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post #21 of 40

We love love love our wool! WoolyBottoms soakers are upcycled and my favorite. Those and a S'bish fitted are the perfect nighttime diaper combo.

post #22 of 40
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Originally Posted by mamayogibear View Post

I am thinking of ordering a wool sadle blanket for a piddle pad... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Weaver-Lavender-Wool-Saddle-Blanket-Horse-Tack-/300644658479?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45ffd16d2f

Has anyone else tried using one?


We got a cheap wool blanket to use as a mattress pad for our bed (under the regular sheet).  It helps with occasional leaks from dd, but also is just so nice for everyday comfort especially in the summer when we're often a little sweaty at night.  It wicks away moisture and protects the mattress.  I also took an old wool sweater, cut the arms off and sewed up the holes, and use it as a pillow cover under my regular pillowcase.  For piddle pads I also use old sweaters - just trim a rectangle out of the back of a very large sweater and zig-zag the edges.  For a larger pad I had to sew two together, and to keep the seam flat I just overlapped the two edges about 5/8" and zig-zagged the edge of the top one and then the edge of the bottom one separately.

 

post #23 of 40
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Originally Posted by Brambleberry View Post


We got a cheap wool blanket to use as a mattress pad for our bed (under the regular sheet).  It helps with occasional leaks from dd, but also is just so nice for everyday comfort especially in the summer when we're often a little sweaty at night.  It wicks away moisture and protects the mattress.  I also took an old wool sweater, cut the arms off and sewed up the holes, and use it as a pillow cover under my regular pillowcase.  For piddle pads I also use old sweaters - just trim a rectangle out of the back of a very large sweater and zig-zag the edges.  For a larger pad I had to sew two together, and to keep the seam flat I just overlapped the two edges about 5/8" and zig-zagged the edge of the top one and then the edge of the bottom one separately.

 

What a great idea! I have a few old army wool blankets in the closet.     smile.gif
 

 

post #24 of 40

Any suggestions for telling how much wool is in an old wool blanket? My mom has some blankets from the 60s (or older)  that her mom gave her and says she thinks there wool but doest know for sure. They feel like wool but really scratchy? Could I lanoloze them what would happen if they are not wool? Any suggestions for lanolizing a giant blanket?

Thanks

post #25 of 40

I love wool covers.  I used a little pul with my first son but most of our diapering has been done with wool covers.  I like pull-up soakers, shorties, and longies - Disana, recycled, or handknit. I have so Imse Vimse wool wraps to try with my new baby too - I found them for practically nothing at a consignment store . For my first two I used Sudz n Dudz wool wash bars and solid lanolin, but for this baby I splurged and got Imse Vimse wool shampoo and wool cure.  The wool cure is awesome!  It is soooo simple to use.

 

I used prefolds with my first two and this time I am using flats.  I do partial ec, catching most poops, so we don't have too much of a problem with yucky covers.

 

I second the wool breast pads!  I have the Lanacare ones too and they are so soft.  Much nicer than the cotton ones I had when I first nursed.

post #26 of 40

Mamayogibear - You can take a clump of fuzz or a yarn from the fabric you want to test and light it with a match.  If it melts rather than burns it's not wool.  You can test something that you know is wool this way first to get a basis to compare.  A friend of my who knit would test yarn this way when she found it at thrift stores without a label.  But she would actually test it IN the store!  I would wander away and pretend not to know her whenever I saw her getting that lighter out LOL!  

 

I haven't tried to lanolize the blanket we use for a mattress pad.  Wool actually resists water pretty well even without the lanolin.  Lanolin does make it do a better job and supposedly neutralizes urine, but I've found it's not absolutely necessary.  

post #27 of 40
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Originally Posted by Brambleberry View Post

Mamayogibear - You can take a clump of fuzz or a yarn from the fabric you want to test and light it with a match.  If it melts rather than burns it's not wool.  You can test something that you know is wool this way first to get a basis to compare.  A friend of my who knit would test yarn this way when she found it at thrift stores without a label.  But she would actually test it IN the store!  I would wander away and pretend not to know her whenever I saw her getting that lighter out LOL!  

 

I haven't tried to lanolize the blanket we use for a mattress pad.  Wool actually resists water pretty well even without the lanolin.  Lanolin does make it do a better job and supposedly neutralizes urine, but I've found it's not absolutely necessary.  



That's hilarious! 

 

Random thought:  Does anyone else here have older kids and remember FuzBomb wool covers?  Man, I miss those!

post #28 of 40

Hey mamas!

 

So I wanted to know if you wool mamas have any advice for me on a NB stash question I have.

 

 

For my early June "due" NB I have:

 

14 good NB fitted dipes

a dozen preemie pfs

a bunsh of small pf

 

2-3 wool covers.

 

 

I'm getting feedback on MDC and in real life from cloth diapering friends (who mostly use pockets, PUL, Gs, etc) that I need many more NB and Sm covers than I have. I agree that I need more...but I was going to get more wool and everyone is telling me that I need to be looking into more thirsties/PUL/fleece style covers because I'm going to be washing them all the time from poop blow outs.

 

I don't have the experience with wool I need to back my claim that I can do it with all wool from the beginning...I'm switching to wool from Kawaii AIOs that I simply CANNOT use for another baby (I hate them) and my resistance to synthetic fibers is very strong.

What say you, wise woolie mamas!? My plan had been to get a couple more wool covers with snaps on them....but is all wool too big a pain in the tail in the NB phase??

 

Thank you!

post #29 of 40

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Originally Posted by Brambleberry View Post


We got a cheap wool blanket to use as a mattress pad for our bed (under the regular sheet).  It helps with occasional leaks from dd, but also is just so nice for everyday comfort especially in the summer when we're often a little sweaty at night.  It wicks away moisture and protects the mattress.  I also took an old wool sweater, cut the arms off and sewed up the holes, and use it as a pillow cover under my regular pillowcase.  For piddle pads I also use old sweaters - just trim a rectangle out of the back of a very large sweater and zig-zag the edges.  For a larger pad I had to sew two together, and to keep the seam flat I just overlapped the two edges about 5/8" and zig-zagged the edge of the top one and then the edge of the bottom one separately.

 


Thanks this is exactly what I needed! I got some wool sweaters from the thrift store and I was thinking I'd make one of the big ones into a puddle pad, but wasn't sure quite how. Did you felt it at all?

 

 

DD1 is almost 3 and we used gDiapers with her, but she got awful rashes all the time. I think now that it was because the liners aren't breathable, so I decided I wanted to use natural fibers with DD2. DD2 is now 6 weeks old, so we're pretty new into our wool journey. We're using GMD prefolds and few different covers. I've gotten some etsy upcycled wool longies and plan on trying to make some of my own too. I also got some knitted soakers off etsy, but I think they're too big because when DD2 poos it goes out the leg hole. How tight should they be on the legs to prevent that? I'm also almost done knitting some wool longies that I started right after she was born. It's hard to find time to knit when I have two kids. :-P

 

So I have a wool question. It seems like every time I wash her longies, it takes like 2-3 days for them to dry. Is that normal? Is there any way to make them take less time to dry? When just a bit of poo leaks on the cover, do you wash the whole thing? I saw someone talking about spot cleaning before. How do you do that?

post #30 of 40

You shouldn't have too much trouble with the squirty NB poos if you're using fitteds with nice pouchy elastics.  We started out with prefolds and I think 4-5 wool covers, and switched to fitteds because of the poo leak issues.  We occasionally had leaks onto the covers with the fitteds, but very rarely.  Even with the prefolds, the poo leaks were usually just about quarter size on the leg gussets of the covers.  To spot wash them we would hold the cover sideways under the running water so that the poo spot was parallel to the water stream, so that water would wash over the poo and not push the poo through the cloth.  (By the way, you have to do this right when you change the diaper, not the next day or even a few hours later.)  Using an old toothbrush, start by very gently dislodging the poo without scrubbing - the goal with all this is to keep the poo from getting down into the fibers of the wool.  Once the poo is visibly gone, go ahead and scrub with the brush, and use a little hand soap on it if you want.  This really doesn't take as long to do as it takes for me to explain it.  If you can avoid getting most of the diaper wet when you spot wash, it shouldn't take more than half a day or so to dry (depending on your house humidity).  

 

Lactatingirl - I've never tried prefolds with anything other than wrap style covers, but I can imagine that it would be a challenge to keep the poo in without either leg elastic in the diaper or in the cover...  In terms of drying time, ours don't take more than 24 hours, but I either towel dry them before hanging or if I'm doing several woolies at once I spin them dry on gentle in the washer (even if I'm lanolizing by hand.)  My current wash routine involves lots of longies, and I've gotten a little lazy with it.  I soak the woolies in a sink full of lukewarm water with soap/lanonlin mixture, do a quick little rinse, then throw them all in the washer (HE front load) and do a gentle rinse and spin cycle.  I've noticed a little extra felting from this treatment, but all of my woolies are felted to start with, and it hasn't been a problem.

post #31 of 40
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Thanks this is exactly what I needed! I got some wool sweaters from the thrift store and I was thinking I'd make one of the big ones into a puddle pad, but wasn't sure quite how. Did you felt it at all?

 

 

DD1 is almost 3 and we used gDiapers with her, but she got awful rashes all the time. I think now that it was because the liners aren't breathable, so I decided I wanted to use natural fibers with DD2. DD2 is now 6 weeks old, so we're pretty new into our wool journey. We're using GMD prefolds and few different covers. I've gotten some etsy upcycled wool longies and plan on trying to make some of my own too. I also got some knitted soakers off etsy, but I think they're too big because when DD2 poos it goes out the leg hole. How tight should they be on the legs to prevent that? I'm also almost done knitting some wool longies that I started right after she was born. It's hard to find time to knit when I have two kids. :-P

 

So I have a wool question. It seems like every time I wash her longies, it takes like 2-3 days for them to dry. Is that normal? Is there any way to make them take less time to dry? When just a bit of poo leaks on the cover, do you wash the whole thing? I saw someone talking about spot cleaning before. How do you do that?



How are you drying them?  Are you doing the "jelly roll" first to get all the excess water out? 

post #32 of 40
I've been rolling them in a towel and then laying them flat to dry. Is that what you mean?
post #33 of 40

Subbing!! I'll be back to post later!!!

post #34 of 40
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I've been rolling them in a towel and then laying them flat to dry. Is that what you mean?


I roll in a towel, squeeze, and then hang over the shower curtain rod or towel bar to dry... better air flow to dry both sides at once, faster than laying flat.  Still takes about 24 hours.

 

post #35 of 40
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I've been rolling them in a towel and then laying them flat to dry. Is that what you mean?


Yes.  :)  Hanging them up might help them dry a little faster.

post #36 of 40
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Originally Posted by BroodyWoodsgal View Post
For my early June "due" NB I have:

 

14 good NB fitted dipes

a dozen preemie pfs

a bunsh of small pf

 

2-3 wool covers.

 

 

I'm getting feedback on MDC and in real life from cloth diapering friends (who mostly use pockets, PUL, Gs, etc) that I need many more NB and Sm covers than I have. I agree that I need more...but I was going to get more wool and everyone is telling me that I need to be looking into more thirsties/PUL/fleece style covers because I'm going to be washing them all the time from poop blow outs.

 

What type of wool covers do you have?  Shorties, wraps??  We used prefolds with wool covers during the newborn phase.  I bought several different styles of covers while I was pregnant, and I'm really glad I had them on hand once dd was born.  There is such a wide range of fit for different babies, and that really affected leakage/blowouts.  Our best newborn covers were wrap covers with velcro fastener and leg gussets.  The velcro gave a little more adjustability to snug the legs and waist better.  We had a lot more leaks with longies and shorties, but they would probably work better with fitteds... had to use a snappi or pins on the prefolds with these too, but didn't need them with the wraps.  I'm guessing we probably had 6-8 covers in the smallest size... would have been nice to know beforehand what styles fit best on our dd though!
 

 

post #37 of 40
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Originally Posted by Brambleberry View Post
With #2 I'd like to make a few wool sleep sacks to serve as diaper covers in order to streamline the changing process during the infant months.  We'd dress baby in t-shirts rather than onesies (which DH never liked anyways - why the extra snaps?) and a fitted diaper, and the sleep sack would take the place of both the diaper cover and the pants or sleeper.  I hate trying to pull pants onto a stiff-limbed newborn.  I can't remember at what age we stopped using sleep sacks (I mean regular sleep sacks - we didn't have any wool ones) for dressing DD during the day... I should probably make some wool sleepers with legs... anyone have any suggestions as to what size to start making those in?


Ditto - I can't understand the onesie love... they were in the way and extra work, too tight over wool/cloth bums, and a real pain when we started EC.
 

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Originally Posted by iowaorganic View Post
I finally made sleep sacks last winter.  One I knit out of lambs pride and the other I sewed out of a couple of old felted wool sweaters.  I didn't really have a pattern- I just kind of winged it.  I did use a V- neck sweater because that seemed better with new baby wobbly head...  I put an i-cord in the bottom and needle felted on it.  It turned out adorable :)  I would just play around with some thrifted sweaters and see what you come up with using some other baby clothes as a sample.  


I'd love to see some photos of your sleep sacks!  I'd like to try making some, but can't decide on the style.  DD1 hated anything going on over her head, so I'm thinking a zip or kimono snap design instead of a pullover.  I can't decide if I want to do sleeves or sleeveless.  And I'm not sure how I want to do the opening at the bottom either... I was trying to think of a way to make the whole lower half open so I wouldn't have to wiggle it up over dc's legs and so the back half would still lay under dc for a built in changing pad.  Design still needs some thinkin' through.  

 

post #38 of 40
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Originally Posted by treehugz View Post

 

 DD1 hated anything going on over her head, so I'm thinking a zip or kimono snap design instead of a pullover.  I can't decide if I want to do sleeves or sleeveless.  And I'm not sure how I want to do the opening at the bottom either... I was trying to think of a way to make the whole lower half open so I wouldn't have to wiggle it up over dc's legs and so the back half would still lay under dc for a built in changing pad.  Design still needs some thinkin' through.  

 


You can get zippers that zip up from the bottom and zip down from the top.  A lot of cardigans use them.  so you can change without uncovering the chest.  You can also take a zipper off an old coat that unfastens at the bottom and flip it around so that it unfastens at the top of the sleeper.  It's a little hard to explain... so when you unzip the sleeper you're always unzipping it from the bottom and then unfastening the two parts of the zipper under the chin.  If you want to get really fancy you can add slits for the seat belt to thread through and use the sleeper out and about all day!  I added a little extra flap of wool over the inside of the slit so that baby wouldn't stick her foot through - like an upside down pocket that covers the slit on the inside.

 

post #39 of 40
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Originally Posted by treehugz View Post

 I was trying to think of a way to make the whole lower half open so I wouldn't have to wiggle it up over dc's legs and so the back half would still lay under dc for a built in changing pad.  Design still needs some thinkin' through.  

 



Oops! I didn't read the post closely enough. Sorry!  I didn't catch the part about leaving the back half as a changing pad.  Great idea!  I think you would have to add another zipper that wraps around the sides and bottom...  I'm not sure if they make them that long or not.  You could do two that start under the arms and meet in the middle at the bottom...

post #40 of 40
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Originally Posted by treehugz View Post

 

What type of wool covers do you have?  Shorties, wraps??  We used prefolds with wool covers during the newborn phase.  I bought several different styles of covers while I was pregnant, and I'm really glad I had them on hand once dd was born.  There is such a wide range of fit for different babies, and that really affected leakage/blowouts.  Our best newborn covers were wrap covers with velcro fastener and leg gussets.  The velcro gave a little more adjustability to snug the legs and waist better.  We had a lot more leaks with longies and shorties, but they would probably work better with fitteds... had to use a snappi or pins on the prefolds with these too, but didn't need them with the wraps.  I'm guessing we probably had 6-8 covers in the smallest size... would have been nice to know beforehand what styles fit best on our dd though!
 

 

 

Where did you get your wraps? I've been interested in them, but don't know where to look. 
 

 

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