I get that everyone's situation is unique, but I've never gotten what is so special about these cars that they have to treated as garage queens.
Winter? Get a bag of sand and a good set of snows. Blustery wet fall? Make sure the tires are above 3.5 mm, and properly inflated.
Keep the car clean, and if you can't maintain it, take it to someone you trust that has a profit motive to keep it in shape.
Anyways, I'd suggest maybe an off-lease Civic or Tercel, still just within warranty. Either of these would be adequate, clean, reliable, and safe for a little one.
Character does count. For too long we have gotten by in a society that says the only thing right is to get by and the only thing wrong is to get caught. Character is doing what's right when nobody is looking... " --J. C. Watts