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To protect your crawling baby's tender knees, take a pair of adult's thick socks.

Cut off the foot part.

Fold up the raw edge of the ankle part.

Zig-zag stitch around.

Slip over your baby's legs to protect their knees from crawling.

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Safety 1st Cushioned Sof'Knee Protectors - Make crawling more comfortable for your little one
If your socks are not thick enough, use two socks each, one inside the other and stitched together.

Can be used over bare knees - or over baby's clothing.

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Image: Mexican Rebozo sling
Rebozo is a Mexican word for the shawl that is a woman's constant companion - day and night.

This shawl was commonly used to carry babies on mother's back. The fabric is simply tied in a knot, and placed around the mother's body.

An amazing tool, a Rebozo provides your baby with a safe and secure place, while participating in life with mom and dad. So simple, yet so elegant!

Now you can make your own!

line drawing of mom with baby in rebozo slingFirst, pick out a suitable fabric. Look for a gorgeous print that you love, in a resilient and breathable cotton, silk or wool. It should be strong enough to hold your baby's weight, but still allow air circulation for when baby is all bundled up. If you aren't sure, place it over your mouth and breath through the fabric!

Image: Fold your fabric over lengthwise, then measure and mark your fabric into thirds along the length.You will need 2 7/8 yards (100") or 2.54 meters (254 cm) of fabric at least 29" (73.7 cm) wide. Fold your fabric over lengthwise, then measure and mark your fabric into thirds along the length. You should have three equal sections of about 33.3" (84.6 cm) long each.Image: Next measure out the width at 14.5 inches (36.8 cm) in the middle third, and mark straight across the open side, parallel to the fold

Next measure out the width at 14.5" (36.8 cm) in the middle third, and mark straight across the open side, parallel to the fold, with a pencil or piece of chalk.

On the other two thirds, measure 12" (30.4 cm) from the fold, and draw a tapered line from the middle third to the outer measurement at each end. You can do a straight line, or a slightly curved line.

Pin the fabric together so that it doesn't move about, and cut along your marked line. This leaves you with a 1/2" (12.7 cm) border for hemming. Fold in the raw edge 1/4" (6.4 cm), then again another 1/4" (6.4 cm) and stitch.
Image: For an quick Rebozo trim, open up your fabric and simply add 10 inches for the fringe, at each end.

For an quick Rebozo trim, open up your fabric and simply add 10" (25.4 cm) of ready-made fringe at each end.

For a Real Authentic Rebozo Look:

You will need 3 1/3 yards (1,207 inches) or 3.04 metres (304 cm) of fabric. Before marking your Rebozo in thirds, mark off 10 inches (25.4 cm) for the fringe, at each end. Now follow the instructions above, within these two lines.

Open up your fabric and sew two rows of stitching 1/4" (6.5 cm) apart, across the width at the 10" (25.4 cm) mark to reinforce it.

Pull out the weft threads, which are the ones that form the cross-wise grain of the fabric, up to the 10" (25.4 cm) mark.

Secure these newly released warp threads artistically, by tying, macrame, beading, etc.
Image: Rebozo (Mexican baby carrier)Image: Rebozo (Mexican baby carrier)Mexican Rebozos are highly valued for the artistry that goes into this fringe. The expense and prestige of the Rebozo increases with the time put into the fringe. The best Rebozos have hearts, stars, ducks, donkeys and other geometric patterns knotted into the fringe.

Some have been embroidered with rural scenes flowers and animals, stories, religious experiences, to name a few. For those adventurous souls, you can even dye your own fabric, using natural dyes of green walnuts, indigo, iron, molasses and cochineal.

It is said that the beauty of a Mexican woman is to be judged by her braids and her Rebozo.

For Best Results:
1. Buy extra fabric to compensate for shrinkage and the fact that most fabric isn't cut straight. Cut it down to measure yourself.
2. Straighten the grain before sewing by pulling on diagonally opposite corners of the fabric.
3. Pre-shrink your fabric before cutting.

Acknowledgements: Parts of our article were taken from (1)How to Sew Your Own Rebozo Sling © 1995, and (2)History of the Rebozo, used with permission. The Rebozo Way Project is an educational project that teaches about traditional babywearing, in-arms and attachment parenting, and traditional ways of birthing and family and community relationships. You can learn more by visiting NurturingAcrossCultures


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Image: We need one of these! by malweth, on Flickr
Create a bumper for your fireplace hearth with a large pool noodle!

Or buy some pipe insulation from any hardware store - sometimes even cheaper!

Just cut the foam stick to the same length of your hearth.

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Image: Cut a slit halfway through the long way - cutting through from the  outside to the hole that is already in the middle
Cut a slit halfway through the long way - cutting through from the outside to the hole that is already in the middle.

Image: Kidkusion Hearth Kushion - Attaches securely with enclosed VelcroThen push the pool noodle onto the edge of your hearth.

The tension of the foam trying to revert to its natural shape is what holds it in place.

If you have a toddler that will pull it off, use some removable Command Adhesive tabs - you can buy them without the hooks.

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When my son was a baby, we had a sunken living room. It was only two steps down, but I worried about him falling through the wide-set railing that divided the dining room and the living room.

I found some soft mesh athletic fabric at the fabric store, which they were clearing out for one dollar per yard. I bought enough for the length of the railing and some matching fabric binding.

I bound all the edges and added enough ties all around, to tie it onto the top railing, to the bottom of each of the bars and down both the sides. Once I put this up, we could still see through, but I had no more worries about my baby falling through.

If it had been a greater distance to fall, such as an apartment balcony, it would be important to buy something much more sturdy then fabric mesh.

But for just a few steps, it worked great!

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Image: The case for child safety locks, by smiley, on FlickrNeed to lock up the fridge, oven, cupboard, etc. to keep out the kids (or pets!)?

Anywhere you can place this lock on a door and around a corner edge, it will work!

Cut two pieces - 2" x 2" (5 cm x 5 cm) - of self-stick loop Velcro®.

Cut one piece - 6" x 2" (5 cm x 15 cm) of hook Velcro®. Cut this piece longer if needed to wrap around corner of fridge or cabinet.

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Image: Attach one short piece of loop Velcro (r) at each end of the long hook Velcro(r)
Attach one short piece of loop Velcro® at each end of the long hook Velcro®.

Place high, out of your child's reach, on the fridge, microwave, freezer, cabinet, etc. - wrapping it around the edge of the door and onto the body of the fridge, microwave, freezer, cabinet, etc.

Clean the area with an alcohol wipe first, for a strong adhesive effect. Peel off protective papers, and stick loop Velcro® pieces into place - one on door, one on side - about 6" apart (or further if you cut a longer Velcro® strap). Let dry overnight for best results.

To use: Just unfasten hook Velcro®, and open door. Then refasten when door is shut.

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Image: On the Go: Inexpensive Baby Sling CarrierSince the beginning of time...
babies have been cradled inside a sling, next to their mother's breast. Babies feel mother's constant warmth and protection, next to her heart.

The most natural way to carry your little one is snuggled close to your heart, in cotton baby sling. Carry your baby in a large variety of positions, it is so simple to use.

Unique fold creates hammock effect to cradle newborn, nursing infant or sleeping child. Baby can lie down and sleep, or nurse in privacy with head and neck supported.

This is a very simple, yet economical, sling carrier. No buckles, straps, extra padding or adjustments to make. Strap doesn't dig in, cushions entire shoulder for comfort. Weight distributed on your shoulder, hip and across your back to reduce back fatigue and lessen sway back.

You'll need 45" wide fabric, with finished edges. Cut about 56" long for short, 60" for medium and 64" for tall parents. Place cut ends, right side together, and stitch at least 1" from the raw edge. Turn fabric over, and top-stitch on right-side 2 or 3 rows through all layers, for strength.

Fold sling in half length-wise once, and then again. You should end up with a sling roughly 10" x 26" (28")(30"). One long side will have a single fold, the other will have one fold and two finished edges. About one inch down from the seam, sew a 1" x 3" rectangle to hold the folds in place.

To use: Place sling over one shoulder and on opposite hip. Baby can ride on your hip inside two layers of sling, or you can open up the seat part to cover baby completely. If sling is too loose at baby's back, tighten fabric to hold baby upright and use a diaper pin to mark. Remove sling and sew up a dart at place marked with diaper pin.

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Image: Cuddle Baby Sling - carry positions

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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 colours!).

Cut two nursing slits in the old tank top or T-shirt and hem around the raw edges.

Image: Ecoscapes Cotton Maternity Nursing Undershirts for Breastfeeding Moms

Image: Ecoscapes Cotton Maternity Nursing Undershirts for Breastfeeding MomsThe 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!

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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.

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My grandmother gave me a great tip - to kill yeasty diaper rash.

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Burn 1/2 cup flour in a clean frying pan. (It smells bad)

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Store in airtight container and put a little on the baby with each change.

I know it sounds strange... but it works great! Almost free!

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