The Install #DionoRainier

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!)

Diono Rainier Car Seat

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?!

Diono Rainier Car Seat

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!!!

T.
xo

Note: this post is also featured on Parents Canada and Mommy Connections

Comments

  1. In Canada, we do not recommend RF tethering as no vehicle manufactures allow it. (Although there is a rare exception about a different style of tethering for a specific seat, not a Diono). Many new vehicles have sensors in the front seats that can be affected by anything touching or attached to the seat.

    The best way to install a seat is to meet with a CPSAC certified car seat tech, a CRST, that will teach you how to install your seat so you can do it correctly every time! They can also help you find the right seat for your vehicle, family size & budget! Check out this link to find a tech, like me, near you! https://canadiancarseatnetwork.com/find-a-tech/

    • Thanks Janice – though my car has no way to attach a rear face car seat other than tethering. I even called the company to verify! This was approved by Diono as this review was done with them

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