New Baby? You Need a Car Emergency Kit

Picture this: you’ve finally braved leaving the house by yourself with the new baby. You’ve been gone most of the day, and it’s gone really well! As you are getting ready to head home, the baby has a a massive poo-splosion that leaves him a mess and also you too. You check your diaper bag, but you used the last diaper 20 minutes ago, and your sleep-deprived brain somehow forgot an extra onesie! What’s a mom to do?!

Obviously, no one wants to be in that scenario, which is why I highly recommend putting an “emergency kit” in the car with essentials for just in case. We are expecting a new baby any day now, and I also have two other children. I just put together a new emergency bag to handle essentials for all of us. (FYI: These make an EXCELLENT baby shower gift!)

Getting Started

The first thing that you need to get is a cute diaper caddy. I got mine at Home Goods for $13, but I’ve seen them on Amazon and Target as well. I chose one with handles so it is easily accessible as well as a number of different pockets and dividers so that things can be easily organized.

After you have your diaper caddy, you will need to gather up your supplies and organize them in the caddy. If it’s for yourself – put it in the car and you’re done! If it’s a gift, put a bow on it and a nice card and you’re done!

Here are the supplies that I put in my “emergency bag.”

Diapering Essentials

  • Size newborn diapers (I also included a few diapers my son’s size — hopefully we won’t be too long with two in diapers!)
  • A pack of baby wipes
  • A changing pad
  • Kleen Handz wipes
  • Hand sanitizer spray

Clean-up Essentials

Sometimes, things happen with little kids. Messy, gross, stinky things. Just saying. That diaper explosion may have happened in the carseat or someone may have gotten carsick. It feels like the worst thing ever in the moment, especially if you’re unprepared, so these are definitely necessary!

  • A roll of paper towels
  • Clorox or Lysol wipes
  • Grocery bags to contain the mess

Extra Clothes

  • Extra outfit for baby (be sure to update as baby grows and the seasons change!)
  • Extra shirt for mom (TRUST ME – you’ll be glad this is there)

In my case, I also included an extra outfit for each of my other two littles, because even spilling their food all over them might result in needing an outfit change. Better to be prepared!

Other Nice-to-Haves 

  • A burp cloth
  • An extra pacifier
  • A pack of gum (apparently, chewing minty gum when you’re overwhelmed with a bunch of other smells can help!)
  • Nursing pads if mom is breastfeeding

So there you have it! This is a pretty quick project to put together, and you’ll be glad you did when you inevitably need it. And if you choose to give one as a baby shower gift, you can be sure that momma will be thanking heaven for you the first time she needs it.

Sarah Vorhies is a self-proclaimed foodie who has been married to her husband Justin for ten years. Sarah and Justin have two beautiful children, Lillian and Judah. Sarah stayed close to home and got her degree in English Education from Southeastern Louisiana University. She can honestly say she is never bored thanks to one of the most fun jobs ever - teaching 11th grade American Literature. She enjoys traveling, reading, finding new recipes on Pinterest, and spending quality time with her family.


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