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So....

whats the difference between wool & acrylic soakers? do the acrylic work as well? can they be as soft and cute?

and, does anyone have a good pattern for a soaker or pants (DS is 27 lbs, 34 inches)?

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Acrylic yarn is essentially made from plastic, so it does not absorb moisture at all. Wool is moisture-resistant, but over time, will absorb up to 40% of its weight in moisture without feeling wet.

Acrylic works fine, IMO. Lots of people have reported that they like it. It's easy to care for, and there are tons of SUPER soft baby yarns out there (softer than wool).

I personally prefer wool because it's more natural and breathable (an acrylic soaker will breathe some because of the knit, but the fibers aren't naturally breathable), and because I don't feel like there could be a puddle of pee behind the cover waiting for the right move to squish out.


But acrylic yarn is also inexpensive, so it might be worth a go. Theresa at Little Turtle Knits has a wool soaker pattern that you could use acrylic yarn for. www.littleturtleknits.com
 

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Cons:
Acrylic- Has to be washed after each use, will not absorb only repel, not a breathable fabric, will melt

Wool-Some wool needs special care, more expensive, an animal product

Pros:
Acrylic-Cheaper, easier to wash, not an animal product

Wool- breathable, natural, can be used many times without laundering, absorbs 30% of it's weight, fire resistant
 

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I use wool on my older son, but my baby is allergic. I have made him some acrylic soakers and love them for daytime. I have only tried once at night and had wet sheets the next morning. But, I have used the acrylic ones during the day, even in the carseat, with great success!
 
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