Family Essentials (and Where we Shop for Them)

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn Ruth

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthIt’s no big secret that we love Aldi for all of our shopping needs in this household, but since having Evie and becoming a family who now has to add nappies and kid friendly snacks to our weekly shop, it’s the ONLY supermarket you’ll find us in.

I think I probably find myself frequenting our local branch daily, Evie now knowing her way up and down those aisles and charming the shop assistants as she insists in doing the ‘beep beep’ contactless pay. And if you follow me on Instagram and watch my stories, you’ll know that I LIVE FOR those special buys. Every Thursday and Sunday you’ll find me scouring that middle aisle for bargains and my favourite pastime is reading the special buys magazine with a cup of tea. Yup. there’s definitely no denying that I’m an honest fan and have become known as somewhat of an Aldi aficionado over on Instagram.

So when I got an email from their PR team suggesting a blog collaboration, I didn’t need to think long before saying yes. I try to make sure I only ever partner with brands on this blog that fit naturally with my lifestyle, and as far as reviews go, discussing the Mamia range from Aldi is probably one of the easiest things I’ve had to write about, as these are products that we use (and have done since day dot of parenting) without fail week on week.

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthI can remember when I was around 36 weeks pregnant and we set about stocking up the nursery for the unknown little bundle that was about to join us in 4 weeks (and 5 days) time. I reached out to friends and family with babies to ask which nappies we should plump for. The resounding answer from almost everyone was to opt for the Aldi Mamia range, mainly because they’re newborn size packs were super affordable, but also because the consensus was they really were the best.

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthWe trusted the majority and stocked up our changing table with lots of teeny tiny first size nappies. And do you know what? We’ve never really wavered since. We’ve dabbled in different brands here and there, if we’ve run out unexpectedly or headed out somewhere only to realise we’ve left the house sans nappy bag, but we’ve always found ourselves coming back to the Mamia range. They’ve seen Evie through from those tiny newborn size 1’s, right up to her current size 5, and we’re now moving onto their pull ups too. And it’s not just the affordability (although that is a big factor – having a child is undoubtedly the quickest way to drain your savings), we’ve always found them to be the most absorbent, they easily last through the night and they’re easy to put on with the fun designs alerting you to which side is the front and which the back. The Newborn nappies even have a line down the front which changes colour when the nappy becomes wet, so you know easily when to change your little one (before they’re at an age to tell you of course – Evie now likes to shout ‘no poo poo, just wee wee’ or ‘big poo poo’ whenever she wants her nappy changed. LOL kids are the funniest!). We’ve used the Mamia sensitive baby wipes since Evie was small too, which are brilliant for sensitive skin prone to redness or rashes, which Evie used to get a lot as a baby.

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthBut it’s not just the nappy related products we rate. the Mamia range of weaning pouches, foods and snacks is excellent and a fraction of the price of other brands. We really struggled with weaning Evie (I’ve still got a half written post drafted on our weaning journey and the mistakes we made) and she’s still not a huge eater even now so it can often be difficult to find foods that we know she’ll actually enjoy.

However since we first introduced purees to her, she’s loved these fruit pots from Aldi (and still scoffs them now!) – at times the only thing we could get her to eat in those early days was pureed pear and apple, and we used to have to mix these in with other savoury/vegetable pouches to disguise the taste for her and get something inside her.

Before she ate all solid foods, we used to love the Mamia range of puree pouches – there’s a sweet potato, pumpkin, apple and blueberry one that was always a winner, and as it seemed to sell like hot cakes, whenever I saw it in, I literally used to buy every pouch on the shelf. The carrot, apple and parnsip one was also a hit, and the breakfast fruit and yoghurt pouches, Evie used to love!

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthNow that she’s older and likes the odd snack (ok more than the odd one!), we stock up on these apple flavoured rice cakes (and the raspberry versions too) and the apple biscotti biscuits which are slightly more kid friendly than a sugary digestive biscuit and make me feel like a marginally better parent when I give in to Evie’s ‘bisc, bisc’ demands for the fifth time that day! She’s clearly a fan of the apple flavours… although still won’t eat an ACTUAL apple if I put that in front of her – toddlers!!

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthTop Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthAldi truly has seen us through almost two years of parenting  – we’ve bought everything from toys, to nappies to books and puzzles there and I’m very glad there’s a branch local to our town in Manchester as I don’t know where I’d be without my daily visits. I think, should we be lucky/mad enough to do this all again and have another child. I would be tempted to try re-usable nappies next time as I often do feel guilty about the impact our nappy usage and disposal is having on the environment. But with Evie nearly two and us probably attempting potty training next year, I feel as if now perhaps isn’t the time to make the switch. So for now I’m happy that Aldi offer us an affordable option and we’ll be continuing to use the Mamia range for the rest of Evie’s time in nappies.

Top Uk lifestyle blogs, Jaclyn RuthFellow parents, do you rate the Mamia range? And where to you shop for those family essentials?

This post was in collaboration with Aldi, and the products featured were gifted. However it genuinely is all products we buy on a weekly basis anyway and I was happy to promote. As always all words and opinions are my own – thanks for supporting the collaborative content on this blog.

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  • Lewis Craik says:

    We rate the Mamia nappies/wipes, and will drive past 2 large supermarkets to go to Aldi to buy them.

    I also appreciate your special event announcements! Ive has a few things for the wee man from those.

    • Jaclyn says:

      Haha thank you! Always happy to be the special buys alert! I know we’ve always used Aldi too, I’m so glad there’s one near us otherwise it wouldn’t be as convenient!

  • Linda says:

    Good old Aldi! I don’t have much experience of baby products but rely on them for the bulk of my fresh food nowadays. It’s good to hear that new parents are being given a cheaper alternative to the big brands – they can be so expensive!

  • Aileen says:

    We always used Supermarket brand nappies (after about 3 weeks in Pampers and realising they were breaking the bank) but Tesco was our closest supermarket. However once we realised there was an Aldi not too far away we started shopping in there 100% of the time and what a difference it made to our shopping bill. We then moved and now have an Aldi which is a 5 minute walk away. I bloody love it!! Also don’t worry about the weaning, Amy was a great eater when we weaned and would devour pretty much anything. She’s now 6, loves beige food, will only eat certain vegetables and wants either pizza or bolognaise every night for dinner. I’m blaming school 😉 x

    • Jaclyn says:

      I’m SO glad there’s one near us otherwise it definitely wouldn’t be as convenient but it really is the cheapest! Especially with a kid! Ah the food thing is such a challenge isn’t it? People keep telling me the same thing as you, that they will go through various stages with eating well and refusing, and I was a SUPER fussy eater as a child and now eat pretty well so I know it will sort itself out. I just can’t help but worry when I can’t get a single vegetable down her!!

  • Debbie Carr says:

    Cute photos. Aldi really is much cheaper, but I worry they use palm oil in a lot of their products.
    Debs @

    • Jaclyn says:

      Thank you! Oh I know palm oil is such a worry isn’t it? I’m trying so hard to avoid it at the moment and check the backs of everything religiously but then something I wouldn’t even expect to have it throws me! I guess we can all just do our best – I’ll definitely check more of the Aldi products from now on seeing as you’ve mentioned it!