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8 Reasons why minivans rule

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

How to cope with being a mom who drives a minivan

When you have one child, she can fit just fine in your cute (or practical) two-door vehicle, but once you have another baby or two, you may be checking out how a minivan will fit your family — or your garage. The good news? Minivans can be pretty awesome.

1. So much space

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There is so much space inside a minivan. From storage space in the back to space between your kids, you will not know how you survived using a regular old car for so long once you start toting around your brood in a minivan.

2. Seats for all

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Vans usually seat at least seven people — sometimes more — so not only can you fit your whole family, but maybe a friend or two, as well.

3. Sliding doors

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The reason sliding doors are so great is because your kid can't open them and dent someone else's car.

4. Sweet built-in features

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Depending on the model, you might get a minivan that comes complete with screens for DVD distraction, a built-in vacuum or one with a rear door that opens with a wave of the foot. So sci-fi, yet so real.

5. Smooth ride

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While a minivan will be bigger than your car, you will likely find that they're pretty easy to drive — and you'll be up high in the right spot for coffee drive-through, too.

6. Perfect for all your luggage

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I've had a minivan for years and years, and I can't imagine taking a road trip, going camping or taking a vacation in a smaller vehicle. You can pack minivans full and you won't even notice.

7. Easy on your back

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No more bending over to snap a car seat into its base — the height of a minivan makes putting babies and toddlers into their car seats much more of a breeze than ever.

8. All the cup holders

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When you have kids, suddenly you realize how few cup holders you have when you have a smaller vehicle. Enter the minivan… even on my 10-year-old model, I have scads of cup holders. They come in very handy — believe me.

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