KEEPING BABY HAPPY:Thanks to Renata for this Frugal Baby Tip!
STUFFED TOY NET:Make your own
netwhich will match with your decor and hold all of baby's stuffed toys. Just cut out a triangle of strong, stretchy fabric measuring about 1 metre by 1 metre by 1.4 metres (or 40"x40"x60"). Tie each corner of this triangle tightly to a metal ring and suspend up in one corner of your baby's room with hooks screwed into the wall. Fill with those toys!
special drawer, taking the things out and putting them back in.
It may even give you some time to get your kitchen work done!
BEACH AND SAND-BOX TOYS:Recycle your 1 litre and 4 litre (quart and gallon) plastic bottles! Clean them out well, and cut your 4 litre (gallon) bottle all around about 15 cm (6") from the bottom. Poke a couple of holes on opposite sides near the top - attach a rope handle and you have your sand pail. The remaining piece becomes your funnel. You can cut another 4 litre (gallon) bottle about 5 cm (2") high and poke the bottom full of holes for a sieve.
Cut the bottom off your 1 litre (quart) bottle. Then cut a long U-shaped scoop, sloping your cut up along the sides. (If your bottle comes with a handle, make sure the handle ends up on the top side of the scoop.) This becomes your shovel.
The best part of these toys is - if they get left behind at the beach, you can always make another set!
INSTANT KITE:Take one plastic grocery bag with handles. Tie a long length of string to one handle, and RUN!
INSTANT CROSS-BOOMERANG:Take two wooden sticks, center one on top of the other, at right angles. Strap together with a thick elastic.
PRESTO! An instant cross-boomerang. Hold upright, and throw with a quick snap of your wrist.
GIANT BUBBLES:Cover your hands with Bubble solution. Then place together as if to form a cup, leaving a small opening at the bottom. Hold your mouth about one foot above your hands, and BLOW!
FREE BABY BOARD BOOKS:Make your own - personalized - board books with bristol (poster) board and clear self-stick vinyl (Mac-Tac). Cut a strip of bristol board - 5 1/4" (13.5 cm) x 26" (66 cm). Fold accordion-style into 5 squares (5 1/4" x 5 1/4") to make
pages. If desired, you can round off the corners on each
page. Gather ten photographs of your family, bright pictures from magazines, or use your imagination! Trim to fit and paste one picture on each
page, using both sides of your book. Cover both sides with Mac-Tac, and trim off excess. Your baby will love it!
You can make several board books out of just one sheet of bristol board and a roll of Mac-Tac.
FREE TOY BUILDING BLOCKS:Thanks to Linda for this great Frugal Baby Tip!
fashionfinish, but I found the children enjoyed sorting the cartons by brand-names (the colours on the outside). I started this project while pregnant with my first, 8 years later we have quite a collection and it's always a favourite with visiting friends. They make great walls, forts and cages for kids, as well as cities and roads for small cars.
MAKE-YOUR-OWN STICKER BOOK:Thanks to Karla for this great Frugal Baby Tip!
Laminate sheets of 11" x 8.5" paper (yes, landscape). It can be something you decorated yourself, wrapping paper, stationary, etc.
Staple them in the middle and fold in half to form a book. This worked great when Micah was in the hospital. Every time he was poked at, prodded or tested for something else, they gave him a sticker. By making the laminated book, he could place the stickers on there and keep them.
FRUGAL CHILD'S DRAWING TABLE:Thanks to Sheryl for this Frugal Baby Tip.
INDOOR SAND-BOX:You can keep your little ones busy on a rainy
stay-inday by creating an indoor sand-box. All you need is a large plastic dish-pan and a 5lb. (2 kg.) bag of cornmeal or rice for
sand- spoons, measuring cups, funnels, strainers, etc. The cornmeal or rice vacuums up quickly and doesn't scratch the floor.
BABY'S DISCOVERY BOARD:Place a bulletin board or sheet of cork on the wall near (but out of reach) your baby's bed or change table. When objects and colors begin to fascinate your newborn, you can attach different objects and pictures to the Discovery Board for your baby to look at. Later, this can be a place to display your toddler's artwork. Watch out for the pins, though!
BABY CHOKE TESTER:Every home should have a choke tester to check if toys and other objects are safe for baby play. But commercial choke testers can be very difficult to find, very expensive and too small to be effective. Did you know you have a frugal baby choke tester right in your own home? (No, I don't mean the baby...)
An empty toilet paper tube!
Commercial choke testers are made to gov't. regulation size of 3.5 cm (1 3/8") in diameter. However, the Consumer Products Safety Commission in the U.S. has reported many deaths of babies and children who have choked on objects slightly larger than 3.5 cm (1 3/8") in diameter.
Your ordinary toilet paper tube is 4.5 cm (1 6/8") in diameter. You can consider any toy or object in your home that fits inside this tube to be a choking hazard to your baby or child.
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