Image: So windy!, by TheNamelessBear on Flickr

There was a time in my childhood when we didn't have any toys - we moved so often.

We rarely took anything with us when we moved.

So I had to make up games and toys with what I had on hand.

If you are ever stuck anywhere with a child and need to entertain them, and there is space to run - here is an incredibly frugal and easy idea!

Image: Plastic Bag Kites, by Liz Henry on Flickr

Take one plastic grocery bag with handles.

Tie a long length of string to one handle, and tell your child to hold onto the string, and RUN!!

TIP: If you don't have any string, just hang onto the bag handles. It won't fly as high, but little ones don't mind.

If you are out kite-flying with an older child, make one of these kites for your little ones.

Even a little one can handle this kite!

Thanks to Paul for this Frugal Baby Tip!


Image: Wellington Cordage Parcel Post Twine | made from natural soft fiber which handles easily and holds knots securely | made from natural soft fiber which handles easily and holds knots securely
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Wellington Cordage Parcel Post Twine

Black Plastic Shopping Bags

Kids' Paper Airplane Book

Instant Paper Toys: To Pop, Spin, Whirl, and Fly



Image: Breast feeding, watching television and ordering room service by Lars Plougmann, on Flickr

Before you go into labour, buy some of those disposable ice-cube bags.

Trim to fit and round off the edges.

Fill only about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick with water and seal.

Image: FlexiFreeze Ice Sheet | filled 100% pure water! (chemical-free!) | Flexible even when froze | provide awesome cooling power without mess
FlexiFreeze Ice Sheet
Place in your freezer, and they will be all ready when you need them!

After baby is born, if you had an episiotomy, you will find these ice-packs wonderfully healing.

Simply take one out of the freezer, wrap in an old, small hand-towel you don't need anymore.

Place this ice pack inside your underpants, against your stitches.

The individual pockets of ice make it flexible enough to mold to your body, and the cool ice will relieve your discomfort!


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SmartChoices Feme Pad

FlexiFreeze Ice Sheet

Thermos Ice Mat - 9 cube

Earth Mama Organic Herbal Sitz Bath for Pregnancy and Postpartum

Disposable Sitz Bath | Vagi-Sitz Bath
Image: Placemats photo, by Charles Knott (djvexd) from PhotoBucket

This one is not really a baby tip, but anything that makes keeping the house clean quick and easy is a good tip for me!

I find the job of wiping out the cupboard one I tend to put off.

But then I thought of buying hard plastic place-mats from the Dollar Store.

Check your local store - the placemats I found only cost me $1.00 for two placemats.

Because they were hard plastic, I was able to easily cut them to fit perfectly inside my cupboards.

Now they are so easy to wipe clean.

I can even take them out and clean them in the kitchen sink.

Much prettier too!

Thanks to Cindy for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: I gotta fold ALL the clothes?! by Travis Seitler, on Flickr

I just use an old pillowcase for a laundry bag in the baby's room.

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

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

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!


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Charlie Banana Hanging Diaper Pail

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Ecoable Doorknob Diaper Pail

Teamoy Travel Hanging Wet Dry Bag

Bonng Baby Laundry Organizer



Image: This is soo tiring, by Mandie, on Flickr

Make your own soakers just like Grandma used to make!

Practical, economical and a pleasant alternative to plastic covers.

Wool soakers draw moisture away . . . help prevent diaper rashes . . . remain dry outside.

To make your own baby bum sweater:

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.

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


Image: Make Your Own Baby Bum Sweaters
Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt, on BorntoLove.com
All rights reserved
Sizing is 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)

INSTRUCTIONS:
Cut along cutting lines for one baby bum sweater. Set aside the wrist-bands for use as leg bands on your baby bum sweater.

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

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

Picture two: (right) This is what your pattern should look like - using the sweater's waist band as the baby bum sweater waist band.


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


Image: Picture four: Sew along lines, about halfway along sides to form leg-holesPicture four: (right) 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: Picture five: Your bum sweater should look something like thisPicture five: (left) Your bum sweater should look something like this. Now take the wrist-bands you set aside earlier, and sew around the leg openings.


Image: Picture six: As an alternative, you can sew it like above, but trim off the tip of the top of the trianglePicture six: (right) As an alternative, you can sew it like above, but trim off the tip of the top of the triangle. This will give you a wider waistband, when you attach it to all together.


To Finish: Crochet a long string of single crochet twice as long as the waistband. Thread through the baby bum sweater waistband about every inch - poking the crochet string in and out - and tie in front.

Click for more free diaper patterns on BorntoLove.com
-- includes complete instructions to knit, crochet or stitch your own hand-made soakers! Plus lots of options, ideas and easy diapering hints . . .

Photo credit: Thanks to Angela for drawing the pictures!
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Image: Plastic Shopping Bags, by BRRT on Pixabay

One day I noticed the paper gift bags were costing more than the cloth shopping bags grocery stores are now offering!

Since then I have made the gift bag part of the gift I am giving.

I either fill up the cloth bag with my gift and add tissue paper, or buy some cellophane bags (3/$1 at the dollar store) to put the gift in first, then place it in the cloth shopping bag.

There are all kinds of cloth shopping bags available now, some even seasonal!

Since many stores have decided to start charging 5-25 cents each for their plastic bags, I think people will appreciate my reusable gift bags more and more.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: diaper madness, by Jason Lander (eyeliam) on Flickr

My baby is almost 6 months old, and about 2 weeks ago I decided to look into cloth diapers. I used disposable diapers on my other two and on the baby until Saturday.

I decided to check into all the advantages of cloth vs. disposables, and all the accusations on the chemicals used in disposables.

I sent Pampers an email and read lots of stuff on line. Pampers responded very quickly and with vague terminology.

My husband was totally AGAINST cloth, no way, no how, forget it, dumb idea. So I said OK this past Friday, and pretty much put the idea out of my head.

Up until that point I had been looking for nice used cloth diapers since new was NOT in our none existing budget. I was spending about $30 per month on disposables plus the cost of wipes.

Friday evening my husband said he'd like for us to go to yard sales on Saturday, We love yard sales. I decided not to go since my daughter had a friend sleepover on Friday night. So he gets up bright and early and goes out to some yard sales. He usually looks for electronics, y2k stuff or tools, and that's what he was looking for.

He comes home an hour later with 3 big boxes. I'm thinking Oh, great more junk for his electronics room. He opens the boxes, and they are jammed packed with cloth diapers and plastic pants kinda things (I'll learn the terminology eventually, I guess).

They are really nice, and he paid only $20 for over 100 diapers plus pants. They are in different sizes. I washed them and dried them in the sun, and she is now wearing them. It's great.

My husband said it was like God gave him a little push, and he almost tripped over them.

Thanks to Pam for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Making cinnamon rolls for Jazzy's birthday by Chris and Jenni, on Flickr

We love Fuzzi Bunz but their inserts are expensive at as even as little as three for $13.00.

So we save a lot of money by just using shop towels - we buy them at Costco, but any large warehouse, auto parts store or even Amazon will carry these.

Image: Cotton Terry Cleaning Towels | Super absorbent and hemmed for durability
Cotton Terry Cleaning Towels
They are white terry cloth towels.

Sometimes we use the microfiber shop towels for even more absorbancy - and cheaper price too!

We fold them in thirds and use as fillers inside the Fuzzi Bunz.

The shop towels air dry great because they are so thin, and they are very absorbent.

Thanks to Nina Maginnis for this Frugal Baby Tip!



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.

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 Fuzzi Bunz -- at a fraction of the cost.

Thanks to Kristin Verrill for this Frugal Baby Tips!



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