Tips for on-the-go Moms

August 29, 2018

Special thanks to Dorel Juvenile Group for sponsoring this post! Please note, Hollyn sits rear facing in her seat and we take practicing car seat safety very seriously. These images were taken strictly for the best angle highlight the Maxi-Cosi product.

What is necessary to keep in your vehicle and ways to utilize the space wisely

We recently down sized vehicles from a Dodge Durango with three rows to a Ford Edge and along with that went space being minimized and smaller in our back seats for the kids. We're all about simplifying where we can and always be intentional using what we have so it made sense for us and it's give me the push to rethink what we are constantly carrying and bringing in our vehicle with us on a regular basis.

I wanted to share a few tips I've learned over the years we've changed vehicles and added kids to the bunch to make sure you can be successful on those days out and not feeling like your car had a bomb go off inside!

We have two bins in my car that offers a change of clothes for both girls, extra diapers, wipes, shoes and a blanket and this allows for me to know I'm always stocked up in case something happens spur of the moment and I need extras in a pinch. It's also clean, organized and not thrown all out the vehicle because it's perfectly prepped in a bin and placed in the trunk of my car.

The second bin is for when we are going out for dinner and may need distractions for the kids. It's filled with easy $1 and $3 items from Target like Play-Doh, stickers, coloring books, and puzzles so if our circus is... being a circus, we have options in the car to help tame and get through a meal. This has helped us so so so much!

Nobody likes trash and after finding half eaten sandwiches from my 12 year old smashed in the backseat doors, I started carrying a trash bag in the car and I restock it every time it's used. The purpose? Every time we are home and getting out of the car, if there is trash, everyone picks it up, fills the bag and the car is clean. Voila!

Because of the vehicle change, we needed car seats that were a touch more narrow than our Maxi-Cosi Pria 85's we had for the girls so when Maxi-Cosi launched their new 5-in-1 Magellan car seat that takes you from baby through booster (5lbs to 120lbs!!), I was all in! The fit was much better for the backseat and fitting the girls and Drake together while still offering ample foot space and the entire trunk for storage.

These feel much more sturdy and stable than previous seats we've had and of course, I love having the girls in matching black to keep things clean and simple.

Shop the Maxi-Cosi Magellan, here!

Whatever you do, do NOT bring small toys in the car. One of the kids will drop them on the floor, never to be found again and a meltdown will ensue. I allow the girls to typically bring one toy each or a book with them when driving but it has to be something larger. IE: a stuffed animal (Violet is a fave) or noisy play car keys - but shopkins are not permitted. Drake typically brings a book to read or headphones to listen to his iPod.

So tell me, what tricks do you use when being out and about with the kids and keeping things clean and minimal to always have a picked up and clean space? One last pointer, get your car washed regularly to maintain extras lingering- we typically wash once a week!