Because kids need a lot of stuff.
I have a confession to make.
When I was 17 and just getting my licence all I wanted was a canary yellow bubble car.
I know, I know, that’s super embarrassing. But it’s true.
I thought yellow bubble cars were the absolute must-have car for teenage girls.
Unfortunately my bank account did not agree and I never got my bubble car. It still pains me to this day.
In hindsight though, it wasn’t a bad thing as when I fell pregnant my yellow bubble car, no matter how zippy and cute, would hardly have been appropriate for my new family.
I remember the night we found out we were pregnant. One of the first sentences out of my partner’s mouth was, “Oh my god we need a new car.”
Literally one of the first things we considered when we saw two lines on the pee stick was the fact we would need a new car.
And not just a new car but new stuff to put IN the car. Before I had a baby my car was always clean. Maybe a few pairs of heels on the floor, a gym bag and the odd coffee cup.
Boy was I in for a shock. I had no idea how having a family would change my car.
Some of the items that have ended up in my car include:
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1. First aid kit
Children hurt themselves a lot and always at the worst times. There is always a first aid kit hidden either in my glove box or under the front seat. It never moves and regularly gets replenished.
2. Spare clothes
Some things that will end up in your car are: ten sets of clothes for the child, every jumper the kid owns, three umbrellas (two of which are broken), five dummies, four baby blankets, eight spare nappies, three of your own jackets and a change of clothes for yourself (trust me on this one).
3. Sporting equipment
Both kids started swimming at six months. It started at towels and goggles but has now increased to bikes, soccer balls and tennis
rackets, just to name a few.
4. Kid paraphernalia
Mini-humans may be tiny but they need a lot of stuff. Like A LOT. Prams, baby bags, school bags, hats, drink bottles, lunch boxes. I don’t know where it all comes from.
Now, as they get older and our family grows, we are looking at upgrading again. we are looking at the list of things we require in a car that will hold our ever growing list of child related goods.
Sadly awesome yellow bubble car is still not on the list. But these things are.
1. An impeccable safety rating
We love our kids and we want them to be safe. Even in the 6 years since my eldest was born cars and car safety have come so far. Airbags in every spare corner of the car, reversing cameras and automatic breaking are just a few features I find important.