Image: Hotel Clothesline, by medigerati on Flickr
Photo credit: Hotel Clothesline, by medigerat
When your baby outgrows the need for diapers, and you still have disposables left, or cloth still in decent condition, what do you do with them?

1. Make a heating pad
-- Soothe your aching neck. Or, for that matter, your aching back or shoulder. Use a disposable diaper's high level of absorbency to your advantage by creating a soft, pliant heating pad. Moisten a disposable diaper and place it in the microwave on medium-high setting for about 2 minutes. Check that it's not too hot for comfort and then apply to your achy part.

2. Keep a plant watered longer
-- Before potting a plant, place a clean disposable diaper in the bottom of the flowerpot -- absorbent side up. It will absorb water that would otherwise drain out the bottom and will keep the plant from drying out too fast. You'll also cut back on how often you have to water the plant.

3. Pad a package
-- You want to mail your friend that lovely piece of china you know she'll love. But you don't have any protective wrapping on hand. If you have disposable diapers, wrap the item in the diapers or insert them as padding before sealing the box. Diapers cost more than regular protective packaging wrap, but at least you will have gotten the package out today, and you can be assured your gift will arrive in one piece.

4. Protect an Injury
-- I once used a cloth prefold diaper to wrap up and protect a gaping wound till we got to the hospital.

5. More Uses
-- Flat and prefold diapers can be used as sunscreens, burp cloths, thin blankets, nursing cover-up, pot holders, Swiffer pads, dust rags, reuseable paper towels, window cleaners, face washies for after meals, traveling diaper changing pads, reusable travel washies, bibs, to wash the car, and so much more!

Wilton Diaper Cake Kit
-And of course, there is always the diaper shower cake or diaper wreaths - there are patterns for both cloth and disposable diapers.

6. Cloth Diapering Fun and Printables
-- Diaper Quiz, Diaper Slime, Cloth Diaper Printables, Cloth Diaper Memes, Fluffy Bum on Board Clear Sticker, Diaper Friendly party, Funny Things Cloth-Diapering Moms Do, Baby's First Diaper Change, Cloth Diaper Cake Tutorial, Types of Diaper Loads, Diaper Quotes, Cloth Diaper Rap Song, Printable Cloth Diapering Cards, Cloth Diaper Charity Directory, Real Diaper Association Coloring Book, Celebrities Use Cloth Diapers, Unusual Uses for Disposable Diapers, Things You Should NEVER Ever Do to Cloth Diapers, and Making Diaper Changes Fun!

Make Other things into Diapers

Make receiving blankets into new diapers
Too many receiving blankets? Make a couple dozen of them into great prefold diapers.

More Free Diapers Sewing Projects

Free Cloth Diaper Patterns
Free cloth diaper pattern links for everything you need to cloth diaper your child.

More cloth diaper ideas:

The MANY Different Uses for a Prefold Cloth Diaper

Quick Tip – Non-Cloth Diaper Uses for Flats and Prefolds

Nine More Uses for Used Cloth Diapers

More disposable diaper ideas:

Other Uses for Disposable Diapers

9 Things Disposable Diapers Are Good for Besides Poop

11 Unusual Uses for Diapers

Other uses for Disposable Diapers?

And here's one more use for diapers...

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Sam's big girl bed at my mom's house has Elmo bedding!, by Abigail Batchelder (abbybatchelde) on Flickr
Credit: Sam's big girl bed at my mom's house has Elmo bedding! by Abigail Batchelder
Well, 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!

Image: Popolini Organic Training Pants | Trainers are pull-on pants with sewn-in fleece (super-absorbency)
Popolini Organic Training Pants
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!

Image: Toy Cardboard Play Kitchen
Photo Credit: FortyTwoRoads - All rights reserved
I have fallen in love with this, and will definitely be making one for little ones in our family.

From Forty-Two This little kitchen unit is built entirely from recycled (as in, salvaged from the dumpster) corrugated cardboard covered in contact paper.

No glue, no nails, nothing but clever joining cuts make the kitchen entirely disassemble so it can be packed flat for moving/storage.

You can buy their pattern/instructions here:
 • Build a Cardboard Play Kitchen
 • Build a Cardboard Play Washer and Dryer

More ideas to make your own:
 • DIY Inspiration: Cardboard Play Kitchen
 • SEMI-TUTORIAL: Making a Cardboard Kid-Size Play Kitchen
 • Cardboard Kitchen
 • 18 DIY Play Kitchens so Amazing You'll Want to Cook in Them Yourself!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Image: Baby in the evening in a diaper, playing with a book. Photo credit: Ramona Gaukel on FreeImages
Photo credit: Baby in the evening in a diaper, by Ramona Gaukel
To protect your crawling baby's tender knees, take a pair of adult's thick socks.

Cut off the foot part.

Fold up the raw edge of the ankle part.

Zig-zag stitch around.

Slip over your baby's legs to protect their knees from crawling.

Anti-slip Baby Kneepads

If your socks are not thick enough, use two socks each, one inside the other and stitched together.

Can be used over bare knees - or over baby's clothing.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Would you rather buy them ready-made?
Anti-slip Baby Kneepads
Ashtonbee Baby Knee Pads
Biubee Baby Knee Pads

Image: Mexican Rebozo sling
Rebozo is a Mexican word for the shawl that is a woman's constant companion - day and night.

This shawl was commonly used to carry babies on mother's back. The fabric is simply tied in a knot, and placed around the mother's body.

An amazing tool, a Rebozo provides your baby with a safe and secure place, while participating in life with mom and dad. So simple, yet so elegant!

Now you can make your own!

Image: line drawing of mom with baby in rebozo slingFirst, pick out a suitable fabric. Look for a gorgeous print that you love, in a resilient and breathable cotton, silk or wool. It should be strong enough to hold your baby's weight, but still allow air circulation for when baby is all bundled up. If you aren't sure, place it over your mouth and breath through the fabric!

Image: Fold your fabric over lengthwise, then measure and mark your fabric into thirds along the length.You will need 2 7/8 yards (100") or 2.54 meters (254 cm) of fabric at least 29" (73.7 cm) wide. Fold your fabric over lengthwise, then measure and mark your fabric into thirds along the length. You should have three equal sections of about 33.3" (84.6 cm) long each.Image: Next measure out the width at 14.5 inches (36.8 cm) in the middle third, and mark straight across the open side, parallel to the fold

Next measure out the width at 14.5" (36.8 cm) in the middle third, and mark straight across the open side, parallel to the fold, with a pencil or piece of chalk.

On the other two thirds, measure 12" (30.4 cm) from the fold, and draw a tapered line from the middle third to the outer measurement at each end. You can do a straight line, or a slightly curved line.

Pin the fabric together so that it doesn't move about, and cut along your marked line. This leaves you with a 1/2" (12.7 cm) border for hemming. Fold in the raw edge 1/4" (6.4 cm), then again another 1/4" (6.4 cm) and stitch.
Image: For an quick Rebozo trim, open up your fabric and simply add 10 inches for the fringe, at each end.

For an quick Rebozo trim, open up your fabric and simply add 10" (25.4 cm) of ready-made fringe at each end.

For a Real Authentic Rebozo Look:

You will need 3 1/3 yards (1,207 inches) or 3.04 metres (304 cm) of fabric. Before marking your Rebozo in thirds, mark off 10 inches (25.4 cm) for the fringe, at each end. Now follow the instructions above, within these two lines.

Open up your fabric and sew two rows of stitching 1/4" (6.5 cm) apart, across the width at the 10" (25.4 cm) mark to reinforce it.

Pull out the weft threads, which are the ones that form the cross-wise grain of the fabric, up to the 10" (25.4 cm) mark.

Secure these newly released warp threads artistically, by tying, macrame, beading, etc.
Image: Rebozo (Mexican baby carrier)Image: Rebozo (Mexican baby carrier)Mexican Rebozos are highly valued for the artistry that goes into this fringe. The expense and prestige of the Rebozo increases with the time put into the fringe. The best Rebozos have hearts, stars, ducks, donkeys and other geometric patterns knotted into the fringe.

Some have been embroidered with rural scenes flowers and animals, stories, religious experiences, to name a few. For those adventurous souls, you can even dye your own fabric, using natural dyes of green walnuts, indigo, iron, molasses and cochineal.

It is said that the beauty of a Mexican woman is to be judged by her braids and her Rebozo.

For Best Results:
1. Buy extra fabric to compensate for shrinkage and the fact that most fabric isn't cut straight. Cut it down to measure yourself.
2. Straighten the grain before sewing by pulling on diagonally opposite corners of the fabric.
3. Pre-shrink your fabric before cutting.

Acknowledgements: Parts of our article were taken from (1)How to Sew Your Own Rebozo Sling © 1995, and (2)History of the Rebozo, used with permission. The Rebozo Way Project is an educational project that teaches about traditional babywearing, in-arms and attachment parenting, and traditional ways of birthing and family and community relationships. You can learn more by visiting NurturingAcrossCultures

Image: XL 9 ft Long Doula Mexican Rebozo Shawl-Shopping Suggestions:
Mexican Rebozo Shawl
Mexican Handmade Rebozo Shawl
Handmade Mexican Zarape Blanket
What Can You Do With a Rebozo?
The Easy Guide to Rebozo for Pregnancy and Birth

Image: We need one of these! by malweth, on Flickr
Photo credit: 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.

Image: Cut a slit halfway through the long way - cutting through from the  outside to the hole that is already in the middle
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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 Velcro(r)
Kidkusion Hearth Kushion
Then 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.

Image: Big Boss Noodle by Road Runner - 3 1/4 inch-Shopping Suggestions:
Big Boss Noodle
3M Command Poster Adhesive Value Pack
Cardinal Gates Hearth Guard
Prince Lionheart Fireplace Guard
Kidkusion Hearth Kushion

Image: Nora in Jail
When my son was a baby, we had a sunken living room. It was only two steps down, but I worried about him falling through the wide-set railing that divided the dining room and the living room.

I found some soft mesh athletic fabric at the fabric store, which they were clearing out for one dollar per yard. I bought enough for the length of the railing and some matching fabric binding.

I bound all the edges and added enough ties all around, to tie it onto the top railing, to the bottom of each of the bars and down both the sides. Once I put this up, we could still see through, but I had no more worries about my baby falling through.

If it had been a greater distance to fall, such as an apartment balcony, it would be important to buy something much more sturdy then fabric mesh.

But for just a few steps, it worked great!

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo credit: Nora in Jail,
by martincron, on Flickr
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Image: Cardinal-Banister Shield Protector - Clear plastic - doesn't obstruct view - indoor use only-Shopping Suggestions:
Athletic Mesh Fabric
Wrights Double Fold Bias Tape
Safety 1st Railnet
Kidkusion Kid Safe Banister Guard
KidKusion KidSafe Deck Guard
Cardinal-Banister Shield Protector

Image: The case for child safety locks, by smiley, on Flickr
Photo credit: The case for child safety locks,
by S m i l e y, on Flickr, Some rights reserved
Need to lock up the fridge, oven, cupboard, etc. to keep out the kids (or pets!)?

Anywhere you can place this lock on a door and around a corner edge, it will work!

Cut two pieces - 2" x 2" (5 cm x 5 cm) - of self-stick loop Velcro®.

Cut one piece - 6" x 2" (5 cm x 15 cm) of hook Velcro®. Cut this piece longer if needed to wrap around corner of fridge or cabinet.

Image: Attach one short piece of loop Velcro (r) at each end of the long hook Velcro(r)
Attach one short piece of loop Velcro® at each end of the long hook Velcro®.

Place high, out of your child's reach, on the fridge, microwave, freezer, cabinet, etc. - wrapping it around the edge of the door and onto the body of the fridge, microwave, freezer, cabinet, etc.

Clean the area with an alcohol wipe first, for a strong adhesive effect. Peel off protective papers, and stick loop Velcro® pieces into place - one on door, one on side - about 6" apart (or further if you cut a longer Velcro® strap). Let dry overnight for best results.

To use: Just unfasten hook Velcro®, and open door. Then refasten when door is shut.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Drawing credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt
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-Shopping Suggestions:
Anti-Tip TV/Furniture Baby Safety Strap Set
World Self Adhesive Hook and Loop Velcro
Genuine First Aid Alcohol Prep Pads
Cosmos ® Multi-Purpose Baby Safety Lock Strap
Child Safety lock latches
Child Safety Locks

Image: On the Go: Inexpensive Baby Sling CarrierSince the beginning of time...

Babies have been cradled inside a sling, next to their mother's breast. Babies feel mother's constant warmth and protection, next to her heart.

The most natural way to carry your little one is snuggled close to your heart, in cotton baby sling. Carry your baby in a large variety of positions, it is so simple to use.

Unique fold creates hammock effect to cradle newborn, nursing infant or sleeping child. Baby can lie down and sleep, or nurse in privacy with head and neck supported.

This is a very simple, yet economical, sling carrier. No buckles, straps, extra padding or adjustments to make. Strap doesn't dig in, cushions entire shoulder for comfort. Weight distributed on your shoulder, hip and across your back to reduce back fatigue and lessen sway back.

You'll need 45" wide fabric, with finished edges. Cut about 56" long for short, 60" for medium and 64" for tall parents. Place cut ends, right side together, and stitch at least 1" from the raw edge. Turn fabric over, and top-stitch on right-side 2 or 3 rows through all layers, for strength.

Fold sling in half length-wise once, and then again. You should end up with a sling roughly 10" x 26" (28")(30"). One long side will have a single fold, the other will have one fold and two finished edges. About one inch down from the seam, sew a 1" x 3" rectangle to hold the folds in place.

To use: Place sling over one shoulder and on opposite hip. Baby can ride on your hip inside two layers of sling, or you can open up the seat part to cover baby completely. If your sling is too loose at baby's back, tighten fabric to hold baby upright and use a diaper pin to mark. Remove sling and sew up a dart at place marked with diaper pin.

Thanks to Catherine for this Frugal Baby Tip!

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Image: Cuddle Baby Sling - carry positions

Photo credit: Catherine McDiarmid-Watt of
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Image: Bathing Buddies Small Shower Sling - Allows for quick and easy shower time for you and your baby - Avoids holding a slippery baby while you shower-Shopping Suggestions:
The Peanut Shell Adjustable Sling
Seven Everyday Slings
Bathing Buddies Small Shower Sling
Hip Baby Wrap Ring Sling
BabyWombWorld Sling
4 in 1 Baby Wrap Carrier and Ring Sling

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