Reusable Products that Every Mom Needs This Summer (and always!)
As a new mom, I felt like I was given an opinion for every baby product under the sun. The best strollers, car seats, and breast pumps... the cutest onesies, teethers, and swaddles…
What I don’t feel like I really knew until I was in the thick of motherhood was how important it was to have products that make my life easier. Products that last. Products that I can feel at ease with knowing they align with my values. Those are the products that I wish I had been filled in on!
I’ve learned that re-usable products are some of the most important products I’ve got in my mom tool belt. I’m talking about products that save money, time, and are environmentally friendly. Once I started using reusables I realized they aren’t just for the eco-devoted parents, many of them are essentials for all of us! Here are few reusable items that every mom needs this for the summer (and all year round!)
I am now shocked to look back and realize that no one mentioned this essential product before I entered motherhood - the wet bag. These life-saving bags are basically bags with a waterproof lining and a zipper closure that can hold anything. Pro tip: stock up on 4 or 5 so they can be designated for different places. One or two in the diaper bag or the car for dirty changes of clothing, swimming lessons, or to hold toys, another in the gym bag for sweaty clothes or with breast pump gear to hold wet pieces, and another around the house for beach or pool outings. You name it - this bag is an essential that you didn’t even know you needed. Say goodbye to plastic bags and hello to your new lifesaver. We love this LHK wet bag which includes to snappable straps for easy hanging (stroller, car, bathroom, you name it)
Reusable Snack Bags
We hate thinking about the countless plastic bags that have ended up in a landfill somewhere -- and that’s why we love reusable snack bags. These day trip staples offer convenience, a solution to the plastic problem, and just plain cuteness. We also love using them to organize purses, diaper bags, toiletries or electronics when traveling and so much more. We recommend having at least 6 reusable bags in rotation - just throw them in your wash with your laundry and hang dry. Our favorites? The Bumkins reusable snack bags because they are easy to clean and mesh feel makes them a perfect fit for just about anywhere. We also love silicone Stasher bags because they’re transparent, a bit more heavy duty, and perfect for keeps snacks crisp and fresh! (especially refrigerated ones!)
We love these Bumkins Snack Bags that come in so many fun prints!
We love reusable kids water bottles because they save us money, keep plastic out of landfills (since they largely don’t get recycled), and quench our thirst when we’re on the go -- but the real game changer is how much they save us time. These reusables cut down on the seemingly never ending dish washing. We love this stainless steel kids water bottle as an option for it’s leak proof lid, insulated double walls, protective bumper (for when it’s dropped), and lifetime warranty. (yes, even these kid sized ones!)
We all know that straws are a wasteful item and that they’re piling up in the ocean, but at the same time they can help prevent spills and ice hitting you in the face when you’re trying to enjoy a refreshing drink (we’ve been there). Reusable straws are an easy fix and a staple in eco-friendly homes. Keep stainless steel straws on hand in the kitchen, and try silicone reusable straws (complete with a carrying case) in the diaper bag or in the car. This way you can enjoy drinks, prevent messes, save money, and the environment all at the same time.
If you have decided that breastfeeding is for you, you will need nursing pads in your life. They are worn inside your bra to keep it dry and keep milk away from your clothing so you don’t have fun wet spots on your shirt. Although there are disposable nursing pads -- we came to love reusables for so many reasons. Mainly, they are healthier for mom! They allow for better air circulation which is helpful with sore nipples and are free of absorbant chemicals that would otherwise be against your skin. Plus, They also will save you money! The cost of a box of 60 disposables is around $10 while our nursing pads are $9.95 for 2 pairs and they come with a little waterproof zipper bag for on-the-go storage.
What reusable products did we miss? Let us know in the comments!