Image: Cuddle Baby Carrier, by BorntoLove.com, 1980
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. 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!

Photo credit: BorntoLove.com
All rights reserved

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
 • 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




Frugal Baby Tips can be found on Facebook and Pinterest!

More Frugal Blogs and Websites:
Born to Love: All your cloth diapering needs, and much more - naturally! We are strong advocates of the personal, social and environmental benefits of natural parenting.
Frugal Freebies: The latest free stuff, free books, shopping deals, discount coupons, and other ways to save money!
Image: ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Draw in the Tub Bath Crayons - draw colorful pictures on bathtubs, tile or your body!
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 yet.

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

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

Photo Credit: ALEX on Amazon.com
All Rights Reserved





Frugal Baby Tips can be found on Facebook and Pinterest!

More Frugal Blogs and Websites:
Born to Love: All your cloth diapering needs, and much more - naturally! We are strong advocates of the personal, social and environmental benefits of natural parenting.
Frugal Freebies: The latest free stuff, free books, shopping deals, discount coupons, and other ways to save money!
Image: Placemats photo, by Charles Knott (djvexd) from PhotoBucket
This one is not really a baby tip either, but anything that makes keeping the house clean quickly and easily is a good tip for me!

I find the job of wiping out the cupboard one that I tend to put off, but then I thought of buying hard plastic place-mats from the Dollar Store - they only cost me two for $1.00.

Because they were hard plastic, I was able to easily cut them to fit inside my cupboards. Now they are easy to wipe clean. Much prettier too!

Thanks to Cathy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: Placemats photo - by Charles Knott (djvexd) from PhotoBucket
Some rights reserved






Frugal Baby Tips
can be found on Facebook and Pinterest!

More Frugal Blogs and Websites:
Born to Love: All your cloth diapering needs, and much more - naturally! We are strong advocates of the personal, social and environmental benefits of natural parenting.
Frugal Freebies: The latest free stuff, free books, shopping deals, discount coupons, and other ways to save money!
Image: DSC01587 - diaper changing on the trail by jon.hayes, on Flickr
I make my own baby wipes solution.

I use the following recipe for making my baby wipes:

Start with:
• 3 cups distilled water

Add:
• 1/2 Tbsp. Natural Baby Wash or Dr. Bonners Liquid Castile Baby Mild Soap
• 1/2 Tbsp. Natural Apricot, Almond, or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 Tbsp. 100% Aloe Vera Gel
• 3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil (as an anti fungal)
• 3 drops Lavender essential Oil
Johnson's Natural Head-to-Toe Foaming Baby Wash 18-Ounce - combines 98% naturally derived ingredients and over 100 years of trusted baby care knowledge to gently cleanse delicate skin and hair to pure baby softness

Pour into jar, put on lid and shake well.

Pour into a spray or squirt bottle and squirt on cloth diaper wipes prior to use.

Thanks to Kathy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: jon.hayes, on Flickr
Some rights reserved






Frugal Baby Tips
can be found on Facebook and Pinterest!

More Frugal Blogs and Websites:
Born to Love: All your cloth diapering needs, and much more - naturally! We are strong advocates of the personal, social and environmental benefits of natural parenting.
Frugal Freebies: The latest free stuff, free books, shopping deals, discount coupons, and other ways to save money!
Image: Red hair reflecting in the sunlight in front of green grass. Photo credit: Troy Stoi, on freeimages.comDoes your child have tangles from baby-fine hair?

Rather than buying those expensive bottles of spray-on detanglers, try making your own frugal alternative.

Mix 1 part conditioner with 10 parts water. (You may need to experiment. Some conditioners work better for this than others.)

Pour into an empty, cleaned out spray bottle.

Spray this frugal detangler solution on your child's hair and comb those tangles out easily.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: Red hair reflecting in the sunlight in front of green grass, by Troy Stoi, on freeimages.com
All rights reserved



Image: Lil Rinser Splashguard - soft rim contours fit smoothly yet snuggly against a child's head and channels water and soap away from sensitive areasImage: Munchkin Shampoo Rinser - Helps keep soap and water out of child's eyes with soft rim

Shopping Suggestions:
Johnson's No More Tangles Leave-in Conditioner
L'Oreal Paris Kids Tangle Tamer Conditional Formula
Lil Rinser Splashguard
Munchkin Shampoo Rinser






Frugal Baby Tips
can be found on Facebook and Pinterest!
Image: my nephew in a bucket by jonny.hunter, on Flickr
I can top that diaper pail tip!

Photo credit: jonny.hunter, on Flickr
Some rights reserved

If you shop any of the large warehouse stores, such as Costco or Amazon, you can buy clothes washing detergent in that identical bucket and get the bucket for free!

Image: Charlie's Soap Powder Bucket, 1000 Loads, 32 Pounds - Safe for all HE machines. Hypoallergenic and safe for those with sensitive skin. Excellent for cloth diapers
The detergent works great with all diapers, including FuzziBuns, Bumkins, etc.

Charlie's Soap is a very straight-forward detergent with no fabric softeners or bleach in it.

She is right about using it as a diaper pail - we use two of them!

Thanks to Nina Maginnis for this Frugal Baby Tip!






Frugal Baby Tips can be found on Facebook and Pinterest!

More Frugal Blogs and Websites:
Born to Love: All your cloth diapering needs, and much more - naturally! We are strong advocates of the personal, social and environmental benefits of natural parenting.
Frugal Freebies: The latest free stuff, free books, shopping deals, discount coupons, and other ways to save money!
Image: Nuby Garden Fresh Fruitsicle Frozen Pop Tray
During the day when I know she's teething, she enjoys eating homemade popsicles and other soothing foods.

Frozen banana chunks work well, too. I use a Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder to hold the banana chucks safely.

And less sugar and more nutrients than popsicles.

But this time of year, maybe you'd better do that right before a good warm bath!

It's very gooey by the time they finish gumming them, anyway.

Thanks to Tami and Ness for these Frugal Baby Tips!

Photo Credit: Nuby on Amazon.com
All Rights Reserved





Frugal Baby Tips can be found on Facebook and Pinterest!

More Frugal Blogs and Websites:
Born to Love: All your cloth diapering needs, and much more - naturally! We are strong advocates of the personal, social and environmental benefits of natural parenting.
Frugal Freebies: The latest free stuff, free books, shopping deals, discount coupons, and other ways to save money!
Image: laundrypile by Robin Skyler Tell, on Flickr
Ingredients:
1 bar Fels Naptha soap, grated (2-3oz bars or 1 4-5.5oz bar) (the finer grated the better)
1 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.

Photo credit: Robin Skyler Tell, on Flickr
Some rights reserved

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 over night it takes roughly 20 to dissolve it you didn't let it sit it takes much longer.

Image: Dial Corp. 04303 Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap - Make your own Laundry Detergent - Recipe AvailableWhen 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 c. 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 laundry.

Image: Set of 2 Leaktite 5 Gallon Buckets (White) 90 mil - Great for StorageIf you keep it in the big bucket you will need to stir each time before you use it. I pour it into gallon gals 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 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 looses 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!






Frugal Baby Tips
can be found on Facebook and Pinterest!

More Frugal Blogs and Websites:
Born to Love: All your cloth diapering needs, and much more - naturally! We are strong advocates of the personal, social and environmental benefits of natural parenting.
Frugal Freebies: The latest free stuff, free books, shopping deals, discount coupons, and other ways to save money!
Image: I gotta fold ALL the clothes?!
I use an old pillowcase for a laundry bag in the baby's room.

It is attached to the changing table by a diaper pin.

It keeps all of my baby's dirty laundry and things together.

Photo credit: Travis Seitler, on Flickr
Some rights reserved

Image: Knickernappies Doorknob Diaper Pail - Sometimes there's just not enough space for a plastic diaper pail. Doorknob Diaper Pails are perfect for nurseries, bathrooms, and traveling.

When it's time to wash, everything can be dumped right into the washing machine...

Including the pillowcase!


Thanks to Beth for this Frugal Baby Tip!





Image: Charlie Banana Washable Hanging Diaper Pail - hoop for hanging. Ideal for storing dirty clothes or diapersImage: Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag - Leak free seaming to keep the wet in, and the dry outShopping Suggestions:
Charlie Banana Hanging Diaper Pail
Munchkin Baby Laundry Bag
Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag
Knickernappies Doorknob Diaper Pail



Frugal Baby Tips
can be found on Facebook and Pinterest!

More Frugal Blogs and Websites:
Born to Love: All your cloth diapering needs, and much more - naturally! We are strong advocates of the personal, social and environmental benefits of natural parenting.
Frugal Freebies: The latest free stuff, free books, shopping deals, discount coupons, and other ways to save money!

Popular Posts