Getting Your Car Ready For a Newborn

Getting Your Car Newborn Ready


Getting Your Car Ready for a Newborn

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re getting ready to welcome a new addition into your life. Having a baby is one of the greatest joys in life, and every day will be wonderful (even if every night is sleepless). With a new baby comes a lot of new changes, some that are easier than others. From baby proofing the living room to decorating the nursery, having a bay is both a lot of fun and a lot of work. One of those changes that comes is making your car safe for your baby. Baby proofing your car is important in that it will keep your child safe, and keep your car clean. If the baby is on the way and due pretty soon, check out these tips on how to get your car ready for the new member of your family.

Selecting the Car Seat

Obviously, one of the most important things to do in making your car safe for your upcoming baby is selecting the right car seat. A car seat is not something that you should just pick up on Craigslist. Buy a new car seat, and if you must buy used make sure it’s less than three years old. In Canada there has been updated rules. You may buy/sell a car seat but check with the manufacturer first. Some manufacturers do not allow it.

If you can’t afford a top of the line car seat, opt to try to win one from the Baby on Board contest. Design a baby on board sign, submit it on the website, and one winner each week will win the car seat of your choice. That’s a fantastic way to save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on a car seat to keep your newborn safe and sound every time you hit the road.

Accessories You Should Have

There are some important things you should have in your car, now that you’ll be driving around some very precious cargo. For starters, a baby on board sign is good, just to let other drivers know that they should be extra careful around you.

Another good thing to have for your baby is a sunshade. These are very inexpensive, and will keep your child free of sunrays in his or her face when pulled down, I recommend this sunshade from Baby Grins that I reviewed last year. This is important so it doesn’t get too hot for your baby if you’re ever doing lots of errands.

Keeping Your Car Clean

With a newborn comes the possibility that your car won’t stay in pristine condition any longer. With spilled food or regurgitated milk, it’s important to take preventative measures to ensure your car stays in tiptop shape.

If you don’t already have floor mats in your backseat, you should invest in them. Opt for rubber or plastic mats, rather than cloth, so they are easier to clean in case anything goes wrong. Even just a layer of plastic wrap over the backseats should do the trick, and if your newborn ever upchucks his or her lunch, you’ll be glad you took that step.

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11 comments on “Getting Your Car Ready For a Newborn”

  1. I cannot believe that I will be doing this, once again…..thinks for the refresher course!

  2. I always had a plastic bag for trash ready and a box of tissues for those inevitable and surprise spit-ups!

  3. I agree with all your tips! Especially covering the seats! I got special seat covers for our car. It is specially designed to help prevent permanent indentions in the seat due to the carseat being strapped in so tightly. But it also is to keep spills from soaking into the seats. I couldn’t be happier with them!

  4. These are great tips! I always kept a stash of diapers, wipes, and an extra outfit in a bag in the car, just in case.

  5. My husband is a neat freak when it comes to his car, so he always has a small bag in there for trash. It’s not easy to keep it clean with a toddler!

  6. Great tips! I keep extra snack, outfits and diapers in my car at all times! You never know when you need it! lol

  7. Thanks so much for sharing. I’d love to have you come link this up to our Teach Me Linky – it’s open all week!

  8. Great tips, thanks for sharing

  9. This is a really smart and helpful post. Some people are still ill prepared. This is a useful post. Thanks!

  10. These are great tips. I’m done having babies though. Two is just right for me unless we get a surprise in the future 🙂

  11. These are great tips and a very helpful post for all the soon to be parents out there!

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