Image: Dressing Everett, by Peter Dutton on Flickr
Photo credit: Dressing Everett, by Peter Dutton
When old cloth diapers, receiving blankets, or terrycloth towels wear out; cut them into squares and serge or sew around the sides. Or just buy some inexpensive washcloths!

Then put them in a Tupperware container or old wipes tub or a ChangePal.

Add a recipe for home-made baby wipe solution.

Image: ChangePal (Pink)-3-in-1 Case for Diapers/Wipes/Ointment - Portable-fits in diaper bags, totes, strollers, vehicles, baby stations, and holds 1-2 day supply of baby changing items
ChangePal 3-in-1 Case

You will have reusable wipes that are super soft, and last forever.

- Baby Wipes Recipe -

• 1 1/2 - 2 cups distilled water
• 1/4 cup Aloe Vera gel
• 1/8 to 1/4 cup olive oil (use extra virgin so there are no chemicals)
• 2 tsp. Baby Shampoo
• 2-3 drops Tea Tree oil or Calendula oil (optional)
• 2-3 drops Lavender oil (discourages molds)

Mix this solution together, use to wet your recycled wipes

Thanks to Maggie Atkinson for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Ouch by Joshua Allen, on Flickr
Photo credit: Ouch by Joshua Allen, on Flickr
I haven't had to try it myself, but a lot of people swear smearing an antacid like Maalox or Mylanta on your baby's diaper-rashed bum will help clear it up.

Image: Mylanta Maximum Strength Antacid | Paraben-Free

It will fight the acidity of urine hurting the rash. It makes sense to me!

Thanks to Jennifer Ward for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Picture Caption: Cashen had a bit of a diaper rash this weekend and was not too happy about it.



Image: J is for Jeep Car Seat Strap Covers | Gentle and Comfortable Against Baby's Sensitive Skin | Protects Child from Seatbelt Strap Irritation
Car Seat Strap Covers
Protect your baby's tender cheeks from rough shoulder strap webbing in strollers and car seats, with these easy-to-make covers.

Just cut two 5" (13cm ) squares for a baby under 6 months from quilted fabric, acrylic fleece or Sherpa fabric. For an older child cut a 5" by 8" (13cm by 20 cm) rectangle.

Bind with bias tape, or serge around all edges.

Sew a strip of hook Velcro® down one edge, and loop Velcro® on the opposite edge (and side) of fabric.
Image: Velcro placement on fabric
Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
All rights reserved

Or hammer-in a row of three snaps.

Fold one cover over each shoulder strap, and fasten Velcro® or snaps.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Shalan Bate posted: As a certified child restraint safety tech: I highly advise against putting aftermarket covers on your car seat.

1. It could interfere with harness during an accident,
2. it is not even tested with the seat. So no idea how it would work in a collision.

Most seats come with covers, but if you find the harness is bothering baby's neck, the best bet is to snug the shirt up some, so it is between neck and straps.


Image: Jeep Strap Covers- The strap covers can be used on any harness strap - perfect for car seats, strollers and moreShopping Suggestions:
Organic Sherpa Natural Fabric
Double Fold Bias Tape
Velcro Brand Soft and Flexible Sew-On Tape
Dritz Heavy Duty Snaps
Jeep Strap Covers
Jolly Jumper Soft Straps Carseat Strap Covers



Image: Button Bum Diaper cover and hat | From CrochetMyLove | Kindle Edition
Button Bum Diaper cover and hat
I also am a crocheter, but no knitter. I haven't found a whole lot of patterns but have found a few, and I'm working on creating one myself.

A good place to go is Ravelry.com - a free site for knitters and crocheters.

I just found this site last week and I'm completely in love with it! The wool soaker group on Yahoo also has a few good patterns.

Here are a few others I found...

Image: Little Fire Crochet Soaker Pants
Little Fire Crochet Soaker Pants

-- The first one is super easy!
This pattern is written in four sizes

Click for pattern: Little Fire Crochet Soaker Pants



Image: Tickle Turdle Wool WrapsTickle Turdle Wool Wraps

- allows you to select the closure method you prefer. A Snappi works great! So do diaper pins!

Click for pattern: Tickle Turdle Wool Wrap



Image: Rolled Edge Wool SoakersRolled Edge Wool Soakers

- Crochet it, put it on your baby and adore how cute it looks!

Click for pattern: Rolled Edge Wool Soakers Pattern
(archived on the Wayback Machine)

Thanks to Jennostlund for this Frugal Baby Tip!


Image: Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn - Perfect for extra warm sweaters, jackets, vests, slippers and hats; It's an ideal beginner yarn
Shopping Suggestions:
Patons Classic Wool Yarn
Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Yarn
Susan Bates Luxite Plastic Crochet Hook Set
Boye Aluminum Crochet Hook Set



Image: Somebody unrolled all the toilet paper!,  by Rob, Joyce, Alex and Nova, on Flickr
Somebody unrolled all the toilet paper!, by Rob, Joyce, Alex and Nova
Would you like to prevent your toddler or pets from unrolling the entire roll of toilet paper, and stuffing it into the toilet, or trailing it through the house?

Image: Make your own toilet roll protector by recycling a plastic 2 litre pop bottleMake your own toilet roll cover/protector by recycling a plastic 2 liter soda pop bottle.



Image: Cut off the bottle top and bottom of the soda pop bottle, to form your toilet roll cover/protectorHOW TO MAKE:

Cut off the bottle top and bottom of the soda pop bottle, to form your toilet roll cover/protector.

Measure your wall mount toilet paper roll holder to see what size you need - mine was 4 3/4 inches (12 cm) across.


TIP: you can use the leftover bottom to make fancy flower shaped ice cubes for punch - and the leftover top for a funnel for sand play!

Image: Cut a slot in this toilet roll cover/protector, to allow you to pull the toilet paper through, about 1/4 inchCut a slot in this toilet roll cover/protector, to allow you to pull the toilet paper through, about 1/4 inch (0.64 cm) high and 4 inches (10 cm) across.

If you are using double roll toilet paper, simply cut across completely - from one side to the other.

If you wish, cover all raw edges with plastic tape to match your decor - I only had black tape on hand, but you can use any colour to match your decor.

If using double roll toilet paper, use a piece of plastic tape to tape across the open sides, attaching both sides, leaving an opening of about 1/4 inch (0.64 cm) or larger, for the toilet paper to hang out.

Image: Remove your toilet roll and spindle from the wall mount, slide both inside your new toilet roll protector, and reattach the roll to the wall mount
Remove your toilet roll and spindle from the wall mount, slide both inside your new toilet roll protector, and reattach the roll to the wall mount.

This should at least slow your toddler or pets down!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!


Tutorial Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
All rights reserved


Image: Paws-Free Toilet Paper Cover - Stops children and pets from unraveling toilet paperShopping Suggestions:
Paws-Free Toilet Paper Cover - Stops children and pets from unraveling toilet paper.
Mom Invented TP Saver - Perfect for kids and pets
Control-n-Roll - Avoid bathroom messes by stopping waste by children and pets
EZ-Load Toilet Paper Holder - Spring hinges on both sides makes loading toilet paper a snap
Plush Cloth Toilet Paper Container - keep pets and kids from playing with the TP roll and unraveling it.



Image: Pecho y lectura. Photo Credit: Daniel Lobo (Daquella manera) on Flickr
Photo credit: Pecho y lectura, by Daniel Lobo
I used Dr. Jack Newman's recipe for the homemade version of All Purpose Nipple Ointment, which one of the labor and delivery nurses gave to me after she saw all the blisters.

Take equal parts Polysporin, Lotrimin, and Cortisone.

Mix in small batches and use after anywhere from 4 to all feedings in a day, remix every 3 to 4 days.

The Polysporin has to be brand name but the others can be generic.

It was a lifesaver and no need to find a compounding pharmacist to mix it.

Thanks to Emily for this Frugal Baby Tip!




Image: Polysporin Ointment | Bacitracin Zinc/Polymyxin B Sulfate | Helps prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns
Shopping Suggestions:
Polysporin Ointment
Lotrimin AF Antifungal Cream
Cortizone Anti-Itch Creme



Image: Cupboards are Awesome!, by Amber Lynn Lane (amberlynnlane), on Flickr
Photo credit: Cupboards are Awesome!, by Amber Lynn Lane
Entertain baby in the kitchen by filling the bottom drawer in the kitchen with safe plastic aluminum/steel, or wooden kitchen items.

Such as... bowls and containers with lids, tools like whisks, spatulas, wooden spoons, pot lids and other safe kitchen things.

Baby will love to open and close this special drawer, taking the things out and putting them back in.

It may even give you some time to get your kitchen work done!

Thanks to Caroline for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Chef Buddy 6-Piece Kitchen Utensil Set on Ring - Slotted spoon, pasta fork, ladle, strainer spoon, pasta fork, ladle, strainer spoon
Shopping Suggestions:
Totally Bamboo 5-Piece Utensil Set
Chef Buddy Kitchen Utensil Set on Ring
Utopia Kitchen Mixing Bowl set
Silly Face Bowls Set



Image: Soaker Butt, by Devon on Flickr
Photo credit: Soaker Butt, by Devon
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 sweaterPicture 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 waist band as the baby bum sweater waist band
Picture two: This is what your pattern should look like - using the sweater's waist band as the baby bum sweater waist band.


Image: Fold up the material towards the waist band. Bring waist-band sides together at frontPicture 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 legsPicture 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: 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: Baby Soakers Vintage Knitting PatternShopping Suggestions:
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!
Princess of Patterns - Baby Soakers Vintage Knitting Pattern - Baby Soakers Vintage Knitting Pattern
Unisex Diaper Cover Pattern - This adorable knit diaper cover is perfect for baby to wear anytime, or for pictures.
PATTERN PDF - Little man diaper cover and bow tie set -- 2 sizes From CrochetMyLove



Image: Daddy left me alone with the nappy cream, by Hamish Darby on Flickr
Photo credit: Daddy left me alone with the nappy cream, by Hamish Darby
Here is my diaper rash recipe - (I use sweet almond oil) can use olive oil - even extra virgin smells to me.

I make in smaller batches - half the recipe and add a tablespoon or so of Lanolin.

Image: Now Foods, Sweet Almond Oil - Almond Oil is easily absorbed and won't clog pores, promoting clear, soft, healthy skin
Sweet Almond Oil

After I made it a few times I get more experimental and less anal about exact ingredients.

The lavender oil is a MUST for me.

I use this for everything - chapped lips, skin, elbow, cradle cap. It is similar to Weleda Calendula Cream.

CALENDULA SALVE/DIAPER CREAM
• 2 cups calendula flower
• 1 cup comfrey leaf
• 1 cup chamomile flower
• 1 cup lavender flower
• 1 litre Olive oil (or Sweet Almond Oil)
Grated beeswax
(Optional) Essential oil of Lavender
(Optional) Vitamin E Oil
(Optional) 1/2 cup marshmallow root
(Optional) 1/4 cup myrrh gum
(Optional) 1 cup St. John's wort flower
(it just depends on what you can find!)


Image: ExcelSteel 579 3-Piece Stainless Steel Boiler | ideal kitchen tool for melting your favorite chocolate or cheese
Stainless Steel Boiler

1. Combine the herbs and oil in a glass jar. Cover tightly and place in a warm, sunny spot for 2 weeks. Strain through muslin or cheesecloth - squeezing tightly to get all the drops out.

Alternately - combine 1/2 the herbs with oil for 2 weeks/strain - then other half for 2 more weeks in same oil for a stronger infusion

2. Place mixture in a double boiler and warm for 1 hour over very low heat. Strain.

3. Add 1/4 cup grated beeswax for each cup of oil. Continue to warm until beeswax is melted.

4. Check for desired consistency by placing 1 tablespoon of mixture in the freezer for a few minutes. If too soft, add more beeswax. If too hard, add more oil. (it should be easy to spread on a baby's bum but firm enough to keep it's shape)

5. (Optional) Add Vitamin E oil and Lavender essential oil.

6. Store in small jars or tins.

Thanks to for LJ Stewart this Frugal Baby Tip!



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