Personally, we think the colors on this Britax Diplomat are absolutely atrocious. But to each their own. If your child is a little Diplomat, far be it from us to say what colors are right for them. (You can choose different colors on the TinyRide site.)
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Specially designed for use in smaller vehicles, the Diplomat from Britax is a compact, convertible car seat that’s comfortable for baby on long drives, easy for parents to work with and–most importantly!–safe. It fits children weighing five to 35 pounds in rear facing and one year and up to 40 pounds in forward facing, with both positions able to accommodate a standing height of up to 40 inches.
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More about the Britax Diplomat
True Side Impact Protection
Quick adjust harness and head positioning
Comfort Foam and EPS Protective Foam
Removable, washable fabric cover
Patented HUGS system
Tangle free polyester 5 point harness
Belly pad and comfort pads
One-hand recline adjustment
Flexible push-button LATCH system
Infant body pillow
Car Seat Specs
Min child weight 5 lbs
Max child weight 40 lbs
Rear-facing minimum weight 5 lbs
Max child weight – Rear Facing mode 35 lbs
Min Child weight – Forward facing mode 20 lbs
Max child weight – Forward facing mode 40 lbs
Max harness weight capacity 40 lbs
Min child height 22″
Max child height 40″
Min child height – Forward facing mode 27″
Max 5-pt harness child height capacity 40″
Exterior Seat Depth 23.5″
Britax Diplomat Car Seat Dimensions
Product weight 16 lbs
Seat Base/Foot Width 19″
Seat Height 25″
Interior seat width 11″
Interior seat back height 21″
Bottom to lowest harness slot 10.75″
Bottom to highest harness slot 15″
Seat weight (w/out base) 16 lbs
Pro for the Britax Diplomat
We are very pleased with the Diplomat and it has many improvements over the original Boulevard. Foremost, it does fit behind the seats in the front of the car – and someone can still fit in the front seat. This is a must of you have multiple carseats in your car. The push button release to adjust the straps in an improvement over the “pull-up” bar on the earlier Boulevard. The button makes it very easy to loosen the straps, put the child into the seat, and then pull the harness tight. As with the Boulevard, the adjustable headrest/ harness movement is wonderful. You don’t have to move the straps to a different hole (and the spend an hour trying to make sure the seat’s put back together correctly) – simply turn a knob as your child grows. The recline feature is great because you don’t have to uninstall the seat to adjust it. The fabric is soft, but not so soft that you worry about it absorbing every spill. Finally, the carseat is easy to install.
I’ve heard some children find the “wings” around their heads objectionable. None of my children have had any problems with the side impact protection, but none have ever been in a carseat without side impact protection, so they may just be used to it.
Because the carseat is smaller and more narrow than the Boulevard, I don’t think it would be comfortable for a tall, husky toddler. Our 2.5 years old is very tall (about 3 feet) and thin (27 pounds) and although he fits in the Diplomat, he is clearly more comfortable in the larger Boulevard. Thus if you child is over 2 and over 25 lbs, I’d recommend the Boulevard over the Diplomat, especially considering that size isn’t as much of an issue when the carseat is forward facing.
Con Review for the Britax Diplomat
I know the Britax Diplomat is a top-of-the-line car seat, and it is very plush and comfy and easy to adjust and all that, but the seat pads are not machine washable. Our baby threw up all over the seat the very first time we used it and then again a week later. The Diplomat is an example of a baby product where it’s very inconvenient to have something that is not machine washable. Had I known this, I would have just got the Graco car seat.
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