Car Kit Essentials

Car kit essentials, such a great idea, that makes life soo much easier.

Even now as a parent to a 2-year-old, I still need this in my life, it started off for when she was a baby and has progressed to toddler. She proved that we still needed this kit back in February when in the middle of going around Royal Armouries, she threw up; covered herself, dad and me! Luckily we keep this in the back of our car, and if the accident is that serious we go home! 

Even now as a parent to a 2-year-old, I still need this in my life, it started off for when she was a baby and has progressed to toddler. She proved that we still needed this kit back in February when in the middle of going around Royal Armouries, she threw up; covered herself, dad and me! Luckily we keep this in the back of our car, and if the accident is that serious we go home! 

Luckily we got this idea from the web, and keep this in the back of our car. If the accident is that serious we go home! The idea is it eventually becomes an emergency stash in case you forget anything, get stuck in insane traffic (it once took us 2hrs 30mins to do a 50-minute trip – roadworks) or even go out for a meal whereby they have no cutlery for a toddler… You can also put your Ouchie Kit in. All of mine fits nicely into a 11l plastic shoe box and lives in my car boot – just in case.

You may think that the Thermal Foil Blanket and the baby blanket is a bit excessive, but trust me if you get stuck at the side of the motorway 9 pm on a December night, your wee one will be very happy that you have that in the car….

Boutique Shows Car Kit Essentials

– Mum & Dad spare tops
– Child full spare clothing (fresh knickers if potty trained)
– A couple of nappies and wet wipes (if still in nappies – wet wipes a must)
– Thermal foil blanket & a baby blanket
– Baby
     – Spare formula if bottle fed
     – Pouch food if weaning
– Toddler
     – Juice that in case you leave theirs at home (yes I have done this)
     – A snack
     – Plastic Knife & Fork
– Age relevant entertainment (Colouring book etc.)
– Ouchie Kit (coming soon)

What extras do you or would you have in your car kit?

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Winter Parenting Hacks

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With winter on the way, let’s make our lives a little easier and winter fun with some Winter Parenting Hacks that we have found across the web.

– Cut adult socks to make leg and arm warmers for babies and toddlers. Put a pair on arms to avoid expose wrists in the snow. You can also slip the arm-warmers on the outside of a coat sleeve to make a washable nose wiper your kid will actually use.

-To give jogging strollers and bikes more traction on slippery winter sidewalks, secure plastic zip ties every few inches around spoked tires.

– Any clothing thicker than a sweatshirt or sweater can decrease the effectiveness of a car seat harness. To keep your kid cozy while on the road, remove their coat, strap them into their seat correctly, then put the coat on backward, so it covers their arms and drapes over their chest and lap. Use a blanket for extra warmth if needed.

– Snow art – Pick up a few cheap spray bottles. Put some water and a few drops of food colouring in each. Let your children go to town decorating snow banks. (To protect their mitts from the colour and getting wet, slip a thin plastic bag over their gloved hand first).

– Tossing wet shoes in the dryer isn’t great for either the shoes or the dryer, so use newspaper to quickly and gently dry them instead. Stuff balled-up pages inside and then wrap flat sheets around the outside and secure with rubber bands. Change the newspaper every hour or so.

– To keep socks and feet dry in wet weather, have kids wear plastic bags as a thin extra layer between their socks and their shoes or boots.

– Winter sniffles? As soon as I feel a cold coming on in our household, I get the olbas oil out, a few drops onto a flannel and straight on the radiator, and in the car whenever we go… touch wood we have never had a serious cold yet! 

What are your Winter Parenting Hacks?

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