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I have come up with my own "easy" recipe for wipes.

I just use a squeeze bottle (or spray bottle) and mix five squirts of Johnson and Johnson Baby Bath (the kind that already has Aloe Vera and vitamin E in it) with four squirts of baby oil.

Add just enough warm water to fill up the bottle...

Then I shake it up and it is ready to go...

I use it so fast that I make a new batch every few days, so it is always nice and fresh!

The Baby Bath cleans well.

Plus, their skin is already use to it.. and the oil moisturizes...

It is cheap to make, and great for their bums.

Thanks to Kellina for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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No baby cups around - or forgot your baby's cup at home?

Wrap one or two wide rubber or silicone bands onto your child's cup, before you hand it to him or her.


Image: pink and blue silicone bands around a plastic Disney cup
The rubber bands will give your child a better grip, and the cup won't slip out of their hands so easily.

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NOTE: Don't leave your child alone with the cup, as the elastic bands could be pulled off and become a choking hazard.

Thanks to Simone for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: Handmade holidays - soap! by knoxilla, on Flickr
Save your old soap scraps, melt them down, and pour into Play Dough molds or candy molds or specialty ice cube trays - even just pour onto a cookie sheet.

If using a cookie sheet: when the soap has hardened somewhat on the cookie sheet, cut out shapes with a cookie cutter to add some fun to your child's bath time.

If using molds: just pop them out once the soap is completely hard. An older child can have fun cutting out the shapes themselves.

For longer use, let your new soaps harden for a week or two before using.

Thanks to Karen for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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We love the fleece on Fuzzi Bunz (keeps the baby dry plus easy poop disposal).

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However we have a heavy wetter and can't stuff them enough with the Fuzzi Bunz diaper liners to prevent leaks, plus they are expensive.

Image: Luvable Friends Printed Fleece Blanket - Extra large size: 30 x 36
Luvable Friends Fleece Blanket

So we cut up a $5.00 fleece baby blanket to make fleece diaper liners. We used a flannel diaper liner as a pattern.

We add these to our regular prefold diapers and to our Kushies, giving our regular diapers the advantages of the Fuzzi Bunz at a fraction of the cost.

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If you find your prefold or shaped/contour diapers are leaking due to a poor fit around baby's legs - but don't want to invest in more expensive form-fitted diapers - try this to get a snug fit!

All you need is some elastic - swimwear elastic will last the longest, available at most fabric stores.

HOW TO MAKE: Cut two strips of elastic about 9" [23 cm] long per diaper (1" (2.5 cm) less for small diapers... 1"-2" [2.5 - 5 cm] more for large diapers).

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Image: Center one piece of elastic on each side of your shaped/contour diaper along the dotted lines shownImage: Center one piece of elastic on each side of your prefold diaper along the dotted lines shownCenter one piece of elastic on each side of your prefold or shaped/contour diaper along the dotted lines shown in the pictures (along each side of the center panel on your prefold or shaped/contour diaper).

Stretch out the elastic, and zigzag-stitch into place.

Now you have form-fitted diapers to help hold back the tide!

NOTE: When using these diapers, place the elastic side of diaper away from your baby's skin. Or you could add a layer of cotton bias tape to cover the elastic.

Thanks to Corinna for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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We just gave our toddler twins a shower with one of those hand-held shower extensions, while they sat in the tub.

No stopper in the tub, with a towel on the bottom of the tub to keep them from slipping (we have twin 'climbers').

Small towels for their laps or shoulders if it is chilly out (wet the towels regularly with warm water to keep them from getting chilly).

No drowning risk if there's no water pooled.

Baby bath seats can be used more safely in tubs without water pooled, too.

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Image: Cuddle Baby Carrier, by BorntoLove.com, 1980
Turn your old jeans into a sturdy denim baby carrier! You'll need TWO pair of adult jeans, with no worn spots on the backside. Remove the back of the jeans from the fronts, leaving the thick side seams attached to the discarded fronts.

Cut off waist-band, belt loops and leg hems. Make a T-shaped cut up the centre from each crotch, as follows: On one jean-back - T is through the centre of the back pockets.

On the other jean-back - T is midway between the crotch and bottom of back pockets. Fold the legs in on themselves to form 4" wide straps. Double-stitch along the length of both sides of these straps. Place one jean-back on top of the other, to form an H shape - lining up one jean-back along the top of the other's pockets. Double-stitch the two jean-backs together.

Tie the shorter straps around your waist. For a front carrier, have a friend help place baby's stomach against your stomach, baby's legs on either side of the carrier seat. For a back carrier, baby's stomach is against your back. Bring carrier and longer straps up over baby, with one strap over each of your shoulders.

For a front carrier, you could cross the straps at your back. While you hold securely onto the longer straps to support baby, have your friend mark or pin where these longer straps meet the seat part, making sure this is a comfortable position for baby and you.

Remove baby and carrier, double-stitch longer straps to marked spots, on the inside of the seat part. Finish by folding and hemming any remaining cut edges. Make sure all stitching seams are strong and sturdy for safety.

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
 • For more pictures and instructions, including a slideshow: How to Make a Baby Sling From Old Jeans, by E. A. Byrnes, May/June 1982, MOTHER EARTH NEWS




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Image: ALEX Toys Rub a Dub Draw in the Tub Bath Crayons - draw colorful pictures on bathtubs, tile or your body!
Here's how to make soap crayons for bath-time fun and easy quick clean-up!

I am wondering if we could use cookie cutters or somehow get them into better shapes than just the ice cube tray, but I haven't tried yet.

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups Ivory Snow (powder or soap flakes)
50 drops food coloring
1/4 cup water

Directions:
Mix water and soap flakes together.
Add food coloring.
Put mixture into an bottle stick ice cube tray.
Allow to harden.
Break or cut into pieces.
Fun to write with on the tub when bathing as well as your face and hands!

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This one is not really a baby tip either, but anything that makes keeping the house clean quickly and easily is a good tip for me!

I find the job of wiping out the cupboard one that I tend to put off, but then I thought of buying hard plastic place-mats from the Dollar Store - they only cost me two for $1.00.

Because they were hard plastic, I was able to easily cut them to fit inside my cupboards. Now they are easy to wipe clean. Much prettier too!

Thanks to Cathy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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