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Please help me by your best ideas!!!!Babies can be raised even "without" a lot of things we see in baby-shops.

Babies can be raised even "without" a lot of things we see in baby-shops. A lot of essential baby-items have substitutes too. Do you have any pocket-friendly ideas for moms? (e.g. Bread-sticks instead of Teethers etc.)

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:01 AM on Oct. 4, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • Homemade baby food is very easy to make and stick in the fridge. boil the fruit, veggies or food, blend it with a blander and freeze it in ice cube trays and put it in a container in the freezer. pull out one or two cubes for the meals and heat it. it saves lots of money to not buy all the jars of food.
    KaraMia15

    Answer by KaraMia15 at 2:06 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • We used brita water instead of baby water, a zip loc bag instead of a pacifier case, and just didn't buy over half of the unnecessary crap in there..lol
    art.diva

    Answer by art.diva at 2:13 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • Toys are so expensive. Give the baby a spoon and a pot and they have drums. Have fun, go outside and play with natural playdough, mud. Play ring around the rosies, rolling a ball, bouncing a ball, throughing a ball are all important and fun skills. Babies don't have a clue what is out there, so they won't miss a thing. You will be giving them alot more than money can every buy. YOUR TIME. Good luck and have fun.!!
    Barbs05

    Answer by Barbs05 at 2:16 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • Cut up old blankets to use as burp cloths/swaddling blankets. It makes use of items you don't use anymore, and it's way cheaper than those expensive little rags they pass off as burp cloths! :) I never bought special "baby soap" either...you can get gentle soap that's dye/fragrance free for as cheap as 3/$1.00 at the dollar store.
    aliceryannesmom

    Answer by aliceryannesmom at 2:19 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • Make you own natural cleaners, which are safe for baby to be around and will save you a lot of money. Use cloth diapers. Let baby play with safe utensils and pots and pans. Read to your baby a lot by getting books from the library.
    theutilitarian

    Answer by theutilitarian at 2:23 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • also there is info online to make a baby carrier sling, just search it, sorry don't have the link saved
    KaraMia15

    Answer by KaraMia15 at 2:24 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • With my middle dd, we decided to have her sleep next to our bed for convenience. We didn't have the money to go out and buy one of those fancy bassinets that have the side open to the parents' bed, so we put her crib minus one railing next to our bed. It worked like a charm!
    Babylove76

    Answer by Babylove76 at 2:31 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • Instead of a diaper genie, here's an idea - take out the poopy diaper right after you change it! You don't have to spend a bunch of money to not have your house smell like dirty diapers. We use recycled plastic grocery bags. When it's full or when a poopy one goes in there, it gets tied off and put in the outside trash. We also made our own baby food (mostly) and I got a lot of clothing and gear secondhand.
    getrealmama

    Answer by getrealmama at 2:33 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • Nursing is cheaper than formula and bottles. Cloth diapers (if you wash them yourself, instead of using a diaper service) are cheaper than disposables. As the pp's have said - home made baby food and babies don't need crazy expensive toys. My kids played for hours and hours - in fact, for yrs - with brightly painted wooden blocks (child safe paint, rounded edges, etc - they were safe). Instead of a book for $12 that you push a button and it makes noises buy regular (cheaper) books and read them to your kid yourself. Both things are better and cheaper for your baby.

    No designer clothes - they outgrow them fast, they spit up, etc all over them, etc. There are a lot of cute, weather appropriate stuff out there. Yes, you might pay __ for your pants, but I bet they last you longer than 2 or 3 mos... No need to pay the same amount for baby pants they outgrow in 3 mos.
    sailorwifenmom

    Answer by sailorwifenmom at 2:36 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

  • thanks all for your very informative answers... please send me more ideas...
    Asifa

    Answer by Asifa at 5:24 AM on Oct. 4, 2010

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