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Children and Baby Tips

We have lots of crafts for kids posted on the Frugal Mom Bulletin Board!

Make your own Baby Wipes!  Take strong paper towels (like Bounty) and cut into sections that fit into a wipe box. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Stir in 2 Tbsp. of Baby Shampoo and 2 Tbsp. of Baby Oil.  Pour mixture over paper towels in wipes box and let cool! These are not only less expensive but they smell so wonderful.


Looking for TV-Free Activities you can do with your Child?  Click here for lots of ideas!


Party Games - Looking for fun games to play at your next child's birthday party?  Click here for a list of 72 Party Games!


Modeling Clay:  Mix the following ingredients together:  1 cup salt, 4 Tbsp. oil, 2 cup flour, 4 Tbsp. Cream Tartar, 2 Cup water, food coloring. Store in airtight bag.


You can find great deal on used children's clothes at Thrift stores, garage sales, consignment shops and eBay!  This is great if you like designer labels and don't want to pay the designer prices.  


Consider using cloth diapers instead of disposable.


Do you have lots of crayon pieces?  Don't throw them away - melt them all together in a muffin tin to make a fun scribble crayon with beautiful colors. 


Simple Decongestant:  Boil 4 -5 cups of water and add 2 Tbsp. salt.  Pour solution into a small bowl and inhale steam.  Do this for 15 - 20 minutes 2 times per day.


Homemade Silly Putty: (also known as Flubber!) Mix 3/4 cup water and 1 cup Elmer's glue.  Then in separate bowl mix 1 cup water with 1 tsp. Borax.  Add the 2 mixtures together.  Store in Ziploc baggie in refrigerator.


Playdough:  Mix the following ingredients in a pan and heat until playdough is formed:  2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar, 2 cups water and 1 T. oil. Once the mixture is firm let it cool.  You can then add food coloring to color the playdough.  You do have to be careful to let the mixture cool carefully before allowing the children to handle it. 


Bounty now makes paper towels in a pull-up dispenser- great for wipes of all types.  I saw them at a closeout store, hopefully they haven't been test-marketed and discontinued.  Also, if one saws a roll of Bounty towels in half and removes the cardboard core, paper towels can be pulled up from the center and dispensed from an old wipes container in a similar fashion to the usual.  These hints help with homemade wipe use by reluctant spouses, and ingredients can be varied (try tea tree oil and vinegar) for non-toxic kitchen and bathroom surface disinfectant wipes. 

Thanks Desha for this tip!




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