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I like my chinese prefolds (without pinning) for dd, but have been using mostly cheap commercial velcro closed pul covers, which are just not holding up and leak way too often. I'm getting tired of changing and washing her wet clothes all the time, so I have some questions for the veteran cloth users out there:

How many covers do you own (use) for your toddler?

What materials are they made out of?

Do the wool covers really keep moisture from wicking through (I understand the theory, but am still not fully clear on how a porous material keeps moisture from going through--I have one acrylic fleece pull on cover, and it feels damp on the outside after one use)?
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What about the new wool pants I'm seeing? Are these warm enough for your babes to wear alone, or do you still put clothes over them to go out in cool weather for example?

Any thoughts would be helpful...
 

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How many covers do you own (use) for your toddler? For my 2 yo ds, I have 5 xl me airflows, 1 lg. PUL sugarbums, 5 Happy Heinys (pocket pul/fleece combo) 1 lg. wool aristocrat, 1 wool cushie tushie, 1 wool first class baby and some bumkins and proraps that I really don't use.

What materials are they made out of? see above


Do the wool covers really keep moisture from wicking through (I understand the theory, but am still not fully clear on how a porous material keeps moisture from going through--I have one acrylic fleece pull on cover, and it feels damp on the outside after one use)?

Yes, my wool soakers combined w/a hemp prefold keep DS's pj's and sheets nice and dry. Some mornings I notice some wicking but everything is still dry. I'm sure a more experienced cd mama can explain the properties of wool - all I know is: it works

What about the new wool pants I'm seeing?
I have a pair that I haven't used yet.

Any thoughts would be helpful. I really like using Happy Heinys (size lg) w/a toddler cpf stuffer for ds during the daytime.

HTH
 

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Although I don't have too terribly many covers anymore, I still have a decent variety. For a nice pul cover that is non wahm, I swear by the motherease covers-rikki wraps and the airflow. Now then, I've heard many mamas here talk of red leg rings from the airflow, but my skinny minny has never experienced that and he's been in airflows basically since he's been cd'ed. I like the ease of the rikki wraps b/c prefolds can just trifolded inside. I am down to about 4 wool covers and yes they are 'waterproof' but actually what happens is that they absorb something like 30 times their weight in liquids. I'd have to double check that, but it is something ridiculously high which is why they seem to be waterproof. What really waterproofs them or keeps pee from sweating through is the lanolizing of them, so far as I know. I've been able to use sugarpeas side snap wool covers with prefolds trifolded inside. I love my crat for overnight use (you'd have to snappi with this though) and my bumpy can also be used w/trifolded pf's. I've not had much success with wahm pul covers so I can't really speak on those. I've made my own fleece covers and liked them but they are basically back up covers and live in storage. Of those, I liked my 2 layers of 200 wt MM fleece. I'm dying to buy/try some wool pants b/c it seems they should be all in one so to speak (warm pants and cover in one), but I keep resisting the temptation, but it is really only a matter of time....:LOL
 

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I personally don't trust prefolds just laid into a wrap for my active toddler. That worked great for us when he wasn't walking but once he was there was mucho shifting going on and that caused leaks. Do you think that could be a problem?

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How many covers do you own (use) for your toddler?


oh god, let's see....3 pro-raps (not my fav anymore), 2 bumpy wool, 1 stacinator wool, 1 lrg 'cart, 2 lrg sugarpeas wool covers, 1 lrg full moon baby gear (FMBG) fleece cover, 2 medium bummis wraps (love these!), 1 medium pull on bummis (and love this too!) and some baby r us brands that are okay. Oh, and geezes, 5 medium fuzzi bunz, 3 pettite ones and 2 medium happy heiney, 5 large ones (still BIG on dd but they are okay she'll grow into them).

What materials are they made out of?

I think I covered it in the first!


Do the wool covers really keep moisture from wicking through (I understand the theory, but am still not fully clear on how a porous material keeps moisture from going through--I have one acrylic fleece pull on cover, and it feels damp on the outside after one use)?
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Yep, I love the sugarpeas and 'crat for night. Heck even the stacinator is great for night. The bumpy though is best for day for me. I let them air out during the day b/w changings when I feel like keeping her in wool esp when she's a little rashey. The FMBG does work good for me too and again, I air it out b/w wearing.

Any thoughts would be helpful...


I really like the fuzzi bunz a little more over the happy heiney in care. I'm have to strip wash the HH more, but I do like the fit a bit better on her. Dh likes the aplix closeur b/c the he doesn't have to fidget w/ snaps and getting the right fit. I stuff w/ joey bunz (much beter than the micro liners for a toddler) at night I stuff w/ an infant pre-fold. For night too we use wool/pre-fold or sugarpeas 2 w/ a doubler.
 

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hmmm ...we have tons of covers running around (with 2 wahm's in the house how could we not LOL) ... favorites are wool ... I could probably get by with 4. Highly recommend the wool pants (harder and less likely for our toddlers to take off than any other type of cover and they're nice and warm ...but not hot) ... would say to go for some made with 2 layers of jersey... and YES they do work. They're breathable ...like the fleece and if there's not quite enough absorbancy they might feel steamy after awhile ...but not really wet. The best fleece I recommend for covers is malden mills windpro ... lightweight is trimmest and works as well as the heavier weights in terms of waterproofness.

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Lets see...I have a hand knit soaker from the Cushie Tushie that I LOVE!! A blue skies Fuzbomb that I like, but don't ever use and a handful of Bummis whisper pants which is what I seem to use the most.

Our wool covers work great for us, I love the soaker I got, I use it at night and dd wakes up in a dry bed
the fuzbomb also works great for us, I still don't know why I don't use it much though :LOL

I"m in the process of acquiring wool soaker pants for dd in trade
I'll let you know what I think of them when I get them
 

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I think you're right Steph (tuffykenwell)--We have a ton of bummis wraps that I like, but they always seem to leak. I think I need to use a doubler inside all the time and buy the next size cpf, and also start pinning them, as the leaking may be due to shifting around like you suggest! I end up washing them too much and that may also be contributing to the leaking as fabrics break down, etc.

So I may not need to use wool covers, though I think I'm going to buy one or two just to check them out--those wool pants are so cute, that I think I may try to get a pair of those too!


Thanks for all of the info, and keep it coming!!!
 

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How many covers do you own (use) for your toddler?

Well I don't actually have a toddler, but I have an almost toddler, and I have a bunch of covers but I only use probably 6-7 of them regularly. I probably own close to 25 covers though. (way too many)

What materials are they made out of?
We have PUL, wool and fleece. I like wool best, then PUL then fleece. Those are the order in which they 'work' for us too.

Do the wool covers really keep moisture from wicking through (I understand the theory, but am still not fully clear on how a porous material keeps moisture from going through--I have one acrylic fleece pull on cover, and it feels damp on the outside after one use)?
Yes they really REALLY REALLY work. The reason they work, is something to do with wool absorbing and repeling before it feels damp at all, but it is more like magic to me! I swear I was EXACTLY in the same boat as you when I first tried my soaker, but I can't even tell you how glad I am I made the switch to wool! try one, you won't be sorry, it is WAY better than fleece. I promise!

What about the new wool pants I'm seeing? Are these warm enough for your babes to wear alone, or do you still put clothes over them to go out in cool weather for example?
They are totally warm enough to wear out in cold weather alone, they are warmer than say sweatpants or jeans for sure. I would put a snow suit over them if they were going to play in the snow or something but otherwise they are great to wear as pants. (we do it anyway) I couldn't imagine putting pants OVER the wool pants, I would think that would be way hot.

My thoughts are that wool will probably be your best bet over all to stop the leaks, you can get soakers pretty reasonable on e-bay or you can order a cover (from places like www.sugarbums.com) and try them out. Good luck!
 
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