Hi all - I posted this on in the October due date group, but thought I'd post here, too . . .
My husband and I stopped by a place called the Diaper Lab in Boston yesterday to start getting an overview on cloth diapering. I think I'm pretty clear that I'll just do flat folds rather than the fancier all-in-ones, but I realized after I left that the woman who was showing me everything only told me about the PUL covers and didn't show me any of the wool options. I find it so overwhelming to try to figure out what would be best to have on hand when the baby is born. Do any of you have any favorite wool covers that you use? It just seems to make more sense to use natural fibers all around, but there are a multitude of options that make it confusing to choose. Any advice?
My big piece of advice is that non-fitted dipes and wool are not a great mix. You'll be doing lots of hand-washing of your wool.
With flats, I'd stick with PUL covers. If you want to use wool, I'd look for a nice fitted dipe with side snaps (better for skinny legs).
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I completely agree with Cristeen- that is a battle you do NOT want to fight...
Get yourself a good fitted diaper and some lovely wool covers ( I love hand knit picky pants and the like). Or go prefolds and pul covers- but you will not love prefolds and wool.
Iowaorganic- mama to DD (1/5/06), DS1 (4/9/07), DS2 (1/22/09), DS3 (12/10/10), DD2 (7/6/12) and a new kid due in early 2014
Hmmm. . I used flats & prefolds with wool a lot when little. I did appreciate having some fitteds too, so I get the pp.'s advice about that above.
A tighter fitting wool cover (which I don't see out there quite as much as I used to - I have liked loveybums & sugar peas wool covers best, myself) works best if you want to try it, and I always find the indian prefolds to work a bit better with the wool, because they're a little stretchier & thinner than the others (flats are naturally both, because of being thinner too). Look for something that you don't pull on and up, and find something with good leg elastic to keep messy diapers contained.
And get a wool wash bar for cleaning accidents quickly & easily (or use slivers of a natural-ish soap, and any regular wool wash).
Also, I LOVE diaper lab! For wool I really like wooly bottoms! http://woollybottoms.com/
The other thing is wool gets compression leaks - I love wool for over night and at home in general but wool doesn't really work when they're in a car seat or shopping carriage.
Also, personally I found flats and pins were the only combo (of flats/prefolds/snappis/pins) that contained newborn poo.
I just saw that link is out of stock but here is my favorite retailer - http://itsybitsybums.blogspot.com/2011/05/woollybottoms-hybrid-soakers.html if you want to check it out.
homemaker mama to and due in March
I use prefolds and wool covers without a lot of washing the wool, but I also EC so we rarely have a massive poop in the diaper cause I take baby to the potty to finish the poop.
I love the Aristocrats wool soaker covers for nighttime and LoveyBums covers for daytime. I use the Loveybums wrap covers w/ snaps in newborn/small and the pull-on wool covers after ~4 months when I switch to med size.
I'm happy using prefolds and wool biobottoms covers. If I had the money would like to get the cloth-ezz workhorse diapers from green mountain...
I use a mix of their organic prefolds, Bummis prefolds, and Dandelion prefolds, with a few different covers.
So many choices out there, have fun...
I just love being a mama to my son born 9/22/2011 and expecting baby early December 2014
I also agree that fitteds would make pullup wool a whole lot more fun, but I've always used flats. If I use the oragami fold, and am sure to tuck in the bottom flaps, we're usually good.
If you crochet, you can get some wool yarn and make some easily. You just crochet a chain from belly button to mid-back, then single crochet in the back loops until it's wide enough. Sew the sides together, leaving a gap for leg holes. Go a few rounds around the leg holes, and you're done. (There are some good patterns out there for specifics, if you need them. )
"If you keep doing the same things you've always done, you'll keep getting the same results you've always gotten."
Meh, my favorite combo is prefolds/snappies with wool. I prefer prefolds over fitteds, because I can use different folds to get the best fit on my babes as they grow. I always found fitteds to be cute and nice to have as an extra or for outings but not nearly as useful as prefolds. PF saved me loads of money too.
I like wool jersey/felt snap covers, and keep my babies in knit shorts and pants a TON. Especially with Texas summers, I found that a nice loose comfy pair of wool knit shorts seemed to be the airiest most breathable and cool option. (even though people will say "wool shorts in TX? Isn't that HOT? You are TORTURING your BABY!". I srsly have found cotton and wool to be miles better than plastic. Or the nasty disposable that so many use here.)
Another lovely thing about the prefolds is you can use as many as needed to bulk up at night. I've rarely had leaks and blowouts with wool/pf. I have had them to be sure, don't get me wrong, but it's not been a common problem.
Shelley, mom to dd 5/19/01, ds 9/06/02, and ds 4/01/07. Lost babe 4/09
Eta: What the heck was that "spoiler" thing? Don't know how I did that, sorry!
mama to two teens and two tots madly in love with DP