Image: Two women work hard on a reusable menstrual hygiene kit made by Sierra Leoneans for Sierra Leoneans, by Geraint Hill on Wikimedia

Image: Organic Bamboo Reusable Cloth Menstrual Period Pads | SAVE the environment and money within TWO MONTHS these pads will pad for themselves | you'll be able to use them for YEARS!
Organic Bamboo Cloth Pads
I used cloth pads for about a year before I got pregnant. I LOVED them.

I will definitely go back to using them and take some of the bigger ones to the birth center with me when I have my baby.

They are soft, super absorbent, and I no longer get a terrible rash (not mention all sorts of other unmentionable things with disposables -- UGH.)

And in my opinion, cloth smells completely different, much more earthy, not at all fishy like disposables.

I soak mine in cold water for a day, empty, then put them in a dry bucket and wash them with my underwear when I wash laundry once a week (that will change as soon as the baby comes, I know).

Image: Brino Sanitary Napkins, 250mm Reusable Organic Cotton Menstrual Pad Washable Day and Night Panty Liner Sanitary Cloth(#1)
Reusable Organic Menstrual Pads
I have PixieCup Bamboo pads which are black, so stains are hardly noticeable.

I prefer dark colors, which won't show stains like unbleached cotton does.

I like PixieCup, but I haven't tried others. I saw one site on the web for ones you could even wear as a thong!

The only thing I don't like is if I run out and have to use a disposable ---- ICK!!!! I was about to buy more when I got pregnant, so... I'll get some before March.

If you liked the look of these pads, you can find instructions for making your own look-alike ones:
Make Your Own Cloth Menstrual Pads Pattern

Thanks to Kathryne for this Frugal Baby Tip!





Image: Reusable Large Pail Liner Bag for Cloth Diapers or Laundry
Reusable Large Pail Liner Bag
I was having a difficult time finding a nylon diaper bag I could throw in with the diapers, that the colour of the bag wouldn't run.

Someone gave me a great idea for a diaper pail liner a while back... now I use an old pillowcase!

I have used pillowcases for 3 months, with great success.

I now have two pillowcases in use.

I wash diapers every other day, and I throw the used pillowcase right in the washing machine with the diapers.

Then I put a clean pillowcase in the diaper pail.

This works great, and I didn't have to spend any money!

Thanks to Dana for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: The Best Diaper Pail | YourBestDigs.com



Image: Best way to change a diaper, by Jenny Cu on Flickr

My mom told me to use Scotties Supreme facial tissues, but none of my local stores carried them.

Image: Puffs, Ultra Soft and Strong Facial Tissues | best non-lotion tissue Facial tissue paper is soft yet durable
Puffs Ultra Facial Tissues
Instead, I bought Puffs Ultra Soft and Strong Facial Tissues, and used them as liners in my daughter's diapers during her tiny-breastfed-baby-liquid-poop stage.

Results: They helped some (smaller poops could sometimes be tipped into the toilet, no rinsing of diaper necessary, and usually less rinsing/scrubbing anyway), and they didn't disintegrate.

Plus you get 124 tissues or something in a box - if you can find them on sale, stock up!

Once your baby gets mobile, they don't hold up as well, but by then the baby is probably beginning to eat a few solids anyway.

Thanks to Angela for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Sometimes she finds a baby wipe and just starts cleaning, by Jason Lander (eyeliam) on Flickr

I have a simpler recipe we really like to use:

1 cup water
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
8 drops tea tree oil

Nothing fancy - that is it!

I simply mix these ingredients all together, dump it over my cloth wipes, and wala!

I'm done!

Thanks to Tiffany for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Sewing thread/Sewing needles, by Falko Tetzlaff on Pixabay

I don't have my sewing machine yet (my husband's dad used to fix them for a living, so he's cleaning it up still), but I decided to practice my hand-sewing.

Image: EMME Fleece Baby Blanket Plush Fuzzy Receiving Blankets for Toddler, Infant, Newborn, Boys and Girls Gift Warm Cozy Daycare Nursery Blanket for Crib, Stroller, Nap, Outdoor, Decor (Brown)
Fuzzy Receiving Blankets
I'm using the two yellow receiving blankets I got, and cut them up. I'm making wipes out of some and then making doublers out of others.

For the wipes, I'm folding over edges and ironing them like that, then run a stitch across the top.

For the doublers, I'm doing two layers of flannelette and one layer of terrycloth, sewing it like a pocket, then inverting them and sewing closed.

It seems to work OK so far.

Image: Singer 1512 Beginners Sewing Kit, 130 pieces | contains all the basics for sewers and non-sewers alike
Singer Beginners Sewing Kit
My daughter is not a really heavy wetter, she rarely wets at night, and she won't nurse/play until she's changed anyhow.

So it is more for practice than anything else.

Thanks to Rachel for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Scrappy soaker-large, by Ashley Barrett on Flickr

I found some of these links on several Moms' forums.

A wool soaker is a diaper cover that pulls on.

A great place to start...
BorntoLove.com: Make Your Own Baby Bum Sweaters Patterns

Complete instructions to knit, crochet or stitch your own hand-made soakers!

Plus lots of options, ideas and easy diapering hints...

INDEX OF PATTERNS:

Image: knit/crochet patterns for diaper soaker • Down Under Diaper Cover Pattern

 • Crochet Soaker

 • Nise's Crocheted Soaker Pattern

 • Knicker Soakers

 • Make Your Own Baby Bum Sweaters!

 • Woollen Nursing Pads

 • Make Your Own Diapers and Covers

More free patterns, for knitting, crochet, and sewing...

FREE SEWING PATTERNS:

 • Sew a Wool Diaper Cover

 • Katrina's Sew Quick Soaker Pattern

 • Katrina's Wool Diaper Cover Soaker Sewing Pattern

 • DIY wool diaper cover | choosing wool sweaters

 • Tutorial: Upcycled Wool Diaper Cover

 • Up-cycled Wool Diaper Cover Tutorial

 • How to Make a Diaper Cover from a Wool Sweater {Video}

 • DIY Wool Diaper Soakers

Free Cloth Diaper Patterns - Over 60 designs!

FREE KNIT PATTERNS:

 • Down Under Diaper Cover Pattern

 • Free Tiny Birds Soaker Pattern

 • Baby Bloomers pattern

 • Ravelry.com: Curly Purly Soaker Pattern, by Marnie Ann Joyce

 • Gabey Baby Diaper Cover pattern

 • Newborn Soaker pattern on Flat needles

 • Wool Diaper Cover pattern

 • My soaker pattern: Wool Diaper Cover (Soaker) to knit and crochet

 • Li'l Aries Longies

 • Aubrey DoodlePants Knitting Pattern V3.0

 • Longies pattern – knit in the round, includes gusset

 • Arfy's Freebie Longies/Shorties Pattern

FREE CROCHET PATTERNS:

 • Wooly Britches

 • Spring Baby Crochet Outfit - has a soaker included.

 • Crochet Wrap pattern

 • Mammy Made Crochet Longies

 • Dandelion Daydreamers



Image: Inside diapers, by MissMessie on Flickr

QUESTION: Where can I find free diaper and cover patterns?

ANSWER: In my opinion, it's easiest to trace a diaper or cover you like, or a diaper you like and make it from that.

I've done a couple of diapers and covers that way, and it may take some fiddling to get it just the way you like it.

But I think it's the most reliable way of getting what fits *your* baby the way *you* want.

Of course, you can always use most diaper patterns to make diaper cover as well.

Sew Your Own Diapers | Cloth Diaper Patterns and Resources

Image: DDNB stack, by MissMessie on Flickr
PREFOLD DIAPERS:

🧷 How to Sew Prefold Cloth Diapers

FITTED DIAPERS:

🧷 Goodness Gracious FREE Diaper Patterns

🧷 Newborn fitted diaper free PDF sewing pattern

🧷 Simple Diaper-Sewing Tutorials - Free templates, patterns, and tutorials to help you learn to sew your own cloth diapers, covers, and accessories.

🧷 How to Sew a Fitted Cloth diaper (on the cheap!)

POCKET DIAPERS:

🧷 RRP (Rita's Rump Pocket) Diaper

ALL-IN-ONE and ALL-IN-TWO DIAPERS:

🧷 Cloth Revolution diaper pattern

🧷 Free Cloth Diaper Sewing Pattern THE HIP SNAPPY NAPPY

🧷 AIO Cloth diaper pattern

DIAPER COVERS and TRAINING PANTS:

🧷 Katrina's Sew Quick Soaker Pattern 

🧷 Wee Weka Pattern for Knickers

🧷 Diaper Cover with Gussets Tutorial

🧷 Wool Diaper Cover pattern

SWIM DIAPERS:

🧷 Aquarius Swimmers pattern

Thanks to Sophie for this Frugal Baby Tip!



Image: Toddler eating dinner, by Andrea on Pixabay

Sew up this quick and easy fabric hi-chair - stores right in your diaper bag!

How to Make:

Image: You will need 1 metre (40in) of 90 cm (36in) wide of any type of fabric1. You will need 40 inches (1 metre) of 36 inches (90 cm) wide of any type of fabric.

(IDEA - I used a quilted fabric and bound the edges with bias tape.)

2. Cut two tie-strips 7.5 inches (19 cm) by 40 inches (1 metre).
Hem or zigzag all edges of the 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 the angle formed.

Image: Fold each tie-strip in half, right sides together4. Fold each tie-strip in half, right sides together. Sew 1.5 inches (1cm) 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
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 strapsYou 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!

Instruction Photos credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
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Image: Homemade Soap, by silviarita on Pixabay

These recipes were in The Dollar Stretcher this week, hope they help...

Liquid Hand Soap #1

1 bar Ivory soap, grated

1 cup washing soda (NOT baking soda)

1 saucepan

1 bucket

Put soap gratings in the pan, and cover with water.
Heat on medium heat until the soap has dissolved.
Stir constantly and do not let boil.
Add soapy water to 3 gallons of hot water in the bucket.
Stir, then slowly add washing soda.
Keep stirring until all is dissolved.
Put into the pump when cool.
Shake before using.


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All Natural Handmade Goat Milk Soap
Liquid Hand Soap #2

1 bar hand soap (any type), grated

1 cup boiling water

1 T. honey

1 tsp. glycerin (available at most drug stores)

Put grated soap and boiling water into a blender and whip.
Add honey and glycerin and stir in a blender.
Let it cool for 15 minutes and whip again.
Add cold water until the mixture reaches the six-cup mark.
Whip again.
Pour into a storage container, and let cool for one hour with lid off.
Shake before using.

Other uses for leftover soap bits are marking hemlines (instead of chalk), rubbing gliders on drawers to glide more smoothly, and running over metal zippers to ease the pull.


Image: Blue Raspberry Slushy Whipped Soap | Foaming Creamy Body Wash in a Jar | Great for Shaving!
Whipped Soap

Other recipes for soap, including shampoos, can be found at:

 • Bar Soaps Basic Bar Soap

 • How to Make Completely Magical Moisturizing Whipped Soap

 • DIY Foaming Hand Soap

 • DIY Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

 • How to Make Natural Homemade Shampoo

 • Making Your Own Laundry Soap

Thanks to Cynthia for this Frugal Baby Tip!



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