Any crafty mamas out there? I'm starting some sewing projects for this little bean, and I'd love to see what you all are making for yours!
This is a cashmere sleep sack that I'll lanolize so that it can double as a diaper cover. I loved sleep sacks as daytime wear for DD when she was a newborn, but I didn't get around to making any wool ones for her until she was crawling, so her wool sleep sack was just for night time. We did all wool covers over fitted diapers, and switched to wool pants (longies) at around 10 months. The nice thing about longies is that you have a cover and pants all in one, so there are less diaper layers. I'm hoping that the wool sleep sack will work the same way without the hassle of trying to maneuver stiff newborn legs into pants. we'll have to use t-shirts rather than onesies under it, but I hate the extra snaps on onesies anyway!
This sleep sack I sewed out of up-cycled cashmere sweater vests that I pre-shrunk/slightly felted in the washing machine. It should be able to be machine washed now, since it's already shrunk. The zipper opens from the bottom and comes apart at the neck, so that diapers can be changed without exposing the chest to cold air. Because I want to use this for day time wear, there's a slit in the back between the legs for a seat belt (the zipper comes up to allow the belt through in front). I went back and forth on whether to make it long-sleeved or not, since overheating is a sids risk, but the cashmere is pretty light weight, wool breathes well, and this is a winter baby. I probably will make another one or two without sleeves.
I'm honestly not crazy about the colors, but when you find nice used cashmere sweaters for $1 you don't fuss about what color they are . I'm not sure if they're totally gender neutral colors either, but I have no problem dressing a boy a little feminine (or vice versa).