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Do any of you use a wool pad under your baby's sheet instead of the waterproof crib pads? I've read that you can make your own with a wool blanket, but most of the wool blankets I've found are only 50% wool, which I think is too little. Have any of you heard which brands are better or had success with making your own?
 

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I haven't done this (we didn't use a crib) but I've heard that the best/cheapest thing to do is to get an old army blanket from a surplus store and lanolize it. You can find instructions on lanolizing wool all over the internet. I'm not in the mood to find links right now, but you might start on Green Mountain Diapers, Diaper Jungle, and... oh, heck, I forget. I'm pretty sure that LL Bean and Land's End also still sell 100% wool blankets.<br><br>
There are also many companies which make wool mattress pads, but again, I can't think of any names at the moment.
 

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I'd say just used old wool sweaters and patchwork them together... but honestly, the idea of cleaning a whole blanket and re-lanolizing seems horrifying. I love wool covers, but those are so much smaller.
 

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We use one now that DD had her own bed. It's made by Imse Vimse and would fit a bassinet, but in her junior bed it's just a strip across where her bottom is. Love it.<br>
When the babes are little they sleep with us and I just plan on chucking the mattress when we are done baby-ing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Yes, I agree. I guess you'd have to use the bathtub or something? And a lot of Eucalan.<br><br>
Yes, gypsy, I have seen the links you mention. Most of the Army surplus ones seem to be less wool than I would want. I looked online and some of the reviews also said that they smelled really bad.<br><br>
There are a bunch of different brands out there, and it seems that there is also quite the price range. I think the cheapest I saw was like $50, which is really rather expensive, which is why I thought there must be some solution to maybe make one. I'll definitely check out LLbean, though, I hadn't thought of there. Maybe their blankets don't smell? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I think I have this one: <a href="http://greenmountaindiapers.com/bedding.htm" target="_blank">http://greenmountaindiapers.com/bedding.htm</a><br><br>
It's awesome. I never had to test it in the crib (never had a leak or a spit up really) and now DD has it under her in her big bed, where it has been tested (by my dog of all things, ew) and it's awesome.<br><br>
I also have a few wool blankets that are old from thrift stores -- and because they're better if they're felted, I just put them in the washing machine. I believe you could spray on lanolin, rather than a whole bathtub procedure of doing it, and that should work. I've not tried it though. I've picked up a number of 100% wool blankets, some really nice, at thrift shops, for less than $10.
 
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