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Hi all,<br>
I'm a relative newbie when it comes to CD-ing (kiddo won't be born till the end of Jan, so I can't try it out yet.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ), but I was browsing some of the info on fleece and wool covers, and I think I'd like to give them a try.<br><br>
I don't know if I would like to hand wash the covers though, even if its only every few weeks or so. So... is there any wool covers out there that can be machine washed?<br><br>
Also, what are the benefits of wools vs. fleece? I'm assuming that with fleece you can machine wash?<br><br>
Any other hints, tips, stuff I haven't thought of?<br><br>
Thanks in advance!
 

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I know almost nothing about it all as I'm new to it too, and only have prefolds and a couple Bummis SWW (PUL) covers, so we've not tried out fleece or wool... but I think I read you can machine wash on cold the Fuz Easy covers? I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.. and hopefully have more info for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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According to <a href="http://www.fuzbaby.com/covers.htm" target="_blank">Fuzbaby's website</a> , the Easy Wool covers can be machine washed once a week. I don't have one yet, but I'd really like to try one.<br><br>
I'm sure there are others who know more than me, but I think a benefit of wool is that it has antimicrobial properties, so it is resistant to stinkiness and doesn't have to be washed as often as fleece. It can hold 3x its own weight in liquid before feeling wet. I also know a lot of people prefer that wool is a natural material from a renewable source. Personally, I think wool is way cuter than fleece and, IME, less bulky under clothes.
 

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I have only 1 fleece cover and it's double layered, but it's really bulky and I can't put it on DS under clothes. In comparison, we use wool covers all the time under clothes, they're much trimmer. Righteous Baby felted wool covers I find to be particularly trim. I also fancy if you were to machine wash the fleece it would get all pilly quite quickly, although admittedly we have not tried machine washing our wool, it's been handwashed. Fleece can get quite stinky. Wool doesn't until after a few wears. And finally, I agree with Jen, there is much nicer wool stuff out there than fleece stuff, although that might simply be a result of the high demand for wool...
 

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Congratulations on your baby...you are in the home stretch now! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
To answer your questions...<br><br>
So... is there any wool covers out there that can be machine washed?<br><br>
***Actually, I wash ALL of my wool covers in the machine! I have wool covers (front and side snap) and wool soakers and have never had any shrinking at all. I wash on warm with Eucalan and on the SUPER DELICATE cycle! That is key! It works great for me.<br><br>
Also, what are the benefits of wools vs. fleece? I'm assuming that with fleece you can machine wash?<br><br>
***Others gave great information on the antimicrobial properties of wool. I personally LOVE the way wool is so breathable and it's a natural product that is earth-friendly. We do have a few fleece covers which I like (they are so nice and soft), but generally I prefer wool most of the time.<br><br>
Any other hints, tips, stuff I haven't thought of?<br><br>
***The only tip is to read lots here and just start trying them out! Whatever doesn't work for you, you can sell on the TP.<br><br>
Good Luck with your baby!
 
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