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In just a few short months we will welcome another new baby into our home. Even though I am pregnant (and well aware of the fact that a baby is on the way), it’s so hard to believe it’s almost time to meet our newest family member.
We have definitely been spending time nesting and preparing for the new baby. Packages have been arriving every week with baby gear, clothes, and all of the things we will need to welcome our little babe home.
This isn’t my first baby, as we have two little boys already. So, as a veteran mom, I’ve been able to really narrow down what we truly need for the baby, and what we definitely do not need. One of the things that I feel is often overlooked when prepping for a baby is vehicle preparation. Yes, mostly everyone knows that you need an infant car seat. Beyond that what else does your car actually need for your baby?
Here are my best tips for how to prepare your car for a new baby:
1. Make a baby car care kit. In my car I always have: baby wipes, extra diapers, diaper cream, an extra change of clothes, extra blankets and burp cloths, and more. This car care kit will ensure that I am fully prepared for whatever comes our way (or out of the baby – yuck, I know, but spit up and blow outs happen more often than I’d like to admit!)
To keep everything organized you can get one of those fancy schmancy behind-the-seat pocket organizers, which makes your supplies right at your fingertips when you need something.
You can even use a small bin to hold all of your baby supplies, and leave it right in the back seat. One thing you definitely do not want to forget to include in your baby car care kit is extra plastic bags. I keep both plastic shopping bags and zip top bags in my kit. These will come in super handy when you have soiled baby clothes or a dirty diaper and no place to put these things. Just put them in a bag and you’re good until you get back home!
2. Make sure your car is up to date on maintenance and always has more than a half of a tank of gas. You want to be prepared for anything and everything when you have a new baby. The last thing you want to worry about is stopping for gas (or worse, your car breaking down) if you need to take your sick baby to the doctor at the spur of the moment.
3. Thoroughly clean your car. Remove an trash or unnecessary items that may be floating around your car. Vacuum the inside. Make it sparkly clean for your new baby.
Beyond what you can see with your eyes, you’ll also want to make the air you breathe in your car as clean as possible. This can be achieved by easily replacing your cabin air filter yourself. I replaced mine quickly with a brand new FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter, which are the best choice for keeping the air inside your car as clean as possible, and can safeguard your family against dirt, dust, and allergens. (FYI – Follow recommended change intervals as noted in your vehicle owner’s manual.)
I was able to remove my dirty old cabin air filter and install the new one myself, and I’m so glad I did! The old air filter was filthy! I was truly shocked to see leaves, dirt, and random debris in the air filter that was supposed to be providing us with clean air.
To install the new cabin air filter I unscrewed the 4 screws holding the glove box in place, then unclipped the old cabin air filter.
Then, I popped in the new FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter, and replaced the glove box screws. That’s it! Now we’re breathing clean air with this fabulous cabin air filter that filters up to 98%* of dust, dirt and allergens from entering our vehicle!
Want to help keep your family and new baby safe and healthy from dust, dirt, and allergens during the many hours they spend inside the car? You can pick up a FRAM Fresh Breeze® cabin air filter at Walmart in the automotive section. You can also use the Walmart site to see if your car has a cabin air filter, and if so, which filter to purchase.
How else are you preparing your car for your new baby? Leave your best tips in the comments below!