Posts Tagged ‘wool diaper covers’

Product Review: Sloomb Knit Wool Covers

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

I have been EAGER to try out a Sloomb Knit Wool Cover by Sustainablebabyish ever since Mom’s Milk Boutique started carrying them earlier this year. After drooling over them endlessly on the website, I finally added one to my cloth diaper stash…isn’t it BEAUTIFUL!?!

Believe me, the picture doesn’t even do it justice…it is sooo lovely!

I ordered a size medium in Capri (won’t that color be cute on a baby girl? ;) ). The medium is said to fit babies/toddlers ages 12 months to 28 months (or 22 to 30lbs). My 21 month old son weighs approximately 25lbs, however he is a bit on the leaner side. Therefor the medium Sloomb Knit Wool Cover has a little room left in it for him to grow. That is unless I put a super fluffy diaper underneath it. :) Right now I am using the cover primarily with my old skool one-size Mother-Ease fitted diapers with a snap-in liner (Side note: this fitted diaper rocks! It is super trim fitting!)

While the Sloomb Knit Wool Cover has only been in my stash a short time, it’s already gotten lots of lovin’! One thing I LOVE about wool is that I can use the same cover throughout the entire day. That overall seems to result in less laundry. Plus wool is sooo easy to care for! Yep, that’s right… Wool is EASY! I know, I know… many families admire wool from afar but stay away thinking it’s too complicated. However I assure you that it’s not! You will be a pro at caring for it in no time at all!

Wool is wonderful in so many ways and the Sloomb Wool Knit Covers are no exception. They do exactly what you want a high quality cloth diaper to do…contain the mess and keep baby dry, all while looking super duper cute! :) Plus I love how smooth and soft it is. This wool cover is much thicker than some of the others in my stash, which makes it feel extra plush! The only downside is that it does take a LONG time to dry, but since I don’t have to wash it too frequently it ends up not being too big a deal. I also think a little extra lanolizing will help the cover repel more as well as absorb less water so that is definitely on my to-do list. :)

The only, only downside to wool for me is I am adamant that my son wears pants or shorts over it. Usually I am cool with him hanging out in just his diaper, but I am a bit less protective over my other cloth diapers than I am with my wool. I don’t want any paint, mud, tomato sauce, or the like on our wool covers! My son has a tendency to take his clothes off (let’s face, what toddler doesn’t want to be nakie!) so I have to watch him extra carefully when he’s in wool to make sure the clothes stay on or the messes are kept to a minimum (which is a bit of an oxymoron with kids, right?).

All in all sustainablebabyish makes a wicked awesome wool diaper cover. I am so happy to finally have one in my rotation and am quite pleased with how it has lived up to its reputation!

Do you have any Sloomb Knit Wool Covers in your stash? Would love to hear your thoughts!

-Sarah

What’s Up With Wool??

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Okay, I admit that at first I was scared to use wool diaper covers; using something on my child’s bum that could not go in the washing machine simply made no sense to me! That is until a friend of mine started knitting and made me THE CUTEST orange wool diaper cover with a matching orange pumpkin hat. The knitted set arrived in the mail when I was around 30ish weeks pregnant with baby #2. I still remember opening the package and feeling so excited to have this beautiful handmade gift for my baby…one that I now had to figure out how to use, lol! Thankfully, as it turns out, wool is actually rather simple to care for. There are 3 main things you need to do in order to properly care for wool:

1. Lanolize- Lanolin is a waxy substance found on sheep’s wool that protects the skin and wool of the animal. We lanolize wool items to help make them waterproof and protect against dirt. In general you will want to lanolize your wool before using for the first time and from then on whenever you notice your wool is becoming less water resistant.  Check here for a super easy description on how to lanolize your wool using either pure lanolin, wool wash bar, or liqiud lanolin.

2. Washing – I honestly think washing my wool covers is easier than washing any of my other covers. All you need is a wool wash, a basin of lukewarm water, and your soiled cover…that’s it! First RINSE your wool cover with warm water. Next SPOT TREAT with a gentle soap or wool wash. Then SOAK your diaper cover in a basin (or right in your sink) of warm water with a small amount of wool wash for about 10-15 minutes. Lastly RINSE one final time until the water runs clear.

3. Drying – Drying your wool is a piece of cake. All you need to do is gently squeeze out any access water and lay flat on a towel to air dry. That’s all! Do NOT put wool in the dryer…it will become felted and shrink up into an itty bitty wool cover.

You do not necessarily need to wash your wool cover every time you use it. Often I can use the same wool cover all day, sometimes even multiple days, before washing it. As long as it does not get soiled and is properly lanolized so urine does not soak into the fibers, you can often re-use a wool cover several times before it needs to be washed. How cool is that! :)

Okay so now that you know how easy wool is to use, are you ready to give it a try? Go for it!! However if you are still on the fence about introducing wool into your diaper stash, be sure to check back here tomorrow to learn more about wool and why it’s a top choice diaper cover for many cloth diapering families!

-Sarah

Silent Saturday: I’m having a love affair…

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

with WOOL!!

Now I just need to learn to knit! ;)

Woolie Love!

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Let’s talk about wool.  It’s so soft, squishy and wonderfully absorbent.  But best of all, it doesn’t need to be cleaned very often.  Why?  It’s naturally antimicrobial, which means that it prevents the growth of bacteria.  However, although it may not need to be cleaned very often, washing it can be a daunting task.  It took me months to work up the courage to try/lanolize/wash it.   Now that I’ve done it, it’s soooo easy!!

Wait, go back… lano-whaaat?  Lanolin is a wax secreted by the glands of sheep to coat wool.  It comes from the sheep, and just needs to be put back in to keep your woolies nice and absorbent.  So absorbent, in fact, I’ve heard it can absorb up to 30% of its own weight.  And unlike waterproof covers, like PUL, it allows the moisture to evaporate so the little bum isn’t soaking in it.

Ahhh, but I’ve strayed off topic.  Let’s talk about caring for your wool.  Some lovely woolies will come to you prelanolized, washed, and ready to go.  Some don’t.  For the ones that don’t, we want to coat them in lanolin and give ‘em a good washing.

You can use a product like Lansinoh for lanolizin that you might have sitting around from nursing, or you can go with specially made wool wash like Eucalan or Naturally Luxe or even plain ‘ol lanolin.  I get mine from my local health food store, and prefer the liquid over the solid.   To get started, we’ll just need some lanolin, wool wash, and woolies.  Some people like to use baby shampoo, but my little guy has sensitive skin, and gets rashes, so we stick with wool wash.  I also like that wool wash has some lanolin in it, so I don’t have to lanolize every time.  However, if you would like to use baby shampoo, just replace the wool wash with it.

To begin, put a few drops of lanolin in some hot water (microwave if necessary), and shake/stir/mix until it’s dissolved into the water.  Then you’ll want to pour that into a sink full of warm water.   Once their bath is ready, add your wool, and let them get nice and wet.  Get some wool wash in your hands, from a bottle or bar, and gently work it into the wool.

When  I’m done washing my woolies, I’ll let them sit and soak for an hour or two.  After the soak, I drain the water and rinse them off.   Once washed, the wool will need to be air dried, so you’ll want to get out some of the excess water or it will take forever!  Lay it on a towel, roll it up, and squeeeeze out some excess water.  That simple step takes hours off of our drying time.

Now we’re off to dry!  Your wool should be laid flat, or it may stretch.  I lay mine on a drying rack in a warm spot of the house.  If it’s warm enough, you may have dry wool by morning.  If it’s a colder environment, it may take a couple of days.

As soon as it’s dry it’s ready to wear!  And it doesn’t need to be washed again unless it gets dirty or leaky.  We go weeks between washes!   If it isn’t leaky, but needs a wash, you don’t even need to lanolize unless you’re using baby shampoo.  Most wool washes will have some lanolin built in, so you can just use them.  It also extends the time between lanolizing!!

Washing may be more high maintenance than another cover, and wool may be more expensive, but it’s so worth it!  You need fewer since you don’t wash as often, and it’s so much easier between washings.   Not to mention it’s so cute and soft!

And addicting!  Once you’ve found the wool love, there’s no going back.  My… errr… DS’s collection has almost everything Mom’s Milk Boutique offers!  He’s got a Clover Wool Wrap, Imse Vimse and Luxe Wool Covers, and we just ordered some Lapis Leine

Lapis Leine Shorties

shorties.   The Kissaluvs Wool Lovers are back in stock, and next on my list!

It took me months to begin my collection, but I don’t recommend waiting that long.  There are woolies that need your love!!

- by Shannon Herbat, cloth diaperer extraordinare

GIVEAWAY: We will randomly select 2 winners. Mom’s Milk Boutique is giving away 1 Little Beetle Little to Big Wool Cover to each winner.

FOUR ways to ENTER and you CAN win multiple times if your comments are drawn:

1. “Like us” on Facebook then post a comment with your Facebook user name.
2. “Fan us” on the Blog then post a comment with your Blog user name.
3. Tell others about the GIVEAWAY then post a comment with a link to your post.
4. If you order during the contest (2/26-3/1), you can comment with your order #!

Comments are moderated, so they will not show up immediately.

Giveaway closes at midnight on 3/1/11 and the winners will be randomly selected the next day and posted here. It is the winner’s responsibility to contact info@momsmilkboutique.com to claim your prize. Contest void were prohibited by law. Winners outside of the USA are responsible for any shipping costs incurred.

WINNERS: Erin Olson and Becky Hickey. Please email info@momsmilkboutique.com by 3/7/2011 to claim your Little Beelte Wool Cover!