Image: uncut fruit, by Ugly Duckling's (im_an_ugly_duckling) on PhotobucketYou can make pureed fruit on the go with just a spoon or fork for babies eight month old and up.

Cut an apple, or pear in half.

Simply scrape across the surface of the fruit several times with a spoon, and feed the resulting puree to your baby.

You could also mash an avocado, melon, papaya, kiwi or banana with a fork - instant "baby food"!

Thanks to Susan for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: Laundry Soap Kit - Fels Naptha-3 bars, Borax and Washing Soda
Here is the laundry soap recipe I found. It looks great, but I haven't used it yet.

I think I'll add some peppermint Dr. Bronner's to it, too just for the smell.

I guess you could add some essential oils if you wanted.

FELS NAPTHA HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP

Recipe By : Annette Bowser
Serving Size : 1 Preparation Time :0:00
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1/3 bar Fels Naptha Laundry Soap
1/2 cup Arm and Hammer super washing soda
1/2 cup Borax
3 pints Water

Grate the Fels Naptha Soap. Put in a pan with 3 pints of water, and heat until dissolved. Stir in 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup Borax. Mix and heat until all ingredients are dissolved. Cook for 15 minutes. It will look similar to honey. Remove from heat.

In a large bucket (3 or 5 gallon), put 1 quart of hot water, then add the soap. Mix. Add 5 1/2 quarts cold water (or enough to make 2 gallons total mixture). Mix until well blended. Set aside for 24 hours. Its will gel up. Use 1/2 cup for each load.

Fels Naptha Laundry Soap (it is a bar) is usually located near the bath bar soaps in your local grocery store. Fels Naptha is made by Dial Soap Company (usually called Mule Team). If you can't find it check on Amazon.

Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda is in the detergent aisle of your local grocery store, near the Borax. If you can't find it call the 800# (1-800-524- 1328 - The UPC is 3320003020) to find a store near you that sells it. Or check on Amazon.

ANNETTE'S NOTES:
The Fels Naptha was hard to find, but worth it. Everyone on the AOL tightwad board raves about it.

They say it takes out everything, even old stains. I found mine yesterday and am going to try it as soon as I am out of my regular detergent.

If you need Fels Naptha I suggest you check all the grocery stores in your area, it is usually with the laundry detergent.

Thanks to The Lewis Family for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: Reusable Large Pail Liner Bag for Cloth Diapers or Laundry
Someone gave me a great idea for a diaper pail liner a while back... I use an old pillowcase!

I have used it for 3 months with great success.

I now have two pillowcases in use.

I wash diapers every other day, and I throw the pillow case right in with the diapers, and then put the other one on the diaper pail.

I was having a difficult time finding a nylon bag that I could throw in with the dipes, that the colour wouldn't run.

This works great, and I didn't have to spend any money!

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Image: Socks! They Totally Suck!, by Shannon (shanntastic) on Flickr
I also use this recipe and I love it! I do the same thing - buy used clothes at garage sales/thrift stores for about a quarter each (and I can get really nice stuff), and then I get the stains out with this recipe.

It's worked with almost everything!

For really bad stains, and when I really care about the clothing and want to save it, I'll do the stain treatment, hang the garment in the sun all day to dry, and then do the strain treatment again.

I always do it exactly as the recipe says:  
• 1 cup Clorox II,
• 1 cup Cascade dish-washing detergent,
• 5 gallons of the hottest water to come out of your sink,
• then soak overnight and wash as usual
- only I cut it back to about 3 gallons and adjust the detergents accordingly.

Five gallons is a *BIG* bucket!

I wait until I have a whole bunch of things to soak and do them all at once.

I always figured it was important to use the actual name brand stuff (Cascade and Clorox II) since the recipe came from the Tightwad Gazette.

It seems like the author would have tried it with the cheaper no-brand detergents! But maybe not.

Thanks to Kimberly for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: White House Apple Cider Vinegar, 64 fl ozThought I'd pass along a new tip... CIDER VINEGAR!

It makes the diapers MUCH softer.

I tried it tonight for the first time and I am thrilled!

Flannel's much softer, Daisies are floppy... everything was noticeably softer.

Don't know why it works better than distilled white vinegar, but it does!

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Image: Diaper pail, by Inga Munsinger Cotton on FlickrMy preference is to use a 15 gallon Sterlite rectangular bin (about 4 bucks at WalMart), and I have it up on a table next to the changing table.

I wash it out quickly with either vinegar or antibacterial hand soap each time I do diaper laundry.

It's not smelly, and since it's shallow, it's easy to wash out. No deo disks (which I think smell worse than the diapers). In dry winter weather when the we heat with wood, I don't even put a lid on it. The diapers dry out and when they dry out they are surprisingly not smelly.

But since I have a 2 story house, I have another setup upstairs. I use diaper pail made for disposables and a diaper pail liner.

I like that system upstairs, because the Sterlite bin is not as easy to haul up and down stairs as a liner full of dipes. But since it's tall and a pain to wash out, a liner is a must for that one, but liners are kind of pricey.

I actually have two liners, so I can put the fresh one in right away, so I have a place to put the upstairs diapers that appear while the liner is in the wash with the diapers.

The bin method is less expensive than a pail and liner or two, but both work just fine.

Thanks to Karen for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: Our bedroom - wall to wall bed, by William Heaton (billheat) on PhotobucketWe, like many of you have posted bought an expensive crib, decked it out in beautiful bedding, painted her room, etc. Then she slept in our bed from birth.

We did decide there wasn't enough room in our bed, and mover crib into our room rather than buy one of those bedside cribs.

Our bed is high off the ground and the top crib mattress setting is exactly the same height. So we just stuck it right next to the bed and left the side down on that side.

But now that she is getting more mobile, we were a little worried, so our newest solution was to dismantle our beautiful one year old cherry Queen Anne bed (yes, we are still paying it off...) and put it in the basement.

The mattress and box are on the floor, and next to it we have an older style full size box and mattress (we don't own a twin or we would have used that) that has the wall on two sides, us on the other and a changing table at the foot. So pretty much she is secure from falling off the bed. It is also about 4 inches shorter than our set.

All of our more mainstream friends think we're nuts :) We figure she needs the security, and we like having her nearby. But this way we have a bit of room and at least a bit of privacy. We figure if she is asleep, she has no idea what we're doing in the other bed, so our love life isn't on hold. In fact we keep trying for number two, we just haven't managed yet.

Thanks to Carla for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: Adjustable Bed Sheet Grippers Cover Suspenders (Set of 4)I spied some sheet straps in the Dollar store and put them to Frugal Baby use!

I keep several in our diaper bag...

 • to use with restaurant napkins to make an emergency bib

 • to hold a receiving blanket in place over a stroller or carseat

 • to clip mittens to their coat sleeves.

 • to clip boots and shoes to their pants or snow pants for non-walkers.

 • under the foot, clipped to each pant leg, to keep their legs covered.

 • I use another one to use to keep baby's shirt tucked in, fastening the shirt at front and back over a diaper.

Thanks to Cathy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: Photo Credit: My baby's first diaper change, by Carin Araujo, on FreeImagesQUESTION: My almost 8 month old daughter is getting pure he** to put a diaper on. Suggestions??

Tereson said: I lay my son on the ground and lightly put one leg across his belly so that his hands are at the top. I change the diaper and let him go.

Rachel said: First thing - I don't always put on a cover. If we will be home around the house, it isn't worth the battle for me. We have special toys for outings - grocery store bag of toys, etc. or a "cookie" (AKA rice cake to the normal people) that will distract her. Also, you might consider a couple AIOs for outings.

Karen said: She will get better about diapering in a few weeks or months... But until then, you could probably get an all-in-one diaper on her, even in public. You can even get AIOs on reasonably easily while she is standing, holding onto something because there is nothing to slip around.

Tonya said: My son does this to me! Often, the only thing that works is to lay him down on the floor, put my ankles over his arms and change him as fast as I can! I try to save my Velcro diapers or AIO for outings.

Shannon said: I can sympathize!!! Right now I am able to distract Gavin with a prefold tossed on his face. With my older children, I have also done the holding of arms by my ankles.

Joyce said: I have also tried singing with some success even though I can't carry a tune!

Ann said: Have you tried tape? A 5 inch length of Scotch or masking tape kept my son very occupied. Also try giving the babe an extra diaper for a game of peek-a-boo.

Rachel said: The final advice is to have a kazoo. Mackenzie used to blow hers at every diaper change. And we'd sing a song (Little Rabbit Foo Foo, Old Macdonald, 5 Green Speckled Frogs) during the change. I have to say, though, that the best distraction was when our bird landed on my head!

Thanks to all for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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