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15 April 2011
By Frank and Muriel
week we traverse the serious topic of babies and living off the smell of
an oily rag.
Let’s get to the bottom
of the issue regarding nappies. We took a quick trip down an online isle
to see how disposable nappy prices compare. On this particular day the
house brand product worked out at 36 cents a nappy. Branded nappies were
normally 80 cents each, but were on special at 55 cents. We then had a
look at a specialist online nappy retailer to see how they compared and
found they had the branded product at 50 cents each (but for a bulk
purchase). Many oily rag parents use cloth nappies or a combination of
cloth and disposable.
Instead of buying wipes,
use a damp soft cloth when at home – it’s a lot cheaper. Our online
shopping excursion showed branded wipes cost anywhere between 5 and 7.7
A young mum suggests
looking out for baby week in supermarkets when all baby goods are
reduced. She also recommends visiting: www.raisingchildren.net.au
. Her whole family loves singing along to their baby karaoke (and we
must confess to having a good sing alone to Baa Baa Black Sheep
Another oily rag mum says
she bough t a huge bag of baby clothes from the online auction site. It
had hundreds of items and cost less than $20! An even cheaper way is to
swap with family and friends.
Look out for your local
Plunket market. They arrange days for people to set up a table and sell
their no-longer-needed baby goods. They also organise PIN (Plunket in
the Neighbourhood) groups give parents an opportunity to get together
and swap babies (no – just kidding!). They get together to exchange
nappy stories and other useful tips, while the littlies socialise.
Don’t forget local
libraries often have special activities for children – as well as
their wonderful book collections. And there are toy libraries. One
family says the weekly visit to their local Toy Library is like and
adventure. You can locate your local toy library by going to www.toylibrary.co.nz.
Instead of buying expensive baby food, buy cheap fruit and
vegetables (the second grade or really ripe ones) and puree.
Favourite combinations include kumara and pumpkin (pumpkins are cheap at
the moment!), pears and apple, avocado and banana. With baby food
usually costing between $1.50 and $2 for 120g you can imagine how much
that adds up to, and how much you could save if you made your own.
Plingie from Christchurch writes, “Making your own baby
food can save hundreds. There are a couple of ways of doing it. Easy but
not the cheapest: buy tinned fruit and puree it, then freeze in ice cube
trays for use later. Cheapest but a bit more labour intensive: Boil your
own veg and puree and freeze as above. You can just simply cook extra
when you're making family meals and puree it and freeze. When it's
frozen in ice cube trays you can simply pop them out in to a zip lock
bag and use one or two at a time. Perfect for little baby sized
says, “I make free cafe meals for my two year old. I refuse to pay for
the convenience of tinned food for him when we have to go out. Like most
small children he won't eat vegetables but loves pasta, so each weekend
I make a big pot of thick minestrone soup for the whole family. I add
tomato paste to make it red and small elbow pasta so he thinks he's
eating pasta! Then I freeze single serve portions in re-useable air
tight containers. I take them with us still frozen and have yet to come
across a cafe who wouldn't reheat one for us at meal time.”
writes, “Frozen banana chunks are a great teether for babies, and cost
next to nothing. Our daughter is teething but buying rusks can be quite
expensive. Instead we buy discounted bananas, cut them into small
pieces, skewer them on to plastic icy pole holders (bought from a second
hand store), then freeze. The end result is a tasty teether which my
three-year-old can help me make and enjoy as a special ice cream
If you have a
favourite baby tip send it in to us so that we can share it with others.
You can contact us via at firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to Living off the Smell of an Oily Rag, PO Box 984, Whangarei.
New on the oily rag website:
"I would like to share my favourite egg Puffy Egg recipe with others. My daughters made it at school. You need: 1 egg per person, chopped bacon, 1 oz (about 30 grams) grated cheese, 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1 slice of toast. Toast the bread. Separate egg whites in a bowl; place the yolk on the toast. Add salt to the egg white and beat until stiff. Spread over the toast and sprinkle with grated cheese and bacon. Cook for 15 minutes at 150C." – Joan, Opotiki.