Image: Reading in Bed, by Squiggle, on Flickr

Image: Gerber Birdseye Cloth Diapers, Flatfold, 20Count, White
Gerber Birdseye Flatfold Diapers
Have you got a bedwetter, but not enough money to afford those expensive cloth Bedwetter Pants, or the on-going expense of the disposable ones?

You can make your own - NO sewing required!

You will need: Two padded training pants (you can also use underpants, but padded training pants will be more absorbent), one or two flat or prefolded diapers, four diaper pins and a waterproof outer cover.

Or use a waterproof covered training pant for your outside layer - for a two-in-one combo!

Using the cloth diaper, fold it into a long thick rectangular pad. Lay this inside one of the training pants, so the folded diaper pad lays down the center of the training pant.

Image: Use two diaper pins to fasten the folded diaper pad in place. Place one pin through the short end of the diaper pad and training pant at the front waist
Credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
All rights reserved
Use two diaper pins to fasten the folded diaper pad in place. Place one pin through the short end of the diaper pad and training pant at the front waist.

Place another pin through the opposite short end of the diaper pad and back waist. Pin from the outside of the training pant, so as not to cause discomfort to your child.

Next, add the second training pant on the inside of the first, so you now have a training pant | folded diaper pad | training pant sandwich.

Add nylon, vinyl or other waterproof pull-on pants over top of everything. Or check into some of the newer fleece pull-on pants!

Image: Dappi Waterproof 100% Nylon Diaper Pants, White, Medium (2 Count)
Dappi Nylon Diaper Pants
These work great for kids embarrassed by the baby-like nylon or vinyl pants. Your bedwetter sandwich now has four layers - training pant | folded diaper pad | training pant | waterproof cover.

Use the two remaining diaper pins to pin through the three layers - two training pants and one waterproof outer cover - this time placing one diaper pin at each side waist.

Push the pins through the same area as the stitching on the waterproof cover to prevent damage.

These pins help to hold everything all together, and will allow your child the independence to quickly pull up and down their Bedwetter Pants when they need to go to the toilet.

If your child needs even more absorbency, you can add another layer of folded diaper, but this could be very bulky.

These Bedwetter Pants can also be used during the day, for older children not quite ready, or not completely potty-trained.


Image: BIG ELEPHANT Unisex Baby Cotton Potty Training Pants Underwear Side Buttons Design 6 Packs Set
Potty Training Pants

Shopping Suggestions:

🚼 5-Layer Potty Training Pants

🚼 Gerber Birdseye Prefold Diapers

🚼 Gerber Birdseye Flatfold Cloth Diapers

🚼 Dappi Waterproof Diaper Cover

🚼 Luvable Friends Training Pants

🚼 OsoCozy Diaper Pins



Image: Baby Splashing the the Tub, by StockSnap on Pixabay

Image: Honeysticks Beeswax Bath Tub Crayons for Toddlers and Kids, Non-Toxic, Washable and Easy Clean Up, Water Soluble Bath-Time Fun, Food Grade Pigments, Handmade in New Zealand (7 Pack)
Honeysticks Beeswax
Bath Tub Crayons

Here's how to make soap crayons for bath-time fun and easy quick clean-up!

I am wondering if we could use cookie cutters or somehow get them into better shapes than just the ice cube tray, but I haven't tried it myself yet.

Ingredients:
πŸ–️ 1 3/4 cups Ivory Snow (powder or soap flakes)
πŸ–️ 50 drops food coloring
πŸ–️ 1/4 cup water

Directions:
πŸ–️ Mix water and soap flakes together.
πŸ–️ Add food coloring.
πŸ–️ Put mixture into an bottle stick ice cube tray.
πŸ–️ Allow to harden.
πŸ–️ Break or cut into pieces.
πŸ–️ Fun to write with on the tub when bathing as well as your face and hands!



Image: Personalized merino wool baby cloth diaper cover soaker
Personalized merino wool diaper cover soaker
 Want to make some wool soakers/diaper covers for a baby, but you are a crocheter, not such a great knitter?

I found a few patterns, and I thought I would share them with you! 

A good place to go is Ravelry.com - a free site for knitters and crocheters.

I just found this site last week and I'm completely in love with it! The wool soaker group on Yahoo also has a few good patterns.

Here are a few others I found...


Image: Quick to Crochet Baby Boy Soakers
Quick to Crochet Baby Boy Soakers

-- Once you make your first couple of crocheted diaper covers, you'll be hooked on them and so will your little boy!

Click for pattern: Quick to Crochet Baby Boy Soakers



Image: Curling Baby Set
Curling Baby Set

-- Julia says, I wanted something absorbent so I chose the front and back post stitch to give it extra padding. The moms who have tried them have been really excited about how well the diaper covers work.

Click for pattern: Curling Baby Set




Image: Little Fire Crochet Soaker Pants
Little Fire Crochet Soaker Pants

-- The first one is super easy!
This pattern is written in four sizes

Click for pattern: Little Fire Crochet Soaker Pants





Image: Tickle Turdle Wool Wraps
Tickle Turdle Wool Wraps

- Allows you to select the closure method you prefer. A Snappi works great! So do diaper pins!

Click for pattern: Tickle Turdle Wool Wrap





Image: Rolled Edge Wool Soakers
Rolled Edge Wool Soakers

-- Crochet it, put it on your baby and adore how cute it looks!

Click for pattern: Rolled Edge Wool Soakers Pattern
(archived on the Wayback Machine)




Image: Easiest Crochet Wool Soaker Pattern
Easiest Crochet Wool Soaker Pattern

-- This soaker pattern is the simplest of the simple to crochet. It is very economical, as it will fit most babies from start to finish because it is so S-T-R-E-T-C-H-Y. Even the most novice of crocheters can work it up in no time.

Click for pattern: Easiest Crochet Wool Soaker Pattern



Image: Learn to Crochet Wool Diaper Covers
Learn to Crochet Wool Diaper Covers

-- Although these pants can be knitted, Stephanie found it faster to crochet them ... and all I need to make a pair is a size J crochet hook and four ounces of wool.

Click for pattern: Learn to Crochet Wool Diaper Covers


More Free Crochet Diaper Cover Patterns:

🚼 16 Crochet Diaper Cover Patterns

🚼 Princess Diaper Cover

🚼 Mickey and Minnie Inspired Crochet Diaper Covers

🚼 Bubbly Diaper Cover

🚼 Adirondack Babie Crocheted Soaker


Image: zefen Reusable Baby Diaper Cover/Knit Co | Natural, so soft, breathable, waterproof. Perfect with prefolds for hot climate
Reusable Diaper Cover

More Frugal Diaper Covers and Soakers:

🚼 Frugal Diaper Sewing: Easy Homemade Soaker

🚼 Frugal Diapering: Free Crochet Wool Soaker patterns

🚼 FREEBIE: Knit/Crochet/Sew Soaker patterns

🚼 Frugal Diaper Sewing: Free Diaper and Cover Patterns

🚼 Frugal Sewing: Make your own diaper cover pull-ons

🚼 Diaper Sewing: Making a fleece pull-on pant

🚼 Frugal Diapering: Make Your Own Baby Bum Sweaters

🚼 Diaper Sewing: More Free Wool Soaker Patterns

🚼 Diaper Sewing: 2 layer fleece soaker

🚼 Diaper Washing: Washing Wool Soakers


Image: 100% merino wool baby knitted soaker diaper cover | Brand: tevirP
100% Merino Wool Diaper Cover

Shopping Suggestions:

🚼 Ready-Made Baby Wool Diaper Covers

🚼 Crochet Diaper Cover Patterns

🚼 100% Merino Wool Yarn | super-fine and soft

🚼 Fishermen's Wool Yarn | 100-Percent Pure Virgin Wool

🚼 100% Wool Yarn

🚼 Bamboo Handle Crochet Hooks

🚼 Boye Aluminum Crochet Hook Set



Image: Gustav in gDiaper, by Majorbonnet on Flickr

Here's a fast and simple way to make all your flat, prefold and shaped diapers into easy Velcro®-closing diapers!

Just cut one piece each of both hook and loop Velcro®.

Sizing: Small - cut 12" (31cm) long; Medium - cut 18" (46cm) long; Large - cut 24" (61cm) long; XLarge - cut 30" (76cm) long.

Trim off all the corners, into curves.

Place the Velcro® pieces back to back (with the hook and loop sides facing out, away from each other.)
Image: DIY Velcro(r) Diaper Fastener, by Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt

Sew together, around all four edges.

That's it! One fastener is all you need! If you wish, you could make one or two more, in case one gets soiled or lost.

Is that too much work??

Then you could just buy the One Wrap Velcro straps - no sewing involved!

Care: Wash by hand in the sink and hang to dry for longer wear.

To Use: Simply place the diaper on your baby as you normally would.

But, instead of using pins or clips, simply wrap this Velcro® diaper fastener around the diaper at your baby's waist, with the hook side facing the diaper, overlapping the Velcro® at baby's front (or back, if your baby can undo the strap!) to fasten.

The Velcro® hook part helps to hold the diaper in place.

Make sure the hooks are completely covered by the diaper, or they may irritate your baby's skin.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!


Image: MPI Fastening Tape | One Wrap Velcro Hook + Loop Fastening Tape | Double sided, one side hook, the other side loop. Just wrap around and it fastens on to itself
One Wrap Velcro®

Shopping Suggestions:

🧷 MPI One Wrap Velcro® Hook/Loop Fastening Tape - Blue

🧷 MPI One Wrap Velcro® Hook/Loop Fastening Tape - White

🧷 MPI One Wrap Velcro® Hook/Loop Fastening Tape - Red

🧷 MPI One Wrap Velcro® Hook/Loop Fastening Tape - Green


Image: Oooh, soft, by Jenny Cu on Flickr


Here is the diaper wipes recipe I use now:

πŸ‘Ά 2 1/2 cups warm water (distilled is best, but I'm lazy)
πŸ‘Ά 2 teaspoons castile soap or baby shampoo
πŸ‘Ά 1 tablespoon baby oil
πŸ‘Ά 2 drops tea tree oil
πŸ‘Ά 3-5 drops lavender oil

Here's another diaper wipes recipe:

πŸ‘Ά 2 1/2 cups warm water
πŸ‘Ά 2 teaspoons almond castile soap
πŸ‘Ά 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
πŸ‘Ά 2 drops tea tree oil
πŸ‘Ά 2-3 drops ylang ylang

I think the Tea Tree oil is still necessary to keep in from getting funky.

Thanks to Julie for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Play Mates, by Jeff Osborn on FreeImages

🧺 Tip #1 - Use a laundry basket for baby's toys. It will fit right under your baby's crib.

✂️ Tip #2 - Use coloured construction paper (or black, depending on baby's age) and cut shapes out.
Image: Melissa and Doug Multi-Color Construction Paper
Multi-Color Construction Paper

Put on the wall around the baby's change table, but out of baby's reach.

It helps to distract the baby a bit.

πŸ–Ό️ Tip #3 - Use putty adhesive, so you don't damage the wall.

Move shapes around once in a while.

πŸͺž Tip #4 - Plastic pocket mirrors work better for older babies.

Thanks to Renata for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Laundrypile by Robin Skyler Tell, on Flickr

Ingredients:

🧼 one bar Fels Naptha soap, grated (2-3oz bars or 1 4-5.5oz bar) (the finer grated the better)
🧼 one cup washing soda
🧼 5 gallon bucket
🧼 Water

Directions:

Place grated soap in a small saucepan and cover it with water.

If you let this sit overnight, it is MUCH faster.

Heat on low until dissolved - don't stir too rapidly or too much, it will get foamy and you won't be able to see if it dissolved.

If you let it sit overnight, it takes roughly 20 minutes to dissolve.

If you didn't let it sit, it takes much longer.

Image: Dial Corp. Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap | Make your own Laundry Detergent | Recipe Available
Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap
When the soap is just about melted, put the bucket in the tub and fill with hot water almost to the top, then add melted soap.

Stir to combine.
Add 1 cup of washing soda and mix well.
Don't reverse the order or it won't turn out.

As it cools it will thicken.
Use about 1/2 cup for diapers.
And 1-2 cups for other types of laundry.

Image: Kraft Tool Plastic Bucket without Lid | 5-Gallon | For general uses such as mixing of moving various materials
Plastic Bucket
If you keep it in the big bucket, you will need to stir each time before you use it.
I pour it into gallon jugs while it is still warm.

If you do this, only fill 3/4 of the way.
You will want to shake it to get it to mix and will need the room.
I learned this the hard way. LOL.

You can customize your detergent by adding essential oils to it.
Only add to the current jug you are using, because it loses its smell.

It is very soft without fabric softener.
If you add fabric softener, it makes clothes feel funny.

Thanks to Judi Sutherland for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Christmasy Fleece Diaper Covers, by Ashley Barrett on Flickr
Image: Kanga Care EcoPosh Wool Diaper Cover, Umber, Size 1
EcoPosh Wool Diaper Cover

I make fleece pull-ons for my little ones and love these covers for both day and night.

If you use Polartec or another outdoor-gear level fleece, you will need only one layer.

If you use thin fleece, you will need at least two layers.

List of free online patterns:

🚼 DIY Soaker Instructions

🚼 Rita's Rump Cover | Free Pattern

🚼 Katrina's Sew Quick Soaker Pattern

🚼 Diaper Cover with Gussets Tutorial

🚼 Free Cloth Diaper Patterns - Over 60 designs!

Image: 100% merino wool baby knitted soaker diaper cover
100% merino wool soaker
Or, cut into triangles and make similar to the wool version below.

You can add elastic at the waist and legs, or cut the rib knit off the bottom and cuffs of an old sweater to sew on.

For wool pull-ons, recycle old sweaters - if you don't have any to use, check out the second-hand shops!

You could also buy/find cheap pull-ons, cut them apart and use them as a pattern. Good luck!

Thanks to Lauren for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Down Under Diaper Cover Pattern
Photos from BorntoLove.com - All rights reserved

You'll need the following to make a baby butt sweater:

• Old wool sweater. One with no holes will make two covers.
• Elastic (1/4 inch wide)
• the obvious sewing machine, thread, scissors, etc.
• Ten minutes

Wash (on hot) and dry (on hot) the sweater at least 2 or 3 times, until it is pretty well shrunk.

Image: Cut off the sleeve cuffs and neckline. If the sleeve cuffs are very long, only cut off a few inches of them
This step not only felts the wool, making it quite waterproof but also allows the butt sweaters to be machine washed and dried without shrinking.

Lay the sweater out on the floor. Cut off the sleeve cuffs and neckline.
If the sleeve cuffs are very long, only cut off a few inches of them.
You're not making pants!
Cut the neckline piece in half.
Set aside.

Image: From the front of the sweater, cut out a large triangle, with the bottom being the hem of the sweater, and the top point being up at the neckline
From the front of the sweater, cut out a large triangle, with the bottom being the hem of the sweater, and the top point being up at the neckline.
Do the same from the back.
Discard sleeves, or save for another project.

Lay the sweater-triangle down so the waistband is on top, and the triangle points down.

Image: Fold in the two top corners to meet each other. Fold the third corner (the bottom one) up to almost meet the other two
Fold in the two top corners to meet each other.
Fold the third corner (the bottom one) up to almost meet the other two.
Pin.

This will create two seams, each starting at the top center, and extending downward at a diagonal.

Image: Sew each of these seams, from the top, stopping about 4 inches from the bottom
Sew each of these seams, from the top, stopping about 4" from the bottom (less for skinny-legged babies).
The open spaces are the leg holes.

Trim the leg holes as necessary.
Sew in the sleeve cuffs to finish the leg openings.

If the waist is not snug enough, sew the ends of a piece of elastic (long enough to fit snugly around child's waist) together, and slip over sweater like a belt.
Fold the top edge over to encase elastic and sew down.
Voila!

Image: Trim the leg holes as necessary. Sew in the sleeve cuffs to finish the leg openings
Finish the second one the same way, except first sew the ends of the neck-piece together to make two small circles.
Use those to finish the leg holes.

Drawings by Angela from BorntoLove.com - All rights reserved


Image: zefen Reusable Baby Diaper Cover/Knit Co | Natural, so soft, breathable, waterproof. Perfect with prefolds for hot climate
Reusable Diaper Cover

More Frugal Diaper Covers and Soakers:

🚼 Frugal Diaper Sewing: Easy Homemade Soaker

🚼 Frugal Diapering: Free Crochet Wool Soaker patterns

🚼 FREEBIE: Knit/Crochet/Sew Soaker patterns

🚼 Frugal Diaper Sewing: Free Diaper and Cover Patterns

🚼 Frugal Sewing: Make your own diaper cover pull-ons

🚼 Diaper Sewing: Making a fleece pull-on pant

🚼 Frugal Diapering: Make Your Own Baby Bum Sweaters

🚼 Diaper Sewing: More Free Wool Soaker Patterns

🚼 Diaper Sewing: 2 layer fleece soaker

🚼 Diaper Washing: Washing Wool Soakers



Image: Smiling at a fresh delivery of diaper wipes, by Jessica Merz on Flickr

I prefer to use Puffs facial tissues for my baby's bottom rather than the homemade baby wipes to save money.

I have a squirt bottle filled with 2-3 tablespoons baby wash, 2-3 tablespoons baby oil and water.

I squirt his bottom, then wipe with the dry tissues.

Facial tissues are softer and much less expensive than paper towels - and I don't have to bother with cutting the paper towels in half (which can get quite bothersome).

Thanks to J. Buffett for this Frugal Baby Tip!


Image: Prince Lionheart Warmies Wipes Warmer
Prince Lionheart
Warmies Wipes Warmer

More Baby Wipes Recipes:

πŸ‘Ά Baby Wipes: Frugal Baby Wipes

πŸ‘ΆπŸ» Frugal Baby Wipes: Diaper Wipe Recipe

πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ Frugal Baby Wipes: Simple Wipes Recipe

πŸ‘ΆπŸ½ Diaper Sewing: Hand-sewing Doublers and Wipes

πŸ‘ΆπŸΎ Frugal Diapering: Using Washcloths

πŸ‘ΆπŸΏ Frugal Baby Wipes: Home-made Wipes

πŸ‘Ά Diapering: Saving Energy with Wipes Warmer

πŸ‘ΆπŸ» Baby Wipes: Avoid Mineral Oil

πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ Baby Wipes: Re-using Disposable Baby Wipes

πŸ‘ΆπŸ½ Frugal Baby Wipes: Handi-Wipes Baby Wipes

πŸ‘ΆπŸΎ Frugal Baby Wipes: Reusable Wipes and Recipe

πŸ‘ΆπŸΏ Frugal Baby Wipes Recipes

πŸ‘Ά Frugal Baby Wipes: Two Wipe Recipes

πŸ‘ΆπŸ» Frugal Baby Wipes: Another Diaper Wipes Recipe

πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ Baby Wipes: Homemade Baby Wipes

πŸ‘ΆπŸ½ Baby Wipes: Make your own wipes recipe

πŸ‘ΆπŸΎ Baby Wipes: Frugal Bum Wipes

πŸ‘ΆπŸΏ Frugal Baby Wipes: Using a Thermos


Image: Puffs Ultra Soft and Strong Facial Tissues | Two times stronger when wet vs the leading value tissue

Shopping Suggestions:


πŸ‘Ά Puffs Ultra Soft and Strong Facial Tissues

πŸ‘ΆπŸ» Tolco Flip Top Cylinder Bottle

πŸ‘ΆπŸΌ Johnson Head-To-Toe Baby Wash

πŸ‘ΆπŸ½ Johnson's Baby Oil

πŸ‘ΆπŸΎ Offpring Baby Bum Spray



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