You get enough "stuff" when you're a mom - between bottles and diapers, snacks and toys, the last thing you need is more junk to carry around. You can empower mom with the tools she can use to make a difference. Here are handful of simple, practical reusables that will help her to cut back on waste and save money in the long run.
We asked the moms around reuseit.com, and one of our Ambassadors, for their top picks - essential items that every mom should have. Practical, well-made and great-looking, these picks will last for years and cut back on thousands of use-and-toss items.
Susan - Mom to Issac, 3 yrs & Magdalena, 1 yr
Thermos Foogo 10 oz Leak-Proof Water Bottle, Blue - "I've been through a lot of sippy cups just like every other mom I know, but this one has been my favorite. It's the perfect size for an 18 month old to hold without being too big around or heavy. The straw easiest for kids to drink from and is also better for their oral development. I also like that this is insulated so I can use it for milk or smoothies. Other important factors - truly leakproof and easy to clean! Thermos has been great as well replacing the cap when my son dropped it once too many times, as well as sending replacement straws."
LunchSkins Snack Bag - "I've also tried a bunch of snack & sancwich bags and have finally landed on LunchSkins as my favorite. For me, these are the easiest to clean and I like that they are very lightweight (dry quickly) in bright fun patterns."
Bazura Bags Medium Insulated Lunch Bag - "I have all 3 sizes of these insulated bags - small, medium & large - and have used them for everything from transporting milk to daycare to packing a picnic lunch for the family. People always ask where I got these - they are so cute & fun!"
reuseit Hemp & Organic Cotton Napkin, Set of 4 - "I love these napkins and bought some in few colors so we can assign one to each member of the family. I always try to keep a few in the car, my purse and of course our lunchbags. I like the smaller size and that they clean up very quickly - don't even have to put them in the dryer."
Marni - Mom to Hayden, 6 yrs & Chloe, 8 yrs
Nellie's All-Natural PVC-free Dryerballs - "These are an important part of my 'dryer media' which also includes a Static Eliminator reusable dryer sheet. I put a few drops of essential oils on the sheet to make the sheets and towels smell nice."
reuseit™ Snack Bags - "Of course they are great snacks for lunch, long car rides, airplanes – any time you need to take some snacks on the go. I also use them for travel – as a mini-cosmetics bag, to hold toothbrushes and toothpaste, cotton swabs, band aids, all that miscellaneous stuff you need, especially with kids."
Lifefactory Glass Water Bottle - "This is my new favorite water bottle. It’s a little heavy, but the silicone sleeve is very attractive (I have red,) makes it easy to grip, and it holds just enough water to make it through a long day of dropping off kids, going to work, picking up kids, etc."
Jennifer – reuseit.com Ambassador – Mom to Addison, 3 yrs
& Blake, 1 yr
Mu Microfiber Cleaning Cloth with Scrubber – "I was just introduced to these recently and I am about to toss all of my other kitchen cloths and replace them with these! They are SO convenient when you are cleaning the counters with one hand and holding a baby in the other."
Reisenthel Market Basket – "I started using my basket as a reusable shopping basket, but it has quickly turned into my party catch-all, my scrapbook crafting basket and a fabulous toy bin! And when you are not using the basket...it folds up flat so it is easy to store. This is definitely a must-have for all moms who carry around a lot of stuff."
Orka by Mastrad Popsicle Molds - "After using them countless times, I can honestly say that they are the best popsicle molds I have ever owned. I love that they are made out of silicone so that the pops come out easily, especially when you are trying to serve impatient children. I have had a lot of fun experimenting with recipes and it makes me feel good to know that I am giving them organic and natural treats that literally cost pennies to make. I've also experimented with some "grown-up" popsicle recipes so this really is a treat the whole family can enjoy!"
Annie – Mom to Amelia, 1 yr
Prince Lionheart Reusable Wipe Warmer - "Reusable cloth wipes are one of my very favorite baby product must-haves. They're more absorbent than the disposable wipes (so I use less per diaper session) and then I can just toss them in with a load of cloth diapers. This wipe warmer makes diaper changes even easier by keeping the wipes warm and moist for sensitive little bums."
Laptop Lunch Bento Box - "I love the various sizes included in this bento box. They're perfect for taking lunch on the go (and fit nicely inside our Mimi bag!) or for storing that last little bit of dinner that will be just the right amount for my daughter's lunch the next day."
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