What exactly is Sherpa? is it natural or synthetic? I see that it is used in Loveybums which seem very popular and it says they are "quick dry" . . .<br><br>
But can someone tell me more about it? Facts and/or opinions welcome!<br><br>
Sherpa is a pile-type fabric that is very soft and fuzzy when new. However, I have found that over time and washings, the brushed piles get bumpy and stiff. You can find info on assorted diaper fabrics <a href="http://www.bumblebuns.com/index.php/action/fabric_information/" target="_blank">here</a>, sherpa is at the bottom.
Thanks birdiefu! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/tiphat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Tiphat">: : That helps . . . it says that it is 91% cotton/9% poly. Does it get bumpy and stiff when line dried on in the dryer or either way? I wonder if that makes a difference . . . scratch<br><br>
Any other experiences/opinions?
I usually machine dry most of the way, then line dry the rest. You might want to check out the <a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=646780&highlight=crunchy" target="_blank">Crunchy Kissaluv</a> thread(s) as they address some crunchy issues. I don't know if the KL is technically sherpa (it doesn't really say when I just checked the site), but KL 0's I have look like my loveybums sherpa when I first got it. I just sent the KL's through the wash a few times for prepping and they are starting to resemble my loveybum a bit.<br><br>
I usually just put a fleece line in DS's loveybum sherpa since it's stiff on his nether region, I haven't tried boiling or fabric softener yet to try to soften it up.
The higher cotton sherpa (91%) will stay nice and soft (but not as amazing as when you first get it, like most fabrics that you wash so much!) if you don't get detergent buildup and dry it in the dryer. I even line dry mine and then throw it in the dryer on air dry for 10 minutes with some tennis balls to keep it soft.<br><br>
I love the stuff since it is stretchy and lasts forever.