I discovered this great blog by Living on a Latte on car organisation and it totally inspired me to give our family car a Project Mum makeover. As with all my projects, I started out with a search on Pinterest and then pulled together a ‘Car Organisation’ board.
I completely fell in love with this image of brightly coloured car organisers…
…and I soon found a seller on Etsy (Khloe’s Boutique) to make me some customised car organisers in a combination of green & blue owls and green chevron fabrics. I also ordered a large caddy in the green & blue owls fabric with green chevron lining to hold a selection of books and toys.
Sebastian’s car organiser holds the following items:
- Sun Cream
- Hand & Face Wipes
- Carton of Ready-to-Drink Toddler Formula
- Baby Wipes
The new baby’s car organiser holds the following items:
- Burp Cloths
- Disposable Changing Mat
- Disposable Bottle
- Carton of Ready-to-Drink Newborn Formula
- Newborn Nappies
- Baby Wipes
- Nappy Bags
The caddy is stored on the floor in front of Sebastian’s car seat and contains the following:
- Board Books
- Electronic Toy
- Throw-away Sippy Cups
- Box of Snacks – I have filled a Huggies baby wipe box with a selection of Seb’s favourite on-the-go snacks
I have a ‘Mummy Kit’ stored in the armrest at the front of the car which contains the following items:
- Kleenex Tissue Tube
- Small Bin Liners
- Lip Balm
- Hand Cream
- Mints/Chewing Gum
- Hand Sanitiser
- Anti-Bacterial Surface Wipes
- Air Freshener Spray
- Post-it Notes
- Sun Cream
- Cereal Bars
I have a plastic cereal dispenser in the front of the car which serves as a compact rubbish bin. I put a small bin liner inside so that I can easily remove the rubbish when it gets full.
We recently turned Sebastian’s car seat from rearward facing to forward facing, and I took this opportunity to install the Goldbug Seat Protector & Tote Bag. This seat protector mat goes underneath the car seat and protects against spills, scratches and indentations. The mat has mesh pockets at the front for additional storage, and the snap-off tote bag clips to the side of the mat giving the child easy access to drinks, snacks and toys.
John Lewis sell some fantastic car seat accessories and offer international delivery for many of their products. I have the Koo-Di Wetec Seat Protector in the baby capsule to protect against the inevitable nappy leaks. I also purchased the Close Parent Car Seat Protector for Sebastian’s car seat to catch all of the crumbs from his snacks.
Another great find from John Lewis was the Snoozeshade Infant Carrier Shade which is a much better alternative to draping a large muslin over the infant capsule (as I often did with Sebastian!) and it has a great “sneek-a-peek” zippered window at the front so that you can easily check on baby.
I could not resist getting the Bondie Bird Playwrap to keep the new baby entertained on long car journeys. It attaches easily to the headrest, and features lots of different textures and activities. The playwrap can actually be used in 6 different ways – in the cot, around mum’s shoulders, on baby’s lap, in the car, on a highchair tray, attached to a window, and on the plane.
Another car toy that I recommend for younger rearward facing babies is the Taf Toys Toe Time Infant Car Toy. This attaches easily to the headrest and features music and light activated by baby’s kicks. Sebastian loved this toy and it kept him occupied on some very long car journeys when he was younger.
We have the Brica Baby In-Sight Mirror for the rearward facing baby seat. This mirror is extra-large for a wide-angle view of the baby, and it attaches very easily to the headrest.
Even the car boot has been given a makeover with a Collapsible Car Boot Organiser holding the following items:
- Picnic Blanket
- Car Toys
- Shopping Bags
- Antibacterial Wipes
- Insulated Bottle Bag
- Box of Cereal Bars
So I should have everything I need to survive a car journey with 2 children under 2, and I had great fun giving our car the “Project Mum” treatment…Mr G is just a little confused about where all his stuff has gone!