Monday, February 23, 2015

Wool Diapers: Not as Scary or Difficult as You Might Think (WAHM Review + Giveaway)

If you have been in the cloth diapering community for awhile, you have probably heard of wool covers.  To be honest, I was intimidated by wool.  It requires a different wash routine and I just wasn't sure it was worth it.  And was it really able to keep pee in?  It's just cloth - no water proof/resistant layer to be found....


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I received free product in exchange for an open & honest review.  No other compensation was exchanged.  All opinions are my own.

I approached Kim at Patsycake Baby to do a review of her Clover Diaper:


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Super neat right?

But then she asked me if I could review a wool cover and fitted instead because it was harder to find people willing to do so.  I was really nervous but thought it might be a great chance to try something new.  So I told her that I'd never used wool and I had no idea what I was doing but that I would definitely be willing to give it a try if she would like.  And so we're here today!  :)

But let's back  track a little bit and let me tell you a little bit about Kim and her family.  They live on a small family farm....in San Diego!  I never, in a million years would have thought of a farm when thinking of San Diego.  Pretty neat.  Patsycake Baby is run from the dining room table each morning while her two children collect eggs, feed the animals, and eat veggies straight out of the garden (yum!).  Kim is a firm believer in supporting local and small business so that's where she gets all of her materials!   Now doesn't that all just do your heart good?  ;)

Precious!

Here is the super cute package that Kim sent:

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Simple but cute!  Love it!
And these are the treasures that awaited me:
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A Deluxe One Size Organic Sherpa Fitted Diaper

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A Custom Wool Crochet Diaper Soaker Cover

So adorable, right?  I told Kim that we liked earth tones and all things natural and this is what she came up with!  I love it!

She automatically sent me instructions on how to care for my wool cover.  And I was extremely thankful - that was what I was most worried about!  Her blog has fantastic instructions for lanolizing and washing the cover.  It even includes pictures for each step.  You can find that post here.

It really is very easy.  If you have ever hand-washed anything you will be great at this!  And if you haven't hand-washed a single thing, Kim's instructions make this super simple.  In a nut shell, it goes like this: swish, rinse, swish, swish, soak, rinse, roll, and lay flat.  Just as easy as it sounds.  Yes, I'll have to refer back to the instructions the first few times, but it really is easy!

But why go through the extra steps?  Because you don't have to do it that often!!  If the wool is damp, you just let it dry between uses.  If it gets soiled, you wash it really quickly with a little bit of gentle soap.  And you only have to lanolize about once every other month!!  

The absorbency is so very worth.  This cover, along with the sherpa fitted have made it to our overnight collection.  And that is quite the accomplishment with my heavy wetting little lady.  We have been able to use this set about 8-10 times.  And it has only leaked twice, once when I didn't make sure that the fitted was tucked into the cover on her back.  And the second time, which was barely a leak, she slept extra long...about 14 hours. We usually only go 10-12 hours without a diaper change overnight.

Here they are in action:


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Note the fold-down rise...that was also a first for us and another thing I love!

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Cute little bum!
  
And the other features that I really love:


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The fitted has an extra layer on the inside...which helps with absorbency and dry time!

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The insert snaps in and is wide enough to cover the other snaps so that they never touch the baby!  And don't forget the softness of sherpa - definite plus! 

I am most definitely going to be getting myself some more fitteds and wool covers when the budget allows!!  Patsycake Baby has made me a big believer!

Check out some of the other awesome products that they carry:


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Diaper Dust!  A safer, natural alternative to Baby Powder

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Organic Terry Bibs

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Birch Wood & Organic Cotton Teethers - we have one like this and it is one of Aelah's favorites!

Liking what you see?  Be sure to follow Patsycake Baby on your favorite social media:


Want to give wool a try?  Kim has graciously offered to host a giveaway!  One reader will win a crocheted wool cover!

28 comments:

  1. I love that they use 100% cotton sherpa, it looks so soft! I've never ordered anything from PatsyCake Baby yet, but I found them a couple months ago and I have a few of their teething rings and fitted diapers on my registry. Also, the products made with wrap scraps are beautiful!

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    1. The sherpa is wonderfully soft! I wish all of my diapers were like that!

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  2. I learned that there's a kind of canvasy rainbow looking fabric on one of the diapers on the cover page of the website that I LOVE.

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  3. Love that they are organic! And cuuute!

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  4. I enjoyed reading up on her wool diapers. I've never used one and your post and her info have given me an itch to give it a try! Especially for night.

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    1. I was pleased with how surprisingly simple it actually is. Can't wait to get more!

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  5. I've never used wool, but I'm intrigued! it's antibacterial?! and you use lanolin to care for it-makes sense, since that's how sheep care for themselves ;)

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    1. Yep! Wool dryer balls are also nice because of that antibacterial factor. I didn't know much about lanolin...but that process is pretty simple really. Neat right??

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  6. I learned that she will make you something using fabric that you send her! What a great way to savwd something treasured.

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    1. I know! Hoping I remember this in the future!!

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  7. I learned that they us Organic Fabrics
    that are dye free, chemical free, unbleached, pure cotton sourced from the USA

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  8. I learned where I am going to be spending some of my tax refund check, lol!! So much wool in my future!!! And I can't wait to see how the sherpa feels!!

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    1. haha. That's a great idea!! We have to side our house and I don't think there will be anything left...but if there is, I think I'll be joining you!!

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  9. Learnt they are organic and from usa materials

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  10. I learned that you can even send in your own fabric for them to make the diapers with, great idea!

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    1. I thought that was super neat as well!

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  11. these are dye free and unbleached!

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  12. I learned that they are all natural, organic fabrics, free of dyes and using cotton sourced from the USA.

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    1. Love that she uses material from the US!

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  13. I learned how to lanolize wool from her blog post. It doesn't look as difficult as I was afraid of.

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    1. I was impressed with how simple it actually is. You should definitely give it a try!

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  14. I learned that the cotton is chemical free and from USA.......just how we like it

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