Babies are expensive. DIY baby supplies are a perfect way to save some money and help you pay off debt. If you have a little one on the way or need to lower your current baby supply costs, here are 5 surprising DIY projects you can try.
Saving Money With DIY Baby Supplies
DIY baby supplies are especially helpful if you are working with a low budget and working on paying off debt. There are plenty of items for baby that you can make yourself. These DIY projects can give you additional control and flexibility over features as well as helping you save money.
5 Surprising DIY Baby Projects
Homemade Baby Wipes. There are two popular ways to make baby wipes. The first is to simply fashion your own wash cloths. Keep them wet or dry until use. Throw them in the wash and reuse. The second way is to soak paper towels in a homemade solution, like in this article.
Diaper Cream. If you want a more natural product while still saving money, consider making your own diaper cream. Many recipes use a coconut oil base. Search the web to find one that best suits your needs. Here is one recipe that is also safe for cloth diapers!
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp grated beeswax
- 1 tsp arrowroot powder
Heat coconut oil and beeswax in microwave or double broiler until wax melts. Stir in arrowroot. Stir occasionally until cool.
Changing Table. It’s easy to transform a dresser into a changing table. Simply place a changing pad securely on top and stock the drawers with all your diapering supplies. Instead of spending money on a big purchase like a changing table, use the money to keep paying off your debt. Check out this one by Project Nursery:
Baby Monitor. Have an old smart phone laying around? You can trasform it into a baby monitor! There are several apps out there to help you on your way. You can read about one mom’s set-up here. This is another big ticket item you can save on and keep credit card debt at bay.
Burp Cloths. DIY burp cloths are easy with a sewing machine or simply use hand towels or old shirts. No one will think twice that you don’t have pretty burp cloths.
Luckily, moms everywhere are sharing details of their DIY baby supplies on the Internet. Search for the recipes, patterns and advice that best suits your family. Take advantage and use those savings to pay off debt quickly. Try ACCC’s Budgeting for a Baby financial calculator to get an idea of how much your baby will cost.
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