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Ten Items Every Mom Should Keep in Her Car
The MOM Car
No matter if you have a mini car, sedan, suv, or compact car there are certain things every mom should keep in her car. Lately I have been the over prepared mom, this wasn't always the case but I do like to be organized. I hate being without things that I need in a moment of crisis or a moment where we could have some spontaneous fun.
My kids are still young and in car seats so many of these suggestions pertain to the area of toddlers since this is my expertise at the moment. This list may very well change as the kids get older.
10 Things to keep in the Mom Car
1. Baby Wipes
This should need little explanation. Every mom even after the kids are out of diapers still needs a container of baby wipes. I buy the soft pack ones that are smaller once they are potty trained and keep at least one in the car for various ice cream runs, gross boy moments, or a quick clean up.
2. Changes of clothes
Each child has a small Tupperware container in the car that contain a full change of clothes including socks, underwear, shirt, pants, or shorts depending on the season. These clothes are not just for the potty accident moments in fact ours are used more frequently for other needs such as spillages, a change after school when art class got a little messy, or when mommy lets the kids jump in all the puddles just for fun.
3. A box of Kleenex
I have a child that gets random nose bleeds so i guess this started as a need for us and even though he doesn't get them as frequently I have noticed how often my kids ask for a Kleenex now. I would rather give them multiple Kleenex than encourage the nose picking episodes.
4. Car Blankets
Okay these are just extra blankets that I really didn't have room for in the house and got put in the car instead but they have been used on so many occasions that now we would be lost without them. They are great for tired kids that need a snuggle after a long day or night. Tonight my kids were cold after eating ice cream even though it was eighty degrees out. They blankets also are wonderful to have for impromptu picnics or park moments. I have been known to steal one of their blanket to sit on at the park and read while they play.
I always have a few juice boxes and packaged snacks in the car. It always seems the minute I pull out of the driveway my kids are complaining that they are hungry. Or if I try to get myself a tea they want something from the coffee shop too. I can give them what I already have packed into the car and we are ready to go.
6. One small non noisy toy
This is the just in case toy. It is something they like but don't ussually get to play with and therefore it keeps there attention for longer. We have a small train to go set that is kept in one of the boys clothes containers. This is great for when we get stuck somewhere longer than expected or are waiting at the doctors office.
You just never know when you will need a quarter. This is a rule for life not just the mommy car.
8. A hidden smaller denomination $
I had a friend that used to keep a $50 bill in her car. That is way too rich for my blood, I ussually keep something less than $20 somewhere in my car for that just in case moment of I can't find my wallet, a chance we get caught somewhere that doesn't take plastic, or an immediate need for ice cream.
9. Plastic Bags
I like to go to the dollar store and buy a roll of small scented garbage bags. I use these for everything from wet clothes, garbage, cleaning out the car, carrying various objects, lovely school projects that are GLITTERED, and anything else you could probably imagine. These have also double as a potty in an emergency - hey we are moms, things happen.
10 . A Soccer Ball
We are a soccer family. This one is probably more biased because we loved soccer but it is more about having a game that we can pick up in any open grassy area at a moments notice. Life tends to be a hurry up and wait game. We live by a large railroad area. We rush to get somewhere in case we get stuck by the train and we get there 15 minutes early - that gives us some soccer time. It not only improves the kids coordinations but it also keeps mommy in shape.
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