Image: Bookcase climber by Exployment Now, on Flickr
Bolt your dressers, bookshelves, or any other tip-able furniture to the wall.

Secure to the floor or wall with L-braces, or to the wall with hook and eye - available at any hardware store.

From the photo: This is why we have small bookcases or hidden wall supports.

Goodness knows, if the supports were technically able to be lower, she'd probably sabotage them.

Thanks to Teresa for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: Battalion 1WDD6 Corner Brace, Steel, 3/4 Wx3 1/2 In L - Holes per Leaf 2, Holes With, Mounting Holes 4, 2 Each Side, Hardware IncludedImage: Stanley 750400 - 1 inch Zinc Plated(2C) Hooks and Eye - Excellent for latching gates, screen doors, and other hinged openings.
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Battalion Corner Brace
Stanley Hardware Hook and Eye Latches
Mommy's Helper Tip Resistant Furniture Safety Brackets
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Image: The toy hammock by Lance McCord, on Flickr
Make your own "net" which will match with your decor and hold all of baby's stuffed toys.

Just cut out a triangle of strong, stretchy fabric measuring about 1 metre by 1 metre by 1.4 metres (or 40" x 40" x60").

Tie each corner of this triangle tightly to a metal ring, and suspend up in one corner of your baby's room with hooks screwed into the wall.

Fill with all those toys!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: ToyTech Teddy Hammock Toy Storage Net - Holds 15 to 20 average size animals.

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Jolly Jumper Jumbo Toy Hammock
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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.

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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

 • Another Denim Baby Carrier pattern, by Erin Brochu 2010: includes pictures of denim carrier in use.




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Image: M30 Stain Remover - NEW 14 Oz. TubI know many of us like to go organic, but I have found the best thing for those yellowy stains on baby clothing, cloth diapers and other family clothing stains, is this product called M30 Stain Remover.

I used to be able to get a small jar of from our local Dollar Store. It's such a shame that they stopped carrying this product.

M30 gets out the worst stains on my husband's clothes (he's an iron worker and they get some nasty stuff on them) as well as that yellowy stuff on baby clothes.

I have saved a lot of "throwaways" from family members because of it!

You smear the stuff on really thick and let it sit for 15-30 minutes, then simply wash.

I usually wash the clothes again afterwards to get rid of anything that is left on it.

Thanks to Bevin for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image; M30 Stain Remover Now available from Amazon: M30 - Quickly removes grease, tar, ink, paint, varnish, grass stains, crayon marks, shoe polish, perspiration stains, chewing gum, tobacco gum, blood, cosmetics, pet stains, Barbecue sauce, gravy, chocolate, and many other stubborn soils and stains.

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Image: 365:237 Slipper Socks
My baby is just starting to learn how to walk, and it is cold in the evenings (the reason for not being barefoot).

Instead of buying socks with grips on the soles already, we buy the socks in the bulk bag and use puffy paint on the soles.

If applied properly, this doesn't peel off (if you're worried about this, you can also get the non-toxic kind).

You can write anything you want, or draw pictures, and baby has a better grip on the floor.


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Image: Luvable Friends 10-Piece Baby Socks Gift Set, Blue, 0-9 Months - These socks are stretchable for better fit, and are soft and comfortable to wear.Image: Color Splash! Puffy Paint (Set of 6) - In 6 cool colors that kids love!Shopping Suggestions:
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Image: Hey, kids... how ya doin'?Make your baby a really cute-looking romper from an older child's T-shirt or tank top.

Just make sure the hem of the shirt hangs a few inches lower than the baby's diaper crotch.

Stitch 2"-3" of Velcro® loop (or 2"-3" of snap tape "head") on the inside of the hem, centre-front, and 2"-3" of Velcro® hook (or 2"-3" of snap tape "holes") on the outside of the hem, center-back.

If you find the neck opening a bit too big, just overlap the fabric at the back of the neck, and add a dot of Velcro® or one snap to hold it closed.

The extra bonus is that there is room in this romper to fit over a cloth diaper, AND the legs cover the diaper nicely.

Then you just slip your new baby romper onto your baby, and fasten at the crotch - how adorable!!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: Hey, kids... how ya doin'?, by Emily (Spamily), on Flickr
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
 • Make a Baby Romper from a T Shirt
If you need more detailed instructions, I found this tutorial with pictures - however it uses a bigger t-shirt, and requires more cutting and sewing


Image: Velcro (r) Brand Soft and Flexible Sew-On Tape 5/8X30 - White - easy to sew - Baby wear and Apparel
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• Velcro® Brand Soft and Flexible Sew-On Tape - US | Canada | UK
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Image: my nephew in a bucket by jonny.hunter, on Flickr
I can top that diaper pail tip!

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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!

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Image: when I was a girl, we had to wear j-cloths for shirts, on Flickr
For a newborn... Instead of buying throw-away baby wipes, I cut up reusable Handi Wipes into fours, and dampen them.

Then I carry them in a Tupperware case for away-from-home diaper changes.

At home I have a Tupperware dish of water on my change table (fresh each morning), and a stack of Handi-Wipes quarters ready to dip and wipe.

Wash in a net laundry bag with a load of laundry. Hang bag over clothes line to dry.

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When your baby outgrows the need for diapers, and you still have disposables left, or cloth still in decent condition, what do you do with them?

1. Make a heating pad
-- Soothe your aching neck. Or, for that matter, your aching back or shoulder. Use a disposable diaper's high level of absorbency to your advantage by creating a soft, pliant heating pad. Moisten a disposable diaper and place it in the microwave on medium-high setting for about 2 minutes. Check that it's not too hot for comfort and then apply to your achy part.

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2. Keep a plant watered longer
-- Before potting a plant, place a clean disposable diaper in the bottom of the flowerpot -- absorbent side up. It will absorb water that would otherwise drain out the bottom and will keep the plant from drying out too fast. You'll also cut back on how often you have to water the plant.

3. Pad a package
-- You want to mail your friend that lovely piece of china you know she'll love. But you don't have any protective wrapping on hand. If you have disposable diapers, wrap the item in the diapers or insert them as padding before sealing the box. Diapers cost more than regular protective packaging wrap, but at least you will have gotten the package out today, and you can be assured your gift will arrive in one piece.

4. Protect an Injury
-- I once used a cloth prefold diaper to wrap up and protect a gaping wound till we got to the hospital.

5. More Uses
-- Flat and prefold diapers can be used as sunscreens, burp cloths, thin blankets, nursing cover-up, pot holders, Swiffer pads, dust rags, reuseable "paper" towels, window cleaners, face washies for after meals, traveling diaper changing pads, reusable travel washies, bibs, to wash the car, and so much more!

Image: Wilton Diaper Cake KitAnd of course, there is always the diaper shower cake or diaper wreaths - there are patterns for both cloth and disposable diapers.

Photo credit: Wilton Diaper Cake Kit on Amazon
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Make Other things into Diapers
Make receiving blankets into new diapers
Too many receiving blankets? Make a couple dozen of them into great prefold diapers.

More Free Diapers Sewing Projects

Free Cloth Diaper Patterns
Free cloth diaper pattern links for everything you need to cloth diaper your child.


More cloth diaper ideas:
The MANY Different Uses for a Prefold Cloth Diaper

Quick Tip – Non-Cloth Diaper Uses for Flats and Prefolds

Beyond the Diaper… Alternate Uses for Cloth

Nine More Uses for Used Cloth Diapers

More disposable diaper ideas:
Other Uses for Disposable Diapers

9 Things Disposable Diapers Are Good for Besides Poop

11 Unusual Uses for Diapers

Other uses for Disposable Diapers?

And here's one more use for diapers...



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