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



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: Sucker!, by Heather, on Flickr

From the picture's description: This was obviously taken before people started suing sucker companies for choking their babies to death!

Image: Sims Anti Choking Hazard Device for Kids, Home Safety Prevention and Protection Tube for Toys, Snacks or Small Objects, Portable Handheld Anti-Choke Item Tester
Anti Choking Hazard Device
Every home should have a choke tester to check if toys and other objects are safe for baby play.

But commercial choke testers can be very difficult to find, very expensive and too small to be effective.

Did you know you have a frugal baby choke tester right in your own home? (No, I don't mean the baby...)

How about an empty toilet paper tube!?

Commercial choke testers are made to gov't. regulation size of 3.5 cm (1 3/8") in diameter.

Your ordinary toilet paper tube is 4.5 cm (1 6/8") in diameter.

Image: You can consider any toy or object in your home that fits inside this toilet paper tube to be a choking hazard
However, the Consumer Products Safety Commission in the U.S. has reported many deaths of babies and children who have choked on objects slightly larger than 3.5 cm (1 3/8") in diameter.

You can consider any toy or object in your home fitting inside this toilet paper tube to be a choking hazard to your baby or child.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!


Image: Sims Anti Choking Hazard Device for Kids, Home Safety Prevention and Protection Tube for Toys, Snacks or Small Objects, Portable Handheld Anti-Choke Item Tester
Sims Choke Tester

Shopping Suggestions:

๐Ÿงช Sims Choke Tester

๐Ÿงช KidCo Small Object Tester

๐Ÿงช CDN - Safety 1st" Small Object Tester

๐Ÿงช UK - Safetots Choke Tester

๐Ÿงช UK - BabyDan Choke Tester



Image: Reading in Bed, by Squiggle, on Flickr

Image: Gerber Birdseye Cloth Diapers, Flatfold, 20Count, White
Gerber Birdseye Flatfold Diapers
Have you got a bedwetter, but not enough money to afford those expensive cloth Bedwetter Pants, or the on-going expense of the disposable ones?

You can make your own - NO sewing required!

You will need: Two padded training pants (you can also use underpants, but padded training pants will be more absorbent), one or two flat or prefolded diapers, four diaper pins and a waterproof outer cover.

Or use a waterproof covered training pant for your outside layer - for a two-in-one combo!

Using the cloth diaper, fold it into a long thick rectangular pad. Lay this inside one of the training pants, so the folded diaper pad lays down the center of the training pant.

Image: Use two diaper pins to fasten the folded diaper pad in place. Place one pin through the short end of the diaper pad and training pant at the front waist
Credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
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Use two diaper pins to fasten the folded diaper pad in place. Place one pin through the short end of the diaper pad and training pant at the front waist.

Place another pin through the opposite short end of the diaper pad and back waist. Pin from the outside of the training pant, so as not to cause discomfort to your child.

Next, add the second training pant on the inside of the first, so you now have a training pant | folded diaper pad | training pant sandwich.

Add nylon, vinyl or other waterproof pull-on pants over top of everything. Or check into some of the newer fleece pull-on pants!

Image: Dappi Waterproof 100% Nylon Diaper Pants, White, Medium (2 Count)
Dappi Nylon Diaper Pants
These work great for kids embarrassed by the baby-like nylon or vinyl pants. Your bedwetter sandwich now has four layers - training pant | folded diaper pad | training pant | waterproof cover.

Use the two remaining diaper pins to pin through the three layers - two training pants and one waterproof outer cover - this time placing one diaper pin at each side waist.

Push the pins through the same area as the stitching on the waterproof cover to prevent damage.

These pins help to hold everything all together, and will allow your child the independence to quickly pull up and down their Bedwetter Pants when they need to go to the toilet.

If your child needs even more absorbency, you can add another layer of folded diaper, but this could be very bulky.

These Bedwetter Pants can also be used during the day, for older children not quite ready, or not completely potty-trained.


Image: BIG ELEPHANT Unisex Baby Cotton Potty Training Pants Underwear Side Buttons Design 6 Packs Set
Potty Training Pants

Shopping Suggestions:

๐Ÿšผ 5-Layer Potty Training Pants

๐Ÿšผ Gerber Birdseye Prefold Diapers

๐Ÿšผ Gerber Birdseye Flatfold Cloth Diapers

๐Ÿšผ Dappi Waterproof Diaper Cover

๐Ÿšผ Luvable Friends Training Pants

๐Ÿšผ OsoCozy Diaper Pins



Image: Baby Splashing the the Tub, by StockSnap on Pixabay

Image: Honeysticks Beeswax Bath Tub Crayons for Toddlers and Kids, Non-Toxic, Washable and Easy Clean Up, Water Soluble Bath-Time Fun, Food Grade Pigments, Handmade in New Zealand (7 Pack)
Honeysticks Beeswax
Bath Tub Crayons

Here's how to make soap crayons for bath-time fun and easy quick clean-up!

I am wondering if we could use cookie cutters or somehow get them into better shapes than just the ice cube tray, but I haven't tried it myself yet.

Ingredients:
๐Ÿ–️ 1 3/4 cups Ivory Snow (powder or soap flakes)
๐Ÿ–️ 50 drops food coloring
๐Ÿ–️ 1/4 cup water

Directions:
๐Ÿ–️ Mix water and soap flakes together.
๐Ÿ–️ Add food coloring.
๐Ÿ–️ Put mixture into an bottle stick ice cube tray.
๐Ÿ–️ Allow to harden.
๐Ÿ–️ Break or cut into pieces.
๐Ÿ–️ Fun to write with on the tub when bathing as well as your face and hands!



Image: Personalized merino wool baby cloth diaper cover soaker
Personalized merino wool diaper cover soaker
 Want to make some wool soakers/diaper covers for a baby, but you are a crocheter, not such a great knitter?

I found a few patterns, and I thought I would share them with you! 

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: Quick to Crochet Baby Boy Soakers
Quick to Crochet Baby Boy Soakers

-- Once you make your first couple of crocheted diaper covers, you'll be hooked on them and so will your little boy!

Click for pattern: Quick to Crochet Baby Boy Soakers



Image: Curling Baby Set
Curling Baby Set

-- Julia says, I wanted something absorbent so I chose the front and back post stitch to give it extra padding. The moms who have tried them have been really excited about how well the diaper covers work.

Click for pattern: Curling Baby Set




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 Wraps
Tickle 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 Soakers
Rolled 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)




Image: Easiest Crochet Wool Soaker Pattern
Easiest Crochet Wool Soaker Pattern

-- This soaker pattern is the simplest of the simple to crochet. It is very economical, as it will fit most babies from start to finish because it is so S-T-R-E-T-C-H-Y. Even the most novice of crocheters can work it up in no time.

Click for pattern: Easiest Crochet Wool Soaker Pattern



Image: Learn to Crochet Wool Diaper Covers
Learn to Crochet Wool Diaper Covers

-- Although these pants can be knitted, Stephanie found it faster to crochet them ... and all I need to make a pair is a size J crochet hook and four ounces of wool.

Click for pattern: Learn to Crochet Wool Diaper Covers


More Free Crochet Diaper Cover Patterns:

๐Ÿšผ 16 Crochet Diaper Cover Patterns

๐Ÿšผ Princess Diaper Cover

๐Ÿšผ Mickey and Minnie Inspired Crochet Diaper Covers

๐Ÿšผ Bubbly Diaper Cover

๐Ÿšผ Adirondack Babie Crocheted Soaker


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: 100% merino wool baby knitted soaker diaper cover | Brand: tevirP
100% Merino Wool Diaper Cover

Shopping Suggestions:

๐Ÿšผ Ready-Made Baby Wool Diaper Covers

๐Ÿšผ Crochet Diaper Cover Patterns

๐Ÿšผ 100% Merino Wool Yarn | super-fine and soft

๐Ÿšผ Fishermen's Wool Yarn | 100-Percent Pure Virgin Wool

๐Ÿšผ 100% Wool Yarn

๐Ÿšผ Bamboo Handle Crochet Hooks

๐Ÿšผ Boye Aluminum Crochet Hook Set



Image: Gustav in gDiaper, by Majorbonnet on Flickr

Here's a fast and simple way to make all your flat, prefold and shaped diapers into easy Velcro®-closing diapers!

Just cut one piece each of both hook and loop Velcro®.

Sizing: Small - cut 12" (31cm) long; Medium - cut 18" (46cm) long; Large - cut 24" (61cm) long; XLarge - cut 30" (76cm) long.

Trim off all the corners, into curves.

Place the Velcro® pieces back to back (with the hook and loop sides facing out, away from each other.)
Image: DIY Velcro(r) Diaper Fastener, by Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt

Sew together, around all four edges.

That's it! One fastener is all you need! If you wish, you could make one or two more, in case one gets soiled or lost.

Is that too much work??

Then you could just buy the One Wrap Velcro straps - no sewing involved!

Care: Wash by hand in the sink and hang to dry for longer wear.

To Use: Simply place the diaper on your baby as you normally would.

But, instead of using pins or clips, simply wrap this Velcro® diaper fastener around the diaper at your baby's waist, with the hook side facing the diaper, overlapping the Velcro® at baby's front (or back, if your baby can undo the strap!) to fasten.

The Velcro® hook part helps to hold the diaper in place.

Make sure the hooks are completely covered by the diaper, or they may irritate your baby's skin.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!


Image: MPI Fastening Tape | One Wrap Velcro Hook + Loop Fastening Tape | Double sided, one side hook, the other side loop. Just wrap around and it fastens on to itself
One Wrap Velcro®

Shopping Suggestions:

๐Ÿงท MPI One Wrap Velcro® Hook/Loop Fastening Tape - Blue

๐Ÿงท MPI One Wrap Velcro® Hook/Loop Fastening Tape - White

๐Ÿงท MPI One Wrap Velcro® Hook/Loop Fastening Tape - Red

๐Ÿงท MPI One Wrap Velcro® Hook/Loop Fastening Tape - Green


Image: Oooh, soft, by Jenny Cu on Flickr


Here is the diaper wipes recipe I use now:

๐Ÿ‘ถ 2 1/2 cups warm water (distilled is best, but I'm lazy)
๐Ÿ‘ถ 2 teaspoons castile soap or baby shampoo
๐Ÿ‘ถ 1 tablespoon baby oil
๐Ÿ‘ถ 2 drops tea tree oil
๐Ÿ‘ถ 3-5 drops lavender oil

Here's another diaper wipes recipe:

๐Ÿ‘ถ 2 1/2 cups warm water
๐Ÿ‘ถ 2 teaspoons almond castile soap
๐Ÿ‘ถ 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
๐Ÿ‘ถ 2 drops tea tree oil
๐Ÿ‘ถ 2-3 drops ylang ylang

I think the Tea Tree oil is still necessary to keep in from getting funky.

Thanks to Julie for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Play Mates, by Jeff Osborn on FreeImages

๐Ÿงบ Tip #1 - Use a laundry basket for baby's toys. It will fit right under your baby's crib.

✂️ Tip #2 - Use coloured construction paper (or black, depending on baby's age) and cut shapes out.
Image: Melissa and Doug Multi-Color Construction Paper
Multi-Color Construction Paper

Put on the wall around the baby's change table, but out of baby's reach.

It helps to distract the baby a bit.

๐Ÿ–ผ️ Tip #3 - Use putty adhesive, so you don't damage the wall.

Move shapes around once in a while.

๐Ÿชž Tip #4 - Plastic pocket mirrors work better for older babies.

Thanks to Renata for this Frugal Baby Tip!



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