Anyway that I can save money, believe me I’m there trying it. When I first had little one, I researched high and low on all sorts of ways to save money. We LOVE to cloth diaper (in fact I might be obsessed with it) and DIY baby wipes are another thing I pride in. And they barely cost much money and time to do.
So, if your baby shower was anything like my baby shower, I got a ton of baby bath clothes (among other things). And if you didn’t they are uber cheap! I often see them at various stores for a couple of buck for a 8-10 pack.
What you will need:
Baby bath cloths
Tea Tree oil
Baby Shampoo (any brand)
Reusable storage container (you do not necessarily need a wipes warmer)
Take your cloths and fold them in half like this. I automatically do this when they come out of the dryer when I fold the laundry.
In a coffee mug, put in one scoop of coconut oil, this is approximately about a tablespoon or so, 3-4 drops of tea tree oil, and two-three pumps of baby shampoo. I used my Keurig (if you don't know what a Keurig is, you are missing out. You can get it as low as $75. Check it out here) as an easy step for me to get hot water to melt the coconut oil. Running hot water or boiled water will also do the trick as well.
Stir until the coconut oil is melted and pour your solution over your cloths. Make sure your solution is soaked through all of the wipes. If you need to do another batch, then do so.
You can roll your cloth wipes like this, especially if you are doing the warmer to evenly distribute the heat, but we don’t plug ours in anymore to conserve energy and we go cold. So I have gotten lazy over the months and just place them in my wipes container like this. It’s that easy!
Remember that "Mess Free Finger Painting" project you did with your little one? Well use christmas colors for your paints and turn those into holiday cards that you can give to Grandma and/or Grandpa.
We waited until the paint dried and decorated with craft scraps and stamps.
I found this awesome idea and Pinterest for Mess Free Finger Painting and I thought to myself. Can't go wrong here, mess free? Heck yes I'll try it! This kept little one occupied for an hour and it is also a great opportunity to learn colors!
What you will need:
Gallon Size Ziploc Bags
paper or cardstock
different color paints. I used a glitter glue and acrylic green and red paint.
Put about a dollop of pain on your paper and slide it into your bag. Carefully slide your paper in your Ziploc bag and close. Try to get as much air out of it as possible before sealing it. Tape your bag down. We used the floor, little on wanted to use both his hands and feet for this project. Enjoy hours of fun!
It makes me so sad to see a baby or a toddler that has a monster cold. I don't know about you, but we can go through boxes and boxes of Kleenex when a family member is sick. This past week my LO has been sick and we went through a box or two, and of course, the result was a pretty raw baby nose. I like the concept of boogy wipes but they can get awfully expensive if you use a ton of them. So I put my Pinterest research skills to work and found this DIY project that not only helps be gentle to tender noses, but also helps clear congestion as they blow.
What you will need:
1 cup hot water (preferably distilled)
A pinch of sea salt (I probably used about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 Tablespoon of aloe vera (gel or liquid)
The contents of 2 Vitamin E capsules
3 – 4 drops of lavender essential oil
3 - 4 drops of eucalypts essential oil
2 teaspoons witch hazel
Combine all the above ingredients into a small bowl, then soak pre-folded cloth wipes in the solution. I received a ton of cloth wipes from my baby shower and I used a few packages of these. Squeeze out most of the water and place in your container. I reused an old formula canister because we have a ton of these to place my wipes. If you run out of solution make a second batch to coat the rest of your wipes.
LO and I go to a local playgroup weekly and at the end of the month they are doing a Halloween themed playgroup. It should be lots of fun, I'm excited that LO gets to play with other toddlers his age, he gets to wear his costume, and their will be treats and crafts. What more can this mom want? All of us parents are pitching in and getting something for all the kids to take home, with LO only 16 months old and most of the toddler around the same age, I obviously wasn't going to bring a bag of candy to hand out. After extensive researching, I have adapted the melted heart crayon DIY that has been floating around Pinterest to create what we will be giving out during our Halloween playgroup. This is an awesome alternative to candy and if you are doing a kiddy Halloween party this is also a great inexpensive party favor!
What you will need:
*A silicon mold tray that is heat friendly. We used this Skull and Crossbones tray, it was only $4.65 (free shipping with amazon prime)
*2-4 dozen of Assorted Crayons - I mean, what kid does not have a huge shoebox full of broken and random crayons. That means this item was FREEEEEEEE since we already had it in our house. SCORE!
LO and I started peeling, but before we got to far, I found box cutters in my junk drawer and just sliced the wrappers off. It only took me a few minutes to get the wrappers off.
Chop up your crayons and place them in your mold. Bake the crayons at 230 degrees for 15 minutes. If you are baking with a NuWave oven bake at P10 for 7 minutes.
Let the crayons cool till the bottom of your tray feels cold to the touch. we waited at least and hour or two before popping them out. Look at those awesome skulls and crossbones!
Lay-n-Go Lite Small Activity Mat & Toy Organizer. (check for pricing here) An Innovative Organizational Solution for Life, Play & Travel! Lay-n-Go is perfect for home, but durable enough to hold up wherever your travels take you. The Lay-n-Go Lite is an 18 inch patent pending travel/mini activity mat that converts into an easily transportable satchel, allowing for a quick and effortless clean-up of small toy pieces in seconds! Toy collections used on the Lay-n-Go surface are easily spread out for hours of fun at restaurants, on airplanes, in cars, or at Grandma's house! Once playtime is over, the drawstring is pulled and the activity mat is instanly converted back into a soft storage bag. Shell/ Liner is 100% polyester, and provides a water repellent/wipeable and washable surface. Durable nylon cord and cord lock provide an easy opening and closing system which keeps small toys securely inside. A velcroed front storage pocket provides a place to stow the drawstring when closed and carrying or storing the bag. Nylon handle adds both comfort and convenience for carrying.
From a reviewer:
I bought the small size and while it is good quality and easy to carry around it doesn't hold much and if I had it to do again I would have gotten the bigger size. The small one cinches to about the size of a cantaloupe so it fits in a backpack but doesn't hold much. The product material is excellent and it closes tightly so you don't drop small toys out the top. I bought it for my daughter who likes to play with legos but doesn't like to pick them up. She can only carry a small number of blocks in this so she doesn't like to use it. I think if I got the bigger size it would have been just what we were looking for, but this little size would be useful for traveling. The product came on time and as advertized so I gave it 5 stars, but word to the wise - size matters.
This is an easy sensory toy that you and your little one can make together. I got most of these items at the dollar store or things that I had lying around my house.
What you will need:
Dollar store dish soap
Small items to put in your bag, I used beads and confetti
One Ziploc freezer bag
Start by putting your small items in your Ziploc bag. Squeeze dish soap into the bag as well, use the whole bottle.
Close the Ziploc bag and secure it by duct taping the edges with the tape.
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