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10 Parent's Choice items our readers love

You don't have to skimp on quality for affordability, mama.

10 Parent's Choice items our readers love
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Babies require a lot of stuff. From diapers, bottles, car seats, strollers, nursery furniture, baby gear and more, it all adds up. Like, really adds up. The good news, mama, is that there are plenty of ways to save money, like knowing when to splurge and when to choose a store brand.

Luckily, store brands these days are actually kind of great. Take Walmart's household brand, Parent's Choice, which doesn't skimp on quality for affordability. Our readers have been loving the Walmart line for products their babies go through quickly (diapers, wipes and formula) and the ones that are more utilitarian (potty seats and step stools). They've uncovered the "secret" of how actually amazing the line is—and tipped each other off—creating a cult following of Parents' Choice loyalists.

Ready to save money, too? Check out some of their favorites below.

1. Parent's Choice Diapers

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A mega box of 280 diapers may seem like a lot, but trust us, you'll be amazed by how many you actually need. These dermatologically-tested diapers are free of latex, elemental chlorine and bleach, making them safe for sensitive skin. And with 12 hours of leakage protection, you don't have to panic when the wetness indicator turns from yellow to blue; your little one will stay nice and dry in the event that you're unable to swing an immediate diaper change!

Price: $36.38

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2. Shea Butter Wipes

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Gentle enough for baby's bottom, hands and face, these wipes are made of 99% purified water with moisturizing shea butter to soothe the skin. You get eight individual packs of 100 wipes to divvy up between your diaper bag, nursery, car and stroller so you can be prepared wherever you go—and you can feel confident they'll be moist when you need them thanks to a convenient flip-top opening.

Price: $12.88

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3. Royal Plush Blanket

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Available in pink, blue and white, this cozy blanket features an eye-catching zig-zag pattern on one side and teddy bear-like fluff on the other. But don't be fooled by its softness—this blanket is a workhorse! It's the perfect size for a tummy time mat or a lightweight stroller covering, and it's made from easy-to-clean fabric that can be machine washed and dried.

Price: $10.87 - $11.24

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4. 3-Piece Nursery Set

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Set the stage for a stylish nursery with this three-piece bedding set, complete with a comforter, fitted crib sheet and dust ruffle. Featuring a classic chevron design, the gender-neutral grey, white and aqua color scheme complements any decor, and you'll have extra money left over to splurge on stuffed animals and toys.

Price: $24.43 (regularly $39.87)

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5. Non-GMO Gentle Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder With Iron

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This Non-GMO powder formula is nutritionally comparable to Enfamil Premium Gentlease, packed with DHA, vitamins and minerals to keep your child healthy. Made from partially hydrolyzed whey protein and other ingredients that haven't been genetically engineered, the easy-to-digest formula soothes fussiness, gas and crying so you have a happy, full baby.

Price: $69.97

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6. Non-GMO Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder With Iron

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An affordable alternative to Similac Pro-Advance, this Non-GMO milk-based powder formula with iron offers complete nutrition for baby's first year without any pesky genetically engineered ingredients or artificial growth hormones. DHA, lutein and vitamin E assist in brain and eye development, and a prebiotic similar to what's in breastmilk supports your infant's immunity.

Price: $69.97 (regularly $74.59)

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7. 2 Step Stool

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When your kiddo is little, you'll need a step stool in almost every room: in front of the bathroom sink, at the kitchen counter, next to the bed. And when they're this inexpensive, you won't mind having them all over the house! And let's not forget the safety features, including a non-slip stepping surface (check out those cute grey stars) and skid-resistant rubber footing.

$11.84

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8. Inflatable Safety Bathtub

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Bath time is good, clean—safe!—fun in this inflatable tub for toddlers that's ideal for small bathrooms. Simply deflate, fold, and hide it under the sink when you need to reclaim the space. Adorned with colorful stars, stripes and squiggles, the tub boasts a cushy seat and headrest to make hair washing a breeze and an easy-to-read thermometer that keeps the water temperature "just right."

Price: $11.88

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9. Cushioned Potty Seat

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Even the most apprehensive toilet training tots won't mind sitting on this thick foam potty seat. Designed for the comfort and cleanliness for kids, the seat fits standard and elongated toilet seats and includes a storage hook… because parents have to sit on the toilet, too.

Price: $9.88

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10. Potty & Reveal

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Toddlers will love the interactive design of this pint-sized potty: a hidden picture of a swimming turtle is revealed when they successfully use it. When they're ready to transition to a regular toilet, the potty does double duty (pun intended!) with a removable potty ring that can be used on a standard toilet seat.

Price: $11.94

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This article was sponsored by Walmart. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

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This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

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Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

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Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

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Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

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Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

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Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

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The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

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Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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