Yesterday ended well. We had our home group meeting last night, so the kids were running around like crazy people. I put little man in a pink/brown striped Amy Coe recieving blanket that I had gotten when his older sister was a baby. It was my favorite blanket then, (she was a summer baby, so I actually used my recieving blankets! I know most people think they're worthless, but we've always used them) and it's now my very favorite diaper! It is perfectly square, OH SO SOFT and absorbs like crazy!
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origami fold. BUT!! Doing the kite fold proved awesome because it gave me more layers in the front where we need them for little man, so I am using these more often. I said yesterday I'd use the bamboo towel again, but little man was screaming his head off last night and I didn't get down to get it off the fence, so I just used one of these origami style with a flour sack towel pad folded in the middle and when he woke up the outside was not wet, the part touching his skin was not wet, but the interior was SOAKING. Color me impressed!
old crib sheet. I'm not sure if you can tell, but the thing is HUGE. I haven't measured it yet, but it has to be about 40x40. While it folds well and is absorbant, it's not very soft and it doesn't pin well. I think if I snappi'd it it would work out well, but I wasn't impressed. This is the dipe that leaked onto our wool cover. Different sheets, of course, would produce different results.
I think I worked out my very favorite method of handwashing now. I needed to work out some frustrations after the kids went to bed last night, so I rinsed, washed washed washed (they were not coming clean enough for my liking) and then filled the bucket with cold water to wait overnight. This morning all I had to do was rinse, ring them out and hang them. I can handle that even before coffee! And boy-oh-boy was it a good thing I did, because as I was vigorously washing the diapers, I suddenly felt no resistance at the end of my plunger. I wondered what the heck and pulled the lid off to find this:
Today I've been doing everything in my power to only use 3 covers. And that means 2 covers because the one wool soaker is out of commission until it dries. Which meant 1 cover this morning because the GenY was hanging on the line. Which meant no covers because the other wool soaker was airing out after being an overnight cover. Hmmmm...I swore I wouldn't let him go without a cover because he is too heavy a wetter. But I did. No one ever said I wasn't stubborn!
Pitterpat shorties, though. They're too adorable and he hasn't gotten to sport them since I last week. Bar-none the CUTEST shorties EVER!
Since we're discussing wool, I thought I'd put a little picture tutorial here about washing and lanolizing wool. I stayed away from wool for so long, but a local CD mommy showed me how easy it is and I have been hooked since. In fact, I hope to get another Woollybottoms soaker from Itsy Bitsy Bums when they stock tonight. (P.S. Abby at IBB is having a Memorial Day sale with free gifts with purchase of Made in America items and free shipping for military. Check her out!)
I <3 wool partially because I hate laundry. It only needs to be washed and lanolized about once a month (depending on how rough your child is on his/her clothes...my son is pretty wild, but his soakers still last a good long time) YES. I thought it was gross too, until I started using it and could still smell the lanolin (Lovespell by Woollybottoms is to live for!!) use after use after use. This is because wool is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. Of course, if it gets soiled with poo, it will need to be washed right away.
First fill your sink about 1/3 full with warm water and a drop or two of baby soap. I've used the amber-colored Johnson & Johnson or Mrs. Meyers. It hasn't made a lick of difference and the J&J is super cheap.
Fill the other basin (or the same one if you only have a single basin sink) with warm water and no soap. Do the same, letting the wool sit for 15 minutes and gently swishing it now and again. If you have an infant, you will probably not need another wash cycle, but since my son is 17mo old and a wild child, I do 2 of these cycles until the water is completely clear. (so 2 washes and 2 rinses)
Note that I have now turned them inside out. I do one wash/rinse right side out and one inside out. I then leave them inside out so that the lanolin will be primarily on the inside-where it is needed.
Next you will need to prepare your lanolin. I have used Lansinoh (which you can get at WalMart or Target with the bottles, nipples and breast pumps. It is in a lavender box) and Woollybottoms Lovespell. The Lovespell is absolutely heavenly, but if you have a sensitive little one or you're nursing, the Lansinoh is unscented and will do you double duty.
Again, fill your sink about 1/3 of the way with warm water. BEFORE ADDING YOUR WOOL, add your lanolin solution and stir it around. Now add your wool and do the same as you would for a wash cycle, leaving it sit for about 15 minutes and agitating it gently every few minutes. I use my spoon to agitate this cycle, as the lanolin can coat your hands and make them feel sticky.
To explain WHY we lanolize, you must know what lanolin does. It is a natural sheep by-product that the sheep produces and it is found in the wool upon shearing. It feels "greasy" because it makes the sheep waterproof and helps with that anti-bacterial/anti-microbial property that the wool has. When you add lanolin back into your wool, it will wick moisture away from your baby and keep them warm and dry just like it kept the sheep warm and dry. This is why when you first put the wool in the wash water, it floats, or repels the water.
Drain the sink and gently squish out the excess water. Let the wool drain while you get a towel and fold it in half lengthwise.
So there you have it! Please let me know what you think of these tutorials. Are they helpful? Are they detailed enough? Are they boring? I have a couple more lined up, but I'd like to hear your opinion first. Thanks!