3-Day Infant/Toddler Car Kit
When considering what you should put into your child’s car kit there will always be individual needs and considerations that are specific to each child: special blankies, toys and medications. However, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind that will apply to everyone. Feel free to add to it as space allows. And as a good rule of thumb,
Go through this kit at the change of every season! Our littles grow like weeds and as weather changes so will the types of clothing.
Having bottled water (also keeping a small water filtration system like a Sawyer Mini or a Renovo is a good idea) in your vehicle will be a must for every Car Kit, but even more essential for your Infant/Toddler Kit. Not only is it hydration for mom, especially if she’s nursing, and other caretakers, it can be used for making formula. Keep in mind that an average baby will eat every few hours, and each bottle will be 4-10 oz. Multiply that by 6-8 bottles per day for 3 days. (Plus extra for rinsing the bottle after each use would be good.)
Even if you are nursing, having formula on hand is a good idea. In the event that mom is unable nurse, or if her milk supply is diminished due to stress, this will provide the essential nutrients to get through the next few days. When you go through your kit each season, especially during warmer months, check expiration dates and switch out your formula supply.
Keep a minimum of two extra in your kit.
What goes in WILL come out. On average, infants will go through 10-12 diapers a day. So, keeping a package (minimum of 36 ct.) of diapers in the size that your child is currently wearing will be necessary. For potty training toddlers, keep 3-5 pull-ups per day and/or extra undies.
Most parents of small children will have wipes in their vehicles already, as they are so useful for all sorts of messes…but keep a large, full refill pack in your kit, as they will be for use during that period only.
* Changes of Clothing
Having seasonally appropriate changes of clothing for 3 days in varying weights to layer is key to keeping baby comfortable, and if clothing becomes soiled. Have extra socks, onesies and hats, as well as extra binkies/pacifiers. Again, when seasons change and you go through your kit, make sure the clothing size and weight is still appropriate. Even in the summer months, keep a long sleeved item as night’s can still get chilly.
* Keep a couple extra receiving blankets in varying weights and burp cloths in there too!
Have snacks on hand for a nursing mom or a hungry toddler. Dried fruit, granola bars, GORP (good ole raisins and peanuts), protein bars and age appropriate baby food are all good ideas. Remember to have some utensils and bibs if your baby is eating baby food!
* Extras - Hand Sanitizer or other means of disinfecting your hands before feeding or after changing baby. - Plastic grocery bags for soiled items - Infant Tylenol, teething tabs, diaper cream, nasal suction bulb, bug repellent and benydryl (for those children old enough) - Hand and Toe warmers. Especially during the colder months! These can be used to warm blankets. DO NOT PUT DIRECTLY ON SKIN OR CLOTHING OF INFANTS! These can get hot and could burn tender skin very easily.