Friday, October 11, 2013

Wooly Little Bottom

As you have probably figured out by now, we cloth diaper our son.
I love it.
It is economical, better for his health, and environmentally less taxing.

And an entirely new world.
Blaze is now 9 months and I think we finally have navigated through the cloth diaper world.
Our destination: fitteds/hybrids/flats and covers.
You can read more about our routine here.

Today I want to share another place in Cloth Diaper world. It is called Wool.
Oh wool! Intimidating until you handle it yourself.
No, you can't just toss it in the washer.
However, for my friends that cloth diaper, you understand the value of a nighttime system that works!

And wool works.
If you find the right diaper to go underneath your wool, you will NEVER have a leak.
We haven't in 3 months.
It is very, very nice not being wakened by a warm bath on my belly and hips around 5am each morning.

My favorite place to get wool: The Raspberry Patch Boutique

Listen, wool longies and shorties can completely ruin the economical part of cloth diapering. Some companies charge anywhere from $60 to $150 for longies or shorties. Malina, of the boutique above keeps hers below $20 a piece including shipping! Not only that, but she is mom to 6 beautiful children (ages 7 weeks, 17 months, 3, 6, 7, and 9 years old) while providing her family's sole income! She started out creating doll/play sized cloth items and eventually fell in love with the idea of making the real thing! She enjoys shopping for fabrics and at one time, her entire dining room was covered in them!

An example of applique Malina does.
These belong to Blaze!





























I have purchased multiple items from Malina and her product is well made, plus, her customer service is stellar. Once, something I ordered was not a great fit for my son....she made two brand new ones and shipped them to me free of charge!

If you cloth diaper, I strongly recommend checking out her shop! And.....getting in on this GIVEAWAY!!!

Yes! The Raspberry Patch Boutique is sponsoring a giveaway! One blessed mama (or daddy) and their baby will get to work with Malina to create a custom pair of longies with an applique of their choice! Wool or fleece, you pick!

Enter. Share. Win. Yay!

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20 comments:

  1. I cloth diaper 1 and I love it because it is so easy, cute, cost-effective, and eco-friendly.

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    1. Thanks for sharing! I agree with all of your reasons for cloth!

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  2. I just love to cloth diaper. Can't wait to have another baby so they can have a cute bottom again! As we are so close to potty training!!!

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    1. Sweet! I hope you have another one so you can enjoy cloth diapers too!

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  3. I have not tried wool but I really want to it seems like a good option to pair with my fitteds

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    1. Yes, wool is a great partner for fitteds! Plus, it is natural fibers instead of pul, so your baby's skin can breathe!

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  4. No blowouts is my favorite thing about CDing, and I love wool!

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    1. One of our favorite parts of cloth too!!!! Glad you entered the giveaway, if you don't win, be sure to check out Malina on facebook, she has wonderfully low prices and runs specials regularly.

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  5. I'm currently cloth diapering my second little love. My oldest was also cloth diapered. I love it. I've never had a blowout with cloth and sposies there seem to always be poosplosions! ICK! Plus I would rather deal with fresh poo than a week old nasty sposie diaper pail GROSS! I would love to try wool!

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    1. Awesome that you have cloth diapered two babies! I completely agree. Disposables were such a headache when my son pooped. Up his back and all. Our cloth diapers keep his runny, breastfed poop significantly better contained. Thanks for entering the giveaway!

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  6. I have been reusing my cloth diaper stash off & on for many many years now. I can't believe our first born baby will be 9 years old this November. Our 19 month old daughter is using these diapers & I am 20 weeks pregnant now. Many of the diapers & covers which I used with our son with ZERO trouble have now lost their ability to contain moisture & I am ALWAYS having saturated clothing with our daughter due to this. The covers that I have used all these years with fitted style diapers that have snaps are called "nikky". The pocket style all in one diapers that I have used all these years are called "FuzziBunz". Many of the fitted style diapers I bought from local Moms who make home made diapers. They are absorbent, but very bulky however. I was recently told that my new washing machine which is a front loader HE may have caused damage to the PUL in my nikky covers and FuzziBunz AIO's because of the high heat steam which is emitted during the hot wash cycle. Are you familiar with this theory. Does PUL eventually just STOP keeping the moisture contained. We have TERRIBLY saturated clothing every day & I am quite frustrated. Also, I am having to run a bunch of XTRA rinse cycles with the front loader HE. I NEVER had these problems with the top loader. I have veeeeeeeerrry smelly ammonia diapers & it's driving me nuts. I have even tried using the original blue dawn with little success. Any advise welcome! Muah! xoxo

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    1. Also, I wanted to inquire about if any of you lovely ladies know if pocket style diapers could be turned inside out & repaired by a qualified diaper designer/artist/seamstress? I feel so silly for asking. :/ Could the layer of PUL be removed & replaced with new PUL? OR is there a way to simply have another new layer of PUL adhered to the old layer? My diapers cost me a small fortune almost nine years ago & I am in no position to shell out a bunch of extra $$. We are having to set aside funds for my prenatal care & delivery because we can't afford the new insurance through my hubby's employer. It's either pay for the health insurance & NOT be able to pay the mortgage pymt & have groceries kind of thing. :/ We are expecting our "rainbow baby" this coming Feb. 2014 & couldn't be more elated, but am feeling the pressure to figure out how to continue to keep my cloth diapering desire within reach so to speak. I use homemade fitted style diapers, kissaluvs fitted style diapers, & fuzzi bunz pocket style diapers with hemp inserts. As described above are just a few of the many frustrations I have recently encountered with our new washing machine. Thanks again for being so patient with me venting. :) My name is Emelie LeCroy by the way. I couldn't figure out how to properly use this comment option on your blog & wool cover giveaway. xoxo

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    3. Oh my goodness, congratulations on your Rainbow Baby! What a special season you are in. This comment works fine as a giveaway entry :)

      I hate to hear about your troubles with your front loader. Yes, I have read about mamas struggling to keep their diapers in good share with that type of washer. I am not exactly sure how they fix it. Could you try a "warm" wash instead of hot or sanitize. As far as your covers, they too, eventually lose their water proofing, like you said. Sounds to me like you got amazing use out of them!

      I bought our covers off other moms and only paid about $6 each at the most.

      I do not know a lot about fixing pul, but I do know you can cloth diaper a baby for less than $100 if you use flats and covers. We started with pockets and then switched to fitteds/hybrids.

      Also, buying used saves a ton of money. There are tons of buy/sell/trade pages on facebook where you can get great diapers cheap.

      I hope you are able to continue cloth diapering and I know your baby will enter the world joyfully!!!

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  7. I am cloth diapering my 3rd child. And I love wool we use it all day and night.

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    1. That is fabulous! Wool is so good for letting baby's skin breathe. 3 children in cloth, you go mama!

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  8. lovely!! i have a little boy too, he is 1 year old and i want him to grow up nice,i am still learning a lot about healthy cloths, and wool its on top! i find out about it when i started to cloth diapering him and i use wool pants in night time to keep the water and keep him warm too

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  9. I cloth diapered my older two and preferred it for a number of reasons. I'm now cloth diapering my new little guy and while I love his fluffy bum, I think my #1 reason is environmental--- the thought of all those diapers going in the landfill each week makes me sick!

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