Image: CPR instructions for childrenIf you call the American Red Cross or Heart Association (Canadian Red Cross or Canadian Heart and Stroke) they will send you a poster (8X10) of CPR instructions.

Even though I am CPR/first aid certified for my daycare licensing, when the time comes it is sooo easy to freak out and forget!

The poster really is good to keep, and use if that time comes.

They will send it free or cheap if you call.

Thanks to Veronica for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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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.

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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!


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Image: Cloth Diapering - Recycled TeeAll out of diapers, the diapers are all in the wash - or you left the diaper bag at home or in the car??

And your baby needs to be changed, RIGHT NOW!?

Why not use your cotton T-shirt!

Any size T-shirt will do, but the bigger the T-shirt, the bigger the baby it will fit - and the better the absorbency.

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Image: Place your T-shirt on a flat surface
Place your T-shirt on a flat surface.

I used a child's size large organic t-shirt for my pictures.
Image: Fold over one side to the middle.
Image; Repeat with the other side, to form a tapered end (cross over each side in the middle) at the T-shirt hem.Fold over one side to the middle.

Repeat with the other side, to form a tapered end (cross over each side in the middle) at the T-shirt hem.

If the sleeve end is not wide enough to go around your baby's waist, simply widen your fold more.

Image: Fold up the t-shirt hem to about half-way, to fit your baby.Fold up the t-shirt hem to about half-way, to fit your baby.

Place baby's bottom on the center of the T-shirt.

Bring folded end up between baby's legs.

Wrap the sides around baby's tummy.

Image; Use cloth diaper pins or a Snappi(r) to fasten diaper securely.Use cloth diaper pins or a Snappi® to fasten diaper securely.

Or simply place inside a Velcro® or snap diaper wrap.


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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!

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Image: Diaper Dawgs - High Powered Cloth Diaper Toilet Sprayer with Spray Shield, Complete Kit
Leann said: A diaper sprayer is best for this kind of poop on diapers and baby clothing - or even your own clothing! I use my shower head which easily reaches the toilet, and I find it works best when set for hot water.

It literally breaks up the poop and it drains into the toilet. I don't know if a hot setting is an option on a diaper sprayer connected to the toilet - probably not.

Molly said: We ended up getting a sprayer. I didn't want to spend the money on the expensive "diaper sprayers", so we got a power sprayer from Home Depot for only $17.

It attaches to the shower (our shower is next to the toilet) and works great! We can use it to wash the dogs, clean the tub, etc. I think it's much more versatile than the diaper sprayers and cheaper, too!

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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!

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With all the talk about which diaper cream to use, I was wondering if anyone has tried to make their own?

I did with my first (wasn't cloth diapering though) and loved it.

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Below is the recipe I used from a book called, Natural Beauty at Home. [UK]

Yaley 100% Beeswax Pellets - 4 oz./Natural - Only the finest beecombs are selected for this world class beeswaxIngredients:
2 Tbsp. grated beeswax
2 Tbsp. Lanolin
1/2 cup almond oil (could use just about any type of skin oil here)
2 Tbsp. distilled water
2 Tbsp. witch hazel
1 pinch borax powder (emulsifier)

Directions:
Combine beeswax and oil in hot water bath (double boiler like set up) and heat until beeswax is melted. Then add in lanolin, heating until melted. Remove from heat.

In separate container add distilled water, witch hazel and borax. Mix to dissolve borax and heat until just boiling. The microwave works great for this part.

Slowly pour the water/hazel/borax solution into the heated wax/oil while stirring briskly with a wire whisk until a thick cream starts to form. Pour quickly into a wide mouth container.

NOTE: this is a VERY thick cream, not pourable at all. When my son was an infant I didn't add any scents. As he got older I would add one of the following essential oils: lavender, chamomile, tea tree. I'll be making a batch of this soon in preparation for the second child.

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Image: We need one of these! by malweth, on Flickr
Create a bumper for your fireplace hearth with a large pool noodle!

Or buy some pipe insulation from any hardware store - sometimes even cheaper!

Just cut the foam stick to the same length of your hearth.

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Image: Cut a slit halfway through the long way - cutting through from the  outside to the hole that is already in the middle
Cut a slit halfway through the long way - cutting through from the outside to the hole that is already in the middle.

Image: Kidkusion Hearth Kushion - Attaches securely with enclosed VelcroThen push the pool noodle onto the edge of your hearth.

The tension of the foam trying to revert to its natural shape is what holds it in place.

If you have a toddler that will pull it off, use some removable Command Adhesive tabs - you can buy them without the hooks.

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Image: Baby sleeping POV
You rock or nurse baby off to sleepy-time, but the minute you try to lay him or her down - the eyes snap open and the screams begin!

Oh, dear...

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Image: baby crying
The reason that baby often wakes when being lain down are:
• baby was not completely asleep,
• the feel of the drop in height onto the bed,
• missing the motion, warmth and/or scent of your body.

But what can you do?

Not Completely Asleep:
If you aren't sure if baby is completely asleep, use the Limb Test. Lift baby's arm or leg, and let it fall a (very) short distance. If baby doesn't react, then it is usually safe to lay baby down and creep away.

Feeling the Drop:
Place a small step stool next to baby's crib, step up and lean as far into the crib as you can, before laying baby down. If you can reach in far enough to lean on the crib mattress with your elbow, that's perfect. The shorter the drop, the better. Then lay baby down gently.

Or wear baby in a sling, and use the sling to lower baby into the crib. Once you know baby is asleep, lift the sling over the crib rails, and slowly lower the baby down, unfasten sling and leave baby to sleep with it. The sling will carry your scent and some of your warmth.

If you use a family bed, simply lay down on your bed to nurse or cuddle baby to sleep, then quietly creep away once baby is snoozing - making sure that baby is safe before you leave. Have a baby monitor nearby, so you can return if baby should start to whimper or move about.

Lack of Motion:
Wear baby in a sling to nurse or rock to sleep. Then you can either leave baby in the sling to nap or - making sure baby is completely asleep - slowly lower the baby, sling and all, onto the family bed or into the crib.

Image: cut pant legWarmth and/or Scent:
Make a rice bag out of the leg of an old pair of pants, and a pound (2 kg.) of rice.

Simply cut off one pant leg about 24-28 inches (38-46 cm). Stitch closed one end of the cut-off pant leg, and pour in the rice. Stitch the other end of the cut-off pant leg closed.

To use, place the rice bag inside the microwave and heat on HIGH for 1-2 minutes.

Or you can wrap it in tin foil, and place in a regular oven for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F. (Remove foil wrap before using)

Give the rice bag a good shake, and make sure it isn't too warm.

Then get a T-shirt (or any type of shirt) you have worn, but not yet washed. Wrap it around the rice Image: t-shirtbag. The rice bag will hold it's heat for about 30-40 minutes.

Before nursing or rocking baby, place the rice bag in the crib or bed. It will warm up the bed nicely. So that when you remove the rice bag and lay baby down, he or she won't notice such a shift in temperature.

And that smelly t-shirt? The warmth of the rice bag, fills baby's crib with the wonderful scent of you.

If you use a family bed, the warm rice bag is great to tuck next to baby, as you creep away. This scent-filled bag will make baby think you are still near-by.


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