Long title. Sorry. So have you seen all of these things? People make their own products and I am JEALOUS. Why didn’t I ever think of this??? I could have saved so much money! And don’t even get me started on Pinterest. We have a love/hate relationship. As in I love it so much that I wish it had been around forever. But it wasn’t. So I hate it. Okay, anyway, back to the list!
1. DIY Baby Wipes: this would have saved us so much money! If you don’t want to watch the video, what she does is cut a roll of paper towel in half, stick it in a tupperware container, and cover it in a mixture of two cups hot water, two tablespoons of baby wash, and one tablespoon of baby oil. Then she lets it soak with the lid on for two minutes, then removes the cardboard roll. Voila. You’ve got inexpensive baby wipes that should last for quite some time. Not only that, but you know exactly what you’re using on your baby. Mostly. If you’re super concerned about what products you use on baby, you might look into making your own baby way.
2, 3, and 4. Here you can find DIY baby products instructions for everything from clothing and pacifier clips to baby wraps. Who knew that we could just buy some jersey knit and cotton fabric, so some careful measurements and meticulous sewing, and find ourselves with an adorable and affordable baby wrap (they usually go for around $40). Do DIY projects for all of your major baby purchases (or most) and you can save some serious dough.
5. Toys. Most babies don’t need hundreds of dollars worth of plastic, talking, ballerina robots. In fact, most newborn-crawling age kids are happy enough with shiny things or the tags of t-shirts. Things that crinkle, or things they’re allowed to put in their mouth. Why do we spend so much money on toys that get shoved under beds and in closets and cause us to break our ankle in the middle of the night because we tripped over Elmo on the way to the bathroom???? This is true for outdoor toys as well. Check out what this guy does for his kids in the summer. Cheap and fun. Perfect.
I think that’s enough money saving tips for now. If you want more ideas, go to Pinterest, or just Google. I didn’t get to use these techniques for my kids, but my grandkids will be getting lots of homemade products, I can guarantee that! Good luck!