How to Make Pedialyte: Natural and Homemade Recipes

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How to make Pedialyte

How to make pedialyte

How to make Pedialyte. I had no idea so many of you were wondering how to make Pedialyte at home! Now I’ve met so many new readers just because my post for Homemade Pedialyte is so popular.

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 Since I wrote that post, I’ve received tons of emails from people sharing their own instructions for how to make Pedialyte plus more homemade Pedialyte recipes.

Most of what I received were pretty similar to those that I listed, but there were a few new Pedialyte recipes that I wanted to share. Scroll down to see them 🙂

Before getting to the recipes, I wanted to discuss one point that has come up a few times.

There were a few comments in the other post about real Pedialyte and vitamins. Those same comments stated that my homemade Pedialyte recipes don’t have vitamins. According to the corporate website, Pedialyte does not contain vitamins.

Keep in mind that the purpose of Pedialyte and other electrolyte-replacement beverages is to prevent dehydration, rehydrate, and/or replenish vital minerals and nutrients lost during diarrhea and vomiting. It is not to provide vitamins.

Of course, if you have any medical concerns about your little one or yourself, please don’t hesitate to seek the advice of a doctor!

How to Make Pedialyte Recipes

Back to learning how to make Pedialyte! When you make homemade Pedialyte you should store it in a pitcher in the refrigerator.

I prefer an airtight glass pitcher: this one for large batches, and this cute little glass pitcher for the Pedialyte recipes that only require 2 cups of water.

Another nice perk of making it in a pitcher: it’s easy to pour into ice pop molds if you want to make DIY Pedialyte freezer pops. Any of the Pedialyte recipes below can be used to make popsicles, too!

Need ice pop molds? I’m happy with my Tupperware popsicle molds, and I know a lot of people who love their colorful silicone ice pop molds.

Here are more homemade Pedialyte recipes:

How to Make Pedialyte

Pedialyte recipe #1:

  • 2 cups water
  • Juice from 1-2 fresh lemons or 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar (or honey if your child is at least 1 year old)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Pour the hot water, salt and sugar into a pitcher and stir until dissolved. Stir in the cold water and lemon juice. Serve in small amounts. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Pedialyte recipe #2

  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup juice, any kind
  • 1 liter water (1 liter = just over 1 quart)

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Serve in small amounts. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

Pedialyte recipe #3:

  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon clear light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch of baking soda
  • pinch of salt.

Combine all ingredients and stir until it’s thoroughly mixed. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

See the original list of homemade Pedialyte recipes!

Did you already know how to make Pedialyte? Share your recipe in the comments!

How to Get Free Prenatal Vitamins OR Save Money on Prenatal Vitamins

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You already know how to save money on pregnancy tests. Once you become pregnant your doctor will almost positively prescribe prenatal vitamins.

I’ve heard that some pregnant mamas have paid up to $80 a month for expensive prescription prenatal vitamins, but other moms get free prenatal vitamins with no trouble at all. How does that work?

It’s time for lessons on how to get free prenatal vitamins and how to save money on prenatal vitamins!

First, it’s important to know that the prescription you get from your doctor for prenatal vitamins is probably not your only option for getting those prenatal nutrients. Second, there are a lot of easy and surprising ways to get totally free OR save money on prenatal vitamins.baby deals

How to get free prenatal vitamins

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How to save money on prenatal vitamins

  • Check with your city or county’s public health office for free prenatal vitamins. There are areas of the United States where prenatal vitamins are free for any women of childbearing age. Programs may vary, but it doesn’t hurt to send an email or make a quick phone call.
  • Ask your doctor to specify generic on your prescription. Generic will automatically be loads cheaper for prenatal vitamins (and plenty of other medications).
  • Bring that prescription to Meijer, Tops or another pharmacy that offers select free generic prescriptions.  I don’t live near any pharmacy that offers free prescriptions, but I understand Meijer offers free prenatal vitamins along with many other prescriptions. The only thing needed is a prescription from a doctor. You can get it refilled every 30 days and it will be totally free.
  • If you don’t live near a Meijer both Target and Walmart offer cheap prescription prenatal vitamins. You can pay just $4 for a 30-day supply of Prenatal Plus tablets or Walmart sells 90-day supplies of the same prenatal vitamin for just $10. See Walmart’s $4 prescription price list and Target’s $4 prescription price list.
  • Check out the great drugstore deals on vitamins. Even $4 for 30 pills can be expensive compared to some of the cheap prenatal vitamins you can find if you watch your ads. Entire lines of vitamins go on sale for buy 1, get 1 free nearly every week at CVS and Walgreens. The over-the-counter prenatal vitamins are almost always included in the sales. Nature Made and One-a-Day, along with store brands, are just a few of the brands that you can easily find buy-one-get-one-free.
  • Use TWO (2) manufacturer coupons during BOGO sales. If you’re using the above tip and getting your low-cost prenatal vitamins for buy 1, get 1 free, you can also use coupons for both packs of coupons! That means if you have two $1 off coupons you’ll save $2 off the total after the BOGO is deducted!
  • Use coupons for prenatal vitamins. There are almost always printable coupons for vitamins at Coupons.com. Right now these are the coupons available that could be used if there’s an applicable prenatal vitamin:

$3.00 off 1 Nature Made MINI product
$1.00 off 1 Flintstones Multivitamin Product
$1.75 off any 2 Nature Made products
$2.25 off any 1 Nature Made Vitamelts
$2 off any Sundown Naturals vitamin purchase

  • Sign up for Nature Made Wellness Rewards: If you end up getting a sweet deal on Nature Made vitamins you can enter the codes online and redeem them for more high-value coupons. There are also almost always printable prenatal vitamin coupons available if you’re registered for the program.
  • Ask your Ob-Gyn, your doctor, your midwife or your nurse for free prenatal vitamin samples. If they have them, you’ll get them!
  • Shop online: If you have your eye on a specific brand of pricer over-the-counter prenatal vitamins (I know some people are very loyal to Rainbow Light, Source Naturals, New Chapter and Nordic Naturals) be sure to check out online retailers like Vitacost and Amazon. You’ll almost positively save a lot of money on prenatal vitamins compared to buying these at a local vitamin store. Plus, you can see all the Vitacost deals (including BOGOs and dollars off) on this Vitacost deals page.
  • Check out the selection at PuritansPride.com. Puritan’s Pride sells their own extensive line of vitamins and supplements. Their prenatal vitamins are priced very fairly and there are often lucrative promotions like buy 2, get 3 free. mixing-and-matching different varieties is usually allowed, and you could even stock your medicine cabinet for other family members if you end up with a good supply of prenatals for yourself and have free vitamins to spare!

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As always, you should check with your doctor or other medical professional if you have any questions about prenatal vitamins!

Your turn: How do you get free prenatal vitamins or save money on prenatal vitamins? 

DIY Baby Halloween Costumes: 15 Homemade Costumes for Babies and Little Kids!

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Have a baby-size sweat outfit? How about some knee-high socks? Electrical tape? Coffee filters? Those just might be enough to make a DIY baby Halloween costume!

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Start scrounging around the house, because some everyday household supplies could play a big part in baby’s first Halloween! You also might need to make a run to a craft store or hardware store, but isn’t that part of the fun of making a DIY baby Halloween costume?

I’ve found a lot of tutorials show you how to make a DIY baby Halloween costume, but I narrowed it down to my 5 favorite costumes. You can also adapt a lot of these to make them for toddlers or little kids!

Want more Halloween? I have plenty of articles for you!

DIY Baby Halloween Costumes

baby dealsThis article from Better Homes and Gardens article gives you 17 great ideas for making your own baby and kids Halloween costumes, including this amazingly adorable DIY baby Octopus costume!

baby dealsHow cute is this little mouse with gloves to make perfect mouse feet? All You magazine’s tagline is Enjoy Life for Less, so you know they’re going to have some good ideas! Here are 6 great DIY Halloween costume ideas.

baby dealsParent’s Magazine online is showcasing 21 Homemade Halloween Costumes (with real-life photos!). You’ll also get directions for how to make all of them. The person who converted a wagon into a baby bubble bath Halloween costume is a genius!

baby dealsMartha Stewart has 11 ideas for Homemade Halloween Costumes for Babies. The DIY owl Halloween costume is fabulous, I love the lamb, and you must see the Baby Chicken costume!

baby dealsParenting Magazine has a long list of 35 easy homemade Halloween costumes for kids.

Who doesn’t love the Mr. Men and Little Miss books? Here’s how to make a Mr. Bump Halloween costume. A smaller version would be hilarious on a baby!

DIY baby Halloween costumeDoes your kid want to be a superhero? A DIY Handmade Superhero Halloween costume turns your kid into his or her own superhero character!

DIY baby Halloween costumesMom Endeavors shows how she made an amazing homemade parrot Halloween costume for a little one. It accompanied a pirate perfectly, but it would be a showstopper on its own!

DIY baby Halloween costumesIf your little one is wild about Disney Planes, take a look at both the DIY Dusty Crophopper costume and the DIY El Chupacabra costume!

Siblings in matching Halloween costumes are adorable, but each of these DIY Mario and Luigi Halloween costumes could exist on its own and be entirely recognizable!

Learn how to make a DIY WordGirl costume or a DIY Captain Huggyface Halloween costume!

This DIY Charlie Brown baby Halloween costume is absolutely adorable!

Looking for a no-mess DIY baby Halloween costume project? Here’s a no-sew, no-glue easy lion Halloween costume that would easily work for a baby!

If you love dressing up your baby girl, this DIY Infant Flapper dress would be a fabulous look for a Halloween party.

Oh, my. How cute is this DIY baby chicken Halloween costume?

Finally, Babycenter’s list of homemade Halloween costume supplies is a great starting place to get the craft juices flowing!

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Have you made any DIY Baby Halloween costumes? What was your best creation?

Shaving Cream Art Projects for Toddlers and Kids!

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Is it any surprise that kids love to play in shaving cream? The glossy, fluffy foam in shaving cream art makes for a great sensory activity for kids from small toddlers to big kids! Plus, shaving cream art is  an easy and frugal craft project, especially for the summer months.

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The best shaving cream to use for shaving cream art is the basic shaving foam that, happily, is usually the cheapest stuff you’ll find at your drug store. You might even be able to find it at your dollar store! Look for an old-school can like Barbasol or Colgate. Some are scented, which adds an extra dimension to the creative experience!

Shaving cream art doesn’t make as big of a mess as you might imagine. At the same time, it’s a fun art project for kids to work on outdoors if the weather is nice enough! If you’re wanting to do a shaving cream art project indoors, a cookie sheet makes a nicely contained surface for kids to create their masterpieces!.Here are the basic materials you can use:

  • Shaving Cream
  • Cardboard, poster board or paper plates (this is a great way to repurpose old gift boxes!)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Cookie sheet, foil or pie tins (optional)
  • Dry sand, rice, noodles, beans or other solids to mix in (optional)

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There are a few different ways to have your kids create and explore their creative sides with shaving cream. Here are some ideas:

  • Hand over the entire can of shaving cream:  Having kids push the button to see how much foam comes out, then watching it grow is a sweet way to help their little hands learn a little bit about pressure, force and mass. They can then spread the foam, pile it up and mash it down.
  • Finger Paint with Shaving Cream: Spray food coloring in a bowl and mix in a drop of food coloring, then give the bowl to your kiddos and let them start working.
  • Shaving Cream Sculptures: Mix in sand, rice, dry noodles, dry beans, pebbles or any other small, grainy item that can easily be coated with shaving cream. Have the kiddos pile it up, smooth it out, and create different shapes.
  • Letter, Number and Shape Recognition: You can use your hands or a paintbrush to write numbers, letters and shapes in shaving cream on a cookie sheet, then easily “erase” them to practice different ones! It’s also a great way for kids to practice “handwriting” because they have more control over just their fingers than their fingers holding a pencil.

Cleaning up Shaving Cream Art: If the art project is a thin layer of shaving cream on paper or cardboard, you can let the artwork dry and see a cool final result. If the shaving cream art is on a cookie sheet (or a table, or hands, or faces) a dry towel is best to wipe away the foam. After that you can use warm, soapy water to rinse away the residue.

Now that I’ve started thinking about all the possibilities for shaving cream art projects, it has endless potential for both creative indulgence and teachable moments!

As with almost all crafty projects for kids, be sure your little ones are supervised while doing shaving cream art. the shaving cream doesn’t belong in their eyes or mouths.

Have your kiddos done any art projects with shaving cream?
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Photo credit: Artfulblogger (our family didn’t make anything as gorgeous as those projects! I couldn’t resist sharing them with all of you!)

Easy Baby Food: 10 Useful Everyday Tools for Making Homemade Baby Food

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When I was pregnant, I remember excitedly talking to another pregnant mom about homemade baby food and how great it would start making baby food at home. A few months after we both became new moms, I brought up the subject of making baby food at home and she told me that she just couldn’t handle the thought of making her son’s food along with everything else that came with caring for a baby.

I totally understand that having a new baby means having your hands full, but there was no convincing her that making homemade baby food is easier than you think! This is the first article showing you the many different ways you can make baby food for your little one at home. By the end of the series, I’m hoping you’ll not only be amazed at the variety of foods you can make for your baby, but also at the variety of ways you can make it!

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If you’re looking for easy baby food recipes, they’re all easy!   Just puree and mash individual fruits and vegetables and mix them together. I have more advice coming up in a future article, but, really, you can’t go wrong if you stick with basic fruits and vegetables.

You’ll need a few tools for any method of baby food-making, but you probably already have at least a few of them in your home (you have a fork, right?). I strongly advise you to keep your budget in check before you purchase any specialty supplies for making baby food. After all, one really good reason to make homemade baby food is to save money!

If you do want or need to purchase something, look at the value it might add beyond the baby food years. For example, I have a nice food processor that I used to make baby food, and I still use it all the time for cooking prep and baking! It was an investment, but definitely worth it for the mileage I’ve gotten out of it. On the other hand, if you spring for a Beaba Babycook or other baby food maker you likely won’t use it after your little one starts eating regular table food.

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Here are 10 useful tools you can use to make baby food at home:

Basic Tools: How to Cook Homemade Baby Food

  1. Basic saucepan :: almost every fruit or vegetable you serve to your baby needs to be cooked. A no-frills saucepan with a 1.5 to 2-quart capacity is step #1 in basic baby-food making.
  2. Slow cooker or Crock Pot :: Slow cookers are perfect for those who “don’t have time” to make baby food at home. Most foods just need to be rinsed and possibly peeled before tossing into the slow cooker. You don’t even need to slice most of them (they’ll just need a longer cooking time). I have this 2.5 quart Crock Pot and it worked wonderfully for baby food.
  3. Food steamer :: You can definitely use steam to cook everything without a food steamer. At around $40, I understand that this isn’t the cheapest option. I just wanted to share that I used this Oster steamer because it was really nice to set the timer on it and get other things done while letting the steamer do the work. Plus, a steamer one of those appliances that can be used before and after the baby food-making stage.
  4. Steamer basket :: This is a great companion to your saucepan. Steaming is an incredibly healthy way to cook almost any fruit or vegetable, and you can even steam meat to make it extra tender. I received a food steamer like the one above as a gift, but, at $6, a steamer basket is a much more affordable option!

Basic Tools: How to Mash or Puree Homemade Baby Food:

  1. Table fork or Potato Masher:: Yes, an everyday table fork is easily the most affordable and accessible tool in this list! A fork is perfect for already-soft foods like bananas and avocados. You can also try using a potato masher or fork to mash cooked foods, but your baby might insist on a totally smooth texture. In that case, you’ll be better off with an electric option like a blender or food processor.
  2. Food Processor or Blender :: If you don’t have one of these, you probably shouldn’t buy one with the express purpose of making baby food. While it makes the process easier, Either one is a hefty investment when you should be saving money! If you have both of these, the food processor is a better option because is requires a lot less liquid to get a smooth consistency. If you only have a blender, never fear! It will work just fine to make your baby food.
  3. Immersion Blender :: If you already have an immersion blender or if you were planning on buying one for other purposes, it’s is a fabulous option for making ultra-smooth baby food. The only catch is that you’ll need to add a significant amount of liquid to get it pureed, but your baby might prefer it that way. One other option is to cook the food, add water, blend it with the immersion blender, then keep it on a low heat to let some of the excess water steam off before cooling and storing the baby food.
  4. Baby food grinder or Food Mill :: While this is a tool that has one specific purpose, a handheld, rotary baby food mill is far more affordable than other options and it’s an easy way to finely mash up baby food. One advantage to a baby food grinder is that you can make any food into baby food “on demand.” If you’re having chicken noodle soup for dinner, you can just run some of the chicken, noodles and vegetables through the grinder on the spot for baby.

Basic Tools: Storing Homemade Baby Food

  1. Ice cube trays :: If you’re planning on making more than one serving of baby food at a time, then you need a way to store them. Forget the expensive baby “food cubes”. If you want to freeze more than 8 or 10 cubes at a time you’ll end up spending a small fortune on multiple cubes. Go ahead and grab some basic ice cube trays instead; Dollar Tree usually carries two ice cube trays for $1!  Pour the pureed food in the trays and pop them in the freezer.
  2. Zip top freezer bags :: After the baby food frozen in the ice cube trays, run hot water over the bottom and pop the cubes out into a Ziploc freezer bag. You can keep separated by food type or mix them all together. If you only have regular ziplock bags just double-bag the baby food cubes to prevent funky-tasting baby food.

As you can see, you have a lot of options in the methods you can use to make your own baby food. You might not even have to spend a thing, depending on what’s already in your kitchen!

Keep an eye out for more homemade baby food articles!

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Have you made homemade baby food? What tools did you use? Are there any that you recommend?

DIY Moby Wrap: How to Make A Baby Carrier for Under $10!

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Someone very special to me spent over $40 on this Moby Wrap just before I had my first baby. It was near the top of my wish list of baby items, and it never even occured to me that I could find instructions for a DIY Moby Wrap.

My mother, however, totally gave me the side eye when I squealed with excitement and showed her exactly what a Moby Wrap was. Eyebrows raised, she watched as I opened the little pouch and unwound yards and yards of fabric. “That’s it?” she asked.

Then my mom, an experienced seamstress and a champion bargain shopper, inspected the full length of seamless fabric and finished off edges and simply said, “Marybeth!” Which is a thinly-veiled admonishment that usually suggests I’m still a silly child 🙂

I’d forgotten all about that conversation until I recently received an email asking me if I had a resource or instructions for how to make a Moby Wrap. I had actually written a brief How to Make Your Own Moby Wrap article a few years ago, but that information could definitely use an update!

Instead of bumbling through writing and designing my own instructions for a DIY Moby Wrap, I think it’s best to refer you to other experts across the internet who have the process perfected.

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Tips for your DIY Moby Wrap

Before I send you off to various sites to learn how to make your own Moby Wrap, I have just a few tips to share with you:

  1. Go to Target or Babies R Us and look a Moby Wrap in person. Moby Wraps come in a pouch made out of the same material as the wrap itself. Feel the fabric and get an idea of the weight, stretch and density of the fabric so you have an idea what you’re looking for when you go fabric shopping.
  2. You don’t need to make a Moby Wrap twin. Making your own Moby Wrap means you have your choice of patterns, colors and textures. Pick a fabric you like that you’ll actually use.
  3. All instructions you read will tell you to buy 5-6 yards of fabric and cut it in half the long way (so you’ll have two super-long pieces of fabric). RookieMoms suggested you ask the fabric store employee to cut the fabric for you. This is brilliant! Those people are magicians with scissors, and they’ll probably do the cutting perfectly.
  4. Buy the material at the lowest possible price. See my fabric shopping tips below for a few ways to save money on fabric.
  5. Watch a video tutorial on how to use a Moby Wrap. Trust me, this is much, much easier than following printed instructions! If you don’t get it the first time, don’t give up. You’ll be able to do it perfectly in no time!

DIY Moby Wrap Instructions

  1. Eschewing Debt recently posted how to make a Moby Wrap for $6!
  2. My favorite tutorial is RookieMom’s How to Make a Moby Wrap. I love the images and the video!
  3. Wear Your Baby has both no-sew and sewing machine options for a DIY Moby Wrap
  4. Monkey Sew, Monkey Do has great DIY Moby Wrap instructions that include sewing machine settings!
  5. He, She and I has instructions for a DIY Moby Wrap in 3 Steps.
  6. Check out Balancing Everything’s Faux Moby Wrap tutorial.

 

baby dealsSave Money at the Fabric Store: 

Fabric prices can be super-cheap or rediculously expensive, depending on the store and where you look. If your Walmart store carries fabric, go there first and look for bargain-priced fabric for $1 or $2 per yard.

If you can’t shop at Walmart for fabric, head to JoAnn Fabrics. Visit the JoAnn Fabrics printable coupon page or check your Sunday newspaper for a flyer with a coupon to save 40% or 50% on one item or a single cut of fabric. If you can get your fabric for $2 a yard, your DIY Moby Wrap will be extra-cheap!

Have you made your own Moby Wrap or a different type of baby carrier? 

Related: Make Your Own Moby Wrap

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