Image: Dimore Baby Toddler 5 Pack Assortment Cotton Training Pants
Cotton Training Pants
QUESTION: Does anyone have ideas for obtaining inexpensive cloth training pants?

ANSWER: Thrift stores! I've been in GoodWill, Savers and Salvation Army, and other similar second hand shops.

They've all been about $0.69 each!

You just need to scout the stores out frequently, and start saving them when you find them - so the training pants are there when you're ready.

Thanks to Tonya for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: HeepWah Baby Cloth Diaper Sprayer | Premium Stainless Steel Set with Brushed Finish | Cleans Diapers with Adjustable Water Spray | Handheld Bidet Toilet Attachment | Bathroom Shattaf With All Parts
Cloth Diaper Sprayer
Leann said: A diaper sprayer is best for this kind of poop on diapers and baby clothing - or even your own clothing!

I use my shower head which easily reaches the toilet, and I find it works best when set for hot water.

It literally breaks up the poop and it drains into the toilet.

I don't know if a hot setting is an option on a diaper sprayer connected to the toilet - probably not.

Molly said: We ended up getting a sprayer.

I didn't want to spend the money on the expensive diaper sprayers, so we got a power sprayer from Home Depot for only $17.

Image: HeepWah Baby Cloth Diaper Sprayer | Premium Stainless Steel Set with Brushed Finish | Cleans Diapers with Adjustable Water Spray | Handheld Bidet Toilet Attachment | Bathroom Shattaf With All Parts
Cloth Diaper Sprayer

It attaches to the shower (our shower is next to the toilet) and works great! We can use it to wash the dogs, clean the tub, etc.

I think it's much more versatile than the diaper sprayers and cheaper, too!

 • DIY Tutorial: Make Your Own Diaper Sprayer
 • DIY - How To Make Your Own Diaper Sprayer
 • How to build a diaper sprayer

Thanks to Leann and Molly for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Large Baby, by Marina Thompson on Flickr
Photo credit: Large Baby, by Marina Thompson
With all the talk about which diaper cream to use, I was wondering if anyone has tried to make their own?

I did with my first (wasn't cloth diapering though) and loved it.

Below is the recipe I used from a book called, Natural Beauty at Home.

Yaley 100% Beeswax Pellets - 4 oz./Natural - Only the finest beecombs are selected for this world class beeswaxIngredients:
2 Tbsp. grated beeswax
2 Tbsp. Lanolin
1/2 cup almond oil (could use just about any type of skin oil here)
2 Tbsp. distilled water
2 Tbsp. witch hazel
1 pinch borax powder (emulsifier)

Combine beeswax and oil in hot water bath (double boiler like set up) and heat until beeswax is melted. Then add in lanolin, heating until melted. Remove from heat.

In separate container add distilled water, witch hazel and borax. Mix to dissolve borax and heat until just boiling. The microwave works great for this part.

Slowly pour the water/hazel/borax solution into the heated wax/oil while stirring briskly with a wire whisk until a thick cream starts to form. Pour quickly into a wide mouth container.

NOTE: this is a VERY thick cream, not pourable at all.
When my son was an infant I didn't add any scents.
As he got older I would add one of the following essential oils: lavender, chamomile, tea tree.
 I'll be making a batch of this soon in preparation for the second child.

Thanks to Hope Martin for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Diaper Change, by Kevin Phillips on Flickr
Diaper Change, by Kevin Phillips
I have come up with my own easy recipe for wipes.

I just use a squeeze bottle (or spray bottle) and mix five squirts of Johnson and Johnson Baby Bath - with four squirts of baby oil.

Add just enough warm water to fill up the bottle...

Then I shake it up and it is ready to go...

Image: ChefLand 12 Ounce Empty Spray Bottle, Pack of 2, Assorted Colors
Empty Spray Bottle
I use it so fast that I make a new batch every few days, so it is always nice and fresh!

The Baby Bath cleans well.

Plus, their skin is already use to it.. and the oil moisturizes...

It is cheap to make, and great for their bums.

Thanks to Kellina for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Cleaning up Spill with a Straw, by Anita S./mintchipdesigns on Pixabay
No baby cups around - or forgot your baby's cup at home?

Wrap one or two wide rubber or silicone bands onto your child's cup, before you hand it to him or her.

Image: pink and blue silicone bands around a plastic Disney cup
The rubber bands will give your child a better grip, and the cup won't slip out of their hands so easily.

NOTE: Don't leave your child alone with the cup, as the elastic bands could be pulled off and become a choking hazard.

Thanks to Simone for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Alliance Sterling Ergonomically Correct Rubber Bands, No. 64, 0.25 x 3.5 Inches, 425 Approx per 1 lb Box (24645)
Shopping Suggestions:
GSilicone Wristbands
Alliance Sterling Rubber Bands
Munchkin Five Multi Cups
OXO Tot Sippy Cup with Bonus Training Lid Set

Image: Guest soap, by monika1607, on Pixabay
Save your old soap scraps, melt them down, and pour into Play Dough molds or candy molds or specialty ice cube trays - even just pour onto a cookie sheet.

If using a cookie sheet: when the soap has hardened somewhat on the cookie sheet, cut out shapes with a cookie cutter to add some fun to your child's bath time.

If using molds: just pop them out once the soap is completely hard. An older child can have fun cutting out the shapes themselves.

For longer use, let your new soaps harden for a week or two before using.

Thanks to Karen for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: 28 Piece Set of Plastic Cookie Cutter Plungers by Kurtzy | Assortment of Designs | Animal, Vegetables, Baby Themed, Leaves, Slogans, Transport and Clothes - Easy Cutters for Cookies
Shopping Suggestions:
Wilton Candy and Lollipop Mold/Seashell
LEGO Minifigure Ice Cube Tray
Looney Tunes Play-doh Mold Toys
Animal, Vegetables, Baby Themed, Leaves, Slogans, Transport and Clothes
SuperHero Cookie Cutters

Image: A Cool Dry Place, by Mark Gooding on Flickr
Photo credit: ACoolDryPlace, by Mark Gooding
We love the fleece on Fuzzi Bunz (keeps the baby dry plus easy poop disposal).

However we have a heavy wetter and can't stuff them enough with the Fuzzi Bunz diaper liners to prevent leaks, plus they are expensive.

Image: Luvable Friends Printed Fleece Blanket - Extra large size: 30x36
Luvable Friends Fleece Blanket

So we cut up a $5.00 fleece baby blanket to make fleece diaper liners. We used a flannel diaper liner as a pattern.

We add these to our regular prefold diapers and to our Kushies, giving our regular diapers the advantages of the Fuzzi Bunz at a fraction of the cost.

Thanks to Kristin Verrill for this Frugal Baby Tips!

Image: Baby in bath, by AmyElizabethQuinn on Pixabay
Baby in bath
We just gave our toddler twins a shower with one of those hand-held shower extensions, while they sat in the tub.

No stopper in the tub, with a towel on the bottom of the tub to keep them from slipping (we have twin climbers).

Small towels for their laps or shoulders if it is chilly out (wet the towels regularly with warm water to keep them from getting chilly).

No drowning risk if there's no water pooled.

Baby bath seats can be used more safely in tubs without water pooled, too.

Thanks to Hedra for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Cuddle Baby Carrier, by, 1980
Photo credit: Cuddle Baby Carrier 1980, by
Turn your old jeans into a sturdy denim baby carrier!

You'll need TWO pair of adult jeans, with no worn spots on the backside.

Remove the back of the jeans from the fronts, leaving the thick side seams attached to the discarded fronts.

Cut off waist-band, belt loops and leg hems. Make a T-shaped cut up the centre from each crotch, as follows:

-- On one jean-back - T is through the centre of the back pockets.
-- On the other jean-back - T is midway between the crotch and bottom of back pockets.
How to Make a Baby Sling From Old Jeans
-- Fold the legs in on themselves to form 4" wide straps.
-- Double-stitch along the length of both sides of these straps.
-- Place one jean-back on top of the other, to form an H shape - lining up one jean-back along the top of the other's pockets.
-- Double-stitch the two jean-backs together.

Tie the shorter straps around your waist. For a front carrier, have a friend help place baby's stomach against your stomach, baby's legs on either side of the carrier seat.

For a back carrier, baby's stomach is against your back. Bring carrier and longer straps up over baby, with one strap over each of your shoulders.

For a front carrier, you could cross the straps at your back. While you hold securely onto the longer straps to support baby, have your friend mark or pin where these longer straps meet the seat part, making sure this is a comfortable position for baby and you.

Remove baby and carrier, double-stitch longer straps to marked spots, on the inside of the seat part. Finish by folding and hemming any remaining cut edges.

Make sure all stitching seams are strong and sturdy for safety.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

 • For more pictures and instructions, including a slideshow: How to Make a Baby Sling From Old Jeans, by E. A. Byrnes, May/June 1982, MOTHER EARTH NEWS

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