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Rethink, reuse, reward

By now, I’m sure you’ve noticed the amount of empty containers and boxes left over from disposable diapers and wipes thrown away every week. Or perhaps you have zipper bags that once housed your baby’s bedding and curtains. Oh, and let’s not forget the number of clothes your baby seems to outgrow daily. Ever wonder what in the world should you do with them? Well, there is no need to wonder anymore. Here are some great ideas on how you can reuse these items and perhaps even save yourself cash.

Let’s start with all of those diapers boxes. If you’re like me, you tend to buy diapers in bulk. Before you simply flatten them for recycling, try to “think outside the box.” When your baby begins to crawl, you’re going to want items to keep him entertained while he’s on the move. Why not use all of those cardboard boxes and make a tunnel? Simply open the flaps of a box so they are extended outward. Then, use some heavy duty tape to secure the box in an upright position. Lastly, cut two holes that will allow your baby to crawl in and out. If you want, you can decorate the outside of the box and use more than one to create a long tunnel for your baby to explore. If you’re unsure of using the boxes as toys, they can always be used for inexpensive storage containers. They are big enough to house several of your baby’s favorite toys while being small enough to cart around when visiting friends and relatives.

If instead you tend to buy diapers by the bagful, don’t simply throw away the bag as soon as it is empty. Try using it to line your waste basket like a trash bag. You may end up saving money on the amount of trash bags you need to buy. If not, then at least you can wrap up your dirty diaper before throwing it in the garbage. That might help reduce the smell.

Purchasing baby wipes in those lovely plastic boxes is very convenient. Unfortunately, the more of them you purchase, the more plastic boxes you will have. Don’t fret. There are many ways you can use them after they are no longer needed for their original purpose. Once your baby is older, these plastic containers will be invaluable. Use them as boxes to house your child’s crayons, markers, pencils or even stickers. He could also keep toys organized and labeled for his marbles or cards. Flash cards would also fit perfectly in the containers. The possibilities are truly endless.

Another convenient item to have on hand is the plastic bag in which your child’s bedding came. These bags are great because they usually have zippers. The smaller bags are great to keep extra clothes in for when you’re on the go. You can also use them to store small items such as toys and crayons. The larger bags would be great for storing blankets and even toy blocks. It’s been my experience that the packaging the large building blocks come doesn’t always hold up very well when it has been opened and closed repeatedly. Having a replacement for the packaging is always a good idea.

And let’s not forget the never-ending parade of baby clothes. Babies tend to outgrow their newborn clothes quickly. But don’t just throw them out. If you have a daughter, she will enjoy using those clothes to dress her dolls and stuffed animals. Even cloth diapers could be used during play. Think about when she is learning about how to use the potty. When she trades in diapers for big girl underwear, she can then move on to using them for her own “babies.”

The idea here is to think before you simply toss something out. With a little creativity, you can find alternative ways to not only use the items purchase, but the packaging as well

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