How to Create a Mommy Emergency Car Kit (Gift Idea)

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I’ve been working on re-arranging my car kits after I saw a #10 Can Car Kit on Pinterest. I thought fitting it into cans made a lot of sense and would be sturdy and a good way to use up old cans. It’s still a work in progress and I’ll post about it when I have them completed. BUT, it also gave me a great idea for a different type of emergency car kit also using an empty #10 can.

How to Create a Mommy EMERGENCY Car Kit.  Perfect baby shower gift idea for a new Mommy!

My two little sisters both got pregnant with their first babies at the same time and I wanted to do something special for them on their first Mother’s Day. After having 4 kids myself, I’ve learned a few things like “always keep a spare diaper and wipes in the car” because your mental capacity decreases over time and you start to forget your diaper bag more often than you remember it when you are herding 4 children out the door. I decided it would be great to give them a MOMMY emergency car kit that contains small sizes of things they will most likely keep in a diaper bag, but can save them in an emergency where they forget it at home.

Contents List:

Here is everything I included. You can feel free to add or subtract items to fit your needs. Some suggestions from readers are a onesie, or nursing pads and snacks for the mommy.


  • Wet wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Diapers
  • Bottle
  • Formula
  • Binkie
  • Nail clippers
  • Infant Tylenol
  • Band-aids
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby powder
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby wash

It was cheaper for me to buy enough items to make 6 kits since I could buy 3-packs of bottles and binkies, and I could split a whole package of diapers and formula packets into 6 kits. It ended up costing about $16 for each kit including the decorating materials. Now I have 4 more gifts ready to go for future baby showers!



  • Clean out an empty #10 can
  • Stuff it full of the items from the contents list above
  • Use cute scrapbook paper to cover the outside of the can
  • Wrap a strip of ribbon around bottom and top of can
  • Tape a circle of matching scrapbook paper onto the lid
  • Print out labels with a contents list and title for the top

Feel free to use my printable downloads below:

Printables in Word Format (customizable)
Printables in PDF Format

And here are my cute sisters on Mother’s Day with their new car kits 🙂

How to Make a Mommy EMERGENCY Car Kit.  Perfect baby shower gift idea for a new Mommy!

  • mishqueen

    If you’re by the right cannery, you can even give them an unopened can, so they have to whip out their can opener. Unnecessary, but a funny touch at a shower. 😉

  • Michelle

    What #10 cans come with the lids?

    • The ones that have food in them will come with the plastic lid. I just hold on to the old ones after they are empty!

  • Becky

    EHow about a small bottled water for the formula. No good without the water.

    • Judy Young

      You can’t keep bottled water in the car , it becomes toxic .

      • Lauren Anne

        not really i do it all the time and i am still here and healthy as can be .. i believe it’s a myth

        • Judy Young

          It’s not a myth , it is in fact true . You are drinking a bunch of chemicals .

          • Sara

            This is a myth. It’s based upon a college thesis from 2007. An unidentified doctor claims that the heat from the car can cause chemicals, specifically diethylhexyl adipate (DEHA) in the plastic to leak into the water and can cause breast cancer. In fact, DEHA is not inherent in the plastic used to make these bottles, and even if it was, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says DEHA “cannot reasonably be anticipated to cause cancer, teratogenic effects, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, gene mutations, liver, kidney, reproductive, or developmental toxicity or other serious or irreversible chronic health effects.” Meanwhile, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), says DEHA “is not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans.”

  • Michelle

    I agree with Gwen, everything is updated on our computers and I have tried both a Mac and a PC and I am unable to download the “Printables in Word Format” that is customizable. I sure love your website!

  • when I click on your word document its corrupted- it does not look like the pdf version at all- if you want me to do a screen shot and email please provide the email- it may look fine from your computer because it is a file on your computer-

    • Are you using a PC or a Mac? Do you have an old version of Microsoft Word? Those are two potential issues I could see. I re-downloaded it as a brand new file and it still opens uncorrupted on my end.

      • tabby

        it is still showing up in printer code only.

    • LeeAnn

      If you don’t have the correct fonts installed, it could change the layout.

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