Winter Car Seat Safety Tips from diono

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Car seat safety never ends, one has to be especially vigilant during Winter. Check out some Winter Car Seat Safety Tips from diono. This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Diono, however all opinions are 100% mine. 
Winter Car Seat Safety Tips

diono car seats have been a huge favorite in our home for years. These are quality car seats that stand the test of life.  I’ve been using them since my oldest was a little one and continue to love them with my #5. While it is common for parents to complain about the weight of car seats, one can agree that their child’s safety is the #1 factor in choosing a seat. Yes, carrying around a 20lb. child inside of a hefty seat can be strenuous, but that is easily outweighed by the peace of mind that your child is safe and secure when traveling. That’s why it’s been a no brainer that my children ride around in a diono.

diono, a leading manufacturer of child safety seats also understand that safety is paramount for your little ones. Parents continuously recommend these seats despite what they think of the weight, as the weight in diono seats is incurred by the following, including but not limited to:

  • Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides
  • Energy absorbing EPS foam and side impact protection
  • Safe Stop® energy-absorbing harness

With the features on the diono seats, heavy means safe. And heavy is good. VERY good.

Recently diono redesigned their Radian rxt and  made it even more amazing. Changing the style but still keeping some of the amazing features that have made it the leader in the car seat industry. Premium materials and thoughtful safety features that make it stand above all others.  I recently had a chance to check it out for myself and ( if possible) fell even more in love with this amazing car seat.

The car seat itself looks a bit different from the predecessor. It really is a gorgeous model. One of the  new features is the new redesigned look (which I love) and  Premium plush interlock knit fabric (available in Black Cobalt, Black Mist, Black Plum(the one I reviewed), Black Scarlet and Essex)dionorxt

However it still has the amazing features below:

  • Full steel frame and aluminum reinforced sides for unmatched safety
  • Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5-45 lbs, forward-facing children from 20-80 lbs in a 5-point harness, then converts to a booster for children up to 120 lbs.
  • Unique SuperLATCH system that makes installation easy
  • Fits 3 across in most mid-size vehicles, folds flat for travel and is FAA certified
  • NCAP crash tested, the industry benchmark for verifying child seat performance in severe accident conditions
  • Infant body support cushions and memory foam for added comfort
  • Energy absorbing EPS foam and side impact protection provides added safety
  • Safe Stop® energy-absorbing harness
  • 12-position adjustable headrest, 5 shoulder and 3 buckle positions deliver a comfortable ride.
  • Rear-facing tether capability
  • Expandable sides and long seat bottom allow proper leg support
  • Low-sitting profile makes it easy for your child to board
  • Angled cup holder keeps a variety of drinks upright and within easy reach
  • Cover is machine washable
  • Rubber bottom grips for no-slip installation
  • 10 year life

It can still be folded up for easy travel. dionoradian1

and it’s slim feature makes it possible to take anywhere. diono4

Easily adjustable straps and shoulder harness making an easy fit every time (remember to make sure if car seat is rear facing Harness slot is below shoulder and if forward facing Harness slot is above shoulder)radian2Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5-45 lbs for maximum safety. Premium plush head and body support cushions included for newborns and infants.

dionocarseatIt is a bit wider than it’s predecessor but still fits 3 across which is fantastic in my book. Even though it’s wider it really just seems more comfortable than anything,without compromising the slim shape that has made this car seat so popular.


diono has hit a home run once again and they will continue to be a favorite in our home, helping my family travel in safety and style.  My family moved to New England 6 months ago and we’re ready for Winter to send it’s cold weather our way. Winter weather brings with it a separate set of rules when it comes to car seat safety. Check out some great Winter Car Seat Safety tips from Global Safety Expert, Allana Pinkerton below, and keep your little one safe this winter! 

As winter comes upon us, it is time to get flu shots, take extra vitamin C, stay hydrated and bundle up. If you are spending time outdoors in cold weather, wearing heavy coats is a necessity. However, when your child rides in his or her car seat wrapped up in a heavy winter coat, the harness will not be protecting them properly. Wearing such a bulky coat and being strapped into a 5-point harness is also hot and uncomfortable, making it a miserable car ride for your child.

Harness webbing, like seat belt webbing, secures an occupant in the vehicle during a crash. Belt webbing “likes” bone. This is why it is necessary for the belts to fit across the strongest bones in our bodies; our hips, thighs, chest and shoulders. Seat belts and harness webbing not only keep us from being ejected in a crash, but they also help with “ride down,” allowing the crash forces to spread across the strongest parts of the body. This is important in order to reduce injuries and death.

The harness might feel tight when you buckle a child while they’re wearing a heavy coat. During a crash all of that extra fabric will compress, leaving the harness with too much slack. The safest option is to harness your child first, then put their coat on backwards over the harness, or wrap them in a blanket over the harness. This way the harness is properly tightened and they still stay nice and warm. Adults are also at risk when wearing a winter coat under the lap/shoulder belt. At the very least we should unbutton our coats when riding in the car. The best option is to remove your coat all together.

Remember, proper fit for a 5-point harness means snug and comfortable and you cannot pinch the webbing at the collar bone. With older children in booster seats, be sure the lap belt is low on the hips/high on the thighs and the shoulder portion on the center of the collar bone. This goes for adults too. If you are pregnant, the rules stay the same.

Other important winter travel tips:

  • Make sure you have the proper tires on your car and that your treads are still in good shape, and carry chains with you.
  • Throw a safety/supply kit in the car. You never know when bad weather might leave you stranded. Be sure to pack up blankets, food, water, diapers, wipes, etc. for emergencies.
  • Always carry an extra charge pack for your cell phone too. Even if you are just going a few miles from home, always be prepared.
  • Be sure the heat is working in the car.
  • Keep your gas tank full, rather than on fumes.
  • Give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination.
  • Keep a safe distance between yourself and the car ahead of you, and make sure your brakes are in good working order.
  • When you reach your destination Look Before You Lock and do not leave your child unattended in the car, no matter what. Even a few minutes in cold temperatures can be dangerous for baby.

Stay safe and look forward to those warm summer days.




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  • Reply Amy Hall

    I have a love/hate relationship with Diono seats. Love how long they last, high weight limits, tall harness slots. They’re well made, steel reinforced. Hate there’s only the recline options very reclined and almost upright, and I hate the harness adjuster. It is so hard to pull tight over and over and over again until it’s tight enough. I like this purple cover, though.

    February 11, 2017 at 7:46 am
  • Reply Richard Hicks

    I might choose shadow

    December 8, 2016 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Jodi J

    I’d love the plum for my little girl.

    December 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Jamie Seeger

    Cobalt or the grey

    December 8, 2016 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Laurie O

    Just bought one for our youngest. Would love to switch our other 2 over to a diono.

    December 8, 2016 at 1:05 am
  • Reply John Fry

    Black Mist would be great. Thank-you.

    December 7, 2016 at 11:21 pm
  • Reply Mary M.

    Black and Scarlett ?

    December 7, 2016 at 10:06 pm
  • Reply Amanda lane

    Love the grey ones!

    December 7, 2016 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Devon B

    I would love the gray for my son! 🙂

    December 7, 2016 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply Ally Foster

    I would love shadow for my son !

    December 7, 2016 at 6:59 pm
    • Reply Jenny

      Plum! Yes please!

      December 7, 2016 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Veronica Iris

    I would pick Gray or Purple

    December 7, 2016 at 6:33 pm
  • Reply Miracle Layman

    Black cobalt. Good luck everyone!

    December 7, 2016 at 6:25 pm
  • Reply Emma Trimble

    Eddex,Plum, or cobalt

    December 7, 2016 at 6:19 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Williams

    Black mist or Essex!

    December 7, 2016 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Andrea Cahalan


    December 6, 2016 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Barbie s.

    I would choose blue! But I wold be happy with any of them.

    December 6, 2016 at 8:40 am
  • Reply Jessica Lodge

    I like the blue but I would probably choose the grey.

    December 5, 2016 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Staci Morton

    The purple one is so pretty. That is the one I would choose if I were the lucky winner!

    December 5, 2016 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Kara Swearingen

    They are all beautiful! But love the gray! Trying to keep it gender neutral 🙂

    December 5, 2016 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Jessica M Perry

    the black one please

    December 5, 2016 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Kayla Davis

    Would love to win this for my niece on the way.

    December 5, 2016 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Jess s

    Love the grey one!

    December 5, 2016 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Jessica

    I would choose the purple one

    December 5, 2016 at 10:07 am
  • Reply Crystal Warnick

    I would pick black Mist as my choice.

    December 5, 2016 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Eileen Carroll

    It would be between black plum and black Scarlett, hard to say, I love them both but if my 4 yr old chose for her baby sister it would be plum

    December 5, 2016 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Erin


    December 5, 2016 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Mommakow

    Black mist! I’d love to have one of these for one of my twins!

    December 5, 2016 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Marie Lowther

    If I won I would chose Black Cobalt !

    December 5, 2016 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Brianne

    Black cobalt.

    December 4, 2016 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply Bobbi Ramirez

    Honestly, any of the available color options – Black Cobalt, Black Mist, Black Plum, Black Scarlet and Essex. This car seat is amazing in every color, so I honestly wouldn’t mind any! Although I think my son would be partial to cobalt! ?

    December 4, 2016 at 1:25 am
  • Reply Veronica Vallejos

    Black scarlet

    December 2, 2016 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Jenny Raymond

    Blue or red! 🙂

    December 2, 2016 at 9:50 am
  • Reply LeAnn

    Black mist

    December 2, 2016 at 6:38 am
  • Reply Amber

    I’d like the blue one

    December 1, 2016 at 11:48 pm
  • Reply Devon F

    I would choose the Essex

    December 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm
  • Reply Christina

    Purple would work but I don’t care what color

    December 1, 2016 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Jessica Belanger

    I would choose the purple!

    December 1, 2016 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Sarah Jones

    I love the purple!

    December 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Tiffany Sheats

    I’d go with either black cobalt or black plum.

    December 1, 2016 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Phoebe moore


    December 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply Angela Bennett

    I would love to win the blue!

    December 1, 2016 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Brooke Riley

    I would pick red or the purple( because I love purple!)

    December 1, 2016 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Abby Henningsen

    I would love to win Black Mist!

    December 1, 2016 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Amanda Lea

    I would choose Black Cobalt. Thanks for the chance to win!

    December 1, 2016 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Matthew Alaniz

    I like the purple

    December 1, 2016 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Becky amsden

    The purple one please

    December 1, 2016 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Rija

    Black Mist is my choice !

    December 1, 2016 at 9:17 am
  • Reply Meagen Leiby

    If I were to win I’d cry because pregnancy hormones get to me all the time lol and then I’d choose black mist, I think! It’s a hard decision because I like the cobalt a lot but…black mist would most likely be the one! Great review I was looking at convertible carseats on Amazon last night because we need a new one and came across this one 10x. So I put it on the list along with Graco& Cosco. I just don’t know there’s so..many options, reviews really help narrow the search down.

    December 1, 2016 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Ariana

    I would like the purple one for my princess bean!! Thanks! 🙂

    November 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Trisha W

    I would select one of the gray seats for my daughter.

    November 29, 2016 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Annmarie W.

    I would choose Black Mist!

    November 29, 2016 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Tiffany B

    I would choose the blue or the purple!

    November 29, 2016 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Sarita m

    I just found out I’m pregnant with baby number 3 and this would be a blessing to win. I would choose one of the greys since they are gender neutral

    November 29, 2016 at 1:23 am
  • Reply Renee Walters

    I would choose Black Mist!

    November 28, 2016 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Monica Cobbs

    I would choose black mist!

    November 27, 2016 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    I would choose blue if I won.

    November 27, 2016 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Wanda Banks

    I would chose blue.

    November 26, 2016 at 5:42 am
  • Reply abedabun dawn

    Thats a hard choice to make because I love them all. But I guess I would choose the Black Mist color.

    November 25, 2016 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply Holly Rice

    Any color is good for me!

    November 25, 2016 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Dotty J Boucher

    I think you can also get this in shadow, but if not something in a gray, its easy to clean..

    November 25, 2016 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Teresa

    Gray or blue.

    November 22, 2016 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Jessie Hughes

    I would choose Black Mist!

    November 21, 2016 at 11:16 pm
  • Reply Marya Mann

    Black or the Purple. 🙂

    November 21, 2016 at 6:28 pm
  • Reply Ali Otwell

    definitely one of the greys 🙂 love gender neutral colors!

    November 21, 2016 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Susan Campbell

    Loving the Essex!! 🙂

    November 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Jessica Bare

    I would pick the Black Plum! My little girl would love it!

    November 21, 2016 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Maryann

    I like the Gray or the Blue seat

    November 21, 2016 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Kora Moore

    I would choose the gray.

    November 21, 2016 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Cecilia Pipitone-Oliveto

    I like the blue color.

    November 21, 2016 at 2:51 am
  • Reply Monisha George

    Black for us.

    November 20, 2016 at 11:14 pm
  • Reply Rhiannon F

    I’d like any darker color cause I like that it doesn’t show as much dirt lol.

    November 20, 2016 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Jodi Armstrong

    I’d let my daughter choose but I feel like she’d probably choose black plum

    November 20, 2016 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    We like gender neutral items. Grey.

    November 20, 2016 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Joey Wright

    Love the Black Scarlet colors

    November 20, 2016 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply Jennie

    I’d love the plum I think or all black

    November 20, 2016 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Amanda Jordan

    I’d choose Black Cobalt.

    November 20, 2016 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Cindi O

    I like the Black Mist.

    November 20, 2016 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Wolfe

    I’d take any color really, but I do like the grey or blue.

    November 20, 2016 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Katie Arends

    I would choose the Black Scarlet color, but they are all very nice!

    November 20, 2016 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Melissa Grubb

    I love the Black Mist color!

    November 20, 2016 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Candace Estelle

    Black cobalt

    November 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Karen alba

    The black cobalt or blue !

    November 20, 2016 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Wendy Browne

    I would love the Black Plum for my son!

    November 20, 2016 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Lauryn R

    I would probably choose the Black/Plum color if I were lucky enough to win. 🙂 My daughter is badly in need of an upgrade!

    November 19, 2016 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Rachael Bleymaier

    I like the burgundy color.

    November 19, 2016 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Linda M

    I think I’d pick Black Plum. My daughter’s favorite color is purple. 🙂

    November 19, 2016 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Katelyn Rodriguez

    I like the mist color

    November 19, 2016 at 7:41 am
  • Reply Grace K

    Black mist!

    November 19, 2016 at 1:58 am
  • Reply Laura Martin

    I would definitely pick Black Cobalt 🙂

    November 18, 2016 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Jessica Foersc

    If I won, I would take whatever color I could get but black cobalt or essex are my favorite.

    November 18, 2016 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Summer O.

    I would choose the black scarlet.

    November 18, 2016 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Lisa Garland

    I would choose the black mist!

    November 18, 2016 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Stephanie M

    I’d chose Black Mist (grey) for my daughter! It would hide stains so well 🙂

    November 18, 2016 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Nicole budd

    Blue, since we have red and plum

    November 18, 2016 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I like the Shadow color.

    November 18, 2016 at 5:47 pm
  • Reply Rose Reeder

    I would chose Black cobalt because my other car seat is black and they would match.

    November 18, 2016 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Courtney Gwin

    I love the plum one but our other car seat is black and gray so I would like any them to Match. Black mist.

    November 18, 2016 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Cassandra

    Black Cobalt

    November 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Kayla Sheehan

    I would choose the black and grey one!

    November 18, 2016 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply Austin Baroudi

    I’d go with plum!

    November 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Jacqueline Herrick


    November 18, 2016 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply Diana Vuong

    Black Cobalt

    November 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Kimberly alumbaugh

    I would love the red carseat

    November 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Gayle

    Plum is so chic.

    November 18, 2016 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply christine k

    I would order storm (or shadow). I’d prefer a nicer colour, but my kids would fight over who got to ride in the seat with a colour. One is RFing, the other not… not worth it!

    November 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Julia MIller

    Plum for newbaby

    November 18, 2016 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Meghan

    Black cobalt is a neat color!

    November 18, 2016 at 11:43 am
  • Reply aad3431

    i will choose the Black Plum color its such a nice color and i love all the colors but black is my most favorite one.

    November 18, 2016 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Miranda Burdette

    I would choose black plum for my daughter!

    November 18, 2016 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Natalie

    If I won I would choose the cobalt color!

    November 18, 2016 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Carrie Stafford Mihaljevich

    Either blue or green or purple ?

    November 18, 2016 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Beth Patterson


    November 18, 2016 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Kristin C

    I would probably go for the black cobalt or black mist.

    November 18, 2016 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Tara Kosing

    The black plum definetly

    November 18, 2016 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    I love the Black Cobalt color!! Gorgeous!

    November 18, 2016 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Jennifer Odom

    I would probably select Black!

    November 18, 2016 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Chrystal Mayo

    Ohhh probably the black plum as my daughter loves pink and purple but if it wasn’t available I’d go with the cobalt!

    November 18, 2016 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Abby Storms

    The black plum for sure! It’s a gorgeous color.

    November 18, 2016 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Dana Geyer

    I love the black cobalt color! So gorgeous

    November 18, 2016 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Amanda Wilson

    Any color really but if I have to pick lol blue

    November 18, 2016 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Liz

    Love the black cobalt one, beautiful!

    November 18, 2016 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Victoria

    Ooo, the black cobalt is for me.

    November 18, 2016 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Daniela Esposito

    This latest generation of Diono Radian RXT has some really cool colors, though I’d probably end up picking Storm.

    November 18, 2016 at 8:41 am
  • Reply Erin M

    I’d choose the blue, only because my oldest is such a fan and everyone has to have blue!
    Thank you for this giveaway!

    November 18, 2016 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Samantha B.

    I would be happy with any of the colors. My daughter has outgrown her carrier and she really needs a new carseat. Best of luck everyone <3

    November 18, 2016 at 7:46 am
  • Reply Lexy Overstreet Broome

    I would pick blue! It’s so gorgeous!

    November 18, 2016 at 7:42 am
  • Reply Nrsoul713

    I like the black mist color because it’s gender neutral and will look great in any vehicle.

    November 18, 2016 at 7:36 am
  • Reply Brittany


    November 18, 2016 at 7:36 am
  • Reply Courtney Wise

    I love the plum

    November 18, 2016 at 7:32 am
  • Reply Allison


    November 18, 2016 at 7:13 am
  • Reply Kristina Hemmesch


    November 18, 2016 at 7:02 am
  • Reply Dandi D

    I would choose the Black Plum color because I just love the purple look!

    November 18, 2016 at 6:54 am
  • Reply Shannon Piccoli

    Love the black cobalt!

    November 18, 2016 at 6:47 am
  • Reply Rachel Cook

    Black cobalt

    November 18, 2016 at 6:43 am
  • Reply Jenn Seng

    I would love to win the black or grey one. This is a perfect car seat to Travel with.

    November 18, 2016 at 6:38 am
  • Reply Megan L


    November 18, 2016 at 6:37 am
  • Reply Veronica Carufel

    Black Scarlet !!

    November 18, 2016 at 6:20 am
  • Reply Sarah Rose Thorstad

    I love the black cobalt!

    November 18, 2016 at 6:00 am
  • Reply Melinda Hamm

    The black cobalt for sure; beautiful!

    November 18, 2016 at 5:29 am
  • Reply Jasmine Perry

    I would choose the plum color.

    November 18, 2016 at 5:26 am
  • Reply Jocelyn Paprocki

    Black cobalt is sexy!

    November 18, 2016 at 5:15 am
  • Reply Sheri Bernal

    I like the black plum color.

    November 18, 2016 at 4:45 am
  • Reply Marla Jones

    Black or Blue Cobalt tysm

    November 18, 2016 at 4:39 am
  • Reply Deborah D

    I think the essex is pretty

    November 18, 2016 at 1:44 am
  • Reply Chantelle Coleman

    My soon needs this in his life!!

    November 18, 2016 at 1:34 am
  • Reply Cindy Kong

    Black Cobalt for my son

    November 18, 2016 at 1:31 am
  • Reply Janice

    Black mist

    November 18, 2016 at 1:15 am
  • Reply Rachel Martin

    I would love Black cobalt one!! It’s pretty!

    November 18, 2016 at 1:11 am
  • Reply Christine Heffelfinger Benton


    November 18, 2016 at 1:08 am
  • Reply April

    Black plum

    November 18, 2016 at 1:02 am
  • Reply Angie Anderson

    I would pick gray because it’s gender neutral!

    November 18, 2016 at 12:59 am
  • Reply cynthia e.

    We would either pick Essex or Black Mist.

    November 18, 2016 at 12:57 am
  • Reply Jamie manar


    November 18, 2016 at 12:53 am
  • Reply Stephanie O'Brien

    Black Cobalt or Black mist

    November 18, 2016 at 12:50 am
  • Reply Christina dorton

    I would let my daughter pick. I think she would like plum:)

    November 18, 2016 at 12:37 am
  • Reply Elizabeth Martinez

    Black cobalt or black mist

    November 18, 2016 at 12:35 am
  • Reply K Torbett


    November 18, 2016 at 12:23 am
  • Reply Sarah bowe


    November 18, 2016 at 12:21 am
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