Diono Monterey from @Snugglebugz {REV!EW and G!VEAWAY}

When SnuggleBugz contacted me to check out their online store, I was very excited! I have heard of this Canadian store before and, in fact, I have driven past it before while on the highway and was very curious about their childrens’ products!

We received a Diono Monterey Booster Seat for the car for review.



I couldn’t believe how heavy the box was for this booster seat, but this is a good thing because it means that the seat is well constructed, and that it is!

This seat is solid.

First of all, the high back booster allows for extra side protection in the case of an accident. What I really like about the head rest is that when my daughter falls asleep on longer trips, her head (and body) doesn’t fall right over! There is a large head rest for her to sleep on.

Safety and comfort would be the two things that I look for when purchasing a car seat for my child and this seat definitely has both.

What I Love:
This booster seat is adjustable and can accommodate a child up to 120 lbs and 63” tall. I love how you can EASILY widen the seat for larger children (and narrow it for smaller ones to allow for extra comfort and protection).

We chose to put this seat into my husband’s car which means that Monday to Friday during the day, my daughter won’t be riding in it. I don’t love how most booster seats aren’t attached to the car and therefore can become projectiles if the car stops quickly. The Diono Monterey has an optional latch system that keeps the seat in place.

My daughter’s water cup stays in place with the unique, tight fit design of the dual cup holders! Her cup falls out of her other booster seat all of the time which is frustrating, inconvenient and dangerous!

This booster seat was VERY easy to put together and take apart. Although it is heavy (this is a must for the safety features of the seat), it comes apart easily for travel too.

Booster Seat Features:

  • Deep, reinforced sides are lined with energy-absorbing EPS foam for side-impact protection
  • Accommodates a growing child up to 120 lbs and 63” tall
  • Expandable seatback to fit a child’s shoulders up to 20” wide
  • Adjustable 11-position headrest for a comfortable, custom fit
  • Optional use of the integrated LATCH connectors allow for a safe and secure installation
  • Seat bottom has thick, AirTek™ foam for comfort. This seat looks and feels comfortable! It is designed with comfort in mind.
  • Cup Holders in both sides

SnuggleBugz has some of the best Customer Service around! After ordering my seat, I was promptly sent an email explaining that they would email me once my item was shipped (which they did). I also received a second email from the explaining that my item was at another store and it would take a short amount of time for them to get it in and then shipped out to me. They sure did help me keep on top of the shipment! The seat arrived within a week of ordering it. Speedy service! This is a company with HEART! One of my friends was recently in a car accident and SnuggleBugz was kind enough to provide her with a Britax Frontier XT to replace her daughter’s old one.

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You can win: 1 Diono Monterey Booster Seat
Open to Canadian Residents Only
Giveaway ends August 15, 2012
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  • my fav. summer food is bbq chicken – and my fav. drink is blended strawberry lemonade from SB!

  • Just looked over at their website, absolutely love it and love that they’re a Canadian company.

    What I look for in a booster seat is both safety and comfort for both my kiddos. I love that they have cup holders in their boosters, nifty!

  • i live near springys i have meaning to stop in, as for a booster seat i look for durability, safety, and comfort

  • Great looking Canadian company! I love that you can order online for us that aren’t close by!

    I look for safety and comfort first and foremost!

  • Deep, reinforced sides are lined with energy-absorbing EPS foam for side-impact protection – THAT’S a feature I really like in a car seat. This one sounds super durable, sturdy, and safe. I love all the features listed.

    Thanks for the little mention. SnuggleBugz truly is a company with heart. Their customer service is unparalleled.

    We already have our Britax and love it. If I win this, it would make my SIL very happy. Would love to win this for my nephew!

  • Easy to get in and out of. I love that the Diono have low sides.

  • I look for a seat that is going to keep my daughters safe while we drive and when they sleep. There’s nothing worse than looking in the rearview mirror watching a head bounce and snap around!

  • solid is right, this seat is really well designed and built!

  • Safety, ease of use and comfort!

  • I will need one soon, and I love snugglebugz!

  • Safety, of course, but I also am looking for size, as I now have to fit 3 across a bench!

  • NPC

    I look for comfort, size, stitching and craftsmanship. The design is a bonus!

  • I look for a seat which the child can grow with, and safety of course

  • That’s a great feature, having a booster that can be locked down in place. I had never worried about our non-locked booster being a projectile. Thanks for the heads up!

  • They look like a fantastic Canadian Company. Note to self or next years TGCBB 🙂 Looks like a great booster seat too. 🙂

  • The feature that I am looking for would be safety and my kid feels comfortable. We do go to road trips so it’s very important that my kid feels comfortable to stay in there for a few hours

  • My kids are still in carseats so I don’t know much about boosters. Regardless, a safe and trusted name is always important. Diono and Snuggle Bugz meet that requirement.

    Great giveaway!
    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

  • I look for safety first and then comfort!

  • You’re right, Snugglebugz is amazing. Great service – online and in store. I’m fortunate to live close to one of their stores!

  • I look for comfort since my kid like to sleep in the car and secure fit in the car. I love that they are also a Canadian Company! Bonus!

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  • Good safety reports and durability are at the top of my list for booster seats! Also, they have to fit into the back of my husband’s TINY backseat!

  • safety and ease of use!

  • I definitely look for safety first and for most. Other things that are a priority when checking out carseats… comfort and size. It can’t be huge and take half of the back seat! The quality brands Snugglebugz sells meet all my requirements. Oh and being stylish doesn’t hurt either 🙂

  • i love the high back and all the choice of colors. bassgiraffe

  • I look for safety and comfort in car seats/booster seats. While it’s important to consider safety, there is nothing worse than a whining child because they are uncomfortable! I recently purchased a Diono Radian RXT from Snugglebugz, and I absolutely love the quality of the seat and the customer service I received from Snugglebugz! They make you feel valued as a customer and that is important!

  • I have no idea what to look for but enjoyed reading through the comments. Baby on the way so I’ve learned a lot!

  • I love SnuggleBugz. Not only do they have fantastic quality products but they are also Canadian which makes me proud! This looks like yet another great quality product! Great review!

  • Great review! I love snugglebugz, their staff answer question in a flash.

    For my baby, safety is first, then come comfort, and ease of use for myself.

  • Safety and weight limits.

  • Safety and comfort for my son!

  • Definitely safety first, I do my research, check reviews, etc before buying.

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  • I think safety is the most important aspect, but it also needs to be functional. LOVE your review on this booster. Sounds like it’s safety and practicality/comfort all rolled into one. What could be better!

  • Safety & comfort are key issues, but I also like the seat to have a cupholder & to have excellent washability.
    Rafflecopter name is Julie G.

  • affordability

  • I love Snuggle Bugz! I love Diono! I love the Monterey! I love them so much we have 2 of them. But my DD needs another on for hubby’s truck.

  • beside all of the typical safety features i look for comfort!

  • I love it that its solid:)this seat is really well designed and built
    wildcardacehigh@yahoo.ca

  • Besides safety, I look for cupholders and side padding for sleeping on long trips.

  • that it is comfortable and has a cup holder

    jmbarata21@hotmail.com

  • Safety, Comfort and something that can accomadate my tall children!!

  • This seems like an awesome booster seat. I can’t wait to try one out 🙂

  • I look for safety first, then comfort for my kid, and versatility.

  • I look at safety as well as being able to fit in my vehicle.
    weezi_k (at) hotmail (dot) com
    rafflecopter name: Lisa K

  • I love the safety features and the nice colours

    leannemacg at gmail.com

  • Safety first. and Durability

  • I am looking for a solid and safety seat with cupholder 🙂

  • Safety of course! I look for seats that grow with your child while still offering safety as the highest priority. Height, weight and safety ratings are all factored into the decision making process.

  • safety is number one. everything else is secondary.

  • I’m not as much into the look as I am into the safety features. I’m sort of paranoid by nature so the safer the better.

  • Ry

    Safety first then comfort and style

  • Safety, first and foremost!

  • Safety, first and foremost!

  • safety!! then comfort, durability!

  • I look for safety. Having been hit by a careless driver twice in the last few months (when my daughter was 5.5 weeks old, and when I was 6 months pregnant!), I am super paranoid about being hit again. I want to make sure she is super safe!

  • I look for the weight restrictions

  • Safety number one. then does it fit in my car?

  • count my votes out. I did not read the simple rules before entering. I am not from Canada. Sorry!

  • I love that it goes to 120lbs!

  • Accommodates a growing child up to 120 lbs and 63” tall
    My daughter is tall for her age and she is only 5!
    From FF
    http://happychinadoll.blogspot.ca/2012/07/round-two-stuck-on-you-giveaway.html

  • I look for safety and comfort features.
    asmithonline at yahoo dot ca

  • I look for a safe comfortable seat. That is durable and sturdy.

  • Comfortable, secure and easy to use.

  • Comfort and safety.

  • safety and comfort

  • definitely safety!!

  • WE look for quality, saftey, and good value

  • Safety, comfort, and ease of keeping it clean.

  • Safety and comfort is a must! 🙂

  • safety

  • safety, height and weight.
    Looks great, thanks for the opportunity.

  • Safety is the most important factor for my family.

  • Safety and comfort!

  • I’d look for safety ratings, comfort and options to adjust the seat.

  • Faa

    I am looking for durability and safety.

    polo_wataga at yahoo dot com

  • The fact that it can be used for a child up to 120 lbs and 63” tall

  • Definitely safety
    Marla

  • I look for a seat that is easy to get them in and out , safety and comfort
    thanks
    flower_child_23(at)hotmail(dot)com

  • Safety first, The quality and style.

  • Accomodates up to 120 lbs and 63″

  • I think having a cover that comes off easily so that it can be washed is a great idea!

  • Safety is my 1st thought, but after that I look for something that is adjustable to make it a comfortable fit

  • safety and comfort… my little one is TINY!

  • Safety features and good reviews! I’m also looking for a booster with a removable back and cup holders. 🙂

  • I like the extra safety features that come with the high back, plus the cupholder as my kids need them.

  • Comfort and ease to put in car.

  • What I look in a booster seat is Safety, Comfort and easy access.

  • Safety of course is first. Then comfort and looks and this seat seems to have all three!

  • safety ratings by the iihs and side impact protection and ease of use and how it fits in my car

  • I am looking to the safety certificates that comply with Canadian Laws.

  • I look for a booster seat that is solid comfortable and will keep my child safe.