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October 25, 2012

Australian Modern Cloth Nappy Covers – Which is Best: Wool, PUL or Fleece?

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Australian Modern Cloth Nappy Covers

Which is Best in Covers for Your Nappies: Wool, PUL or Fleece?

Covers have come a long way. No longer sweaty plastic, you have many more modern options to select from. Wool, PUL or Fleece are the most popular choices in covers for your fitted nappies today.

Our Nappy Experts are invited to contribute to these cooperative questions so that you get a range of informative and experienced responses about the topic. Enjoy and discover something new, and share with us in the comment box below.

Let’s see what they have to say:

Modern Cloth Nappy Covers – Which is Best: Wool, PUL or Fleece?

Lara from Extremely Nappies (closed):

If your bub has sensitive skin or eczema, you might want to avoid wool.  I find PUL more waterproofing than fleece, and trimmer too. But microfleece (very thin fleece, also called microchamois) is great to line nappies.

Carly from Pikapu Modern Cloth Nappies:

It’s really a personal choice of what you feel will work best for you, for us we have found the pikapu cover to be perfect as it has twin leg gussets that prevent leakages and we never get a leak with them. As a cover to you can choose whatever inner you would like to use, micro fleece, bamboo, hemp prefolds or fitted’s. They are a PUL cover and have found they can be used numerous times before needing a wash. Although recommendations for hygiene is to wash them every 2-3 changes.

Jodi from MCN Lovers R Us:

I like to use wool or fleece over PUL covers for night use. Wool is far better but fleece is more affordable.

Kate from Bouncing Sprouts:

PUL – no leaks, great for sensitive skin, funky designs.

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August 3, 2010

What Wool ‘Soakers’ Can I Use Over My Baby’s Cloth Nappy?

The Sponsors of the first Green Promise Nappies are your Nappy Doulas for this series of ‘Congo Questions’.

The Winter Sponsors of the 100 Green Promise Nappies Initiative were invited to contribute to this series of Congo Questions. Each donated a special cloth nappy to go out as a giveaway prize to become an ambassador for ‘Nappy Change’ as it stopped a disposable heading to landfill each time it is worn. This seasonal giveaway strives to reach 100 donated nappies in a future round, and you can register at any time to either play in the current giveaway (they go for 6 weeks at the start of each season) or register to be notified when the next round is set to begin! You can enter into the draw for one nappy, or all of them!

Winter Green Promise Nappy Sponsors – Congo Advice #9

“I would like a simple explanation of the wool soakers to use over a baby’s cloth nappy. What do I buy?”

You’ll see a wonderful range of responses, and no doubt will gain a perspective on the question that relates well to your situation and needs. No-one sees what anyone else contributes until it is published here. This is what your Nappy Doula’s have to say:

Amanda from Sweet Bubba Eco Store:

To be quite honest the only wool covers I have tried are the Baby Beehinds and I love them, unfortunately they seem to be discontinued. There are some great WAHM wool soakers if you go to OzeBaby or WAHMnaps.

Emma from Brindabella Baby:

I look for soakers that are machine washable, and fit well – Cushie Tushies are my favourite.

Cindy from Ticklefish Tots:

A woollen soaker is a knitted pair of pants, and can be long or short. An effective woollen soaker will be closely knitted with 100% pure wool. Wool is another material which wicks moisture away from bub without leaking. Wool soakers can be made more effective by lanolising (dissolving a blob of lanolin in hot water, letting the water cool then soaking the soaker in the mixture), which simply reinforces the natural water resistant nature of the wool. There are many WAHM’s who knit and sell wool soakers, including Ticklefish Tots from time to time.

Rebecca From Bean Sprout Bubba:

Wool covers can be either sewn from a wool fabric or handknit from wool yarn.

They can be either triangluar wraps or pullup covers.

Wool pullup covers are either soakers (covers the nappy snugly), shorties (like a pair of shorts) or longies (like a pair of long pants).

There are also capri-length wool pullup covers, and skirties that have little skirts attached to the pullups.

To use, you will need a cover or two (or more), some lanolin (lansinoh nipple cream or anhydrous wool fat from the chemist), and optionally some woolwash or baby shampoo. Also need a good set of wool care instructions and instructions on how to relanolise your woollies.

Thank you to all our nappy doula’s for their contributions,

Here is a post which links to a great video showing you step-by step how to crochet a woolen soaker for your baby: How do I crochet a woolen nappy soaker?
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June 13, 2010

How Do I Crochet a Woolen Nappy Cover? (a free instructional video)

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Do you like the idea of making a pair of woolen soakers to put over your baby’s nappy – for waterproofing, leakproofing or just tactile beauty?

There is something very satisfying about hand making something for your baby.

I have two boys and a hubby. Lately I have been keenly aware that as time goes on, the testosterone levels in our home will only grow… I needed to reclaim some femininity, LOL. I thought taking up crocheting or knitting would aid this while giving me practice at a traditional skill that so many people really really enjoy (see Ravelry!). I learnt to knit and crochet as a child, I actually have a scarf that I have been knitting for some decades, as I do not know how to cast off. Once I find it again I can know work it out, LOL.

We went on a Motorhome holiday recently. Just before, our local Lincraft closed down (Horror!), but I had the chance to race in and buy too much, some of which was some balls of wool and crochet hooks and knitting needles. And two simple knitting project books. I really want to learn to crochet socks as a relaxing diversion!

Anyway, I took them away with us and taught myself to crochet from a one page demo. Now I am attempting to make a had for #1 child! I also want to attempt some woolen pants next, and so have my eye out for simple resources to follow…

Victoria of LadyBugz Farm has uploaded a series of free instructional videos to help you (and me!) discover how to crochet a pair of woolen soakers to go over baby’s nappy and keep any leaks contained, or pretty up a plain nappy, even waterproof and pretty up a disposable nappy – as yes they also have been known to leak – (especially at night when Daddy puts it on, LOL…)

Thanks to Cinderella’s Stash for introducing this site to me.

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