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As a lot of you know, we drive a lot as a family. We have no problem driving one or two hours just to get lunch and we look forward to a lot of family road trips in our future. Back when I was pregnant with Ryan we actually drove 27 hours straight from NJ to Texas. The thing is, long drives with kiddos come with complications – from snack breaks to naps, there is a lot to consider when driving around with your kids. But the one this that can make or break your road trip (or even a quick outing!) with kids is your approach to changing diapers on the go. Being totally prepared in the changing department is vital, since a dirty diaper is obviously a total fun suck.
Having 2 boys in diapers (I’m clinging to that one – I hear that having one in diapers and a toddler who is potty trained more or less is a huge hassle!) means that I change quite a few diapers every day. Inevitably, someone always needs a change almost every time we head out, so I’ve created my own little diaper changing haven where I keep all of our essentials for changing diapers on the road without having to dig to find anything. Put together your own DIY car diaper changing station and making outings much more enjoyable – no more relying on skeevy rest stops or restaurants to change little diapers!
DIY Car Diaper Changing Station
A cute container. First and foremost, a cute container to keep it all together. This might just be the girl in me, but I’m more likely to keep something organized (and restock it! Very important!) if it’s super cute. I found this cheap structured canvas container during back-to-school sales, but really anything will work. Just make sure it’s small enough to not take up your whole trunk but also big enough that it will hold everything you need. If you think it will slide a lot, think about investing in a bin with a lid. My trunk has a deep well area so it’s not a concern for me.
Wipes. Choose your preferred brand and make sure you always have at least one pack in your bin. I find it best to not just rely on the wipes in my diaper bag, since if I’m of those it’s nice to have spares in the car.
Diaper cream. Thankfully, we don’t need to use this that often, but if you notice your baby’s booty getting a little red while you’re out, it’s nice to use a little just to be safe. Sitting in a car seat with diaper rash sounds kind of like the worst ever.
Zip top bags. <–confused? This is my secret weapon. Let’s say your kiddo does a spectacular #2.. and it’s gets all over his clothes. Rather than tossing it in your bag where it’s bound to stink up your car or out the window because it’s just gross, throw the offending items into the zip top bag and close. The stink stays inside until you have a change to wash it. This also works for plain ol’ stinky diapers.
A cloth. This could just be for my fellow reflux mommas but I need to have a cloth on hand at all times to wipe up all of Owen’s spit up. Also good for moms of boys for reasons we shall not name.
Portable changing pad. I didn’t even know this was a thing until it came with my diaper bag, but now I just leave mine in the car to add some padding and protection to my car when changing the kiddos. I know Amazon has a ton of them for relatively cheap.
Change of clothes. Don’t get caught out and about without a change of clothes. I like to use an outfit that is either one size too big, something I find myself not really putting him in, or something like out of season PJ’s as my car option, that way I’m not missing it.
Diapers! Obviously, I can’t forget about the most important addition of all – DIAPERS. I keep a solid 10 spares in the changing kit because I’m neurotic and fear being caught without spares. (not even including the 5 or 6 that are always in my diaper bag.) Lately, I’m digging Huggies Little Snugglers Plus for Owen – knock on wood, I’ve yet to have a blow out in them! The Snugglers Plus come in sizes newborn, 1 and 2, which will fit babies up to about 18 pounds – perfect for my little nugget. Little Snugglers Plus are made to keep your baby’s skin clean and healthy, and they are the softest and most absorbent Huggies diaper. Leak Lock® protection offers up to 12 hours of protection, which when you’re in the car definitely comes in handy.
These #SuperAbsorbent diapers are only available at Costco – which is perfect if you happen to have a lovely other in law with a membership like I do! 😉 Mine first got Owen a box when I was in dire need of some diapers, and I’ve been making trips with her to grab some when we’re together. Obviously, it’s hard to deny the price – right now you can grab size 1 or 2 Little Snugglers Plus for $6 off the normal price, totaling at $31.49 or just 18 cents per size 2 diaper! If you’ve got bigger kiddos, sizes 3, 4, 5, and 6 Little Movers Plus are also on sale – the regular $42.99 price will be knocked down to $36.99 after a $6 discount, available from 9/1 to 9/25. Plus, if you order online, free shipping which we all know is amazing for moms who can’t muster the energy to pack up the baby and make the trek out for diapers! Win!! Oh, and as of August, Little Snugglers Plus will also be available in newborn sizes for $29.99 – I totally wish this was a few months ago since Owen was in newborn diapers for what felt like forever!
I mean, look at that happy little face! Plus, as a house that is regularly jammin’ out to the Hot Dog Song, we all dig the Mickey Mouse print!
Pen and sticky notes. One last curve ball for you all – this one is for when you RUN OUT of diapers (the horror!) in your car diaper changing station. Write a quick “refill diapers!” note on the pad and stick one copy to your phone/bag/something you’ll see once in your house and also one on your steering wheel! This way, when you get into your car the next time you go out you’ll be forced to remember to stock up on diapers before heading to the open road!
As a mom of 2, I think my biggest advice to give new moms is to prepare for EVERYTHING – bring back ups and back ups of your back ups. While there is definitely a line to how prepared you can be, never underestimate the amount of diapers your kid can go through in one 2 hour trip. Having a neat and easily accessible car changing station will take some of the stress out of traveling with kids – now if we could only figure out a DIY car instant baby happiness kit, we’d be set.
So tell me – what would you put into a car changing station kit? What is your best advice to new moms? Let me know in the comments!