Image: Indoor sandbox play, by OH Snap! Julie McGraw Photography, on Flickr

You can keep your little ones busy on a rainy stay-in day by creating an indoor sand-box or sensory box.

All you need is a large plastic dish-pan and a 5lb. (2 kg.) bag of cornmeal, rice, pasta noodles, dried beans, oatmeal, kinetic sand, etc. for sand.

ADD: plastic cups, spoons, scoops, bowls, measuring cups, funnels, strainers, etc.

Be sure to only fill to 3-4 inches below the top of your container to reduce spills.

The cornmeal, rice, pasta noodles, dried beans, and oatmeal vacuum up quickly and don't scratch the floor.

IDEA: Those Rubbermaid type bins that store under a bed make a nice big table type size container.

Image: National Geographic KINETIC Play Sand | 2 LBS of Sand with Castle Molds and Tray| Kinetic Sensory Activity

Shopping Suggestions:

๐Ÿ–️ KINETIC Play Sand

๐Ÿ–️ Rubbermaid Dish Pan

๐Ÿ–️ 50 Quart Underbed Buckle Up Box

๐Ÿ–️ Rice in bulk bags

๐Ÿ–️ Oatmeal in bulk

๐Ÿ–️ Dried Beans in bulk

๐Ÿ–️ Cornmeal in bulk

๐Ÿ–️ Pasta in bulk

Image: Diaper Change on the Fountain Bench, by Sean Dreilinger on Flickr

Need a diaper cover in a hurry, and they're all in the wash!?

I used to keep nylon pull-on pants around for just such an emergency!

They are all in the wash too?? Use a plastic bag!

Cut a T-shape out of a grocery bag for a baby under about 16 lbs., or a kitchen garbage bag for a bigger baby.

Cut the bottom part of your T about 10" (25cm) wide on the bottom fold of the plastic bag.

This is the crotch part of your emergency diaper cover.
Image: Emergency diaper
Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt

Image: Angel wrapImage: Angel wrap
Cut the top part of your T across the width of the plastic bag. This will be the waist ties.

Make your T about 8" (20cm) high for small, 10" (23cm) high for medium or 13" (33cm) for large.

Image: Angel wrapCut the sides of your T curved, for better coverage. Cut open the waist ties, so you can tie it on over baby's diaper.

Ties can be about 20" (51cm) long for small, 23" (58cm) for medium or 27" (69cm) for large.

Trust me, it sounds more complicated than it is . . .

Image: Angel wrap
When you open up the cover, you should have a giant H shape.

Place a folded prefold diaper inside, place baby on top, and tie at each side of baby's waist.

Image: Angel wrapIf you really like this style of diaper cover, you can cut some more out of waterproof, rip-stop nylon for no-sew, indestructible, washable tie-on diaper covers.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Diaper How-To Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
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Image: Munchkin Arm and Hammer Disposable Changing Pad | Ideal for safe and sanitary diaper changes | Pads are infused with baking soda for safe, natural and effective odor protection
Disposable Changing Pad

Shopping Suggestions:

๐Ÿ‘ถ Diaper Quick Change Emergency Kit

๐Ÿ‘ถ Safety 1st Oh Sh*t Kit

๐Ÿ‘ถ Johnson's Tiny Traveler Baby Gift Set

๐Ÿ‘ถ Daddy's Diaper Duty Apron

๐Ÿ‘ถ Boudreaux's Complete Rash Kicking Kit, Diaper Rash Ointment and Applicator

๐Ÿ‘ถ Disposable Diaper Changing Kit to Go

๐Ÿ‘ถ Maki's Disposable Diaper Changing Kit to Go

Image: Crazy baby on a plane, by Madgerly on Flickr

I've flown twice with my daughter, Mackenzie - we flew to and from Massachusetts at 2.5 months, then to and from at 7 months. I was alone with her the first time, and my husband was with us the second time. We'll be going again in July-August, which would be 14 months.

If you can afford it, get the extra seat - holding a 2.5-month-old was easy. Holding a 7-month-old was harder. We're getting a seat this time - we'll be flying there alone, then back with my husband.

Image: Primo LapBaby | Eat, play and engage with your baby as they sit comfortably and safely on your lap
Primo LapBaby
Check as much as you can. If you get a seat for the kiddo, he/she gets two bags as well. But be sure to save at least one bag worth for things you're bringing back with you - even if you get no gifts, things never pack as well!

Roll the diapers to make them fit better in the diaper bag - and pack a day's worth (8-10 if possible) plus an extra shirt for you and an extra outfit for the kiddo. I don't know if it's the air pressure or what, but we have had our worst blow-outs on planes!

If you bring a stroller, gate-check it - it will get you to the gate, then you can ditch it. That way it can help you carry a diaper bag, baby, and sling through the airport.

Image: Child Airplane Travel Harness | Simple to use, Hands free for parents during flights | Cares Safety Restraint System | The Only FAA Approved Child Flying Safety Device
Flight Vest Travel Harness
Listen to my one word of advice - I don't care how addicted you are to your computer - do not try to carry baby, laptop bag, and diaper bag alone! It really isn't worth it - it gets bulky and heavy and cumbersome. But if you have a helper traveling with you, by all means, bring the laptop!

Finally, if you have a high-energy child, board *last* - if you pre-board that's just a longer period of time for them to get upset!

Happy traveling!

Rachel - who successfully cloth diapered through two airplane trips!

Thanks to Rachel for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Teddy bear bookends, by Camila Sanabria (cahmeelah), on Flickr

Decorating a little one's room can be so much fun! And can be so expensive!

But it doesn't have to be!
Image: Soft Cuddly Friends Honey Teddy Bear | Brand: Steiff Teddy Bear
Steiff Teddy Bear
I took a look around and a Teddy Bear Bookend can cost you as much as $200 EACH!

Did you know... you can make your own matching stuffed toy book-ends out of your own adorable stuffed animals?

Simply undo the back of your stuffed toy, take out some of the stuffing and fill with marbles for weight.

Re-sew the back opening by hand.

Image: teddy bear sewing another teddy bear
To prevent sliding, glue a non-slip rubber /silicone mesh pad on the bottom of the stuffed toy.

This works great for matching the decor in your baby's room.

Thanks to Renata for this Frugal Baby tip!

Image: Country Teddy Bear Bookends, Adorable Teddy Bear Bookends, Bear Bookends, Books Are Fun Bookends

Shopping Suggestions:

๐Ÿงธ Teddy Bear in a Jacke

๐Ÿงธ Vermont Teddy Bear Cuddly Toy

๐Ÿงธ Mega Marbles

๐Ÿงธ Non-Slip Jar Lid Rubber Pad

Image: A Cool Dry Place, by Mark Gooding on Flickr

We love the fleece on Fuzzi Bunz (keeps the baby dry plus easy poop disposal).

Image: American Baby Company Fleece Blanket | Can be used in a baby carrier, stroller or as a traveling blanket | Ideal shower gift
American Baby Fleece Blanket
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.

So we cut up a $3.00 fleece baby blanket from the dollar store, to make fleece diaper liners.

Image: TotsBots Fleece Reusable Washable Nappy Liners (10 Pack) for use with TotsBots Reusable Washable Nappies
Reusable Nappy 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 all the advantages of the pocket-style -- at a fraction of the cost.

Thanks to Kristin Verrill for this Frugal Baby Tips!

How To Make Cheap Re-usable Fleece Cloth Diaper Liners: How to make re-usable diaper liners out of Walmart fleece blankets. These are the $2.50 blankets that are stored in huge bins near the home area of the store. They have a ton of cute prints and make the PERFECT diaper liner.

Image: Polar Fleece Houndstooth Bear Pink Fabric by the Yard | Brand: Newcastle Fabrics
Polar Fleece Fabric

More Do-It-Yourself Fleece Diaper Liners

✂️ How to Make DIY Cloth Diaper Liners – Cloth Diapers for Beginners

✂️ How to make your own Fleece Liners from a Walmart Blanket

✂️ Making your own fleece diaper liners - One Crunchy Square

✂️ The BEST Cloth Diaper Hack EVER: How to Make Fleece Liners for Cloth Diapers

✂️ DIY Cloth Diaper Inserts - Farmhouse on Boone

✂️ Making Cloth Diaper Inserts - Thinking About Cloth Diapers

✂️ How to Make Your Own Fleece Liners For Cloth Diapers

Image: The best second hand shop in Oxford, by Iona McNab, on PhotoBucket

Image: Danmeifu Baby Cloth Diaper Covers, Newborn One Size Adjustable Reusable Washable Nappy
Economical Diaper Covers
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.

At the second-hand store, 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, and a nice (unnamed) prefold.

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

Then I decided to check Amazon for their economical diapers and covers
- prices started as low as $0.59/each!!

I also checked out Ebay and found lots of great deals there!

Thanks to Ramona for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Danmeifu Baby Cloth Diaper Covers, Newborn One Size Adjustable Reusable Washable Nappy

Shopping Suggestions:

๐Ÿงท Danmeifu Diaper Covers

๐Ÿงท Kushies/Kooshies Reusable Ultra Diapers

๐Ÿงท Dappi Brand--Pinless Contoured Cloth Diapers

๐Ÿงท OsoCozy Prefold Cloth Diapers

Image: Twin Girls with their dolls, on Pixabay

I made my own dolly diapers (though my daughter thinks all her dollies should be naked) from a cheap Gerber prefold.

It was pretty easy - just cut one in half, cut them into contour shapes sort of, and then put on some Velcro®.
Image: DC-BEAUTIFUL 4 Pack Baby Diapers Doll Underwear for 14-18 Inch Baby Dolls, American Girl Doll
Baby Doll Diapers

Here are a few patterns to make doll diapers:

๐Ÿงท Free Doll Nappy / Diaper Pattern and Tutorial | Willow and Stitch

๐Ÿงท Baby Doll Diapers and Accessories TUTORIAL

๐Ÿงท No-Sew Baby Doll Diaper | artsy-fartsy mama

๐Ÿงท Small Doll Crochet Diaper pattern by Victoria Stewart - Ravelry

Image: 16 Pcs Baby Doll Diapers Underwear Set Fits 14 Inch to 18 Inch Dolls, 16 Different Doll Underwear Set for American Dolls Girls Baby Alive Girls | Visit the DC-BEAUTIFUL Store
Doll Diapers
๐Ÿงท Frilly pants/nappy/diaper cover knitting pattern for reborns and baby dolls

๐Ÿงท How To Make a Doll Diaper - Made Whimsy

๐Ÿงท How to make a diaper for a child's doll | Skip To My Lou

๐Ÿงท How to make cloth diapers for a baby doll

๐Ÿงท Goodness Gracious Preemie/doll diaper pattern

๐Ÿงท DIY Doll Diapers – Free Pattern + Tutorial!

๐Ÿงท Felt Baby Doll Diaper Pattern

Image: One Size Diaper Pattern: Sew your own Cloth Diapers! | Paperback: 38 pages | by Elizabeth Singler (Author). Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1st edition (October 18, 2013)
One Size Diaper Patter

And if you want to make diapers for your own baby, here's a few great links:

๐Ÿงท Zany Zebra | Free Diaper Patterns

๐Ÿงท Making Baby Cloth Diapers – 18 wonderful Patterns {FREE}

๐Ÿงท Free Cloth Diaper PDF Patterns and Tutorials

๐Ÿงท Adorable Knitted Diaper Covers -

๐Ÿงท Make Your Own Diapers and Covers |

Thanks to Angela for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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:

๐Ÿšผ Frugal Diaper Sewing: Easy Homemade Soaker

๐Ÿšผ Frugal Diapering: Free Crochet Wool Soaker patterns

๐Ÿšผ FREEBIE: Knit/Crochet/Sew Soaker patterns

๐Ÿšผ Frugal Diaper Sewing: Free Diaper and Cover Patterns

๐Ÿšผ Frugal Sewing: Make your own diaper cover pull-ons

๐Ÿšผ Diaper Sewing: Making a fleece pull-on pant

๐Ÿšผ Frugal Diapering: Make Your Own Baby Bum Sweaters

๐Ÿšผ Diaper Sewing: More Free Wool Soaker Patterns

๐Ÿšผ Diaper Sewing: 2 layer fleece soaker

๐Ÿšผ Diaper Washing: Washing Wool Soakers

Image: Ice and Snow on Windshield, by Davie Bicker on Pixabay

Image: Prestone AS247 Trigger Spray Windshield De-Icer, 32 oz. | made from a concentrated high-performance ice-melting formula that melts ice fast and helps reduce dangerous refreeze
Windshield De-Icer
I guess this isn't really a baby tip, but when you have the kids already strapped into their car seats in the middle of winter, and the windshield is frosted over, anything to gets you moving quicker is a good idea!

What I did was fill a small spray bottle I bought at the Dollar Store with windshield washer fluid, good to 45 degrees below zero.

We start the car, have the heat settings on defrost, high and hot, and I spray the windshield quickly before strapping in the kids.

Image: MITALOO Car Windshield Snow Cover with 4 Layers Protection, Frost Ice Removal Sun Shade for Winter Protection, Extra Large and Thick Windshield Ice Cover Fits for Cars Trucks Vans and SUVs
Windshield Snow Cover
Once I am done, the ice scraper does a quick job of any remaining ice.

Another idea: Cover your windshield with an old bedsheet when snow or ice is in the forecast.

Hold the sheet in place, by closing it in the door on each side.

In the morning, just peel the sheet off the windshield.

Thanks to Cathy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Happy Bath! by Bart Heird, on Flickr

I re-use an empty BabyGanics Foaming Hand Soap dispenser for all liquid baby soap I buy, and I've found 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.
Image: Cuisipro foam pump dispenser | Turns liquid soap into foam |reduces soap usage up to 75 percent
Cuisipro foam pump 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.

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 five times the length of time as opposed to using the soap straight from the container.

Thanks to Suzie Mah for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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