Cozy Car Caddy

Preparing Siblings For Baby

The fun thing about preparing for a new baby is realizing how it will also impact baby's older siblings!!  I saw this adorable idea from Naptime Journal.  She created an entire "Countdown to Baby" for her daughter.

I wanted to make my 3-year-old nephew a little gift so he could help celebrate when his baby brother arrived!  I couldn't think of any gift better than the famous cozy car caddy from Homemade By Jill.  I thought this would be a fun way for him to take his favorite matchbox cars to the hospital to play while Mom and Baby were recovering.  Okay, okay.  I wanted to make one for Little Man, too.  So I made TWO.  I love how they turned out!

I don't even want to point out all of my many "oopseys" on this project.  Let's just say I will get it right if I ever do it again. But I did learn a little trick... I didn't like that my stitching showed after sewing on the velcro.  So I used a red sharpie to make my stitches blend in to the belting!

Here is the inside.  I had some red duck cloth left over from a placemat project.  Between the duck cloth and denim, this is a very sturdy project!  So it should withstand some heavy-duty playing from very enthusisastic little boys!

My son loved his cozy car caddy as a surprise when we were traveling, and we needed a little entertaining at the airport.  This is his favorite car--or should I say teething toy!

Just load those cars into their numbered pockets, wrap it up, and you're on your way!  They really won't fall out.  (I worried about that.)

I can just hear my son's little vroom-vroom sounds!

How have you helped prepare your siblings for a new baby??

Don't forget--my "Baby is Sleeping" sign giveaway ends tonight at midnight.
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  1. Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} says:

    Is that denim?? I love that! Love your Sharpie trick, too. Brilliant! This is just to stinkin' cute!

  2. Lyndsey says:

    I want that car caddy.. LOVE IT!!!!!

  3. {mother lode} says:

    this was my solution for baby proofing all of the small toys in our home that pose a risk to our 6 month old – it was proving to be quite the challenge with our four year old daughter who love, Love, LOVES tiny treasures, until I came up with this idea that is working like a charm!

    http://www.camilledawn.com/2010/06/let-baby-proofing-begin.html

  4. Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity says:

    Love it! Can you make me one-pretty pretty please?! 😉

  5. [email protected] says:

    I came up w/ a car cozie/cozy tute last summer :) It is different and a little easier :)
    I love Jill's idea to use denim and numbers. I actually used the numbers later w/ a placemat and made it a car cozy. Yours turned out very cute and I don't see any "oopseys" :)
    Here are the links:
    the first one I made up had lots of oopseys :)
    http://mygratitudeattitudes.blogspot.com/2009/07/car-cozie.html
    Here is the tute:
    http://mygratitudeattitudes.blogspot.com/2009/09/car-cozie-tutorial-and-etsy-re.html

    place mat car cozy:
    http://mygratitudeattitudes.blogspot.com/2010/02/make-car-cozie-car-cozy-or-roll-up-from.html

  6. nap time journal says:

    Thanks for the link back to my blog :) I think I want a car cady just so I have something to play with while I wait in the doctors office with my kids :) So cute and fun!!

  7. That is super cute. Love it!!

    Thanks for the follow! I am returning it now! Debra- http://www.housewifeeclectic.com

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