Image: Ecoscapes Cotton Maternity Nursing Undershirts for Breastfeeding Moms
Ecoscapes Cotton Maternity Nursing Undershirt
Your baby needs to nurse, but you are out in public and you are uncomfortable about showing off all that skin when you lift your top?

Layer one crop top, blouse, shirt, etc. over an old T-shirt or tank top (mix or match colours!).

Cut two nursing slits in the old tank top or T-shirt and hem around the raw edges.

Image: Ecoscapes Cotton Maternity Nursing Undershirts for Breastfeeding Moms
Ecoscapes Cotton Maternity
Nursing Undershirt

Image: Ecoscapes Cotton Maternity Nursing Undershirts for Breastfeeding Moms
Ecoscapes Cotton Maternity
Nursing Undershirt
The top layer shirt will provide discreet coverage, yet your baby will still have easy access to nurse.

When you lift or shift your outer shirt to nurse, your tummy is fully covered. If you unbutton your blouse to nurse, your cleavage is not exposed.

Your baby's head and your outer garment cover the exposed portion of your breast.

Plus, there are no slits or panels to readjust after feeding!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Have you ever wished there was an accurate up-to-date website, listing all the breastfeeding laws and their provisions for enforcement - all in one place?

Click for the: Breastfeeding Laws For US and Canada


Image: Ecoscapes Cotton Maternity Nursing Undershirts for Breastfeeding Moms - an undershirt designed to be worn with a nursing bra and any shirt, blouse or dress that can be lifted up or down for breastfeeding.Image: Breast is Best Nursing Undershirt - cotton, sleevelessShopping Suggestions:
Ecoscapes Nursing Undershirts for Breastfeeding Moms
Breast is Best Nursing Undershirt
Undercover Mama Nursing Tank
Nursing Cami Seamless Tank Top
Naked Nursing Tank


Image: Bookcase climber by Exployment Now, on Flickr
Bolt your dressers, bookshelves, or any other tip-able furniture to the wall.

Secure to the floor or wall with L-braces, or to the wall with hook and eye - available at any hardware store.

From the photo: This is why we have small bookcases or hidden wall supports.

Goodness knows, if the supports were technically able to be lower, she'd probably sabotage them.

Thanks to Teresa for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: Bookcase climber,
by Exployment Now, on Flickr
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-Shopping Suggestions:
Kidco Anti-tip Furniture Strap
Battalion Corner Brace
Stanley Hardware Hook and Eye Latches
Mommy's Helper Tip Resistant Furniture Safety Brackets



Image: 336/365: bare bunz by chronic-shock, on Flickr
Photo credit: 336/365: bare bunz by chronic-shock, on Flickr
My grandmother gave me a great tip - to kill yeasty diaper rash.

Burn 1/2 cup flour in a clean frying pan.

(Yes, it smells bad)

Image: White Lily All Purpose Flour 5 Lbs - A special milling process and multiple siftings gives White Lily a nearly pure white color and silky texture not found in other flours-
Store in airtight container.

Put a little on the baby with each change.

I know it sounds strange... but it works great!

And it is almost free!

Thanks to Ruth Liew for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: The best second hand shop in Oxford, by Iona McNab, on PhotoBucket
I had a blast today! There's a small second hand children's store just down the street from me.

I decided to stop in and ask about cloth diapers/covers, and they showed me at least three bins of diapers and a basket full of covers.

The prices ranged from $1.29 for three liners, to $3.99 for a Kooshies...

I spent about fifteen dollars, and came home with a bag full enough to make a full load for my washer. I managed to pick up a couple of Dappi Contoured diapers, a nice (unnamed) prefold.

I mostly got All-in-ones though for nighttime and when my covers are in the wash.

Thanks to Ramona for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: The best second hand shop in Oxford
by Iona McNab, on PhotoBucket
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Image: Kissa's Neutral Inside All-In-One Diaper - Super soft with stay-dry fleece inside; Breathable, waterproof and durable PUL outside-Shopping Suggestions:
Kushies/Kooshies 5 Pack Reusable Ultra Diapers
Dappi Brand--Pinless Contoured Cloth Diapers
OsoCozy Prefold Cloth Diapers
Kissa's All-In-One Diaper



Image: Di-D-Klips - No worry about sticking parent or baby, with these metal clips used instead of diaper pins. 1 pair (2 clips)
I loved using these Di-D-Klips for my son, when he was a baby, wearing in Curity stretch gauze diapers - way back in 1977.

But unfortunately Di-D-Klips were discontinued many, many years ago, and they are really hard to find now.

I found that using either mitten clips or adding some waterproof covered elastic to suspender clips makes a great diaper clip - and it is safer too!

No choking hazard!

Image: N'Ice Caps Kids Mitten Clips | works for mittens and glovesImage: Angel tie wraps from Borntolove.com-
I just stretched out a piece of nylon fabric over a stretched out length of elastic, and sewed a suspender clip to each end - just like the mitten clips.

Plus you could make your own tie wrap - without any sewing required!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Di-D-Klips - No worry about sticking parent or baby, with these metal clips used instead of diaper pins. 1 pair (2 clips)HOW TO USE:
1. Bring back of cloth diaper to overlap front of diaper.
2. Clip must be pushed firmly onto diaper.


NOTE: Curity stretch gauze diapers haven't been manufactured for decades, but are now considered collectables!

If you are seeking Curity diaper products, you can most likely find them on online auction websites.

As an example, I bought my children 3 dozen Curity diapers for $11.00/dozen back in 1974 - used them on 4 babies, and then sold these very same diapers for $5.00 each on Ebay in the late 90's!  

Making a profit of $144 selling used diapers!

So expect to pay a pretty penny for these well-loved diapers!


Image: Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners - Pack of 3 (Pink, Purple, White) - Easy-to-use, safer, and more reliable alternative to diaper pinsShopping Suggestions:
• Toddlers Elastic Mitten Clips - US | Canada | UK
Dritz Mitten/Suspender Clips
Stretchrite Cotton 3/8-inch Swimwear Elastic
Nylon Rip Stop White Fabric
Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners




Image: Shopping on Sheinkin
A fabric hi-chair is a huge advantage if your little one will be making weekend trips to grandma's.

If you are eating out friends' homes, or at restaurants that do not provide infant seating.

Or even if you just don't have the space for a full-size high chair in your home.

You can also use it as a safety belt in baby's full-size high chair, or in the shopping cart seat!

Sew up this simple fabric hi-chair - it folds up small and stores right in your diaper bag!

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How to Make:

Image: You will need 1 metre (40in) of 90 cm (36in) wide of any type of fabric.1. You will need 1 metre (40") of 90 cm (36") wide of any type of fabric.
(IDEA - I used a quilted fabric and bound the edges with bias tape.)

2. Cut two tie-strips 19 cm (7.5") by 1 metre (40").
Hem or zigzag all edges of remaining piece.

Image: At one short side of your large rectangle, bring sides in to meet at center front and sew along each edge of angle formed.
3. At one short side of your large rectangle, bring sides in to meet at center front and sew along each edge of angle formed.

Image: Fold each tie-strip in half, right sides together.4. Fold each tie-strip in half, right sides together. Sew 1 cm (1/2") seams along long edge and one short end. Turn right way out, tuck in and finish last short edge.

Image: Center one tie-strip at each short end of  larger piece and top-stitch or zig-zag in place5. Center one tie-strip at each short end of larger piece and top-stitch or zig-zag in place.


Image: My Little Seat Infant Travel High Chair - Ultra portable and machine washable travel high chair

Picture from: My Little Seat Infant Travel High Chair
To Use:
Lay fabric seat over back of chair, spreading cloth down over the seat. Place your baby on top of fabric, bring front ties up between legs to baby's stomach and tie straps together at sides.

Image: You could also fasten  ties loosely first, then slip baby in and tighten straps.You could also fasten ties loosely first, then slip baby in and tighten straps.

Take it with you, everywhere you go!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Instructions Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
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Image: My Little Seat Infant Travel High Chair - Ultra portable and machine washable travel high chair-Shopping Suggestions:
My Little Seat Infant Travel High Chair
My Little Seat Infant Travel High Chair
Trendy Totseat
Leachco Sit 'N Secure - Safe Seating Wrap
Tie Chair Travel High Chair
Leachco Wrap Strap Anywhere Safety Strap


Image: Are you ready to give up disposable paper pads, and switch to cloth pads - but worried about the cost?
Today's natural and responsible choice for feminine protection is washable, reusable cloth menstrual pads. An environmentally-safe, economical alternative!

Are you ready to give up those expensive disposable paper pads, and switch to cloth pads - but worried about the cost of purchasing enough cloth pads?

(See article links below to why you should consider switching to cloth.)

Here's a Frugal Baby Tip for Mom!

Image: Cut out three layers of an absorbent 100% cotton fabricCut out three layers of an absorbent 100% cotton fabric (i.e. flannelette, terrycloth, cotton fleece, hemp, sherpa, etc.) into an 8.5" by 10" (21.5cm x 25cm) rectangle.

Round corners. Pile together.

Image: Cut out two wingsStitch all around, using either a zigzag stitch or a serge stitch.

Cut out two wings 6" by 6" (15cm x 15cm), shaped sort of like like this: =O= - see picture on the right:

Fold each wing in half, and zigzag or serge stitch all raw edges.


Image: Center wings on the pad
Center wings on the pad, about 2.25" (5.5cm) from either long edge, with straight edge of wings facing straight edge of the pad.

Looks something like this [_[)(]_], though the wings will be overlapping - see picture on the left.

Sew a straight seam, catching in the wings, 2.5" (6.5cm) from both long edges.

Either sew Velcro® on wings or use hammer-on snaps.

Fold the pad in thirds, and fasten the wings underneath the fold.

Now you have a super-absorbent 9-layer menstrual pad that opens up for easy washing and quick drying!
How to Use Your Make-Your-Own Menstrual Pads

Image: open pad

Image: pad folded once

Image: pad folded twice

Image: back of folded pad

Image: back of snapped and folded pad

Pad laying flat, with wings folded back over outer flaps of pad

Fold under one flap, the part under the wing

Fold under other flap. The center panel is the part that will be next to your skin

Back of folded pad, the part that goes next to your panties

Back of folded pad, snapped together


Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

NOTE: This is a copyrighted design, originally designed by Catherine McDiarmid in 1993.

Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt, on borntolove.com
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More ideas:
Make Your Own Cloth Menstrual Pads Pattern

Menstrual Articles
Menstrual Products and Health
Feminine Ecology Notes
Women Taking the Initiative for a Safer Environment
Fast Facts from Whitewash
Backgrounder: What Are Organochlorines? And Why Are They So Dangerous?
What Women Can Do to Stop the Whitewash
More On-line Articles


Image: Dritz Snap Fastener Attacher Kit - Easy Attacher - Includes Tool and 4 Size 16 Snaps-Shopping Suggestions:
 • Velcro® Brand Soft, Flexible Sew-On Tape
 • Dritz Snap Fastener Attacher Kit - Easy Attacher
 • GladRags Color Day Pad
 • Organic Reusable Cloth Menstrual Pads


Happy Bath! by Bart Heird, on Flickr
Photo credit: Happy Bath! by Bart Heird, on Flickr
I re-use an empty BabyGanics Foaming Hand Soap dispenser for all liquid baby soap that I buy, and I've found that it makes liquid soap go way further.

I find it a lot easier to shampoo baby's hair, or wash a slippery baby when I can squirt foam soap out of a dispenser.

I usually put an inch of liquid baby soap (Johnsons, Aveeno, etc.) in the dispenser, fill the rest of the bottle with water, give it a good shake, and it's ready to use.

Image: Cuisipro foam pump dispenser - Turns liquid soap into foam, which reduces soap usage up to 75 percent
Cuisipro foam pump dispenser
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I have also bought an empty Cuisipro foam pump dispenser from a kitchen/bath store and they work well too.

Many products now come in foam pump bottle styles and can be rinsed out and used for this purpose as well.

I've been saving lots of money by being able to stretch one bottle of liquid soap about 5 times the length of time as opposed to using the soap straight from the container.

Thanks to Suzie Mah for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: M30 Stain Remover - NEW 14 Oz. TubI know many of us like to go organic, but I have found the best thing for those yellowy stains on baby clothing, cloth diapers and other family clothing stains, is this product called M30 Stain Remover.

I used to be able to get a small jar of from our local Dollar Store. It's such a shame that they stopped carrying this product.

M30 gets out the worst stains on my husband's clothes (he's an iron worker and they get some nasty stuff on them) as well as that yellowy stuff on baby clothes.

I have saved a lot of "throwaways" from family members because of it!

You smear the stuff on really thick and let it sit for 15-30 minutes, then simply wash.

I usually wash the clothes again afterwards to get rid of anything that is left on it.

Thanks to Bevin for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image; M30 Stain Remover Now available from Amazon: M30 - Quickly removes grease, tar, ink, paint, varnish, grass stains, crayon marks, shoe polish, perspiration stains, chewing gum, tobacco gum, blood, cosmetics, pet stains, Barbecue sauce, gravy, chocolate, and many other stubborn soils and stains.

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