
This seat has so many wonderful features to keep child safe and comfy and at a reasonable price !
It’s so useful that it converts to a booster! That way we don’t have to get that extra item.
I really like the versatility different colours to match my car and the different accessories.
I’d love to win it for my kids!
I love that this seat has memory foam , more comfy than my seat lol
Thank you for the great review. We are new grandparents and things have changed so since our days. The safety of our grandchildren is top priority. I learned so much about carseats.
My pleasure Betty, thanks for checking it out.
I love that this seat is so safe and comfy!
We love our Diono! The only thing I wish they would improve is the recline of the back. It’s pretty much up right now and I feel sorry for my kids on a longer trips. But I would take safety over convenience any day.
That is a great suggestion!
Great review! So detailed. There are so many features to the seat that makes it a great investment!
Thanks so much Jackie, you are very kind. It does save money in the long run.
I look for safety above all else in a car seat. Next I look for comfort for my child, lots of padding. I look for versatility and a car seat that can grow with my child. Last I look for added features like easily removable and washable materials. Thanks for the great review. Our car seat is about to expire and this is one I’m definitely interested in.
That is great. It is my pleasure and I am so happy you read it. Maybe a Diono is in your future.
I like that it has memory foam to make child cozy and it converts to a booster seat!
You can really feel it too.
We love our Diono!
They are awesome, huh?
I really appreciate such a detailed review as I’m needing to find my daughter a carseat to booster seat
My pleasure, thanks for checking it out.
Went to see it over the weekend with the wife and we really like the sturdiness of the seat and it’s pretty comfy/cushiony.
That is awesome Paul. I am so glad you went to check it out.
Great cup holder,memory foam comfort and converts easily to a booster are some of the features i like
The cup holder is a great feature.
Based on your review this seat will save us money in the long run. It’s built to last and also the accessories helps prolong the needs of the car seat as the child grows!
It really will! It stays with them until they do not need them anymore. 🙂
This seat’s versatility is a huge plus for us! As is the highest attention to safety.
You mentioned it’s a bit heavy and built to last, that gives alot of piece of mind
Yes, it is made really well.
I love all the safety features and how it grows with your child!!!!
That is one of the best parts!
I love how long you can use it for – it always seemed a little wasteful to need to buy another seat!
I agree. It is awesome to have one that you can use until they do not need it anymore.
Thanks for the review – It’s a great car seat and so versatile for everyday use and grows with the child! Not to mention the accessories!
Fantastic seat that I’d love to win for my kids!
I love this seat it would keep my grandson so safe with all it’s amazing features !
It definitely would Kathy!
So great that it’s good for baby as small as 5 lbs. Some seats don’t accommodate a baby that size, and parents of tiny babies are surprised that they have to go buy a new car seat in order to leave the hospital!
Yes, it is great. From birth!
Love the accessories that I have the option of adding as the child grows!
They are very useful. 🙂
this seat is amazing!!! I love that it turns into a booster as well. talk about getting your money worth!!
It really is a great seat. WE are loving it still.
Most importantly, I look at the safety record of the car seat brand. I also like a seat that grows with the child, has a 5-point harness and can face back and front. Comfort and a cup holder help, too.!
Yes, it makeas a big difference in choosing.