- I picked up a car organizer at a garage sale the other day. It was $1. Imagine a big black rectangle, maybe 18 inches by 24 inches, with three dividers to make four sections. I currently have it on my front passenger seat with different items in each slot.... small snacks, larger snacks, toys/activities, and finally diapers and wipes. Really, any large container will do; it is handy to have several containers of some sort on the car, whether its a structured bag, a basket, a small box, or an actual car organizer. I hate hate hate not being able to find stuff, so it is nice to be able to reach into one of those slots and pretty much hit what I need every time.
- So, I travel a lot and came up with a self-feeding option for my 19-month-old during our last big drive. We had to eat lunch on the go this particular day, so instead of handing him his food bite by bite over my shoulder, or risking a huge dumping of the containers, I put his plastic bib on, and filled the "food trap" pocket of the bib with his lunch. He was able to eat at his own pace and seriously, not a single bit of his food was lost in the car seat or on the floor.
- Alright, I'll keep rolling with this travel theme I've got going here. On the same big drive I referred to above, I put my 5-year-old in the back seat of the van, instead of in the middle on the passenger side. He thinks he is big stuff back there, and I folded down his former seat to create a feeling of more space in the van. During the first half of the trip, I would whip snacks back to him when he got hungry until I realized that was completely dumb. After a rest stop, he helped me pack a little bag of snacks to keep back there and he could regulate when and what he would eat. This meant I didn't continue to stress my shoulder or get nervous about losing my focus on the road while trying to aim snacks six feet behind me.
Have a great Memorial Day!