The World of Wool: Potty Training Edition

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In my last post, I mentioned that we are no longer using cloth diapers. However, I did hang on to the majority of our wool shorties because they’re great for added protection over undies while in the potty training phase. (Plus, they’re so pretty!)

There are many different brands of wool in various price ranges, but there are two brands that I like more than others. For knits, my favorite is Sloomb, and for interlock, I prefer Wild Coconut Wear.

So, what’s the difference between knits and interlock?

Knits are softer and more delicate than interlock. They must be handwashed and lanolized, and can be easily felted if not cared for properly. Most people in the wool community consider felting to be a bad thing, but some moms prefer it because it’s denser and more absorbent, therefore “bulletproof” when it comes to leaks.

Interlock is generally felted before hand, which makes it very durable, while still being relatively soft and stretchy. It can be washed by hand, or in the washing machine on a wool cycle.

I love the softness of knits, but I do find myself reaching for interlock more often with a toddler!

If you’re child is in the beginning stages of potty training, you will need something more absorbent than regular underwear between them and the wool, like Super Undies training pants. For more experienced potty-ers, wool shorties can be worn directly over underwear to catch small leaks and protect your floor/bed/couch. The stretchiness of the wool makes it easy for a toddler to pull them up and down themselves, as opposed to pants with snaps, buttons, and zippers.

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Read more about The World of Wool is these posts – Part 1: My New-Found Love and Part 2: Washing Your Wool Diaper Covers.

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The World of Wool – Part 2: Washing Your Wool Diaper Covers

A couple of days ago, I posted about my new-found love of wool diaper covers.  We’ve had our covers for a couple of weeks now, and I just washed them for the first time using several products you can find at my favorite cloth diaper store, Kelly’s Closet! (Links to products in this post are affiliate links, which help support the blog!)

I prefer to hand wash mine, but Kelly’s Closet has some wonderful instructions on washing wool in the washer! *Remember- you only have to wash and lanolize again once it starts to smell like pee (you know the smell – ammonia, like a cat litter box…ugh!) or if it gets soiled (ie: pooped on). You can go weeks without washing and lanolizing!*

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  • Bucket or Bowl
  • Small plastic container with lid
  • Lanolin
  • Wool Wash (bar or soap)
  • Baby Wash Soap (any brand will do)
  • Wool Cover(s)

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  • Fill your bucket/bowl with lukewarm water just enough so it will cover the Wool.
  • Take your Wool Cover and swish it around in the bucket/bowl.
  • Grab your wool wash (bar or soap). If using a bar, apply in areas that need most attention. (I have a tummy sleeper, so I focus on the front and legs of the cover.) If you are using a wool soap, add a small amount (depending on water amount and how many wools you are washing) prior to adding your wool cover(s) to the bucket/bowl.
  • Swish your wool around in the bucket/bowl, and let it sit and soak for 30 minutes or more.
  • Come back after the time has passed, and drain out the water. Most wool washes don’t require you to rinse!
  • Refill bucket/bowl back up with fresh lukewarm water.
  • Grab the small plastic container and lid and fill it with VERY HOT water.
  • Add 1 peasize of lanolin (1 per cover) and 1 squirt of baby soap to the plastic container, then put the lid on and shake it really well, so it dissolves. (Note – I recommend using a small spoon or other utensil to do this, rather than your hands. I had lanolin all over my fingers that I could not get off!)
  • Add this mixture to your bowl/bucket that is filled with lukewarm water.
  • Put your wool back in the bowl/bucket and squish around, then let sit for an hour or more.
  • Come back after the time has passed, and drain out water and remove wool.
  • Lay flat to dry
  • By the next day, your wool will be ready to use again!

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The World of Wool – Part 1: My New-Found Love

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For a long time, I was nervous about venturing in to the world of wool. So many cloth diapering mamas I knew would rave about it, but it just seemed like SO MUCH WORK!

Then, all of our nighttime diaper options became ineffective. Leaks everywhere, multiple sheet changes…so we resorted to using disposables at night again. The leaks were contained! And THEN…

One morning I came in to Little Man’s room to get him ready for the day, and HE WAS NOT WEARING A DIAPER! Awesome. (Luckily, the bedding was still clean and dry!)

So, I decided to give wool a try. I could always resell them if I didn’t like them, right? (Benefit 13546353 to cloth diapers!)

Let me tell you…everything I previously thought about wool is WRONG! I LOVE IT! These covers fit like a glove, we have had NO LEAKS!

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(Sorry for the dark picture – he would run away whenever he saw the flash…lol)

The wool we’re currently using is a work-at-home mom brand called Chelory. I use her wool-in-two cover, with a night-solution insert and a wool doubler underneath. It works fantastically for us overnight!

If you already have fitteds and are just looking for wool covers to try, Sustainablebabyish (aka: Sloomb) makes very popular covers, shorties, and longies in gorgeous colors!

A bonus of the shorties and longies? They are both a cover AND pants – you don’t need an extra cover in between!

Image via Kelly's Closet and Sustainablebabyish

Image via Kelly’s Closet and Sustainablebabyish

Some of you may be looking at the prices in shock, but keep in mind that you probably only need 3-4 covers, making wool a very economical choice! As long as the wool is not soiled or stinky – it doesn’t have to be washed after every wear!

Next time – how to wash your wool diapers!

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Fun in the Sun: Baby and Toddler Essentials {Giveaway!}

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So, if you haven’t noticed…it’s June. Did your jaw just drop to the floor? Yeah, mine too. Guess it’s time to break out the sunscreen and swim trunks for some FUN IN THE SUN!

I’m very picky about sunscreen on my little man, so we use Episencial Sunny Sunscreen. I love this product for many reasons. It is gentle enough for babies – there are no fragrances, parabens, or other chemicals. It’s not tested on animals. It smells yummy! And most importantly – it WORKS!

Last year, we didn’t spend too much time at the pool, so I didn’t invest in a cloth swim diaper. When I did Little Man’s closet reorg project earlier this year, I found the small pack of disposable swim diapers I bought instead…with 18 of the original 20 still in the package. And there’s no way he’ll fit into them this year. Oops! (I obviously didn’t think that through very well…)

So, this year, I bought a cloth one. My Swim Baby Swim Diapers are really affordable ($10!!), and come in super cute prints! You can also purchase a matching rash guard AND sun hat! (If you’re on a really tight budget, you can use a delaminated pocket diaper without the insert as a swim diaper. Delaminated means that the PUL is no good (you’ll see it coming apart from the diaper itself – kind of bubbling up). It won’t stop wetness leaks, but it will contain the “twosies” – which is all a swim diaper does anyway.)

I went ahead and bought two sizes of the swim diaper, because I wasn’t 100% sure which one would fit my 21 month old. (He’s at the higher end of the XL weight range, and smaller end of the 3T). I’m so glad I bought both to try, because they do run on the small side, and we ended up going with the 3T.

Now that we have the essentials (no sunburned or bare bottom kids here!), we’re looking forward to a lot of fun in the sun this summer!

Need to stock up on these items yourself? Visit Kelly’s Closet today and enter the coupon code SUNANDFUN to get $5 off your $25 order!

You can also enter to WIN a $100 gift certificate from Kelly’s Closet in the FUN IN THE SUN GIVEAWAY!!

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Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. One winner will be selected. Must be over 18 years of age, and a resident of the US only! Contest ends Sunday, June 30th at 12:00 AM EST.

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Kelly’s Closet $50 Cloth Diaper Gift Card Giveaway

Want to win $50 to Kelly’s Closet (my favorite online CD retailer)? Keep reading!
Special thanks to Kelly’s Closet and Bellyhood.com for letting me share this giveaway on my blog! (I received no compensation for doing so – I just wanted to make someone’s day!)

If you haven’t heard of Bellyhood.com yet, it is a social forum for moms and moms to be. It provides a friendly and supportive community for moms to ask questions, discuss and share.
It is a great way to have fun, learn new things and make life long friendships.

To encourage participation in the community and to give back to its members, Bellyhood.com is sponsoring this awesome giveaway for a $50 Kelly’s Closet Gift Certificate!

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Enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter Form below.
The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on May 12, 2013.
It is open to US residents, 18+ only.

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Fresh Start for Spring – Cloth Diaper Organization

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Lately, I’ve seen a lot of moms asking, “What’s the best way to organize my cloth diapers?” Obviously, the answer is different for everyone, but here’s what works for us…and you get to see pictures of my (rarely) organized stash!

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My setup consists of two dressers. Back when {Hunter} was teeny tiny, the top of the large dresser was our changing station. Now, we just use the floor.

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The small dresser is where the diapers are stored. The intention was that I would keep my stash minimalized enough that if I had more diapers than fit in these three drawers, I had too many. But let’s be honest…that’s not happening here. The overflow usually ends up in a laundry basket. 😛

The top drawer holds diaper covers, Flip inserts, wet bags, and pocket diapers. I keep these in the top drawer because they have the most pieces that can be scattered all over the room, and little man can’t quite reach them yet. So, they are safe…for now.

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The middle drawer is my Swaddlebees AIOs and some hybrid fitteds, and the bottom drawer is more hybrids and overnight diapers. (Which provides easy access should we need to do a change in middle of the night.)

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  • Tip #1: Organize your stash by type, so you’re not digging around trying to find something to put inside that cover while your baby is wandering around bottomless (unless you feel like cleaning up a mess).
  • Tip #2: Make sure your diapers are ready to “grab and go”. Put baby down. Dirty diaper off, clean diaper on, done. Diaper changes are hard enough with an older baby/toddler. Don’t complicate things by having to hold him down while you try to snap in an insert, stuff a pocket, etc.

So…now, that you’re all organized, do you have empty spaces in your dresser/cart/laundry basket that need to be filled? Join the fun in the Kelly’s Closet Easter Egg Hunt for your chance to win more diapers!

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{Disclosure: I am an affiliate blogger for Kelly’s Closet and I’m participating in the Egg Hunt promotion. No compensation was received. Affiliate links may be present in this post. Prizes are sponsored by Kelly’s Closet. To learn more about becoming an affiliate or about Kelly’s Closet: https://www.kellyscloset.com/affiliateinfo.asp. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

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