Image: Di-D-Klips - No worry about sticking parent or baby, with these metal clips used instead of diaper pins. 1 pair (2 clips)
I loved using these Di-D-Klips for my son, when he was a baby, wearing in Curity stretch gauze diapers - way back in 1977.

But unfortunately Di-D-Klips were discontinued many, many years ago, and they are really hard to find now.

Image: Angel tie wraps from Borntolove.comImage: N'Ice Caps TM unisex-child N'Ice Caps Mitten Clips - Put a stop to little ones loosing their gloves with these colorful mitten clips
I found that using either mitten clips or adding some waterproof covered elastic to suspender clips makes a great diaper clip - and it is safer too! No choking hazard!

I just stretched out a piece of nylon fabric over a stretched out length of elastic, and sewed a suspender clip to each end - just like the mitten clips.

Plus you could make your own tie wrap - without any sewing required!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Di-D-Klips - No worry about sticking parent or baby, with these metal clips used instead of diaper pins. 1 pair (2 clips)HOW TO USE:
1. Bring back of cloth diaper to overlap front of diaper.
2. Clip must be pushed firmly onto diaper.


NOTE: Curity stretch gauze diapers haven't been manufactured for decades, but are now considered collectables! If you are seeking Curity diaper products, you can most likely find them on online auction websites. As an example, I bought my children 3 dozen Curity diapers for $11.00/dozen back in 1974 - used them on 4 babies, and then sold these very same diapers for $5.00 each on Ebay in the late 90's! Making a profit of $144 selling used diapers!

So expect to pay a pretty penny for these well-loved diapers!


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Aching breasts? Need some relief?

Cut out four 6 inch circles of a soft 100% cotton (prewashed) fabric, such as cotton knit, flannelette or double layers of gauze.

You can use recycled T-shirts, worn-out cloth diapers, etc.

Cut with pinking shears, if you have them, for a nice edge.

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Image: Cut out four 6 inch circles of a soft 100% cotton (prewashed) fabric, such as cotton knit, flannelette or double layers of gauze
Put two layers of fabric on top of each other, right sides out.

Sew a 1-inch circle in the middle of your circles.

Sew about 1/4 - 1/2 inch from the edge, with a zig-zag or serger, a double row of straight stitch, or even hand-stitching - 3/4 of the way around each circle.

Now fill with rice or whole oats, just enough without being bulky. The pad should still be able to lay flat.

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Next add just a bit of your favourite spice or scent, or even dried flower petals - not too much.

Image: Bamboob-ease Soothing Therapy Pillows - combine the softness of Bamboobies with warming and cooling relief with an all natural, gel-free product

Close up remaining 1/4 of circle. Repeat, using the second two layers.

Now make a second set of breast pads, because you are going to love these!

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To use these pads: Simply heat or chill, then slip inside your bra.

Cooling comfort soothes sore new mama nipples and breasts.
 Store a set of breast pads in the freezer for cool comfort - especially helpful for use shortly before a feeding to slightly numb sore nipples - it will relieve that initial latching-on pain.

Or wear them to bring out flat and inverted nipples - which makes it easier for baby to get a good latch.

Gentle warmth opens clogged ducts and helps to increase milk production.
Warm up a set of breast pads in the microwave - start with 20 seconds and check to see if they are warm enough.  
(Don't make them too hot, or you can burn your delicate breast tissue.)
These are very comforting when used on sore nipples after a feeding, or to place over a plugged duct.


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A fabric hi-chair is a huge advantage if your little one will be making weekend trips to grandma's.

If you are eating out friends' homes, or at restaurants that do not provide infant seating.

Or even if you just don't have the space for a full-size high chair in your home.

You can also use it as a safety belt in baby's full-size high chair, or in the shopping cart seat!

Sew up this simple fabric hi-chair - it folds up small and stores right in your diaper bag!

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How to Make:

Image: You will need 1 metre (40in) of 90 cm (36in) wide of any type of fabric.1. You will need 1 metre (40") of 90 cm (36") wide of any type of fabric.
(IDEA - I used a quilted fabric and bound the edges with bias tape.)

2. Cut two tie-strips 19 cm (7.5") by 1 metre (40").
Hem or zigzag all edges of remaining piece.

Image: At one short side of your large rectangle, bring sides in to meet at center front and sew along each edge of angle formed.
3. At one short side of your large rectangle, bring sides in to meet at center front and sew along each edge of angle formed.

Image: Fold each tie-strip in half, right sides together.4. Fold each tie-strip in half, right sides together. Sew 1 cm (1/2") seams along long edge and one short end. Turn right way out, tuck in and finish last short edge.

Image: Center one tie-strip at each short end of  larger piece and top-stitch or zig-zag in place5. Center one tie-strip at each short end of larger piece and top-stitch or zig-zag in place.


Image: My Little Seat Infant Travel High Chair - Ultra portable and machine washable travel high chair

Picture from: My Little Seat Infant Travel High Chair
To Use:
Lay fabric seat over back of chair, spreading cloth down over the seat. Place your baby on top of fabric, bring front ties up between legs to baby's stomach and tie straps together at sides.

Image: You could also fasten  ties loosely first, then slip baby in and tighten straps.You could also fasten ties loosely first, then slip baby in and tighten straps.

Take it with you, everywhere you go!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: Somebody unrolled all the toilet paper!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 bottle.Make your own toilet roll cover/protector by recycling a plastic 2 liter soda pop bottle.

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Image: Cut off the bottle top and bottom of the soda pop bottle, to form your toilet roll cover/protector.HOW 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 on hand, but you can use any colour. 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!

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Image: Safety 1st Toilet Roll Guard - Fits most toilet paper holdersImage: Safety 1st Toilet Paper Guard - Stops children and pets from unraveling toilet paper.
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Ecoscapes Cotton Maternity Nursing Undershirt
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!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: soaker butt by devaburger, on FlickrDo 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!

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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!

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Image: Are you ready to give up disposable paper pads, and switch to cloth pads - but worried about the cost?
Today's natural and responsible choice for feminine protection is washable, reusable cloth menstrual pads. An environmentally-safe, economical alternative!

Are you ready to give up those expensive disposable paper pads, and switch to cloth pads - but worried about the cost of purchasing enough cloth pads?

(See article links below to why you should consider switching to cloth.)

Here's a Frugal Baby Tip for Mom!

Image: Cut out three layers of an absorbent 100% cotton fabricCut out three layers of an absorbent 100% cotton fabric (i.e. flannelette, terrycloth, cotton fleece, hemp, sherpa, etc.) into an 8.5" by 10" (21.5cm x 25cm) rectangle.

Round corners. Pile together.

Image: Cut out two wingsStitch all around, using either a zigzag stitch or a serge stitch.

Cut out two wings 6" by 6" (15cm x 15cm), shaped sort of like like this: =O= - see picture on the right:

Fold each wing in half, and zigzag or serge stitch all raw edges.


Image: Center wings on the pad
Center wings on the pad, about 2.25" (5.5cm) from either long edge, with straight edge of wings facing straight edge of the pad.

Looks something like this [_[)(]_], though the wings will be overlapping - see picture on the left.

Sew a straight seam, catching in the wings, 2.5" (6.5cm) from both long edges.

Either sew Velcro® on wings or use hammer-on snaps.

Fold the pad in thirds, and fasten the wings underneath the fold.

Now you have a super-absorbent 9-layer menstrual pad that opens up for easy washing and quick drying!
How to Use Your Make-Your-Own Menstrual Pads

Image: open pad

Image: pad folded once

Image: pad folded twice

Image: back of folded pad

Image: back of snapped and folded pad

Pad laying flat, with wings folded back over outer flaps of pad

Fold under one flap, the part under the wing

Fold under other flap. The center panel is the part that will be next to your skin

Back of folded pad, the part that goes next to your panties

Back of folded pad, snapped together


Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

NOTE: This is a copyrighted design, originally designed by Catherine McDiarmid in 1993.

Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt, on borntolove.com
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