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girlspn 06-16-2014 09:35 PM

wool soakers/longies
I'm looking into using wool for covers with flats for my second baby. I'm hoping to get some suggestions on brands/sellers/makers/types. I've noticed a wide range of wool types and prices online and wondering what's reasonable to spend, and which ones are better quality.

Littlepants 06-16-2014 11:58 PM

I prefer hand knitted or crocheted single layer ones. If you can knit or crochet, or know someone who can, you can make your own really easily. There are loads of free patterns if you google. Just make sure you use 100% wool and/or alpaca, and that it's not machine washable wool. I like light worsted weight rather than chunky or aran weight arms, as they are slimmer fitting, but work just as well. Personally I don't like the Disana or Popolini ones, as they are double layer, and just don't seem to work as well as single lyre, and seem to take a lot more lanolising than hand knitted.

You can also use felted wool (old sweaters which have been felted, but again, make sure they're not marked as machine washable) and sew them, but I like the stretchiness of knitted/crocheted ones, and the fact that there's no elastic involved.

girlspn 07-14-2014 05:59 PM

What kinds of soakers/covers work best for newborns and up? I'm hoping to find some one-size covers but there aren't that many options. I wish I could make my own but unfortunately don't know how to knit.

girlspn 07-15-2014 04:03 AM

Another question-- if you use wool soakers/longies, what kind of tops do you use for newborns?

Galatea 07-15-2014 04:04 PM

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Green Mountain Diapers has great info on wool and some good choices. I really liked the Babee Greens cover, but you can't use that until the cord stump falls off. Babee Greens also makes up cycled longies.

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