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Ladies - please help me! I am on my second baby, and both have been cd. I have always used prefolds and cheap covers (like the ones at Fred Meyer's). But I am out of covers that fit my son and need new ones. I have very little to spend. I have taked a liking to wool and like the idea of using soft natural fibers. I do not knit, but I can sew a little. Does anyone out there use only wool all the time? Can I use the prefolds that I just bought from a WAHM with them? What are the best ones? Where do I get a good deal? Is it hard to make those sweater ones? How do I Lanolize? Is used wool covers a good choice?

I have bought a "bio-bottom" that I found at a consignment store.

What about hemp?

Please help!!!

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Welcome! Our Fred Meyer only carries Gerber stuff so I'm suprised you found much there.


Let's start with wool - yes, you can use it full time. Yes you can use it with prefolds (but fold those legs tight so you don't get poop explosions). Inexpensive wool can be found on Ebay, the Trading Post and at www.fernandfaerie.com Fern and Faerie also has patterns for sale so you can make your own wool soakers with a sewing machine and wool sweaters.
Used wool is just fine, it doesn't loose it's ability to work for quite some time.. a very long time! lol

I'd only start looking at hemp if the prefolds aren't working for you or if you're ready to expand your cloth diapers. It sounds like you are looking for just the basics right now. Hemp is nice but it's not needed for most people.


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We use wool exclusively and I
it! We have a mish-mash of covers (SugarPeas, Stacinators, Hidden Pearl Creations, and Kiwi Pie) and home-made stuff (mostly bum sweaters). If you can sew somewhat, I would invest in the bum sweater pattern that Jenn linked for you from Fern & Fearie - you can find wool sweaters at the local good will/salvation army shops for relatively cheap (the ones I bought were around $3 each, but now that's it's summer, they might be cheaper). I haven't tried the BJ Marketplace soakers on Ebay yet, but have heard great things about them and they are about $20. Oh, and cpf's should work fine with your wool - I would too make sure you get the legs as snug as you can, but if your ds is moving out of the explosion stage (we're still in it! LOL), you should be fine. We use cpf's and wool bum sweaters a lot and they work great (even over night for us). Good luck ... definitely check out the Trading Post here too ... you can usually find good deals.
 
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