My New Business Venture (AKA Buy My Diaper Covers!)

It occurred to me not long after Twig’s birth that, Wow! Wool diaper covers are crazy expensive! And as time as passed this fact has been confirmed over and over again. People asking me the absolute minimum amount of wool covers they can get away with. People using non-wool covers in conjunction with wool to offset the price. Even people not using wool at all because the prices are so inhibitory.

I was luckily in that I know how to knit. I was able to knit up lots of covers with cheap yarn and save a boatload of cash. Though I know knitting doesn’t come naturally to everyone nor do many people have the time to knit.

So for the last year or so I’ve had the idea bumping around in my head about selling wool covers on the cheap. I really want to make wool accessible to the masses. Still, I wasn’t so into the idea of starting up my own shop. Not too long after my initial idea, my lovely friend Jillian contacted me about doing the very thing I had been thinking of.

So we decided to team up and give the internets the chance to buy hand knit wool covers for reasonable prices through Jillian’s already thriving business, Pretty Paisley Productions. Yay! And they’re super cute too (if I do say so myself)! I can tell you from experience that these yarns I use, while affordable, work great. They’re what I use on my own kids! We’re even planning on adding one-of-a-kind hand dyed (by Jillian) and then hand knit (by me) diaper covers at some point in the future. I’m so excited!

As a special announcement to my covers launching on Pretty Paisley Productions, I’m giving away one of my covers! Size to be determined by you, made in the super cute Thanksgiving-y yarn that this cover to the right was knit out of, and pretty design elements to be chosen by me. ūüôā

So who wants to win a cover?!? Here’s how:

Mandatory first entry: Go to the Pretty Paisley Productions site and check it out! Leave a comment here telling me what you like most about her new site. Be sure to use an email you can be contacted at in case you win!

1 entry: follow me on Twitter. If you already follow, you still get an entry!

1 entry: follow Pretty Paisley Productions on Twitter. If you already follow, you still get an entry!

1 entry: Tweet about this giveaway (leave a link to the tweet in the comment). You can tweet about this giveaway once every day for an entry. That’s up to 15 entries just from tweeting!

2 entries (don’t forget to comment twice!): follow this blog by email (or other following mechanism of your choosing).  If you already follow, you still get an entry!

2 entries: become a fan of The Adventures of Lactating Girl on Facebook. If you’re already a fan, you still get an entry!

2 entries: become a fan of Pretty Paisley Productions on Facebook. If you’re already a fan, you still get an entry!

1 entry: Write a post on your Facebook page about this giveaway! Make sure you link to The Adventures of Lactating Girl on Facebook and Pretty Paisley Productions on Facebook in the post and leave a comment here each time you do it. You can do it once per day! That’s up to 15 entries!

3 entries: blog about this contest (leave a link the comment). Once per giveaway.

The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, August 26th extended to Thursday, August 28th at 10:00am Mountain Standard Time by random. The winner will be emailed and must respond to the email within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck everyone!

Pretty Paisley Productions Wool Cover Review and Giveaway Ends 3.29

DSC_0087A good friend of mine just recently opened an online store. It’s the same friend who wrote this post and this post. She’s one of those awesome moms with two under two that¬†still¬†manages to open a store. Yeah, I don’t even think I could handle the two under two part. She’s also awesome at babywearing (if you didn’t get that from the posts) and sells¬†beautiful wraps and slings for way less than you’d pay elsewhere. She let me test one of her slings when she was working on the pattern and I miss it dearly. I’m sure she’ll be getting an order from me in the near future.

Anyway, on to the actual post.

When Jillian asked me if I would be interested in reviewing one of her diaper covers for her site, of course I said yes! This lady has been so great and has given me multiple covers since Twig was born. Of course I can do a review for my blog!

She makes wool covers out of recycled sweaters. It’s something many have heard of, quite a few have tried, and not many have mastered. When the materials for a project change so drastically from piece to piece, it’s difficult to work out a system that works. Jillian though, she’s worked out a system. More than that, she’s innovative.

I introduce to you…¬†the stretchy wool cover with snaps.¬†

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Man, this thing is¬†awesome! I had no idea what I was missing out on! It’s literally all of the benefits in a PUL diaper cover and all of the benefits of a wool cover all wrapped (you see what I did there?) into one! You lay your babe down, pull it closed (no worry if it’s not placed entirely right, because it¬†stretches), and snap that baby together. No leaks whatsoever, because there’s some awesome elastic around the legs. At the same time though, it’s still wonderfully breathable, water¬†impenetrable, and great for the¬†environment¬†(times two, because it’s recycled and wool!). It also covers the prefold in a way that my knit covers never will. I’m not sure if such a product exists on the market already, but if not this girl needs a patent.

IMG_0086DSC_0035And beyond this beautiful invention, I can say for a fact that her other diaper covers rock too. This is the third one that she’s given me (maybe fourth? Sometimes I find it difficult to remember things that happened more than a week ago.) and the others were happily invited into my rotation. I was very sad when Twig outgrew this one on the left! It has such a cute little flower on the bum! And the ones on the right? I mean, how cute are those longies? And they’re stretchy too! Yay for ribbing!

You want to win one of her awesome diaper covers?! Well you can! Actually, you can win a newborn starter kit! It comes with one wool diaper cover, 2 new GMD yellow-edged prefolds, and a snappi! Use it on your new baby or give it to a lucky friend as a shower gift! What do you need to do to win? Well, here’s the list!

Mandatory first entry: Go to the Pretty Paisley Productions site and check it out! Leave a comment here telling me what you like most about her new site. Be sure to use an email you can be contacted at in case you win!

1 entry: follow me on Twitter. If you already follow, you still get an entry!

1 entry: follow Pretty Paisley Productions on Twitter. If you already follow, you still get an entry!

1 entry: Tweet about this giveaway (leave a link to the tweet in the comment). You can tweet about this giveaway once every day for an entry. That’s up to 15 entries just from tweeting!

2 entries (don’t forget to comment twice!):¬†follow this blog by¬†email (or other following mechanism of your choosing). ¬†If you already follow, you still get an entry!

2 entries: follow the Pretty Paisley Productions blog by email (or other following mechanism of your choosing). If you already follow, you still get an entry!

2 entries: become a fan of The Adventures of Lactating Girl on Facebook. If you’re already a fan, you still get an entry!

2 entries: become a fan of Pretty Paisley Productions on Facebook. If you’re already a fan, you still get an entry!

1 entry: Write a post on your Facebook page about this giveaway! Make sure you link to The Adventures of Lactating Girl on Facebook and Pretty Paisley Productions on Facebook in the post and leave a comment here each time you do it. You can do it once per day! That’s up to 15 entries!

3 entries: blog about this contest (leave a link the comment). Once per giveaway.

The winner will be chosen on Friday, March 29th at 5PM Mountain Standard Time by random. The winner will be emailed and must respond to the email within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck everyone!

How To Lanolize Wool Diaper Covers

As I said in my cloth diapering post,¬†I mostly use this method of lanolizing. Well, at least I started off there. I decided that my methods have changed enough that it would be a good idea for me to do my own post. I’ve taken that original method and added some other tips I’ve come across. Altered things so they work better for me. Clarified things. Stuff like that. So, here is my picture tutorial for lanolizing wool diaper covers:

First things first, how often to lanolize? It’s largely up to your personal preference. For me, it’s pretty dang infrequently. I would like to be able to tell you I have some sort of special schedule or something, but honestly I just lanolize when the covers are overly stinky/getting really wet easily. I’d say it’s generally about once a month for each cover. If I were a smarter person though, or possibly just a less lazy one, I’d create some sort of schedule where I’m lanolizing one cover per week or something along those lines. Instead, I end up spending a few days doing one cover each day. I currently have 4 covers, which means those few days are slightly annoying, but not unbearable. When Twig was tiny though and still regularly getting poop on a cover, it was more than a little annoying.

Also with poop, you obviously want to wash the diaper (I don’t bother with the washing part when there’s no poop on the diaper, as pee is sterile). I use a wool wash bar (I’m actually still working on some samples that a friend gave me before Twig was born, which is nice). You just get as much of the poop off as possible, rub the soap on it (gently, because more agitation means more risk of felting/pilling), and wash it off. You don’t need to get the whole diaper wet in this process or soak it, unless you decide that you might as well lanolize it at the same time. If it’s a stubborn stain, use an old toothbrush to scrub the soap in a bit. The wool wash bar I use has lanolin in it, so it’s lanolizing at the same time, which is nice. After you get it out of the water, follow the same drying steps as below and you’re golden. Now on to regular ole’ lanolizing.

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Fill the sink with tepid tap water. What is tepid, you ask? Tepid=body temperature. So when you old your wrist under the water, as shown in the photo above, it should feel neither cold nor hot. It’s alright if it’s not perfectly tepid, just get as close as you can.

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Stick your cover in the water! Alright, it’s probably best if you wait until the sink is done filling (remember, more agitation=more felting!), but I was just too excited I suppose. You see that cute cover! I just made it for a friend who had her baby. I’ll be sharing a post about it in the near future.

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Stick that diaper down in the water. Generally when you need to lanolize, it shouldn’t be difficult to get all of the parts of the diaper saturated (hence needing to lanolize in the first place), but if you’re just lanolizing because you’re cleaning it anyway (or in my case, lanolizing a new diaper), mix it around a bit to make sure all parts of the diaper are thoroughly wet.

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Take a water-proof container (I use a canning jar) and put a tiny drop of lanolin on the edge. This stuff is sticky, so I kind of use the edge of the jar to get it to separate from the tube of lanolin. In case you’re wondering, I’ve just been using Lansinoh brand (the one you use for nipple soreness with breastfeeding, found in the baby items isle) because it’s what was at the store and I wasn’t willing to wait for shipping. From what I’ve heard, you can get lanolin a lot cheaper online, but I haven’t needed to yet.

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Go to another sink and turn up the water as hot as you can get it. Use the water stream to push the lanolin down into your container. Fill ‘er up and put the lid on.

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Shake it baby! The hotter you get your water, the less you’ll need to shake.

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When you’re done shaking, it should look like this. You can kind of see the separation of the lanolin from the water, but it’s as homogenized as you’re going to get barring large lab equipment. If you’re unsure that you’ve mixed enough, go ahead and put the lid back on and shake it some more. No harm in over shaking.

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These next two steps are performed simultaneously, but since I only have two hands, it’s two separate pictures. Take a finger and use it to spin your cover in a circle, creating a whirlpool in your sink.

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Slowly pour the water/lanolin mixture out of your container into the sink on the opposite side of the twirling diaper. Don’t touch the stream of lanolin to the diaper. Keep that diaper spinning for a few seconds longer than you’re pouring, just to make sure it’s all thoroughly mixed.

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Let the diaper sit in the sink for at least 20 minutes. In my case, it ended up being overnight (oops!), which is perfectly fine. You’re not going to injure your diaper over-lanolizing it.

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Empty the water out of the sink.

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Fold the cover in half one way…

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and then the other way.

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With a fist, push as much water as you can out of the water. Push all over the little square to keep getting water out.

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Lay out a dry towel (notice that I say dry and not fresh, I like to use my current getting dry towel one last time for this before I throw it in the wash. Yay for less laundry!) and lay the diaper out on top.

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Roll up that diaper like you would cinnamon rolls. Do it as tight as you can.

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Step all over the towel roll. Probably best to do this without socks, as they could potentially get wet. I use thick bath towels though so this has never been an issue for me.

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Lay the diaper out to dry the rest of the way. I like to hang ours on top of our towel rack because A. It’s somewhere that I don’t mind getting wet. B. It’s right on top of a heating vent, which means it dries faster. Felting takes three things, agitation, moisture, and heat. Diaper is wet, heating vent is hot, but the diaper is sitting still, hence the lack of shrinking. In the summer time, when the hot air isn’t blowing out of the vent, I like to hang my covers out on the line. In the winter they’re dry overnight, in the summer it’s within a few hours.

So, I hope that helps anyone out there trying to figure out how to lanolize their diapers. Quite a few people have asked me how I do it and I’m thinking that I’ve provided a pretty detailed explanation. If anyone has any further questions or thinks I’m doing something wrong, please let me know!

Quick and Easy Wetbag Picture Tutorial

Wetbags are awesome. Seriously. Yes, they’re awesome if you’re doing cloth diapers. Honestly, I’d consider them a¬†necessity. Even if you’re not, or you’re beyond the point of needing them, wetbags are super handy to have around. Potty training (soiled clothes), swimming (wet swimsuits), sand toys, picnic dishes, or pretty much any situation where you’d have wet¬†things that you don’t want to touch anything else! What’s even more awesome is that they’re super easy and pretty cheap to make!

A wetbag slightly bigger than the size I show in this tutorial (mine ended up 10.5 inches by 14.5 inches) costs $16.50 from Planet Wise¬†(13 inches by 16 inches). I paid $7 for TWO of these! That’s $3.50 for a travel size wetbag. In all fairness, I will say that I already had the thread, so I didn’t have to buy that.¬†I got PUL fabric¬†(the link is to Joann’s, but at Walmart it’s 11.99/yard) and two zippers (14 inches, $1.47 each)¬†from Walmart. You’ll also need a sewing machine and I used some nice techniques mine (actually my mom’s which she lets me borrow because she’s awesome) has, but you can get away with a pretty basic machine for this. And here it is!

Quick and Easy Wetbag Picture Tutorial! 

I started with a 12 inch cut of fabric, about 64 inches across. First I made the loop (handy for picking up the bag and could be modified to have a snap or something fancy so you can clip the wetbag onto your diaper bag). I cut a 2 inch strip off of the bottom (the 12 inch side) and then cut that in half, ending with two pieces that were 6 inches across.

Fold it in half and sew along with the smallest seam you can get away with (it’ll make the next step easier).

Now flip it inside out, like so: take a piece of yarn and tie it to a safety pin.

Feed the safety pin through the tube.

Pin the safety pin to the end of the tube.

Feed the safety pin back through the tube and once you get it going, pull the yarn.

Voila! You have a little tube! Set this aside for later. Or if you’re going to do a button/snap, fold it within itself a little (so the raw edge is on the inside) and sew across.

Take the remaining ~62 inches and fold it in half (so they’re ~31 inches each) and cut.

Fold one of the halves in half and pin it. Sew this on a really, really wide stitch (basting stitch). As wide as your machine can go (which is a 4 on mine) because you’re going to have to unpick this later.

Pin the zipper so that the teeth are up against the basting stitch with the zipper itself facing the basting stitch. Line up the end of the zipper where it starts with the edge of the wetbag. Sew on a regular stitch with a zipper foot (if you have one).

Sew the other side of the zipper just like you did the first.

Unzip the zipper (it’ll make things easier) and unpick the basting stitches. A really easy way to unzip a zipper that’s facing away from you is to move the tab so it’s pointing the wrong way (upwards, if that makes more sense) and then push on the top of that to get the zipper down. Holding it like shown (spreading the sides apart) seems to make it easier to pick.

Sew across the zipper on the opposite side from the metal stopper, about 5/8 an inch away from the edge of the fabric. You could put your regular foot back on for this if you’d like. Either way, it needs to be switched before you do the zig zag in the next step.

 

Fold the little tube in half and stick it so the loop is facing inside of the inner fabric like this and sew along the edge all the way to the bottom (though line it up better on the top than I did with this one). If you’re doing a modified holding tab, just sew the raw edge side of the tab into this. I used a zig-zag stretch stitch, but you could get away with a regular zig-zag.

Sew the same stitch down the other side and you’re done! Yay wetbags!

I hope that made sense! Just leave a comment or email me (see the contact tab on the top) if you have any questions. Have fun making some cheap and easy wetbags!

How Attachment Parenting Will Help You in a Zombie Apocalypse

Happy Halloween! 

Are you ready for a zombie apocalypse? You might be more than you realize! On this All Hallows Eve, I bring to you a list of five ways attachment parenting will help you in the case of a mass epidemic of zombieism.

Breastfeeding

It’s pretty much a given that in a zombie apocalypse, food will be scarce. How fast do you think you can run from zombies while carrying 10 cans of formula? Not to mention all the feeding¬†possibilities! Run out of food? Load the family up on breast milk! No society to worry about disapproving. They’re all zombies now!

Babywearing

Speaking of running from zombies, carrying a baby makes running extra tough! Strap that baby on and you’re good to duck and¬†maneuver¬†with relative ease! Bonus points for learning to wrap because you’ll have the ability to turn any long piece of fabric into a carrier. More bonus points for being able to wear two at once and help the toddler escape demise too.

Elimination Communication

Do you think that you’ll be able to run to Costco for a big box of diapers when you’re fighting off a hoard of sub-humans? Washing cloth diapers is probably out of the mix too, but elimination communication isn’t! Watch for those cues as you’re going about your s scavaging for food and shelter and you’ll be set. Just make sure to keep that potty place far enough away as to not attract the brain eaters.

Co-sleeping and Parenting to Sleep

Do you think you’ll be able to put your babe in a separate room when you’re not sure if you’ll be attacked in the night? Nope, keep that baby tucked in right by you safe and sound. Not to mention that crying it out would be a baring “Hey! We’re hiding here! Come eat our brains!” ‘Nuff said.

Gentle Discipline

When surviving through the end of humanity, you want your kids on your side. By responding to them with love and respect, you’re giving yourself one more ally against the drones. By beating them into submission, you’re creating a child who’s going to push you off the ledge of the building into the crowd of zombies to be torn to bits.

Good luck surviving against the living dead!

A Lazy, Cheap Mom’s Guide to Cloth Diapering

Be forewarned, this post is long. And full of pictures. I wanted to give as much detail as possible. None of this post is sponsored and I have not been paid by anyone that I mention. Brands are mentioned purely for my likes of them. ūüėÄ

When I was pregnant, I felt totally overwhelmed by the idea of cloth diapers. I knew it was what I wanted to do, but I there are so many options and everyone has a different preference based on their own routines and needs. While so many speak of the benefits, not so many actually tell you what to do. The ones that do tell you how they do it have extensive routines that I just couldn’t keep up with.

It took me until this second baby to find what really fit for us: prefolds with wool covers. I wrote a bit about why this is my favorite method here. Yeah, it sounds complicated and confusing, but it’s not. There’s also a wealth of benefits in using wool. Plus, of course, it’s all pretty dang cheap. At least if you do it my way.

The Goods

I almost exclusively buy our cloth diapering items at Diaper Swappers. It’s a site where you can buy and sell used cloth diapers. Sound gross? It’s really not. Washing cloth diapers gets any of the grossness off and drying, either in the drier or especially in the sun, makes sure its gone for good. If you’re concerned, there are various products you can get that are supposed to get rid of any bacteria in diapers. Buying diapers used means you can save a significant amount. With the brand of prefolds I buy, I’ve hardly lost a dime in buying them used and selling them when we go up a size.

Which gets me to the brand. I did a lot of research on prefold brands before buying them. Green Mountain Diapers had nothing worse than amazing reviews. After comparing them to some Gerbers I use as burp rags (it was a not-enough-diapers-while-out emergency) I can happily agree that they are awesome. They are spendy for prefolds, but prefolds are one of the cheapest options in the cloth diapering world. Two dozen easily gets me by and if you buy them new, that’s only $70. One prefold all night (since Twig hates to get out of bed to be changed) and zero leaks. For the lots-at-once wetting toddler, I use one of sister’s smaller prefolds folded into thirds as a doubler for her toddler-sized prefold. Part of the leak protection, of course, is the wool cover.

Peanut’s bum is so full of diaper that she waddles. It’s pretty hilarious.

Wool covers. There’s a billion places you can buy them. And they’re quite often expensive. Diaper Swappers is another great place to get them, but also Hyena Cart and Etsy. There’s probably a mom near you selling handmade wool covers right now! Or, if you’re cheap like me, you can make your own. Learn to knit (here’s my favorite pattern¬†on Ravelry), crochet, or follow a tutorial on how to make them out of recycled wool sweaters. Even if you do buy them, I easily get by with 3 (though currently that’s two with a third being knit) and a backup or two of something non-wool (I have 1 PUL and one fleece) just in case, so it’s not super expensive.

Useful accessories: snappi (some prefer pins, but I could never get them figured out) for securing the prefold, cloth wipes (wish I could tell you where I got them, but they’re just cotton with surged edges), wetbags (more on that later), and some coconut oil for diaper rash cream.

The Method

While it’s certainly not as easy as throwing on a pocket diaper or disposable, prefolds aren’t as difficult as they look. There’s an array of folding options. I toyed around with a lot of them trying to get Twig’s huge breastfed poops to stay off her cover, but none of them really ended up working 100% of the time. Luckily, she stopped pooping in such big bursts, so it ended up being only an occasional problem. Now that she’s eating some solids, there’s no problem with that at all.

The trick is to get the diaper on the baby before she pulls this move.

Since none were preferred for keeping poop in, I just picked the one that was the quickest and easiest for me: the jelly roll. Kept the poop in most of the time and it was super fast and mindless. Plus, having a chunky baby, it was nice to be able to fan out the top easily. Secure with a snappi and pull on a cover. Voila!

The wipes all piled in the changing table drawer next to covers. Coconut oil is in the jar with the blue lid.

When baby has just a pee diaper, I don’t wipe. Really, it seems to cause more irritation to my kids rubbing the wipe over their skin than just letting the pee dry. For poop, I just run a couple of wipes under the tap and ring them out (not too much!) before walking to the changing table. I switch between wool covers if the current one feels wet and sometimes just for kicks. Dirty diapers go in the wetbag. Dirty wool goes straight to the sink.

The wetbag connected to the changing table.

Speaking of wetbags, I made mine. Well, my mom made my carry around wetbags and then supervised me making the at-home one and I still need to make one more. Currently there’s no pattern, but I’m hoping to make one in the near future to share. Before making these, I used a small trash can lined with a reusable grocery bag (the kind that you can fold up into a ball). This worked well when we used gDiapers, but with the prefolds being larger, it filled up too quick. Plus the pooch thinks diapers are AWESOME and she figured out how to open the trash can, so we had to keep it up high. Unfortunately, this was perfectly nose-height. Hence the new system. I’m happy to say that the PUL fabric at Joann’s is smell-proof.

The Washing

First off, do not wash the wool in a machine. It will felt, especially on hot. I neglected to tell my mother-in-law this and now I have a newborn sized felted soaker. I’m saving it for any possible future babies.

We wash diapers every time the wetbags are all full or I’m running low on diapers, about every two days. It’s really more of the former than the latter now that I have 30 diapers. For a month or two we were getting by on a dozen, so they were washed nightly because I can’t get through 2 days with only 12 diapers.

Generally my lovely husband does the diaper laundry. Isn’t he grand? First it’s a cold rinse (we have a really basic top loader, so each step is done manually) without soap. Just set the dial all the way to rinse and start it. It can be on hot/cold because the cold means that it’s a cold rinse. Then we do a full hot/cold cycle with Country Save. Even if it’s a bunch of diapers, we only use somewhere around 1/8 of the cup. Diapers don’t need much soap.

The cold rinse setting.

Wetbags are hung to dry, as is the PUL cover if it needs a wash (rarely). The fleece can go in the dryer. We have to dry the prefolds twice to get them fully dry. If I’ve done the diapers myself in the daytime and I’m feeling ambitious, I’ll hang them out on the line. Stains are simply zapped out by the sun. Isn’t nature great?

Wool doesn’t need to be washed every time you use it. Actually far from. It only needs to be washed if A. It gets poop on it, B. It needs to be lanolized, or C. It gets stinky. I have yet to experience C.

When poop gets on the soaker, you can spot clean it. I use some wool wash soap samples I got from a friend and all you do is run some tepid (feels neither hot nor cold to the skin) tap water on it and rub on some soap, rinse the soap off and dry. Drying means rolling it up in a towel and then hanging it to dry on the line. This time of year and using the knit wool (as opposed to felted), it’s dry in a couple of hours. You know your wool needs to be lanolized if it starts to feel wet or leaks. Honestly, I just end up lanolizing sometimes when poo gets on the cover. I use this method.

Out and About

The diaper bag necessities.

Really, this whole method transfers well to the public realm. I have a changing pad and I carry a squirt bottle and sanitizer in case there’s a poop when we’re not near a sink. I bring one, sometimes two covers. Most often 3-4 prefolds, more if we’ll be gone longer. Dirty diapers go in the travel-sized wetbag.

What’s your favorite cloth diaper? Any suggestions for my methods? Any questions?¬†

Zinny Jane Wool Soaker Review and Giveaway! Ending 4.29 Worldwide!

We had A LOT of problems with Peanut and diaper rash. She spent so much of her first two years with actual open sores on her bum that I’m surprised that she doesn’t have scars. We did everything we were supposed to do to both prevent and get rid of rash. Plenty of airing-out time, wiping with water only, cloth diapers, etc. When all of that didn’t work, we ended up getting various creams from the doctor, which still didn’t do much. Eventually the rash would go away, just to turn around and come back for virtually no reason. Even when the open sores weren’t there, she always was pink.

Without a medical degree or testing this at all, since it only occurred to me in hindsight, I think it might have been the lack of breathability of her diapers. Especially at night.

This realization made me want to use more breathable diapers on Twig when she came. I also needed something that I could easily remove for elimination communication. After reading this post by Hobo Mama on prefolds and That Mama Gretchen’s Wool Week posts, I decided that was the route I wanted to go. I started in search of prefolds and wool covers.

That’s when I stumbled upon Zinny Jane on Etsy.

This lovely woman knits the cutest wool soakers in the world! I’ve been using the small one she sent me in combination with other covers and I have to say, it’s¬†by far¬†my favorite. It is absolutely darling. I know that soakers generally go under clothes, but I often find myself putting Twig in this one with leggings just because it is So. Frickin’. Cute.

And it’s not just cute. It’s really well knit. Knowing¬†some about knitting myself, I can recognize a plain pattern versus an intricate one. This one has special ribbing in all the right places rather than just around the legs and middle. It has different colors of yarn used for the stripes, but I’ve had zero problem with the seams leaking or anything of that sort. It’s all perfectly the same tension and it’s really tightly weaved. I’ve heard others say that they can’t use knit covers for nighttime, only felted will do. This one has had zero issue, even with me finding out the other day that I had only partially been lanolizing my wool (I was using wool wash with lanolin, but not any pure lanolin). Zero leaks even when her prefold is literally sopping in every square centimeter. And, teamed with a stay dry liner, very little pink rash.

Beyond that, it’s super easy to clean. Twig has monster poops. She only poops once or twice a day, rather than the probably 4-5 times Peanut used to when she was this age, and she definitely makes up for it all at once. I’ve seriously tried Every. Single. Fold. that is supposed to contain breastfed baby poop, but it still gets on the covers (any tips or ideas on this would be great!). If you use wool, you know how much of a pain it is for poop to get on the wool. You can’t just throw wool in the washing machine, you have to hand wash it. Some of my wool covers seem to just hold the poop in. I spend upwards of 2 minutes scrubbing to get it all out of the fibers, which is difficult when Twig is screaming to be picked up and Peanut is screaming to be played with. This cover has it all come off instantly and there’s zero staining, even in the off-white colored yarn. It’s¬†awesome!¬†And it dries quick too!

Beyond that, Molly, the owner of Zinny Jane, is amazing. She spent quite a few messages back and forth with me explaining what to measure, how to measure it, and what sizes would be best. Since Twig is such a huge baby (13 lbs 13 oz at 9 weeks!), she sent me two covers to review! One small and one medium. How nice is that??! I know how much time and effort goes into knitting a project, so in my mind that gives her extra props. Honestly, I wish I owned more of them even. I just love this soaker so much! I’m sure that I’ll be talking my husband into getting some more soon.

So do any of you want to win a wool soaker?! You can! (make sure to leave a comment for each entry!)

*Mandatory* ¬†1 entry ‚Äď Go check out Zinny Jane’s Etsy store and tell me which product is your favorite in a comment! (don’t forget to include your email in your first entry so I can contact you if you win!)

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1 entry ‚Äď Tweet about this giveaway (leave a link to the tweet in the comment). You can tweet about this giveaway once every day for an entry. That’s up to 31 entries just from tweeting!

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2 entries ‚Äď become a fan of Zinny Jane on Facebook. If you’re already a fan, you still get an entry!

1 entries¬†‚Äď Write a post on your Facebook page about this giveaway! Make sure you link to The Adventures of Lactating Girl on Facebook in the post and leave a comment here each time you do it. You can do it once per day! That’s up to 31 entries!

4 entries ‚Äď blog about this contest (leave a link the comment). Once per giveaway.

This contest is worldwide. The winner will be chosen on Sunday, April 29th at 5PM Mountain Standard Time by random. The winner will be emailed and must respond to the email within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck everyone!