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 - DIYS.com

๐Ÿงท Make Your Own Diapers and Covers | BorntoLove.com

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!



Image: Baby running off with a chair. Photo Credit: Jasmine Adams on FreeImages

Cover an old white pages phone book (or two) with vinyl contact shelf liner paper.

(Do they still even give those out?)

No phone book? How about a small cardboard box stuffed with pillows, or books?

Place on a regular kitchen chair to create an instant booster seat for your toddler.

Add an adult's belt or luggage strap around the child and the back of the chair for security.

Never leave your child alone in this (or any other) booster seat.

Some kids are escape artists or can wiggle down and get themselves tangled up, so children should always be supervised.


Image: Lewis N. Clark Deluxe Luggage Belt | Measures 2 inches wide by 81 inches long | Quick release polypropylene buckle

Shopping Suggestions:

๐Ÿ‘ถ Deluxe Luggage Belt

๐Ÿ‘ถ Clear Contact Paper

๐Ÿ‘ถ Creative Covering Contact Paper

๐Ÿ‘ถ Leather Belt



Image: Naked Nursing Tank | Open Busted Breastfeeding Tank Top | Layering Cami and Maternity Undershirt | Bamboo/Cotton
Naked Nursing Tank: Open Busted Tank Top
Your baby needs to nurse, but you are out in public and you are uncomfortable about showing off all that skin when you lift your top?

Layer one crop top, blouse, shirt, etc. over an old T-shirt or tank top (mix or match colors!).

Image: BellyMoms Cotton Maternity Nursing Undershirts for Breastfeeding Moms
Nursing Undershirts
Cut two nursing slits in the old tank top or T-shirt and hem around the raw edges (hemming is not necessary, but it's up to you).

The top layer shirt will provide discreet coverage, yet your baby will still have easy access to nurse.

When you lift or shift your outer shirt to nurse, your tummy is fully covered. If you unbutton your blouse to nurse, your cleavage is not exposed.

Your baby's head and your outer garment cover the exposed portion of your breast.

Plus, there are no slits or panels to readjust after feeding!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!


BellyMoms Cotton Maternity Nursing Undershirts for Breastfeeding Moms
Nursing Undershirts

Here are a few more no-sew nursing top ideas!

๐Ÿ‘ถ The no sew nursing top solution

๐Ÿ‘ถ 30 second zero dollar NO SEW nursing tank top

๐Ÿ‘ถ No-sew Nursing Tops

๐Ÿ‘ถ Modest no sew nursing tops

๐Ÿ‘ถ DIY Nursing Top: Budget-Friendly, No-Sew, Totally Stylish

๐Ÿ‘ถ DIY Cute no sew nursing top

Have you ever wished there was an accurate up-to-date website, listing all the breastfeeding laws and their provisions for enforcement - all in one place?

Click for the: Breastfeeding Laws For US and Canada


Image: Naked Nursing Tank | Open Busted Breastfeeding Tank Top | Layering Cami and Maternity Undershirt | Bamboo/Cotton
Naked Nursing Tank

Shopping Suggestions:

๐Ÿ‘ถ Naked Nursing Tank - Lily White, Charcoal, Midnight Black

๐Ÿ‘ถ Sleeveless Nursing Tank Top

๐Ÿ‘ถ Undercover Mama Nursing Tank

๐Ÿ‘ถ Nursing Cami Tank Top

๐Ÿ‘ถ Long Sleeve Nursing Top

๐Ÿ‘ถ Short Long Sleeve Nursing Tops



Image: Soaker Butt, by Devon on Flickr

Do you have any old, shrunk and matted wool sweaters?

Then you can make two excellent diaper covers per sweater. The more matted the sweater - the more waterproof the covers!

To Make: Cut equal-sided triangles from old, shrunk and matted 100% wool sweaters, and zigzag-stitch edges to prevent unraveling (optional).

You can usually get two small "baby bum sweaters" from one adult sweater, or one large baby bum sweater.
Sizing as follows:
Premie.....cut three sides of triangle by 10 inches (26cm)
Newborn....cut three sides of triangle by 12 inches (31cm)
Medium.....cut three sides of triangle by 16 inches (41cm)
Toddler....cut three sides of triangle by 20 inches (51cm)
Super......cut three sides of triangle by 24 inches (61cm)

Image: Cut along cutting lines for one baby bum sweater. Set aside the wrist-bands for use as leg bands on your baby bum sweater
Picture one
Picture one: Cut along cutting lines (red dashes in picture) for one baby bum sweater. Set aside the wrist-bands for use as leg bands on your baby bum sweater.


Image: This is what your pattern should look like - using the sweater's waistband as the baby bum sweater waistband
Picture two
Picture two: This is what your pattern should look like - using the sweater's waistband as the baby bum sweater waistband.


Image: Fold up the material towards the waist band. Bring waist-band sides together at front
Picture three
Picture three: Fold up the material towards the waist band. Bring waist-band sides together at front.


Image: Sew along lines, about halfway along sides to form leg-holes. Be careful not to sew the leg-holes completely shut. You can adjust the leg hole openings, larger or smaller, to fit your baby's legs
Picture four
Picture four: Sew along lines, about halfway along sides to form leg-holes. Be careful not to sew the leg-holes completely shut. You can adjust the leg hole openings, larger or smaller, to fit your baby's legs.


Image: Your bum sweater should look something like this. Now take the wrist-bands you set aside earlier, and sew around the leg openings
Picture five
Picture five: Your bum sweater should look something like this. Now take the wrist-bands you set aside earlier, and sew around the leg openings.You can thread a crochet tie through the waistband.


To use: Multi-layered or double diapers work best with these covers. Pull-on over diaper and tie in front.

TIP: Check out your local Goodwill, second-hand stores or other thrift stores for second-hand wool sweaters to use - very cheap!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip and instructional pics!


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: Knitting Baby Soakers | Kindle Edition | Print length: 32 pages | by Dixie Fox (Author). Publisher: BookRix (October 8, 2015)
Knitting Baby Soakers

Shopping Suggestions:

๐Ÿšผ Knitting Baby Soakers - features 13 vintage soakers, 2 shirts, and a bib.

๐Ÿšผ Pea Patch Diaper Soaker Knitting Pattern - This pattern is for a knitted wool cloth diaper cover much like your grandma or great-grandma may have used!

๐Ÿšผ Unisex Diaper Cover Pattern - This adorable knit diaper cover is perfect for baby to wear anytime, or for pictures.

๐Ÿšผ PATTERN PDF - Little man diaper cover and bow tie set -- 2 sizes From CrochetMyLove



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