Image: Kids love this,  by doegox, on Flickr
Cover your hands with bubble solution. Then place your hands together as if to form a cup, leaving a small opening at the bottom.

Hold your mouth about one foot above your hands, and BLOW!

Homemade Bubbles
1/2 (500 ml) cup dish-washing liquid/soap
4-1/2 (4.5 liter) cup water
4 tablespoons (60 ml) glycerin

Measure out the water, detergent, and glycerin into container with a cover and stir gently.

Note: The longer you let the mixture set, the larger the bubbles are and the longer they seem to last.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: Kids love this, by doegox, on Flickr
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More Bubble Ideas:

Image: The Most Fantastic Bubble Wand
The Most Fantastic Bubble Wand

Have you ever made giant bubbles? How fun!

Giant Bubbles Recipe

• 6 cups water
• 1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
• 2 cups (16 ounces) clear dish-washing liquid/soap

Idea and photo credit: mychocolatepeaces.com
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Image: Bouncing Bubbles
Bouncing Bubbles

Can you make bubbles bounce?

I wonder if I made this, if my dogs would appreciate it as much as kids might?

1 cup distilled drinking water
1 Tablespoon dish soap
1 Teaspoon of glycerin
1 straw (this is just what I chose to blow the bubbles with, I'm assuming you can use a typical bubble wand)
1 clean glove (or sock) - (this is to keep the bubble from popping)

Mix all ingredients together and let sit for 24 hours.

Idea and photo credit: playathomemom3.blogspot.ca
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Image: Snake Bubbles by acoupleofcraftaddictsSnake Bubbles

How fun would it be to make snake bubbles!?

This craft is so easy and I bet you already have all the supplies in your house. All you need is a plastic water or juice bottle.

Cut off the bottom, cover the raw edges with duct tape, dip in bubble solution and BLOW!

Have a contest to see who will make the longest snake!

Idea and photo credit: acoupleofcraftaddicts.blogspot.ca
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Image: Heritage Store Healthy Vegetable Glycerin 100% Natural 100% Kosher - can be used as a natural emollient and skin protectant.Image: Palmolive Ultra Soft Touch Dish Liquid, 25 Ounce (Pack of 2) - Leaves even your toughest dishes, pots, and pans sparkling cleanShopping Suggestions:
Heritage Store Vegetable Glycerin
Palmolive Ultra Soft Touch Dish Liquid
Ecover Grapefruit and Green Tea Dishwashing Liquid
Karo Light Corn Syrup



Image: Changing baby Stella, by Family O'Abé from Flickr
I use an old baby wipes container, put the ingredients in, top off with hot water, swish it around to mix it up and put my wipes in on top to soak it up.

When I use the aloe, I mix it with a wand mixer... it gets pretty foamy, though. I haven't tried the ylang-ylang with the sandalwood, but I'm off to experiment now.

Recipe #1:
•  One squirt Dr Bronner's Almond Liquid Soap
•  a few drops Weleda calendula baby oil
•  2-3 drops Sandalwood essential oil
•  1 drop Rose oil
It is heavenly!

Here are a few more combos I like:

Recipe #2:
•  One squirt Dr Bronner's Almond Liquid Soap
•  1 drop Tea Tree oil
•  2-3 drops Ylang-Ylang
•  Coconut/Sunflower Baby Oil

Recipe #3:
•  One squirt Dr Bronner's Baby Mild Liquid Soap
•  One squirt Burt's Bees baby oil
•  One squirt Aloe Vera Gel
•  2-3 drops Geranium oil or Bergamot oil
•  1 drop Tea Tree oil
•  1 drop Rose oil

I keep the ratios the same and I make pretty small amounts every other day.

Thanks to Tammy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: Changing baby Stella - by Family O'Abé from Flickr
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Image: Wired by Clover_1, on Flickr
Extra long electrical wires, including extension cords and phone cords, may trip your little one - and are tempting for your baby to tug or chew on.

These cord holders will hold those loose wires snugly against the wall.

Just cut 2+ pieces of 1" (5cm) wide sticky-back Velcro® about 2" (10cm) long.

Place the sticky-back side Velcro® pieces along your baseboard, or wall, where the cord runs along - a foot or two (30-60cm) apart.

Stretch your cord out tight and place the other side of the Velcro® over top of each piece attached to the wall, to hold the cord in place.

Use as many pieces of Velcro® as you need to hold the cord securely to your wall.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: Wired, by Clover_1, on Flickr
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Image: Velcro(r) Brand Sticky Back Tape 3/4 inch X 3-1/2 inches 4/Pkg - Velcro(r) USA's classic hook and loop fasteners in convenient pre-cut strips. Features general purpose adhesive for smooth surface applications. Fast and easy, no tools or hardware required. Great for hanging signs, posters, and small objectsImage: Safety 1st Wire Hider - Covers cords and wires for a safer room and cleaner look.Shopping Suggestions:
Velcro® Brand Sticky Back Tape
Velcro® Sticky-Back Hook and Loop Fastener Tape with Dispenser
Safety 1st Wire Hider
KidCo Power Strip Cover



Image: 365:237 Slipper Socks by angelsk, on Flickr
My baby is just starting to learn how to walk, and it is cold in the evenings (the reason for not being barefoot).

Instead of buying socks with grips on the soles already, we buy the socks in the bulk bag and use puffy paint on the soles.

If applied properly, this doesn't peel off (if you're worried about this, you can also get the non-toxic kind).

You can write anything you want, or draw pictures, and baby has a better grip on the floor.


Thanks to Lisa for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: Slipper Socks, by angelsk, on Flickr
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Image: Luvable Friends 10-Piece Baby Socks Gift Set, Blue, 0-9 Months - These socks are stretchable for better fit, and are soft and comfortable to wear.Image: Color Splash! Puffy Paint (Set of 6) - In 6 cool colors that kids love!Shopping Suggestions:
Luvable Friends 10-Pc Baby Socks
Color Splash! Puffy Paint
Tulip 3D Fashion Puff Paint
Skidders Baby Gripper Socks
Polka Dots Skidders Baby Gripper Socks



Image: uh oh by katrinket, on Flickr

I know this is going to sound absurd - but it really works!

Photo credit: katrinket, on Flickr
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Homemade Diaper Cream

Mix Crisco shortening with corn starch (or even better: Johnson's Baby Powder Pure Cornstarch) to make a paste and apply liberally to baby's bottom.

Image: Crisco All Vegetable Shortening-16 OZ
Image: Johnson's Baby Powder Pure Cornstarch with Aloe and Vitamin E, 22 Ounce (Pack of 2) - Let the natural moisture-absorption qualities of pure cornstarch keep your baby's skin comfortable and dry. The soft texture of this gentle cornstarch baby powder helps keep skin feeling especially fresh and smooth
The shortening provides a barrier to wetness and the cornstarch absorbs any leftover wetness.

Since there are no artificial fragrances or preservatives it is hypo-allergenic as well.

I know it works for my little princess and for the amount of money you would spend on a manufactured diaper cream you can make a whole tub of this!

Thanks to Mrs. Holdridge for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Lunchtime by Joshua Zamrycki (joshzam), on FlickrNeed a bib and left yours at home? Or the one you brought is covered in food, and you need another one?

You'll just need to make and keep this in your purse or diaper bag!

Take two suspender clips and about 10 inches (25cm) of fabric elastic to make a bib for your baby, instantly, wherever you are.

Photo credit: Lunchtime by Joshua Zamrycki (joshzam), on Flickr
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Image: Take two suspender clips and about 10 inches (25cm) of fabric elastic to make a bib for your baby, instantly, wherever you are.
How to Make: Just fold each end of the elastic around the loop of one of the suspender clips and stitch.

Now you can use this handy gadget to clip a washcloth (or two, for heavy droolers!) cloth diaper, or hand-towel around baby's neck

Image: Just fold each end of the elastic around the loop of one of the suspender clips and stitch.Image: store it in your purse or diaper bag for on-the-go, and use it with the restaurant's cloth or paper napkins.Or store it in your purse or diaper bag for 'on-the-go', and use it with the restaurant's cloth or paper napkins.

Other Uses: With a shorter piece of elastic and two more clips, you can make mitten clips (attach one end to mitten, other end to sleeve).

Or even shoe clips for those little ones that like to kick off their shoes! (Fasten one end at back of shoe, the other end to pant leg.)

Or fasten to snow pant cuff, wrapping under sock foot, to opposite side of snow pant cuff - to keep snow pants from riding up!

Thanks to Linda for these Frugal Baby Tips!


Image: Dritz Mitten/Suspender Clips 2/Pkg-Gilt - For making suspenders and mittens clip to garments - 2/pkgImage: Dritz 9517W Knit Elastic, White, 3/4-Inch
Shopping Suggestions:
Dritz Mitten/Suspender Clips
Dritz 9517W Knit Elastic
CTM Little Kittens Mitten / Gloves Clips for Little Hands
Baby Buddy Bib Clip



Image: The toy hammock by Lance McCord, on Flickr
Make your own net which will match with your decor and hold all of baby's stuffed toys.

Just cut out a triangle of strong, stretchy fabric measuring about 1 metre by 1 metre by 1.4 metres (or 40" x 40" x 60").

Tie each corner of this triangle tightly to a metal ring, and suspend up in one corner of your baby's room with hooks screwed into the wall.

Fill with all those toys!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: The toy hammock, by Lance McCord on Flickr"
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Image: ToyTech Teddy Hammock Toy Storage Net - Holds 15 to 20 average size animals.

Shopping Suggestions:
Jolly Jumper Jumbo Toy Hammock
Prince Lionheart Multi-Purpose Toy Hammock
CHECKYS DEALS Deluxe Pet Net
ToyTech Teddy Hammock Toy Storage Net



Image: Little Girl May Basket, by sewwithjan from Flickr.
Too many receiving blankets? Make a couple dozen of them into great prefold diapers. Even with a high-needs baby, I was able to make at least one of these diapers per day.

Here's how:
1. Cut one receiving blanket down to about 20" x 36" to 40". This should give you a second strip about 7"-10" wide.
2. Fold this narrow strip in half or thirds to about 20" long.
3. Place this down the center of the large piece, as shown:
[ :: [] :: ]
4. Fold in the sides of the larger piece about 2/3 of the way across.
5. Overlap them on top of the folded strip down the center, leaving the diaper about 15" across: [::[]::]  =  [[]]

Sewing:
1. Zigzag stitch across the top and bottom raw edges of the folded diaper, making sure to catch in all layers.
2. Stitch down the center pad about 1/2" in from the edge of the center pad.

NOTE: All measurements depend on original size of the blanket. Don't be afraid to experiment!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: Little Girl May Basket, by sewwithjan from Flickr
by sewwithjan from Flickr

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Image: Luvable Friends 3-Pack Flannel Receiving Blanket Set - made of only the softest cotton flannel for the softest touch on your baby's gentle skin.Image: Kidalog Prefold Flannelette Cloth Diaper - Thick and thirsty 100% cotton diaper flannelette

Shopping Suggestions:
Luvable Friends Flannel Receiving Blanket Set
Baby Starters Lil Pal Receiving Blanket
Kidalog Prefold Flannelette Cloth Diaper



Image: Dad's First Diaper Change by CDaisyM, on FlickrWe use Huggies disposable wipes because they can be washed with the diapers enumerable times.

Photo credit: Dad's First Diaper Chang, by CDaisyM, on Flickr
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I lost count and when one finally gets threadbare (20 washings?), I use it as the pooper scooper.

When I have finally rinsed the poopy diaper, I rinse off the poopy wipe in the rinse bucket and say farewell.
Image: Huggies Simply Clean Fragrance Free Baby Wipes Refill, 600 Count

It is so ironic that something intended to be used one time can be wash 20 or more times.

Other brands don't go as long 2-3 maybe 5 washes and they are very linty but not the Huggies wipes.

Image: Prince Lionheart Warmies Reusable Cloth Wipes - Using reusable wipes for your baby keeps tons of trash out of landfills annually, making Warmies the environmentally conscious decisionTo think I spent hours making little cloth wipes out of an old flannel sheet 12 months ago and have yet to use them for a heiny. We use them as napkins at meal time instead.

-- stay at home dad, mike micklich

Thanks to Mike Micklich for this Frugal Baby Tip!



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