My mom mobile was my saving grace in my transition from one to two kiddos. Just a month after I found out I was pregnant with number two, I bid
I know that minivans get a bad rep for being uncool, so I am here to change that reputation. Well, I won’t help on the Instagram trending front but I can explain how my snack wagon has helped me live my best mom life.
Are you on the fence for if you want to make a lifestyle change and embrace the space?
Reasons Why You Need a Minivan
Have you ever had to shove an infant car seat across the back row of a car or SUV because the car next to you parked too closely? I became an instant Crabby McCraberson if my car door couldn’t open all the way.
With sliding doors, I get smug satisfaction that I can easily get my kids in and out. Plus I don’t have to worry about them door dinging the car next to me. Not on my watch!
An INSIDE middle aisle is where it’s at!
Moms Night Out? Going for an outing downtown? Just stroll down the middle aisle to sit in the back row. I don’t even need to break a sweat removing and reinstalling restraining devices for my tiny humans.
Here’s my favorite trick for Minnesota days that are so cold you might die – I climb over the center console to bundle up my children.
I park, push my seat back a little, grunt and make a GIANT lunge to the middle aisle. Then I start zipping up jackets and putting on winter accessories that will soon be thrown off.
Instead of standing outside freezing my buns off while waiting on little people to “do it myself,” I stay warm and toasty hunkered down in my center aisle before opening up the sliding doors from the inside
** Disclaimer: You will want to wear yoga pants and properly stretch before climbing over your center console. I count it as my pilates workout for the week.**
***Also make sure you are not parked near anyone you whose opinion matters
The floor space is a huge plus for running errands and taking kiddos to school. My little man can open up his door, climb in by himself, and close the door on his own.
That way he can bounce around giggling in the backseat while I strap his little sister into her sit. He was for me to growl out a countdown for when he needs his rear end to be in his seat.
The mom-mobile also has plenty of space for setting backpacks and snow gear on the floor so it is easily accessible once we get to school.
My toddler has accepted the challenge of attempting to cover the surface area with as many Cheerios as possible. Should we get stuck in a snow bank, we could survive off the floor crumbs alone for at least 24 hours.
Going on family vacations means packing obnoxious amounts of gear if you have small humans involved. It used to be a Tetris puzzle to fit all of the necessary equipment for my little dears. My minivan has seats that fold down in the back to provide ample amounts of room for sleeping accessories.
(Pssst… All that gear won’t help with sleep while your family is on vacation).
Discreet Nursing Spot
If I found myself needing to feed my baby while running errands, the back row of my minivan came in handy on many occasions.
The windows in the back of my minivan are tinted, and the row is secluded. It’s a comfy location for getting the job done without having a feral toddler on the loose.
I distracted my toddler with snacks while he was strapped in his car seat. If I got desperate, I would play a movie for him on the minivan’s tv screen.
Extra Bells and Whistles To Help With Mom Brain
If you are ready to switch over to the spacious side, here are a few extra features to help you survive the sleep deprived phases of motherhood.
Just having this in your diaper bag next to the door unlocks your dream mom mobile. That means you don’t need to fumble through a purse or diaper bag while trying to hold a toddler’s hand and balance a baby on the hip.
Smart Key System
My minivan doesn’t let the doors lock if a key fob is inside it. On a few occasions I have been so confused as to why my doors where beeping instead of locking.
It finally dawned on me that my key fob was in my purse, inside of the car.
Thank you to whoever created that feature. You have saved me from locking myself out of my vehicle while in the company of two small kiddos. This has saved me from ruining several days.
Many more times than I care to admit, I have put my minivan into reverse only to see my stroller patiently waiting to be added into the trunk on the backup camera. Whoops!
Especially in the newborn phase, I had a habit of almost driving off without it. I was successful a few times because I parked in a spot where I was able to pull ahead. I left the stroller behind in a cloud of dust at my son’s school, the pet store, the gym, etc. At my next stop, I was extremely confused when staring at an empty trunk.
My backup camera helps keep the number of stroller retrieval missions at bay.
I know the image of driving a minivan might not appeal to you. However, once you sit in your captain’s chair with your tiny crew behind you it’s easy to get on board with the idea.
Just remember to check for your stroller before anchors away time.