Mom: Lauren Pero, Oak Park
Kid: Ava, 16 months
Must-have: "Besides diapers and wipes, I always have Wet Ones on hand to wipe down dirty shopping carts and sticky hands. Graham crackers and an Elmo book are always in my diaper bag in case of a meltdown. They can buy me an extra 15 minutes until I can get where I need to go."
Dirty secret: "This is gross, but I actually just looked in there today and found a piece of petrified dinner roll from probably two months ago."