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neeners2004
« on: December 05, 2012 08:01:47 PM »

We are expecting our second baby in May.  I used disposables with our firstborn, but am planning to cloth diaper this new kid.  Newsflash: Cloth diapers are expensive.  Plan:  DIY that crap. 

This wool soaker is made from a 100% wool sweater I found at the thrift store for $1.25 using a free pattern found here http://katrinastyle.webs.com/ .



This sweater was already pretty felted when I bought it, but I ran it through the washer and dryer one more time to be sure.  My only concern is that it might be too big.  :/  I made the newborn size, but it seems more like a 1-3 month old size to me.  Maybe I'm wrong!  It's been a while since we've had a baby in this house!

Thoughts?  Do/Did you cloth diaper your little n00bs?  How'd it go for you?  If you made your own, what pattern did you use?
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margiej
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012 08:09:29 PM »

Please explain:  why use a wool soaker?  is it a substitute for a cloth diaper or rubber panties? 
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neeners2004
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012 08:15:03 PM »

A wool soaker is to be used over a prefold or fitted cloth diaper.  It can hold 30% of its weight in moisture before feeling damp.  It's also antibacterial.  I've been told by friends and family that I might be crazy for making this for my baby due this summer, but cloth diapering mommas everywhere seem to all say that wool is more breathable, and will keep tiny behinds cool in the summer.  We'll see about that part. 

Also, assuming one doesn't leave their munchkin in the thing for hours on end and it doesn't get saturated, wool soakers don't need to be washed as frequently as other diaper covers due to their naturally antibacterial properties.
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012 09:14:40 PM »

Where I live it gets extremely hot and humid around October to December and I used a similar nappy covering for my children 20 years ago.  I don't recall any problems with nappy rash except at  weaning when there was the occasional food reaction. 

The wool pants I used were knitted from a special untreated wool which still had the lanolin in it.  It was a very simple triangular pattern as far as I can remember and I also did not need to felt them either.

You are correct that they didn't need washing nearly so often unless contaminated with poo of course Tongue .  They, however, did need to be re-treated with lanolin every now and then.  On the whole I felt they were much, much better for a hot climate than plastic pants.
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2012 06:39:15 AM »

On the whole I felt they were much, much better for a hot climate than plastic pants.

Good to hear! 
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margiej
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2012 11:03:14 AM »

I just didn't know why you'd use them, so thank you!  My girls are 39 and 36, and I used Kimbies Disposable diapers on the first (she broke out with Pampers) and the other I used cloth diapers with plastic panties (which were hot and not great).  So this sounds like a  good alternative.  It is mind-boggling what disposables cost over time!!!!!  So your cloth diapers might be expensive but boy are they long-run moneysavers!!!!
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monnie31
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2013 07:00:08 PM »

I am due for baby #2 in Feb and am cloth diapering this round as well, I made about 16 diapers and covers.
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