Posts Tagged ‘recycle’

Reusing Receiving Blankets

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-09-04 at 9.26.03 AMIt is not uncommon for me to fold a receiving blanket or two on a weekly basis while doing laundry.  My children are toddlers, but we still find regular opportunities to reuse those blankets.

Receiving blankets are a safe and common baby shower gift.  Everyone needs them, right? I had a whole drawer full and never really knew what to do with them all, but I had a difficult time getting rid of them. Over the years, they have served many purposes in my home. These are ways to use all those receiving blankets!

  • As a burp cloth.

  • To clean up liquids ranging from baby spit up to toddler potty training accidents.

  • To swaddle a newborn.

  • As wash cloths.  Cut up a receiving blanket to get over 20 individual washcloths.  I kept them in my diaper bag and in my kitchen to clean little mouths and hands after meals.

  • As wipes.  When my kids had bad diaper rashes, I cleaned them with water and small pieces of a receiving blanket.

  • In an emergency.  I keep a receiving blanket in each vehicle in case we have a spill in a car, a child gets wet or muddy while we are out playing, or if someone wants a blanket during a car seat nap.

  • As a floor mat.  I notice many moms of infants who bring receiving blankets to story time at the library for their infants to lay on or sit on.

  • As wrapping paper for a baby gift.  This is a fun way to pass them on to another mom who may or may not need more receiving blankets in her life.

  • Use them for teething babies.  Cut into squares and wet a corner of the cloth and put it in the freezer.  Baby will love chewing on the cold cloth.

  • Make a quilt or a stuffed animal out of pieces of your favorite receiving blankets.

Sarah Cole is a stay at home mom of two busy toddlers who actually wishes she didn’t get rid of most of her receiving blankets.


Repurposing Your Newborn Gear

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Repurposing Your Newborn GearNewborn gear helps you through some rough stuff. I surely would have had fewer showers if it weren’t for the magic of that electric swing with grasshopper sounds. I’m forever indebted to the mobile that bought me those five extra minutes at least once a day. We were a little disappointed with how quickly our sons grew out of some contraptions though and were happy to find a way to repurpose them. Of course, we generally try to bring less in the home so we have less left over to begin with. That said, if you’re moving out of that newborn stage you may consider ditching a few of the things listed below. I encourage you to use your imagination before you put them in the “toss” bin!

Receiving blankets: We never used these as our sons came out baby mammoth size. Instead I cut them into 8×8 squares (serging the edges will lengthen the life of your new hankie). We have a pile of about 50 of them from over three years ago. We still use them daily to wipe noses, clean off hands, and clean up small spills. Burp cloths can also serve a similar purpose.

Infant bath tub: We tried going without an infant tub but gave in because I just couldn’t trust my slippery hands. We now use it as a little pool or water/sensory table in the dining room and a sand box on the porch. Fill it with rice, cotton balls, or anything in between for a fun way to pass a rainy afternoon away!

Newborn cloth diapers: All-in-one diapers aside, any other newborn diapers are easily usable down the line. Infant size prefolds are perfect for stuffing alone or with a booster into a pocket. Newborn size inserts are great boosters for that little-something-extra you might need as your infant grows toward toddler! You may have to pack away the AIOs, pockets, and covers. Keep the inserts, prefolds, and flats out for continued use!

Bottles: We didn’t have many of these around the house, but we now use them in the bath tub as a play cup, filled with pebbles to make instruments and little cups to hold paint or paint water. The brand we purchased was for our pumped milk, so they came with flat lids in addition to the nipple lids. Of course you can improvise if you don’t have that lid option! If you buy glass jars of food, again those are great for holding paint though they are breakable.

Enjoy your newfound items you didn’t realize you already have!

Lynette Moran shares her life with her husband and two sons, ages 1 and 3 years. She has cloth diapered both since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.