Image: Unhappy Baby, by Steve Clayton on Freeimages
Photo credit: Unhappy Baby, by Steve Clayton
Coat your baby's bottom with a solid vegetable shortening - or coconut oil; it's a lot cheaper than brand name diaper creams and usually works just as well.

If baby's bottom is particularly sore, spread the shortening/coconut oil (or diaper cream) on the diaper instead of directly on baby's bottom.

Image: Vita Coco Organic Virgin Coconut Oil | Non GMO Cold Pressed Gluten Free Unrefined Oil | Great for Skin Moisturizer or Hair Shampoo

Then fasten the diaper as usual, and the shortening (or diaper cream) will be applied painlessly.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!
Thanks to Cyndi for the coconut oil tip!



Image: So windy!, by TheNamelessBear on Flickr
Photo credit: So windy!, by TheNamelessBear
There was a time in my childhood when we didn't have any toys - we moved so often.

We rarely took anything with us when we moved.

So I had to make up games and toys with what I had on hand.

If you are ever stuck anywhere with a child and need to entertain them, and there is space to run - here is an incredibly frugal and easy idea!

Image: Plastic Bag Kites, by Liz Henry on Flickr
Photo credit: Plastic Bag Kites, by Liz Henry
Take one plastic grocery bag with handles.

Tie a long length of string to one handle, and tell your child to hold onto the string, and RUN!!

TIP: if you don't have any string, just hang onto the bag handles. It won't fly as high, but little ones don't mind.

If you are out kite-flying with an older child, make one of these kites for your little ones.

Even a little one can handle this kite!

Thanks to Paul for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Wellington Cordage Parcel Post Twine | made from natural soft fiber which handles easily and holds knots securely | made from natural soft fiber which handles easily and holds knots securely
Shopping Suggestions:
Wellington Cordage Parcel Post Twine
Black Plastic Shopping Bags
Kids' Paper Airplane Book
Instant Paper Toys: To Pop, Spin, Whirl, and Fly



Image: Smiling at a fresh delivery of diaper wipes, by Jessica Merz on Flickr
Photo credit: Smiling at a fresh delivery of diaper wipes, by Jessica Merz
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: Puffs Ultra Soft and Strong Facial Tissues | Two times stronger when wet vs the leading value tissue
Shopping Suggestions:
Puffs Ultra Soft and Strong Facial Tissues
Tolco Flip Top Cylinder Bottle
Johnson Head-To-Toe Baby Wash
Johnson's Baby Oil
Dr. Smith's On-the-Go Diaper Rash Spray



Image: Jacob and his diaper pail, by Amber Strocel on Flickr
Photo credit: Jacob and his diaper pail, by Amber Strocel
I find that deodorant disks don't work well at all after about a week...

I have two pails - a dry diaper pail for cloth diapers -- I don't put them in a solution - I soak them overnight in Bio Kleen Oxygen Bleach in the washer.

Then another pail for miscellaneous baby stuff - disposable diapers I use occasionally, the odd disposable wipe when I run out of my homemade ones - but, I digress...

I can't remember who told me about it - but it really works -- I put in a Bounce dryer sheet - I cut them in half and put one in each pail.

They just end up being washed if they are in cloth pail - I suppose if I was a fanatic I could use it as poop catcher in a diaper... or thrown out if in trash pail.

This was one tip I found truly worked!!

Thanks to Lisa for this great Frugal Baby Tip!


Image: Safety 1st Easy Saver Diaper Pail - Deodorizer compartment with locking tabs
Shopping Suggestions:
Safety 1st Easy Saver Diaper Pail
Imse Vimse Citrus Circles Diaper Pail Deodorizing Disks
Bio Kleen Oxygen Bleach
Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets



Image: First meal, by HoboMama on Flickr
First meal, by HoboMama
Aching breasts? Need some relief?

Cut out four 6 inch circles of a soft 100% cotton (prewashed) fabric, such as cotton knit, flannelette or double layers of gauze.

You can use recycled T-shirts, worn-out cloth diapers, etc.

Cut with pinking shears, if you have them, for a nice edge.

Image: Cut out four 6 inch circles of a soft 100% cotton (prewashed) fabric, such as cotton knit, flannelette or double layers of gauze
Drawing by Catherine McDiarmid-Watt

Put two layers of fabric on top of each other, right sides out.

Sew a 1-inch circle in the middle of your circles.

Sew about 1/4 - 1/2 inch from the edge, with a zig-zag or serger, a double row of straight stitch, or even hand-stitching - 3/4 of the way around each circle.

Now fill with rice, flax or whole oats, just enough without being bulky. The pad should still be able to lay flat.

Next, add just a bit of your favorite spice or scent, or even dried flower petals - not too much.

Image: Bamboobies Boob Ease Soothing Therapy Pillows | combine the softness of Bamboobies with warming and cooling relief with an all-natural gel-free ultrasoft bamboo pillow filled with flax seeds
Bamboobies Boob Ease Soothing Therapy Pillows

Close up remaining 1/4 of the circle. Repeat, using the second two layers.

Now make a second set of breast pads, because you are going to love these!

To use these pads: Simply heat or chill, then slip inside your bra.

Cooling comfort soothes sore new mama nipples and breasts.
Store a set of breast pads in the freezer for cool comfort - especially helpful for use shortly before a feeding to slightly numb sore nipples - it will relieve that initial latching-on pain.

Or wear them to bring out flat and inverted nipples - which makes it easier for baby to get a good latch.

Gentle warmth opens clogged ducts and helps to increase milk production.
Warm up a set of breast pads in the microwave - start with 20 seconds and check to see if they are warm enough.

(Don't make them too hot, or you can burn your delicate breast tissue.)
These are very comforting when used on sore nipples after a feeding, or to place over a plugged duct.


Image: Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads for Breastfeeding Mothers | provide instant, cooling pain reliefShopping Suggestions:
Soothies Gel Pads
NUK/Gerber Warm Or Cool Relief Pack
Earth Mama Angel Baby Tube Booby
Philips AVENT Thermal Gel Pads
Bamboob-ease Soothing Therapy Pillows
Breast-Warmers Therapy Breast Pads



Image: Sweet Dreams Hunny Bunny: Terlena dalam Susuan Mamin, by Ibu Menyusui on Flickr
Photo credit: Sweet Dreams Hunny Bunny, by Ibu Menyusui
I am a mom to 5 children, aged 5-19 and have used cloth diapers with all of them.

I also breastfed them all, and as a result, needed good nursing pads.

With my last 2 babies, I found I had several cloth diapers that had seen much better days but I didn't want to use them for rags yet, plus I needed breast-pads.

I cut out several nursing pads using a large glass to trace them in the middle of the prefold part of the diaper.

Image: Photo Credit: Nursing Pads, by Ashley Barrett(monkeybunns) on Flickr
Photo credit: Nursing Pads, by Ashley Barrett
They ended up being about 5" circles. I didn't need to put several layers together since they were thick enough.

I simply zig-zagged around the edges, and voila! Great free nursing pads!

I still have them, and my little girls can use them for dolly pillows.

Thanks to Bev Qualheim for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: TL Care Organic Cotton Nursing Pads | constructed from 5 layers of 100% organic cotton | ecologically produced and healthier for you, your baby, and the environment
Shopping Suggestions:
Sweet Pea Prefold diaper
TL Care Organic Cotton Nursing Pads
Philips AVENT Washable Nursing Pads
FuzziBunz Reusable Cloth Nursing Pads
NuAngel Washable Nursing Pads



Image: OsoCozy Better Fit Unbleached Prefolds | Baby Cloth Diaper Prefolds Made Of 100% Indian Cotton | Diaper Service Quality (DSQ) | Toddler 4x8x4 Fits 25-45 lbAs far as absorbency goes, you might try using two diapers at a time, to increase the absorbency.

Then put a fleece liner between the diaper and his skin to keep the wetness away.

This is what I do with my son. It makes a HUGE difference!

I just got some polar fleece from WalMart, cut it into rectangles (about 6"x16"), and I place one, fuzzy side up (it's one-sided fleece) next to his skin.

It keeps him comfortable, while the double-diapering is absorbent enough. I use toddler-size Chinese diaper service quality prefolds.

Yes, this is bulky, but it works!

Thanks to Amy for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Stacking tuna cans, by Ryan McLean on Flickr
Photo credit: Stacking tuna cans, by Ryan McLean
Even very young babies love putting things in cans. In and out, it amuses them for quite a while. Inside your kitchen cupboard, you will find the makings of a great stacking game!

A tomato paste can fit inside of a small frozen juice can, which fits inside a large juice can, which fits inside a big spaghetti sauce can, which fits inside of a 48 oz juice can.

Rather than tossing them into the recycling bin, just go around the top of each can with the can opener a few times.

Then carefully cover the top rim with tape - adhesive tape, duct tape, etc. so baby won't get cut.

Image: Fabric Covered Soup Can, by Annette Young on Flickr
Photo credit: Fabric Covered Soup Can, by Annette Young
If you have some fabric laying around, wrap each can in a different type. You can use a safe glue, or hold the fabric on with rubber bands - top and bottom of the can.

Try foil, burlap, nylon, mesh, corduroy, fake fur, velvet, sandpaper, leather, satin, and more!

When everything is ready, offer your baby three cans to begin. After the baby has finished examining them in his or her own way, show baby how they all fit together.

As your baby's interest grows, add another can to work with.

Image: Miniland Giantte Stacking Cups | With 10 progressively-sized cups | a fun stacking and nesting toy | indoors and out
Miniland Giantte Stacking Cups
Once baby gets bored with this, stack the can in a tower. Placed next to each other, they make stairs for a toy to walk up. Then drop one can on top of the other until they are all hidden inside the biggest one.

Where did they go?

Before you know it, your baby will be showing you!

Thanks to Betty for this Frugal Baby Tip!

SHOPPING SUGGESTIONS:
Lamaze Multi Sensory Soft Sorter
Lamaze Rainbow Stacking Rings Developmental Toy
Miniland Giantte Stacking Cups



Image: She's discovered her diaper pail! by Supafly, on Flickr
Photo credit: She's discovered her diaper pail!, by Supafly
This won't save a whole lot of money, but it will save your nose.

I think the deodorizers made for diaper pails often smell worse than the diapers.

The commercial deodorizers make my eyes water.

Instead, put six or seven drops of your favorite essential oil on a cotton ball or pad, and put it in your diaper pail's deo-disk holder.

Image: 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Basic Sampler Essential Oil Gift Set | Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Tea Tree | All Edens Garden oils are 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil | no fillers, additives, bases or carriers added
Or just tape to the inside of the lid.

Add a couple more drops every week or two to re-charge it.

Thanks to Sara Eames for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Classic Cotton Balls Jumbo Size | Classic cotton balls are soft and gentle to all skin types
Shopping Suggestions:
Classic Cotton Balls Jumbo Size
Basic Sampler Essential Oil Gift Set
Munchkin Arm and Hammer Nursery Fresheners
Citrus Circles Diaper Pail Deodorizing Disks



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