Before I became a parent I had no idea the amount of choice you had when it came to car seats or how much you had to think about when choosing the right one.
Having been a parent for nearly five years now I’ve learnt a few things and what to look out for. With Holly growing up it was time to review our car seat situation. As Holly was growing out of the car seat she was currently in and as she still needs a car seat with a harness, it made sense for her to have the one that Alice used which has the harness, even though Alice doesn’t use this feature anymore.
This meant we needed a car seat for Alice that was a highback booster with no harness. Diono got in touch to see if we would like to review the mXT car seat and this was ideal for Alice.
There are two main things that I look for in a car seat, the first and always the most important is safety. I don’t think anyone wants to put their child in a car seat that hadn’t met the safety requirements. The second thing is comfort, I want my children to be comfortable in their seats. Long car journeys are not fun if they are moaning.
The minute Alice got in it she commented about how she liked that it was like the seat was hugging her. Her head is nice and snug in the head rest and the sides come round her.
It has good solid arm rests and the seat belt goes either side of it, making it a more comfortable fit for Alice.
It comes with a drinks holder that you can easily pull out. Alice loved being able to reach her own drink easily and there is room for snacks too. There is one on each side of the seat, which means it doesn’t matter which side of the car the seat is used. These can fold away when not in use.
The Important Bits…
The Diono mXT comes with an integrated security strap holding it to the back seat of the vehicle. This keeps the seat in position when it’s not been using and also if you have to break suddenly or when turning a corner.
The headrest is adjustable and along with the reinforced sides are lined with energy absorbing EPS foam for side impact protection.
You can adjust the width of the seat to fit the child, which I haven’t come across before. The 11-position headrest gives lots of flexibility and adjust up to 16cm in height
The seat cover can be removed and is washable, which makes it easy to keep clean. If you need to store the car seat or pack it to travel, it comes apart into two pieces easily to fold flat.
It fits children 15-36kg and 97 to 160cm in height. The Diono mXT has a RRP £85 and it comes in four different colours.
Alice has loved using her car seat over the last few weeks and this is definitely a car seat that is built to last.
Disclosure: We were kindly sent our car seat for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are my own.