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Update: Please see this more recent article on narrow, lightweight car seats for travel (that also fit 3-in-a row in cars!)


One of the greatest challenges when traveling with babies and small children is dealing with the car seat dilemma. Deciding on whether to bring one or rent one, gate check it or carry it on board the plane, can lead to many a sleepless night.  Having done all of these things, I have yet to find the perfect solution. That said, I am forever an optimist and always on the lookout for something that might make things a little bit better.  Recently I stumbled across the Diono Radian R120 Convertible Car Seat ($239 on Owners seem to love it (4.5/5 star reviews)  for it’s collapsibility, narrow design (allowing you to fit 3 seats in a row), strong safety record, and the fact that it can be a one seat solution fitting children from 5 lbs – 100 lbs (rear facing car seat –  all the way to high back booster seat).   Take a look:

3 in a row car seat Screen shot 2013-07-07 at 5.37.40 PM best car seat for airplanes

diono radianr120 convertible collapsible fold up car seat for travel
optimal narrow design allows for 3 car seats in a row in most vehicles


things to love about it:

  • it can be a one seat solution for children from 5-100 lbs
  • extra narrow design allow you to fit 3 seats in a row in most vehicles
  • it folds up for travel
  • it has removable cup holders to reduce bulk (optional purchase)

things to consider before purchasing:

  • at 25 lbs it is a little heavy to carry on your back for lengthy periods of time
  • although it can provide a one seat solution, some reviewers still prefer the basinet style of car seat that snaps into a base for infants

where to buy the diono radian r120 travel car seat in the u.s. and canada: 

diono radian r120 car seat    buy in the u.s.a. from $239 on

diono radian r120 car seat canada        buy in canada from $329 on (free shipping)

editor’s note:

Diono also offers two other collapsible car seats that get good reviews. The Diono Radian RXT Car Seat is a more deluxe version that is also slightly wider, heavier and more expensive ($346 on and the RadianR100 Car Seat is a more simplified model with a little less padding and a lower price ($219 on

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