Car Organization with Baby
It’s crazy how quickly one can go from being super neat and organized to a state of disarray when becoming a parent. Let’s be serious – we rather spend the time with the kids and having fun than making sure everything has its place. However, being organized can help SO much. I’ve been trying (slowwwwwly but surely to start organizing my areas) to increase efficiency around the house. Now that I’m a mom, I’m in my car more often than ever (doctor visits, trips to the park, trips to Target, etc.) I also use my car for work…. And trust me, over the past few months, I would have been incredibly embarrassed if anyone from work took a peek into my car. Everything was everywhere and it was frankly just a big mess.
I came across this Prince Lionheart seat organizer (just $21) and decided to try it out. It has been a life changer. Not only did most of baby’s stuff fit all into it, it reminds me of when I need to re-stock. It’s also been great when we decide on an impromptu dinner out, as I now keep bibs, a sippy cup, wipes, etc. in the organizer. My car also looks so much nicer (and my hubby is happy too). The seat organizer looks nice and doesn’t make the car look cheap or gross. It also isn’t so big that someone can’t sit behind it. So here is what I recommend for parents of toddlers to pack in the car:
- Sippy cup
- Spoon (if baby can’t yet eat off of restaurant silverware)
- Non-perishable food, some ideas: Baby Mum-Mums, Plum Fruit Snacks. Pouches are great too, but be careful with the hot weather (who knows what a scorching car could to do a pouch)
- Bottle(s) of water (always good in a bind, but also be careful in the hot weather)
- Diapers: you’d be amazed how easy it is to forget to bring one when you don’t bring your diaper bag!
- Wipes: I bring hand wipes, baby wipes for diaper changes, and Clorox wipes for when sanitation is necessary
- Extra set of clothes and socks: a non-bulky pair of pajamas are a good choice
- Toys: I fit a couple of little toys in the car seat organizer, and my car seat seat protector (love this one – just $20 too!) also has storage for toys!
I also keep a blanket, this booster seat, and a lightweight stroller in the trunk. I will be looking for ways to organize the trunk sometime soon, but for now, I am thrilled with this big step towards reducing the clutter.
If you are looking for more car organization ideas, there are people way more creative than me. 🙂 Here’s a nice board of some ideas! We’d love to hear any of your organization hacks that have helped you since having kids!