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Survival Kits for New Moms
As a mommy of three little ones, I have learned lots of survival tricks that have helped to cut down on the chaos of my day-to-day, and in this post, I’m excited to share my Mini-Van Diaper Caddy with you!
Want to create your own Mini-Van Diaper Caddy?
Step #1 – Consider a few items that you know would be helpful to have in your vehicle! Are there specific supplies you always find yourself needing but never have within reach? Are there items you oftentimes forget at home? Are there essentials that you are constantly having to remember to put in your diaper bag? To help you get started, you may even want to create a written list of the items that come to mind.
Want to know what I include in my caddy?
Diaper Changing Pads
Small Plastic Garbage Bags (to use for dirty diapers)
Snacks for my Older Children
Bonus Idea: I also like to include a change of clothes for baby! This has come in handy many, many times! As much as we are on the go, this has actually saved me many times with my older kiddos as well!
Step #2 – Gather these items together! Are there any items that need moved from baby’s room to the mini-van? Is there anything specific that you need to buy?
Step #3 – Find the perfect container! There’s no need to go out and purchase something new! You probably already have a basket or a container of some sort that would work perfectly! Simply find something that will work for you (I love this blue metal basket that I purchased at Michael’s a long, long time ago!), fill it with your needed items and move it to your vehicle!
Yes, these DIY Caddies are the perfect solution for any mama, so prepare one for you and your own crew, but hey, this collection of goodies would also be the perfect gift for any new mom! Put together one of these baskets – pop a bow on it – and drop it off at her house. (Just don’t ring the doorbell as her baby might be napping!) *smile*
Looking for another great gift idea for a new mom? Check out these Survival Kits for Mommies to Be – I’ll tell you all about how to put one together for that special new mama in your life!
Survival Kits for New Moms
#1 – First and foremost, take that mama a hot and ready home-cooked meal as well as one to stick in her fridge or freezer for later – This gesture may trigger tears of gratitude from the post-partum sweetheart, so be prepared.
Looking some ideas for what to make? Check out my Ultimate Freezer Meal Post!
#2 – While we’re chattin’ about food, hear me out – don’t you dare show up at that poor mama’s house with food in a container that you need back. For crying out loud, put the food in a disposable pan. The last thing she needs to be worrying about is getting your baking dish back to you.
#3 – In addition to disposable containers, provide her with paper plates, plastic utensils, paper napkins, plastic storage bags, plastic storage containers (for leftovers) – you get the idea!
#4 – While we’re chatting about paper products – you may even want to drop off some extra paper towels and toilet paper! I hear ya, if you don’t know the gal very well, this may seem totally weird, but if she’s a good friend of yours, I would definitely suggest considering this idea! As your b.f.f. is walkin’ around in a newborn haze realizing that if it weren’t for you she would be down to her last roll of toilet paper, she won’t consider this move odd at all. In the moment, she will actually decide that in you she has found her very best friend. #realfriendsgifttoiletpaper
#5 – Diapers and Wipes – For all three of my babies, I have loved Huggies® Little Snugglers Diapers! They have been perfect in the newborn stage (when the umbilical cord cut-out feature has been especially helpful), but have continued to provide a comfy texture and super protection all the way up to size 3! My favorite feature? The wetness indicator! This is especially helpful during the night – no matter the age of the baby! When it comes to wipes, Huggies® Natural Care Wipes have been my favorite for keeping my babies’ skin clean and healthy! We literally have a container of them in almost every room of our house – They can handle just about any mess while still being perfectly soft – even for sensitive skin!
Thank you, Walmart, for your great selection and always low prices! I love that I can purchase these items in-store or on-line!
#6 – Coffee…in some form or fashion is a must for many moms…yes, even some who are nursing – I know, I know…Consider me guilty! With that being said, a gift card to her favorite coffee shop….fresh grounds from her favorite coffee brand…you get the idea. If she’s a coffee drinker, she will love this gift…probably more than anything else you could possibly give her.
#7 – Outfit for Baby – The new mama has probably been overwhelmed with newborn-3 months size clothing – so grab her a larger outfit for baby to wear down the road…or gift her with the swaddles that you loved…or the sleep sack that your baby favored…or a gift card to Janie & Jack or Gymboree!
#8 – Gift for siblings – How about a special book? Or an age appropriate toy? Something for the older sibling(s) can be a really special treat – especially when most of the focus has been on the new baby!
#9 – A Package of Thank You Notecards – Make sure she knows you do not expect one from her, but it seems like having a baby goes hand-in-hand with writing lots of thank you notes, so these may be helpful to her~ Maybe consider including some stamps as well!
Discount Thank you Notecards Available Here
#10 The best thing you can bring her? Encouragement! Simply saying “You are a good mom! You are doing a great job!” will keep her going for days – Trust me!
I love the idea of putting everything in a laundry basket (and maybe even including a bottle of laundry detergent) as this will definitely come in handy for the new mommy!
Bonus Idea: Want to include some new reading material? Don’t overwhelm her with a bunch of how-to books – gift her with something funny like Melanie Shankle’s Sparkly Green Earrings or something encouraging like Sally’s Clarkson’s Desperate or The Mission of Motherhood or The Ministry of Motherhood. She probably won’t have time to do much reading right away (unless she’s able to read while she’s nursing #talent), but eventually, these parenting books will become favorites of hers for sure!
Now it’s time to gather all of your items together and deliver the basket of goodies! Please, please, please, for the sake of mommy’s everywhere, be considerate of the growing family. Do they want visitors or would they prefer you simply leave the basket on the front porch and shoot them a text that you’ve dropped off something special for them? In those early weeks, entertaining visitors can be difficult for some families, so consider each situation thinking carefully about what would be most helpful to the new mom as encouraging her as she adjusts is the most important goal!
Do you know someone who would enjoy a basket like this or a Mini-Van Diaper Caddy of their own? Is there a new mom (or maybe even a seasoned mom) who could use a little practical lovin’ in the form of a basket full of goodies to encourage her? Sometimes when I’m struggling in my day-to-day, I get the biggest boost from doing something for someone else, and these have been fun ideas for sure!
When you became a new mom, what quickly became your favorite baby product? Were there any personal care and/or household items that proved especially helpful in those first weeks at home?
Share in the comments below – especially for those new mamas who are looking for go-to items to have on hand when they bring their new baby home!