Wool?

Jen - posted on 06/28/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Anybody use wool? I REALLY want to try it, I actually think it might look cuter and feel more comfortable for my sweet baby. She would prob appreciate the nice air circulation, and I heard they are so absorbant they don't leak! She's only 7 mo so we're not quite settled on a diaper stash yet. If that makes sense, so I'm still checking out different ways to cloth diaper.

Do you guys recommend fitteds underneath? I don't know if I have the heart to go back to pins.

How many wool covers? How many fitteds?

I can wash every day, or rotate with my current stash.

Oh, and where do you buy your wool covers? What do you like about them?

If you could also include how long you've been cloth diapering, just interested to know!

Thanks, I know I'll get some great advice on here!

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Connie - posted on 07/14/2011

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Hey ladies, I am selling my wool cover. We've only used it twice and it seems to irritate my daughters skin - she has extreme eczema. I also have the Eucalan wool wash and Lanolin both unopened. Let me know if anyone is interested :)

Amber - posted on 07/01/2009

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I love wool! I didnt think i would at first but now its the only thing i will use. I wash them about every 2 weeks or so by hand unless they get some poopy on them, which hasn't happened very often. I have much less leaks with them then I have with other diapers and covers, almost none actually. My aunt makes ands sells the diapers I use, Since she's not a big company her prices are much cheaper then most places I've seen. She does really cute embroidery on the little bums if you want or you can just get plain ones. I use fitted under them and she makes with with snaps so they are really easy to use and I love them!! All her fabrics are really cute and everytime she makes me more I get so excited to have new cute diapers. Her email address is wendy@thepamperedtush.com if you are interested in buying from her. If you wash everyday you probably need like 20 diapers and 3 wool covers.

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Cyndel - posted on 07/03/2011

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I love wool!!! and fitteds work great under them! It isn't difficult to care for the wool. Normal wool needs to be lanilized weekly or bi-weekly. you can find written and video instructions at

http://www.pootersdiapers.com/wool-and-l...

The reason wool works is once lanolized it can soak up about 40% of its weight in moisture before 'wicking' the moisture to other fabrics.

However I just heard that Alpaca wool does NOT need to be lanolized, I'm gonna be putting that to the test soon! If it is true I will announce it to the world!!!

Wool has helped keep my son from getting heat rashes on hot trips outside, and at night when he will be in a diaper for a long time. I love them!!!



I knit my own (found several cheap and free patterns online)...you can also get old 100% wool sweaters and cut them up to sew some..there are instructions on line...you can also buy wool fabric/felt and sew a diaper cover from them.

There are a lot of WAHM's who will make them for you on Etsy and Diaper Swappers, but they can get pretty pricey that way. It just depends on your skill level, and the money you are willing to spend.

I've been cloth diapering for 7 weeks, 3 days since a few hours after my son was born! Loving every minute of it!

Teresa - posted on 07/03/2011

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We did wool with our son and honestly it was a huge waste of money. It was cute but very cashy. Of the 5 I cloth diapered he was the only one we used wool on. We won't do it again.

Now if you knit or crochet your own, that's different.

Vilate - posted on 07/03/2009

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yeah, I would suggest a fitted just cause I think they are too cool and very smart. I was showing my neighbor that i grew up next too. she is as old as my grandma. she thought they were ingenius. She said she wished they had had diaper like that when she was diapering her kids.



you could always go to the hospitals and see if they would let you teach a little class about cloth diapering to the new mamas You could also see about community classes that they offer at the County Extension and see if they would let you teach a CD class there. Also you could go after the LaLeche League and see if you could co-teach some CD classes. Also if you have any "green" stores or baby stores you could see if they would put some cloth diapers in their stores. You said you don't sew so where would you be getting the diapers from that you would sell? Just curious.

I just assume everyone wants to do it and I give them diapers for baby shower gifts. :) I figure if they never use them they can at least put them in their 72 hr kits and be prepared if they ever need them. I did have a friend that the other day she was told by her DR she needed to use CD's cause her little one was getting a really bad rash. I thought that was interesting. She is my one friend that always telling me i am crazy for CDing and she thought it was hillarious that she had to come to me and buy some diapers for her little guy. I think in the end I might be able to get her to keep CDing but it will only be part time, I don't think she will mess with it when she is out and about.

you could also do craft fairs and that sort of thing.

I hope that I gave you a few ideas that sparked some better ones :)

Jen - posted on 07/03/2009

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Vilate, about the wrap style wool cover ... I have been using my wool cover (it's a wrap style) for two days now, off and on. With a prefold, she did a # 2 and of course a little leaked out. So a prefold might mean washing my covers more. I'm a busy girl, not quite sure if I'm into that. Gonna save up for those fitteds!

Jen - posted on 07/03/2009

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Oh, I don't know anyone around me that does cloth. Just there is going to be a diaper swap up at Sprout Soup in Columbus, about an hour away but we drive to Columbus every now and then anyways.

I'd like to change that, by the way. I have friends that are INTERESTED (are they just being nice to me? lol) but I haven't had a chance to formally show them the ropes. Most women won't have the tolerance or passion that I did (we, all the great women on this CD Facebook Community!!) to spend hours researching and joining communities like this to figure out the ins and outs of CD. I don't think CD is hard, it's just so not a part of most American culture, so you come into it knowing NOTHING. Any suggestions for how to advocate for cloth diapers? I'd love to do a "cloth diaper" party in homes or something like that, just sell cloth and give out info on how to care for it. Maybe throw in some natural baby toys for those who don't want to do cloth, to give them an out. But I don't want people to feel obligated to try cloth, any thoughts?

Yeah, I think a fitted and wool won't be hard for babysitters, I will prob go with that. I think my dad might pitch a fit, but he can live with it. He pitches a fit about most of the choices I make in my life anyways, why should this be any different? BTW I took cloth to church, and wasn't using a pocket, I had her in a prefold. I guess she did a #2, and one of the sweet older ladies in the nursery dunked my diaper for me! Wasn't expecting that at all, firstly, and just thought it was so sweet. So I guess you can file that under "Cloth Diaper Social Success Stories"

LOL, that makes total sense about the lanolin wash. HAHA, what was I thinking? It is a wool wash.

Vilate - posted on 07/03/2009

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as for the babysitters I would think taht a fitted and wool will be just as easy. I don't feel like it is an extra step cause they are going to have to put pants or shorts on them at some point. :)

Selling your pockets and getting the $$ for wool soudns like a great idea! that would be so fun to live by others taht CD I only know of one other person that lives around me taht does cloth! It isn't very common around here.

this wash suff has lanolin in it? if it does no you can't use it on your diapers cause the lanolin will make them more waterproof and they won't work very well!

I assume it is some sort of wool wash. . Don't use it on your diapers with lanolin in it!



happy 4th to you too!

Jen - posted on 07/03/2009

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Thanks for the tip on where to buy lanolin. My cover came lanolized, but I know I'll need lanolin soon! The store where I bought my cover at had a wash with tea tree oil (or something like that) and lanolin. It's for the wool cover but the instructions on the bottle made it seem like I could wash my diapers with it in my washing machine. What do you think?

Yeah, I'm thinking of doing all prefolds and wool covers. There's a diaper swap coming up soon in my area, so I'm thinking of selling my pockets for $$ for wool. I think wool is actually going to be cheaper and I'm excited about using longies and shorties. I'm sure I will end up buying from you at some point Vilate, your etsy shop is saved in my Favorites.

Question for all: do you think I should keep some of my pockets for babysitters? Or do you think a couple fitteds with a cover will be easy enough?

Cheers to all!

Happy 4th of July!!

Vilate - posted on 07/02/2009

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wow, sorry I haven't checked this post sooner, but kelly was doing a great job. I have a few things to share if you don't mind! :)

firstly. Kelly said she used a fleece inser. If it is going inside the diaepr make sure it is microfleece. microfleece is absorbant, but regular fleece is water repellant.

That said I can talk about wool! one of my favorite subjects! :)



K- I make 2 dirfferent types. there are the soaker/longies and then there are the wraps. My wraps I designed to be a one size, so they would be the only ones you should need to buy. But... That being said...

Woolies are to dang cute to just have the simple ones. I use one at nights, but then I have longies and shorties for her to wear during the day! I love wool. i just have a selection of shirts that match and jumpers with longies looks too cute! :) I actually just got 2 pillow case dresses as a swap for a pair of trainrs and I am too ecxcited to make a pair of longies that will match them! Iwent through my sweater today and all!

They become addicting! :) but you can do it with just sokers or wraps. then you will need about 4.

So for the lanolin I buy mine in bulk off ebay. type in "anolin 1 lb." in the search and it should bring up one that is a picture of just a glob of it. she sells it for 8.50 that is the best price i have found it for!

I have instructions for lanolizing on my web page

http://www.niftynappybyvilate.weebly.com

there is also tons of wool info and types of diapers.

by the way if you buy a wrap style wool cover they will hold a pre fold on with out the pins or snappie. :)

I would suggest a good fitted though. they are cuter and they will be a little less bulky.



If you want to get some cover from me, I do take requests. I quite the sweater stash and I am going back out to the city in a week so if I don't have what you want I can find it! Jsut let me know. You can go to my sold items and I have more wool covers there. I don't have alot listed right now. i have had my hands full with swim diapers ... tis the season! :) I also make crocheted ones with my own pattern! jus let me know! I would love to help you out!

i am so glad that we ahve such great supportive ladies here! :)

Charity - posted on 07/02/2009

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My favorites are from mollybolt on etsy. You can also search for wool on etsy and hyena cart and find a ton. mollybolt's are soooo awesome tho. Definately worth the $$$. :) HTH if you ever have any questions feel free to message me.

Jen - posted on 07/02/2009

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Quoting Charity:

I love wool too!!! I am addicted to the slightly more expensive wool tho. I like the shorties and longies and I use them as part of my lo outfits instead of pants but also at night. I buy from a few different moms from another group I am. You should look at cafemom too. They have some awesome groups for cloth diapering. I am the only one in my area that cds so all of these places have been very beneficial. You can also go to hyena cart.com and check out spots corner. They have some used things for sale there and new at great prices. I have 4 pairs of shorties and 4 covers. I also have fleece soakers and pants that work good too and are cheaper than wool. They wool by far is the best tho. If you would like to know where I get mine just message me. HTH



Yeah I'd love to know where you got yours!!  If I really fall in love with it, I'll have no problem paying a little more for quality wool.  Sadly (for our hosuehold budget) that's how we do it, we will spend the extra $$ for better quality.  And if it's cute, especially!! 



 

Jen - posted on 07/02/2009

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Alright, everybody, I bough a wool cover today!!!!!! I'm so crazy excited. I can't wait to try out the shorties (they just look so darned sweet!!) and pants for this fall and winter. Gonna be patient and find some deals. I drove about an hour to Sprout Soup to buy them, and their supply is from a woman who sews right there in Columbus, Ohio, so I'm also ecstatic that I found a small local business to support. And she services all of her diapers for the LIFE of the diaper, you don't even have to be the original owner. Very cool. The wool cover also has a way to adjust the elastic around the thigh (kinda like a pocket you unsnap to access the elastic, prob helps with repairs down the road also)Can't wait to try her fitteds, they are the quick dry type. For now, purchased a dozen prefolds (OMGOSH way better than Gerber prefolds, you gotta be kidding those are a joke. I know, I know, most Americans use them as burp cloths. They are going right in my cleaning cloths drawer.) There will be a diaper swap at Sprout Soup in August so I am hoping to sell the unwanteds in my stash. So nice to feel kinda done researching cloth diapers. I hope her diapers work out because it will be nice to have her right close by in case I need anything! Vilate, sorry, it's too bad you are so far away!!! Thanks EVERYONE for your wondeful advice and support. I don't know that I would've been this satisfied with CDing if I hadn't had the support of these online groups. I prob woulda stuck with it to save money, but wouldn't be as pleased as I am right now. :-D

Charity - posted on 07/02/2009

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I love wool too!!! I am addicted to the slightly more expensive wool tho. I like the shorties and longies and I use them as part of my lo outfits instead of pants but also at night. I buy from a few different moms from another group I am. You should look at cafemom too. They have some awesome groups for cloth diapering. I am the only one in my area that cds so all of these places have been very beneficial. You can also go to hyena cart.com and check out spots corner. They have some used things for sale there and new at great prices. I have 4 pairs of shorties and 4 covers. I also have fleece soakers and pants that work good too and are cheaper than wool. They wool by far is the best tho. If you would like to know where I get mine just message me. HTH

Jen - posted on 06/30/2009

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Hopefully Vilate will check this conversation thread ... Vilate, I just checked our your Nifty Nook, I might buy some from you. I love your prices, and your stuff is just so stinkin' cute!!!

Jen - posted on 06/30/2009

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yes you addressed MOST of my concerns, and then-some! I'm sooo excited I can barely contain myself. I'm mostly excited to be done researching cloth diapers, lol, and get on with my life and just ENJOY cloth diapering!! I was really excited to find some cute snap on wool covers, too. Zoom Baby doen't sell the loveybums through on-line, but i chcked out loveybums website and they have wool covers galore with the snaps so I am completely excited. Do you use their brand of wool cover also? I see some wool covers in the sale section, for $18. Hmmm ...

Kelly I think we would get along great also! I cannot tell you HOW MUCH I appreciate your advice, I was at my wit's end (now that's funny)

What diapers did you use before you switched to wool? It would too funny if you had the same diapers I am currently using (and sorta hating)

I will be printing this convo bc you've got such perfect advice here!

What a sweet baby you have, how do you pronounce that name?

Kelly - posted on 06/30/2009

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First off-
Anna- it is bulky, but all cloth diapers are compared to disposables. The fleece liner is micro-thin. The hemp liner is about 1/8 inch thick or less? It is slightly bulkier than day time diapering, but she sleeps about 12 hours straight and it works for us. The diaper cover is no different for night than the day. I use all of them inter-changebly

Jen--first, I love the wit in your post. We could get along really well. Snappies--I've never, ever had the teeth go through the prefold and scratch Aoife's skin. That sounds heinous. Maybe your prefolds are uber thin? I just have unbleached prefolds that I bought at Zoom Baby Gear. I believe you can buy bamboo fitted diapers, but I've never seen bamboo prefolds. I just use a bamboo liner. Some of my bamboo liners have fleece on one side. That keeps the skin nice and dry all in one. As for the number of covers I have I haven't had to buy a new one in the 8 months I've had them. There are at least 5 snaps on each side to adjust the size. Even on her smallest one, she's still got 2 snaps to go before they'll be too small. On the largest ones, she's all the way on the 5th snap with some room to spare. She weighs 18 lbs right now and I thing we'll be able to use these quite a while longer. Not all of her covers were purchased as new. Zoom Baby has some used covers occasionally and I've snatched them up when I've seen them. Cynthia (Zoom Baby Gear) has some precut patterns for diaper covers. What would a 7 month old care if her diaper looked like it was sewn by a 6-year old? She also sells the longies and pants-things that are made from sweaters. I've wanted to try them, but I'm quite content with the snap covers. As for convincing your husband, like I said I have size Med. & Large covers and they've lasted 8 months thus far and show no signs of needing to be replaced any time soon. The couple of large ones will last even longer than the mediums.

Lanolin is just the nipple cream in the purple tube. I bought a lanolin bar at Zoom Baby for the small washing in between the super lanolinizing. I don't use woolite or any other detergent on the covers. Zoom baby recommends a couple of drops of baby shampoo and the lanolin. That's always done the trick for me.

Hmmm--I certainly hope I addressed all your concerns. I'm so happy to help out because cloth and wool covers (especially) have been god sends for us. Aoife has quite the happy heiny!

Jen - posted on 06/30/2009

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um, never mind. I just looked up the wool covers on zoom baby gear and they are inexpensive. I mean, relatively. I was looking at pull on covers for, I dunno, $40, $50. Babyology pull ons are a lot cheaper, but anyways, I don't know why I was thiking they were so expensive. So with prefolds, going with wool exclusively could actually be cheaper than pockets. hmmm... I'm getting sold on this wool thing!

Jen - posted on 06/30/2009

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Ok, I must confess, I hate the snappis. I love pins, I just hate keeping TRACK of the pins and how they sort of obligate you to come back to one diapering spot and be organized. That's probably stupid. My issue with the snappis is the plastic part that digs into the prefold actually would dig into my baby's skin. But I love prefolds, BUT the prefolds I have are driving me crazy ... they are Gerber prefolds. Are the bamboo or nicer prefolds actually worth it? how do they compare in absorbency? Maybe my issue isn't the snappi, maybe it's the prefold. And they are getting old, i used them on my first exclusively for CDing.

Kelly that's funny, my daughter is 7 months, and I'm thinking of switching to wool ...

Oh one more question is wool BULKIER than other diapers and do you have to continually buy as their size changes? 'Cause 7 covers sounds cost-prohibitive. Three would be the most I could prob buy. I know I could sew them, but they would honestly turn out looking like a 6 year old sewed them. Like, a beginner 6 year old. I bet there are 6 year olds that can sew better than me. Maybe I should practice and stop bellyaching about it, bc I know a goodwill sweater would be so cheap ...

well anyways, yeah I was hoping for some colorful choices so I could continue with my advocacy of cloth diapering. I am the ONLY mom in my community that cloth diapers. Period. And I have intelligent, "green" friends, I don't know why I'm sooo alone! (*tear* for me!)

I also know they sell wool pants, so would you just buy a bunch of shirts to rotate for baby's wardrobe? I'm just trying to wrap my head around the real "cost" so that I can present this info to my darling husband who is hoping to SAVE money with CDing ... like, no matter what I chose I know I will prob save money no matter what but he would prefer to save more not less!! lol, *sigh* and I love to shop for all of this sweet, cute fluff!!

thanks for any more advice you would have. Oh where do you buy your lanolin (same stuff for tender nipples in breatsfeeding by the way?!) and wool care supplies?

Anna - posted on 06/30/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

For nighttime I add a hemp liner and fleece liner to keep her dry and absorb everything. Like I said, NOT ONE LEAK THE ENTIRE TIME!



Kelly -- I'm interested in your nighttime diapering.  So you use one prefold + one fleece liner + one hemp liner, all underneath a wool cover?  Is that right?  Do you use an extra thick cover designed for nighttime or just the same as daytime?  Isn't all of that really bulky?

Kelly - posted on 06/29/2009

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I've been using wool exclusively since my daughter was 7 months old...she's now 15 months. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. We've never had one leak or make her clothing feel moist in anyway. I clean them every couple of weeks and super lanolinize them every couple of months. I think we have 7 total covers. They air out so easily.

I've purchased all my wool from a local shop in Portland, OR. Zoom Baby Gear (zoombabygear.com). I also know that Vilate sells wool covers that she makes on Etsy. They only reason I didn't buy from her is because Zoom Baby is just down the street from me.

I use prefolds underneath and I fasten them with Snappies...not pins. I love Zoom Baby's color choices, they fact that they have 2 rows of snaps to get a great fit around her waist and legs. For nighttime I add a hemp liner and fleece liner to keep her dry and absorb everything. Like I said, NOT ONE LEAK THE ENTIRE TIME!

Good luck and good for you for switching to wool! I really think you'll love 'em!

Kate - posted on 06/29/2009

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I have tried wool, haven't used it on a regular basis though. I made my wool covers, it's very easy. If you look up Katrina's soaker pattern, you will find it (it's free). I bought large men's 100% wool sweaters at Good Will and cut them up for soakers. You could use prefolds with snappis (instead of pins) underneath, or fitteds, depending on what you prefer.



You probably will need 3 - 4 wool covers (they need to be hand washed, but not very often) and 18 - 24 fitteds. I personally like 36 diapers, which allows me to wash every 2 - 3 days plus an extra day to slack off, or diapers to leave in my car or wherever and I have plenty. But 24 is sufficient.



I've been cloth diapering for about 14 months now. About to start again with my newborn (due in 4 weeks). DD is 17 mo. btw so we didn't start at birth.

Kate - posted on 06/29/2009

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I have tried wool, haven't used it on a regular basis though. I made my wool covers, it's very easy. If you look up Katrina's soaker pattern, you will find it (it's free). I bought large men's 100% wool sweaters at Good Will and cut them up for soakers. You could use prefolds with snappis (instead of pins) underneath, or fitteds, depending on what you prefer.



You probably will need 3 - 4 wool covers (they need to be hand washed, but not very often) and 18 - 24 fitteds. I personally like 36 diapers, which allows me to wash every 2 - 3 days plus an extra day to slack off, or diapers to leave in my car or wherever and I have plenty. But 24 is sufficient.



I've been cloth diapering for about 14 months now. About to start again with my newborn (due in 4 weeks). DD is 17 mo. btw so we didn't start at birth.

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