Image: Our bedroom - wall to wall bed, by William Heaton (billheat) on Photobucket
Picture Credit: Our bedroom - wall to wall bed, by William Heaton
We, 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 moved her 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 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 four 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!

Image: uncut fruit, by Ugly Duckling's (im_an_ugly_duckling) on Photobucket
Picture Credit: uncut fruit, by Ugly Duckling
You can make pureed fruit on the go, with just a spoon or fork for babies eight months 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!

Image: THERMOS FOOGO Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Food Jar | Vacuum insulation maintains temperature of the contents longer | inhibits bacteria growth and spoiling
THERMOS Vacuum Insulated Food Jar

I found a pretty cool alternative to wipes warmer too.

I had an old coffee thermos (used for camping) around, so I just filled it up with warm water and my wipes solution.

It keeps it warm for a couple of days!

The one I have has a little cup that fits on top, and I just fill that about with as much water as I need (1/4 for one wipe, 1/2 for two wipes).

Then I just dip the wipes inside.

Thanks to Cindy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Hanging the diapers out to dry, by Hannah Ball, on Flickr
Photo credit: Hanging the diapers out to dry, by Hannah Ball
A trick my mother passed on to me - to keep flat diapers softer when hung outside - hang two diapers together.

This also bleaches the diapers nice and white in the sun - even old stains!

Gauze diapers really stay soft this way.

Cloth diapers, of any kind, hung outside smell better!

Thanks to Nancy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Photo credit: Socks! They Totally Suck!, by Shannon
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!

Image: Gerber Heavyweight Gauze Prefold diapers
Gerber Heavyweight Gauze Prefold diapers
Having been the cheapie that I am, I've gotten by with two dozen Gerber prefolds, and six pull-on nylon covers.

For a total of about $50 - that's it!

Now, my best friend uses disposable diapers and as her baby has gotten older, the disposables she buys, get more and more expensive.

She probably spends $100 every month right now on disposable diapers.

(I know she spends about $40 whenever we go to Costco, and we go there all the time).

My utility costs increase has been negligible. Really!

Image: Dappi Waterproof 100% Nylon Diaper Pants | Pullon pants
Dappi Pullon pant

I haven't felt the difference personally.

My husband's stereo equipment probably saps more energy than my front-loading energy efficient washer and dryer.


Thanks to Robin for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Gerber Prefold Gauze Cloth Diapers | feature soft 100% cotton fabric | feels soft on baby's delicate skin
Gerber Prefold Gauze Cloth Diapers
I use cloth (or did before I got pregnant, anyway!).

I use my old cheapie cloth diapers - Gerber prefold diapers - the kind you can buy at Amazon, Target or K-Mart.

Those things are worthless in my opinion as baby diapers, but GREAT as menstrual pads!

I just fold them into the right size (shorter for daytime, longer for night-time), and place inside a snug-fitting cotton panty.

I almost NEVER have leaks or slippage - in fact, less than I did with disposable pads. Yeast infections are history, and washing is no big deal.

I just keep an extra diaper pail in the bathroom and toss in the used pad (and often a washcloth - much nicer to cleanse oneself with at that time of the month than toilet paper!). It is a dry pail.

The first time I did this, I soaked, and the smell was HORRID!

Took FIVE washes to get them clean again.

With the dry pail, there is no odor problem.

When my cycle is done (about 4-5 days), I just toss everything in the washer and run a cold cycle to rinse them.

Then I add detergent (my homemade stuff!), baking soda, and fabric-safe bleach or whitener.

Sometimes vinegar, if I think of it. Hot cycle, and then they go into the dryer.

Stains are minimal, and I don't care if they're stained anyway - no one sees these but me!

Best of all - cost to me was essentially nothing, as I'd purchased the diapers years ago for my babies (and used them quite unsuccessfully - just not absorbent enough!).

Thanks to Amy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Photo credit: Deep thinking, by Lech Karol Pawłaszek
When our Diaper Duck broke for the second time, we decided not to pay the shipping to get another replacement.

Out of necessity, we discovered a frugal and effective fix - regular salad tongs work great for swishing and dunking diapers, and for holding the diaper and flushing at the same time.

The tongs have a metal piece which slides from the hinge end to the holder end, to keep the ends closed - when holding the diaper with the tongs, we slide this metal piece down, so the diaper stays clamped in the tongs.

You can swish and dunk without having to touch the toilet water at all.

Image: Diaper Duck | for Cloth Diaper Rinsing and Cleaning in Toilet
Diaper Duck

Image: Diaper sprayer for cloth diapers
Another great idea:
The Diaper Sprayer
Sometimes we swish and flush the big stuff, then just leave the diaper held in the tongs soaking in the toilet bowl until somebody needs to use the toilet.

Rolling the diaper around the tongs like rolling spaghetti on a fork, squeezes out enough water for the diaper to be whisked into a nearby diaper pail.

Thanks to Monica Thomas for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Gustav in gDiaper, by Majorbonnet on Flickr
Photo credit: Gustav in gDiaper, by Majorbonnet
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
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