Diono Radian 5 – A Full Review 

 

We have been using the Diono Radian 5 for a few months now, and we’re really impressed! 

Many people who know me know that I’ve been banging on about the safety aspects of extended rear facing for a long a long time now. But getting the right car seat is essential to extended rear facing. Safety will go out the window if the seat is the wrong fit so please research that the seat is suitable for your vehicle and your child.

The radian 5 boasts a unique steel frame, meaning that it is incredibly well structured against any impact. It also means that the seat is really heavy, and even more weighted and secure in an accident. It also means that it can seat children up to 25kg, approximately 7 years old. This is from birth too! It’s at the higher end of the price range, but when you take in to account how long it should last, it’s simply provided one seat for the first 7 years instead of having to upgrade to the next suitable size etc.

It took me a little while to fit the car seat. I did need help lifting the seat in to the car, I’m not particularly strong anyway and being pregnant meant I didn’t want to lift it much. The instructions are fairly clear to follow for fitting, but it has additional straps and safety features that I wasn’t used to from other seats so I did watch a few videos on YouTube to double check where I needed to fit everything and how to check that it was installed correctly.

Despite the heavy frame, the seat is much narrower than you’d expect. Car seats can be really bulky and uncomfortable to sit next to, but this fits in our small car a lot easier than previous seats we’ve had. We recently went on holiday with my parents and our small Suzuki Splash was the main vehicle for day trips and visits to local restaurants etc. This meant there were for adults to fit in the car, two in the back alongside the car seat. Now I’m not saying it was a comfortable position for a long period of time, but I’m not sure that it would have been at all possible with other car seats.

The seat itself is really comfortable for G, and the interior is nicely padded with memory foam. Even rear facing G has been kept comfortable on long journeys for holidays this summer, wherever his legs rest is padded meaning they don’t tire or ache with leaning on the sides, so he remains comfy at all times. He’s fallen asleep on more journey’s than I can count and very rarely falls forward in the seat, something I was worried about as it doesn’t recline like some other car seats do.

It’s recommended that the fabric is surface washed rather than removed and machine washable, so I do try to wipe it down fairly regularly to keep on top of the cleanliness of the seat, especially as it’s an item that can last for many years. It would be easier if you could remove the covers to wash, but at the end of the day isn’t the end of the world. When you take into account the more important features of the seat, this for me out weighs how to clean the seat.
 

Overall I am really happy with the Radian 5, and we will be using it for G for as long as possible. The safety and comfort features are exceptional, and they’ve also just released a few extra colour options too and are really stylish. I feel confident in recommending this car seat to anyone, and I certainly wouldn’t do that for such a big safety feature if I didn’t truly believe in the product. We’re also going to be getting a second seat for Baby Herniman 2.  
 

Mrs H xxx

Disclosure – we were sent a Diono Radian 5 for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own 

Favourite Animal – #Blogtober16 Day 11 

I love lots of animals; I mean who can resist cute kittens, puppies and talking parrots? I also think snakes are really cute too!

But my absolute favourite are penguins! If we are looking to visit a zoo I will always want to check if they have penguins there. One of our favourite family days out is to Folly Farm in West Wales, and we will always visit the penguins at least twice.

They’re so cute and funny, and I find them fascinating to watch whether they are waddling about on land or diving through the water for fish.
G’s favourite toy came from our first trip to Folly Farm as a family and he loves ‘Waddles’ so much. I feel so proud that he probably heads up as his favourite furry friend, though he has lots of them.

Having a bad day? Penguin documentaries or videos on YouTube will always make everything happier.
 

Mrs H xxx

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One Thing You Can’t Live Without – #Blogtober16 Day 10

I wasn’t sure whether to approach this from a sentimental point of view, materialistic or humorous, so I thought I’d write about all 3.
 

Sentimental – it’s obvious, of course it is, but I cannot live without my family. My husband and my children are everything. I never thought that I could love anyone this much, at least outside of the family that I was lucky enough to be born into. But my husband truly is my best friend, and I get overwhelmed thinking about the tribe we are creating together.

Pregnancy emotions or not, I get all teary and happy.

Apart from our immediate tribe, we absolutely couldn’t live without our families, in particular parents. From financial to emotional support and everything in between, we are beyond lucky and particularly blessed to have the back up that we do.

I hope one day we can repay them, but with all the support we receive, that could never happen! Hopefully they know just how much we truly appreciate everything that they do for us. (Parents, if you’re reading…SERIOUSLY, YOU ARE THE GREATEST!)
 
 

Materialistic – I should probably be ashamed at how much I rely on my phone. And there are many times when I think I need one of those new timer locked boxes that stops you reaching for your phone. The fact that those boxes even exist is probably a sign that we all need to give them up a little. But these days’ phones do so much I would actually struggle day to day without it.

Of course I could physically live without it, but I certainly wouldn’t be so organised. And I am NOT organised, so imagine just how bad I could be!?

At almost any time I can access support groups, write a blog post, capture a memory, get medical advice (always take Dr Google with a pinch of salt) or speak to a friend. I may not literally die without my phone, but it certainly can be a life line.
 

Humorous – air! None of us could live without it ;) ok so I’m not that funny
 

Mrs H xxx

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Favourite Movie You Never Get Sick Of – #Blogtober16 Day 9

 

Following on from yesterdays post, films are another addiction! We love going to the cinema but don’t get to go as often as we used to. Last year we were lucky enough to receive cinema vouchers for Christmas so made more effort to actually go out, but mostly we watch a lot of films at home.

 

We try and watch something different (that’s not always worked out so well…there are some BAD films out there!) but there’s a few fall back films that we can always watch.
 

Stepmom – despite the ending, which is guaranteed to make me sob, it is a lovely family film, especially good at this time of year. It’s a total autumn film.

The Mummy – the Brendan Fraser version, this was my ‘home from school sick’ film and is still such an easy watch. I can quote most of the script before it happens, and always gives me a giggle, even when I’m not feeling too great.

Back To The Future Trilogy – technically this would be Mr H’s choice, he could watch these films over and over. I’m not sure I even watched them before we were together, but I enjoy them just as much now, and they’re always good for a rainy weekend.

 

 

The more I write the more films I can think of. Hook, The Goonies, anything Disney, Music and Lyrics, Grown Ups, Christmas films! Did I mention that I’m possibly a film addict?

 

I’m going to stop listing now before this post becomes 120348937 pages of our film collection!

 

I can’t wait to read everyone else’s favourite films!

 

Mrs H xxx

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Favourite TV Programmes – #Blogtober Day 8

 

As a self confessed TV addict this should be an easy post, but trying to narrow it down isn’t easy!
 

Right now if I had to choose just one it’d be Grey’s Anatomy. I missed they hype first time round and have been catching up for the last couple of months. I started watching it as bit of filler when I had some free time, but instantly became completely involved emotionally! Honestly, the whatsapp messages between me and my sister in law read like we’re talking about real life drama.

It’s probably not been the best time to watch either, whilst pregnant. In fact a few people have commented that if I watch season 10 it may just send me in to labour (I’m halfway through season 9 so no spoilers!)
 

Both I and Mr H enjoy watching TV together; eastenders, criminal minds, doctor who, Mrs. Brown’s Boys, and probably more than I could even mention. But we also have a few programmes that we each watch that the other doesn’t. We tend to work unusual patterns so they’re good for times when the other isn’t home so we don’t miss out on ‘our’ programmes!

I feel like the TV addiction is only going to get a lot worse over the next few months! Hello night feeds :) 
 

Mrs H xxx

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