8 Cheap Beauty Products to Keep in Your Diaper Bag

On-the-go bliss for $20 or less.

8 Cheap Beauty Products to Keep in Your Diaper Bag

One of the hardest things about having a newborn is lugging all the stuff around. Even a simple trip to the grocery store by way of the park means you have to pack for almost any scenario , which doesn’t leave much room in your diaper bag or stroller for much else, and it definitely doesn’t include any treats for a busy mom on the go. That’s where we come in. We put together a list of cheap-but-luxurious, healthy, safe products for mama (and baby!) that will brighten your day in just one swipe, spritz, or smear.

From good-smelling lotions to refreshing toners, here are 8 beauty products under $20 that will make you smile, even in the midst of the biggest diaper blowouts!


Weleda, Skin Food

There are about a million uses for legendary Weleda’s 90-years-old Skin Food. It soothes chapped hands. It’s a great lip balm. In a pinch, it can be used in place of diaper cream. Makeup artists tout it as a highlighter for cheeks! From acne to eczema, this cream heals it all. It has a nice, subtle scent that is not overpowering, which makes it good for postpartum-sensitive noses and babies’ delicate systems. $12.99, buy it here.

W3LL PEOPLE, Nudist ColorBalm stick

Your hands are full. And possibly dirty (see below, we’ll get to that), so you don’t exactly have time or bandwidth to use a pot of lip balm or, heaven forbid, apply lipstick! Here’s the perfect solution. It feels like a balm, but you don’t have to dip your grimy fingers into it. It looks like a lipstick, but it’s light and forgiving enough that you can apply it without a mirror. With 6 shades to choose from and no toxic chemicals, there's no excuse. Now your parched lips are moisturized and you look more pulled-together. $15.75, Buy it here.

One Love Organics, Easy Does It (travel size)

Ever been in a Starbucks bathroom and found they’re out of soap? Ew. Or been at a playground and put your hand on a park bench that has something sticky on it you’d rather not think about? Easy Does It to the rescue! This foamy, gentle soap fits in your pocket but packs a cleaning punch with a delightful, delicate scent you’ll adore. It can be used all over your body, including as a very gentle, effective facial cleanser and makeup remover! Having it in your bag will ensure that you’re never caught with dirty hands or a sweaty face when you’re trekking around the city in the summer heat. Take it to the water fountain at the playground and wash off whatever that was you put your hand in on that bench!! Now! $9, Buy it here.

One Love Organics, Skin Savior

For an extra treat, follow any use of the Easy Does It foaming cleanser with a thin layer of One Love Organics’ Skin Savior balm! The travel size will last you a long time, and the sweet, orange scent will make you smile. $19, Buy here.

Leahlani Skincare, Body Butter

Aaaahhh, the smell of vacation. I’ve never been to Hawaii, and between the long flight and my young kids, it seems like I probably won’t get there anytime soon, but a girl can pretend! One whiff of any of these 5 dreamy, Hawaiian-made body butters and you’ll be transported, if only momentarily. Whether you want the floral scent of Hawaii (Kauai Orchid), the smell of a tropical rainstorm (Pikake), the invigorating island wind (Hanalei Breeze), something fruity (Mango) or Vanilla-kissed (Coconut), for only $18 you can imagine, even for a brief instant, that you’re carrying a beach chair to the the shores of the big island with a drink in your other hand, instead of carrying a stroller up the subway stairs. $18, Buy it here.

Josh Rosebrook, Hydrating Accelerator

This miracle mist sounds too good to be true, and it might feel too light to do much, but you better believe this spray is going to make your skin feel about a hundred times more refreshed. In just a few pumps of this moisturizer-meets-toner, your face will be less red, your skin more plump, and you’ll covered in vital nutrients. All that in less time than it takes to count to 10, and your sanity just might be restored, too. The scent is uplifting and subtle, the feeling of cool mist is so relaxing, and the vitamins packed into this aloe vera leaf juice based liquid will actually improve your skin tone. I know! You’re welcome. $20, Buy it here.

RMS Coconut Cream

Another multi-purpose product, coconut oil is a miracle salve for everything from sunburn to acne. Use it to soothe flyaways on your hair or remove errant mascara streaks on the go. Safe for baby, safe for mama, this particular oil “is harvested fresh for [RMS Beauty] using a new and modern processing technique making it superior over store bought coconut oil. Ours is superior over the other cold pressed coconut oils on the market.” For $18, that’s a real steal! $18, Buy it here.

Soapwalla, THE SPRAY

This one little bottle contains a miracle product, the ultimate multi-tasker! It’s a safe bug spray, an easy hand/surface sanitizer, a room deodorizer, and, some will tell you, a perfume! However you use it, the scent of eucalyptus (minty/piney), palmarosa (rosy), and litsea cubeba (lemony) essential oils will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. Good for those moments when your little one touches the subway pole, or when the mats at mama/baby yoga are not-so-fresh feeling. $16, Buy it here.

Oh, and that cute diaper bag in the picture is from TWELVElittle. Buy it here.

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

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

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.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

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!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

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.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

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.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

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.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

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.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

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.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

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.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

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.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

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.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

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.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

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.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

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.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

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.


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