What Every Mom Needs In Her Car
When I was pregnant with Isabel I nested SO BAD!
I went crazy getting things ready for her: I was crocheting her toys and blankets, rearranging the furniture in the house, constantly making sure I had everything we needed, and so much more!
One day I woke up and thought to myself - I need a new car.
Not that my car was old. It was only a two year old Kia Forte and was actually an amazing car. But for some reason I told myself I needed a bigger car even though we were only going to have one baby - it’s not like we were having twins!
I went to the car dealership and told myself I wanted a mini SUV. I love the look of them and the fact that they are a family car as well! When I got to the dealership they asked me if I would ever consider a mini van since it was the same price as the mini SUV.
If you would have asked me two months prior to this I would have told you that you would never catch me driving a mini van!
But, I saw the van, thought it was cute, and decided we could use the 8 seats in the van vs 5 seats in the mini SUV!
Also, I have to say that getting our mini van was one of the best things we could have done! People would give us a hard time about how we didn’t need the space, but honestly we really do! I love having the space and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you don’t need a bigger car. I would still have this mini van even if we only decided we wanted one kid!
Once I got my mini van home I thought about everything I wanted to keep in it. I am a notorious over-packer so naturally my car will have everything I could possibly ever need.
There have been a few things though that I have over-packed but it has ended up working in my favor! So I want to share some things that even though they are probably in your diaper bag, it is always good to have them on hand in your car as well!
This one is pretty obvious - but it is always good to have extra water in your car! I always carry at least two water bottles in my diaper bag but I try to make sure that I have three water bottles in my car at all times.
I love carrying around extra blankets in my car in case you go to the park or somewhere you may want to sit on the ground and you forget to bring something. Or even if you go somewhere at night and need some thing extra to keep you warm!
Diapers and Wipes
I can’t tell you how many times I have left the house and forgot to check how many diapers and wipes I had in the diaper bag. It is always good to keep extra diapers and wipes in your car just in case you ever need them!
Wet Bags - for dirty clothes and swimming suits
You may always keep wet bags in your diaper bag, but it is never a bad thing to have extra of in your car.
When I breastfed I carried snacks EVERYWHERE with me! Now that I am not breastfeeding I forget to bring them sometimes. It is so important to always pack snacks for your kids whenever you leave the house; but also remember to pack yourself something just in case!
Extra change of clothes for you AND your children
I always keep an extra change of clothes for Izzy when we leave the house but I somehow used to never bring myself one. There have been so many times where Izzy would have multiple blowouts and have no clothes.
And twice when she was younger her blowouts got all over me and I was out in public with baby poop all over my shirt or the front of my pants.
Don’t be like me and remember to bring extra clothes!
Extra pairs of socks
We love going to little play places near our house.
Typically, they require you to wear socks in order to play. There have been a few times where I am rushing out of the house and have to run back in for socks for Izzy and me.
If you like taking your child to play places it is always a good idea to have some extra socks in the car! That way when they are done playing you can even change them into a fresh pair!
I hope this list gave you some good ideas on what you should pack in your car! I pack way more than this, but I would say these are the essentials for you and your children.