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DH and I are both VERY sensitive to wool. Neither of us can wear any wool we've encountered without breaking out into red welts. (This includes high quality merino and even cashmere worn OVER a cotton shirt!)<br><br>
I know there are many advantages to wool in terms of temperature regulation and antimicrobial properties, and I really like the look of many of the wool soakers. I knit, so there's a chance that I could have them without going bankrupt, but what's the likelihood that my little one would be comfortable in them?<br><br>
Is this something I should consider, or should I just stick with FBs?
 

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Most people who think they are allergic/sensitive to wool are actually sensitive to the chemicals present in conventional wool. Try hand-knit, undyed, organic, merino wool. It's pure and soft and non-irritating.
 

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I agree with Alice. Try a nice chemical free organic such as Full Belly Farm (<a href="http:" target="_blank">www.fullbellyfarm.com)</a>. They have nice wool without the usual irritants.<br><br>
It may be that your babe will share your wool sensitivity & in that case you'd want to avoid it. However, I'd try it out just to be sure. I love our wool. It's the best thing for our occasional diaper rash. My girlies' bums need to breathe and nothing beats the wool!
 

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Thanks, everyone. I'll order a skein of organic wool and knit it up into something for me and dh to wear for a while (scarf maybe) to see if we still react to it or not. If it doesn't irritate us, I'll get a soaker pattern and some more wool! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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If it doesnt work - the organic I mean - and you are still allergic, try acrylic soakers.<br><br>
You can just get acrylic yarn and knit it the same as a soaker (or buy them made - some wahms do acrylic) and they work the same as wool (breathable, hold in moisture, etc.) only need to be washed with each use. And can be washed in the washer - which wool cant.<br><br>
But I hope the organic wool works for you!
 

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I'm really sensitive to wool too, in yet I'm fine with dd's soakers, I'm thinking that perhaps the lanolizing of them is helping.
 

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I'm sensitive to wools too, can't even wear cashmere without something under it. Everything is prickly to me. DH tho is not sensitive. I thought DS was because he'd gotten redness around his neck from some wool, but the soaker shorts I have bought have not bothered him at all. One is made from peace fleece and the other I am not sure but it is a really soft bulky wool from HSY. Now I've bought some wool and am making my own.<br><br>
Maybe get a cheaper one off the TP and try it out before you go to the trouble of knitting one. You can always turn around and sell it again if it's not working out.
 
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