Posts tagged birth
How to Make a Wool Changing Pad

In this video, I’m going to show you how to make a wool changing pad. Wool is a versatile material that's perfect for this project. When felted and treated with lanolin, wool is highly water-resistant and also has self-cleaning properties.

So if baby pees on lanolized wool, the wool only needs to be air dried, and then periodically washed and re-lanolized. That’s why wool is a popular choice of fabric for cloth diapers.

Whether you are planning to use disposables, cloth diapers, elimination communication, or some combination, this wool pad is perfect for a changing pad, a mattress protector, or to use during some diaper free time.  

How to Make a Stretchy Wrap

In this video, I’m going to show you how to make your own stretchy wrap.  This is a very simple sewing project, perfect for beginners. This style of baby carrier is very versatile and great for babies 0-6 months.

Baby wraps and carriers can be expensive, but this wrap only costs about $15 to make.

Here’s a video tutorial on how to use this wrap with a newborn.

And here is a tutorial for a slightly older baby.

And don’t forget, with any type of baby carrier it’s important to keep safety in mind.  Before doing any babywearing, take a look at these guidelines from Babywearing International.

DIY Gifts for Expecting Mothers - Epsom Bath and Sugar Scrub (Part 3)

Welcome back for the third part in our series on creating a postpartum care package! For this segment, we made some self-care products: sugar scrub and epsom bath.

We made these with some household staples like coconut oil, brown sugar, vanilla extract, epsom salt, and essential oil.

Check back soon for the final part in the series, and feel welcome to leave a comment if there are any other maternity-related projects you'd like to see a video for!

DIY Gifts for Expecting Mothers - Reusable Breast Pads (Part 2)

Welcome back for the second part of our series creating a DIY postpartum care package! This time, we made reusable, washable breast pads. These can help keep clothes and sheets dry if a new mother is leaking breast milk.

This is a great project for leftover fabric from other sewing projects. We used up-cycled fabric from Goodwill.

We hope you enjoy this tutorial! Check back soon for the next part in the series, and feel welcome to leave a comment if there are any other maternity-related projects you'd like to see a video for!

DIY Gifts for Expecting Mothers - Microwavable Heating Pad (Part 1)

A few weeks ago, my little sister Molly asked me what a first-time mother might need after she gives birth. Molly's friend was expecting, and she wanted to make a helpful gesture but didn't want to spend too much money. So we came up with four easy, do-it-yourself projects for a postpartum care package.

First, we made a microwaveable heating pad. This can be especially useful for easing cramps, back pain, headaches, and muscle aches. It's also a great tool for pain relief during labor.

We made this in about 20 minutes, and all we needed was some fabric and a bag of rice.

Check back soon for the next video in this series!