Shopping for a car seat is so different than shopping for almost all other baby products. Research is much more important. For us it’s all about safety. In case of an accident am I comfortable enough to know they will be okay? There is so much that goes into making sure your little ones are safe in your cars at all times. States each have their own set of laws to protect its youngest residents and the AAP has guidelines to help parents to not just abide by the law but go above and beyond.
The Diono RXT Car Seat checked off all the must haves on our list. This seat has amazing reviews everywhere! With it’s steel frame it is undeniably one of the safest in the market. The RXT is a car seat that grows with your child. It can be used rear-facing from 5 to 45 pounds, forward-facing from 20 to 120 and then can turn into a 5-point harness and seat-belt positioning booster.
It is truly worth your money to invest in an all-in-one seat. LATCH compatibility for most support and seat pad inserts for your newborns. You can add and remove the inserts depending on your babes current needs. This car seat is made to last! Another great feature is it’s slimness! Most convertible seats are bulky and make it nearly impossible to fit more than one. Thanks to it’s slim design you could fit 3 in the back row of your car.
Now once you have your perfect & safe car seat you need to learn a few do’s and don’ts to make sure you are being as safe as can be!
- keep baby rear-facing until the age of 2 !
- Place the chest harness on your babies chest not their stomach. It may seem too high up but if you place it lower you pose the risk of your baby being ejected from the car seat on impact.
- Replace your car seat in case of an accident, they cannot be expected to work the same way after being in an accident
- Remove jackets and blankets when buckling your little one. Do not loosen the straps. Outerwear and blankets can prevent your baby from being secure in their seat.
- When your baby is rear-facing place the harness at or below their shoulders for optimal protection.
- Make sure the harness is tight enough, you should not be able to pinch the straps.
- Buy a used car seat without researching it: does it have instructions, has it been recalled, has it been in an accident, is it expired?
- Place the car seat in the wrong area: safest place is in the back middle seat
- Incorrectly install it
- Use an expired car seat
- Recline your child too little or too much, read the instructions for guidelines
The great thing about the Diono is it’s installation guide is full of car safety do’s and don’ts. When installing your car seat you can make sure to follow their step by step guide to ensure you have installed it correctly. Their Youtube Channel has great installation guide videos for you to follow along as well. After all the most important thing is to keep your baby safe!