Image: Sam's big girl bed at my mom's house has Elmo bedding!, by Abigail Batchelder (abbybatchelde) on FlickrWell, after Sarah leaked out of a DISPOSABLE!! Friday night, I knew I could no longer put off making her a pull-on fleece cover (I was going to wait till my mom arrives Tuesday).

So I bought some sewing elastic and snap tape (metal snaps), and yesterday afternoon started sewing. It went quickly, and last night Sarah wore it. I did make it a bit large, and had to pin it closed, as it was too loose with just the snaps, but it still worked!

Yes, she had a HUGE diaper bum, but this morning, despite a thoroughly sopping diaper, the cover was DRY!! Which means so were our sheets!

I made the cover out of a single layer of 300wt polartec fleece. I just traced around one of her old covers, and enlarged it accordingly. Then I put elastic at the waist and legs, snap tape at the sides, and that was it.

The cover will likely fit her till she is at least 70 lbs, and hopefully by then she will be dry at night anyway. For a diaper, I used a flannel receiving blanket, folded in half, with two terry hand towels folded in fourths inside it. Pinned it on.

Poor kid slept with SIX diaper pins last night! But the whole thing worked! We've had to wash our sheets four times in the past week, and we were really getting tired of that.

Thanks to Amy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo Credit: Sam's big girl bed at my mom's house has Elmo bedding!
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Place a bulletin board or sheet of cork on the wall near (but well out of reach) your baby's bed or change table.

When objects and colors begin to fascinate your newborn, you can attach different objects and pictures to the Discovery Board for your baby to look at.

Later, this can be a place to display your toddler's artwork.

Watch out if you are using pins, though!

I prefer to use a Pinless Pinboard or a fabric Memo Board. You can post up or rearrange your notices without push pins or any other pin!

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Image: Pinless Pinboard - just remove the backing and stick to almost any surface; after that, just add and remove posters, displays, notes, pictures, graphs, or memos at will!Image: Little Froggy Fabric Memory/Memo Photo Bulletin Board - button detail and grossgrain ribbon so that you can insert photos, notes, and memosShopping Suggestions:
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Image: A closeup of an aloe plant. Stock Photo credit: Sean Okihiro (okimann), on FreeImages
I would like to share one of my ideas for preventing diaper rash and chaffing.

I use Aloe Vera either the fresh plant or the extract bought at the pharmacy or health food store.

It saves money and is a great barrier cream.

It also works great on teething rash around the mouth, as it is not harmful to swallow.

I'm sure it works great on the cuts and scrapes for everyone else in the house gets.

Thanks to Jennifer for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Stock Photo credit: Closeup of an aloe plant by Sean Okihiro (okimann), on FreeImages
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Image: Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel 6 oz. - 100% pure aloe vera; fragrance-free; no color addedmage: Fruit Of The Earth 100 % Aloe Vera Gel - Forms a Protective Barrier which Helps Retain Moisture and Promotes Healing
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Image: Dad's First Diaper Change by CDaisyM, on FlickrWe use Huggies disposable wipes because they can be washed with the diapers enumerable times.

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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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Image: Sucker!, by HA! Designs - Artbyheather, on FlickrFrom the picture's description: "This was obviously taken before people started suing sucker companies for choking their babies to death!"

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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.

Image: UK - Safetots Choke Tester - every home with a child should have one

(available in the UK)
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.

Image: You can consider any toy or object in your home that fits inside this toilet paper tube to be a choking hazardHowever, 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.

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

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

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!


Image: Safety 1st Small Object Choking Tester - allows you to test the safety of small toys, toy parts, or other small objects. A must have for anyone caring for children under three years of age.Image: Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder - Baby will enjoy the great flavor, nutrition and goodness of whole food - while reducing the risk of choking.

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Image: Nerd Baby... by Cassey, on Flickr
Make your own - personalized - board books with bristol (poster) board and clear self-stick vinyl contact paper (Mac-Tac).

Cut a strip of bristol (poster) board - 5 1/4" (13.5 cm) x 26"(66 cm).

Fold accordion-style into 5 squares (5 1/4" x 5 1/4") to make 'pages'.

If desired, you can round off the corners on each 'page'.

Gather ten photographs of your family, bright pictures from magazines, or use your imagination!

Baby Photo credit: Nerd Baby, by Cassey, on Flickr
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Trim to fit and paste one picture on each page, using both sides of your book. Cover both sides with clear self-stick vinyl contact paper, and trim off excess. Your baby will love it!

Image: Accordian book 3

You can make several board books out of just one sheet of bristol (poster) board and a roll of Mac-Tac.

Which is good, because these little books are addicting!

You will get lots of ideas of new books to make!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Book Photo credit: Accordian book, by brookewill, on Flickr
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Image: Wausau Astrobrights Premium Posterboard 5 Color Assortment, 80 lb, 22 X 28 Inches, Each(22057)Image: Kittrich Clear Contact Paper, 18 inch x 9 feet - This clear, non-glare film adheres to posters, labels, large maps, etc. for long-lasting protection.
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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.

Baby Photo credit: Rob, Joyce, Alex and Nova, on Flickr
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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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Image: stashaios  by girlonthewire, on FlickrWho me....Sew?? Yes, learn to sew! You can do it!

Many women have learned to sew while making their own diapers. They just took it step by step and asked questions if they didn't understand something. There are many new and wonderful patterns out there on the worldwide web.

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Also many fabric co-ops for high quality fabrics that are half the price of retail. Many women join diaper sewing groups with others online that can help give advice when they need it, or show pictures of beautiful diapers they have made which helps boost confidence.

Image: Bumkins outers by dibbus1987, on FlickrI got a tip when I was starting to use only high quality fabrics and notions, and that has proved to be very wise advice indeed. Yes, you can make your first trial diapers out of old receiving blankets, but if you are going to put a lot of time and energy into making things, it's great to have them look beautiful, be absorbent, and last and last!

I just made my first Bumkins look a like last night and it only took about a half an hour!! I put an adorable robot fabric on the outside, a waterproof PUL fabric inside, lined it with microfleece from Malden Mills and made a soaker out of Hemp jersey that is soo absorbent! It didn't leak at night, fits great and looks awesome. It was sooo easy, and you can do it too. Check out websites for fabric and patterns online and ask around before you buy to make sure you will like the fit, as they are all different.

Image: Bumkins animal prints inners by dibbus1987, on FlickrWith the cost of ready made all-in-one diapers from $15 and up (and don't forget shipping) it can be costly for parents to get quality diapers that daddy likes too, and are easy for outings, when you have a baby sitter, or granny watching baby.

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But with sewing your own diapers, even with the cost of shipping high quality material and Aplix (better than Velcro™) You can make super cool diapers for about $3 a piece!!! I am developing a pattern for an all-in-one with instructions that is similar to the Bumkins, but has a little better fit!

I found that Amazon.com has good prices on fabric and you can get all your stuff at once to save on shipping, then you can try out diaper making and if you like it buy more stuff from fabric co-ops.

Good Luck on your diaper sewing.

Thanks to Sarah Markie for this Frugal Baby Tip!


Image: Amazon sells diaper fabrics: Diaper Flannel, Hemp, Organic, Cotton Fleece, Waterproof PUL (Polyurethane Laminate)Image: Diaper patterns: One size, all-in-one, One size fits most, diaper covers, and moreShopping Suggestions:
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Aplix and Sew on Hook and Loop Velcro®





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Image: Lewis Porad by evilpeacock, on Flickr
A simple cure for cradle cap.

I found that none of the "special" shampoos was working for us.

Finally what worked was his diaper ointment.

So now his diaper ointment does triple duty!

Triple Paste Triple Paste Medicated Ointment for Diaper Rash, 2-Ounce - medicated ointment for diaper rash works quickly to relieve raw irritated skin
It works for his diaper rashes, my dry skin, and cradle cap.


Thanks to Paige for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: Safety 1st cradle cap care includes unique tools to help you gently and effectively treat your baby's cradle cap. Use the dual-sided mitt to apply and rub in shampoo or baby oil. Then use the 2-in-1 brush and comb to remove the cradle cap.

GREAT TIP: Try the Safety 1st Cradle Cap Care Tools - includes unique tools to help you gently and effectively treat your baby's cradle cap. Use the dual-sided mitt to apply and rub in shampoo or baby oil. Then use the 2-in-1 brush and comb to remove the cradle cap.





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