Hi, all. Baby number two is on the way in a few months, and I'm contemplating diapering options. I'm a do-it-myself kinda girl, and want to try my hand at making covers this time 'round.
For my first kidlet (who is currently attached to my breast... makes typing fun) I used flat folds and prefolds inside various diaper covers. Eventually I decided that I liked the wool ones best, particularly Biobottoms and Nikkys. I liked that they were machine washable, and lasted really well as long as I treated them gently. I also liked that I didn't have to pin the diaper inside of them, just laid it in place and closed up the aplix. I tried Lamkins wool covers from Ecobaby. They were stiffer and bulkier than the other two brands, and although they said they were machine washable, they shrank and disintigrated in the wash (apparantly they've changed the labeling since then). So, I'm wary of trying to felt wool myself for making these kinds of covers, at least if I want to keep machine washing them.
I also bought one of the New Zealand machine knit soakers. We had a few frustrations with this one. Urine soaked through. I think it was just too thin. My husband hated pinning diapers - he always pinned them really loose because he was afraid of impaling his little girl... And, it wasn't machine washable. Later, I tried knitting a wool soaker that worked a bit better than the purchased one. As it was a bit tighter we didn't need to pin and it didn't leak. But my daughter hated the scratchiness - she was too accustomed to the softer, felted Biobottoms. And I don't think I'll ever be able to avoid the machine wash issue. At least I'm guessing that Superwash wool won't be as water repellant as untreated wool. But, then, Superwash is somewhat softer than regular wool too...
I prefer to stick with wool because it's a natural fiber. So, can anybody please comment on my musings?
Has anybody tried any Superwash type wool for knitting a soaker? (As I recall, these wools have been treated to kind of glue down the scales on the individual fibers, to keep them from locking together and felting. Does anybody know anything about this chemical process?) Has anybody felted woven wool sufficiently and with soft enough results to make a Biobottoms type diaper cover? Or does anybody know of a commercial source for such felted wool?
I've been reading people's comments on using polyester fleece. On one webpage, I noted that the author said it was perfect for diaper covers because it was water proof... and later said it was perfect for diaper liners because it wicked moisture away from baby's bottom. Ok, how is it waterproof if it wicks moisture away? Is she talking about two different varieties of fleece?