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However, if you are new to cloth diapering or wool covers, here are a few things to consider when buying a wool cover:
THICKNESS: The main reason to use a wool cover is the fact that you don’t want your little one to wet all over the place. Wool will absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling wet, and HOLD THE MOISTURE IN PLACE. Unlike plastic covers, which simply act as a barrier between the diaper and …your bed? Angora is said to absorb twice the amount of moisture of wool.
Now, if you have a single layer wool cover (and there are many covers out there that are only one layer), there is only so much wool there to hold the moisture in. Once it’s saturated, it can’t hold any more, and most of the time you’ll get what’s called ‘compression wetting’, where the moisture just goes through the cover.
Unless you request a single layer by special order, Grateful Buns always have at least TWO layers of wool; the ‘underwater ‘covers mostly have THREE layers. Please feel free to read my feedback about how Grateful Buns solved many a night-time leaking problem.
SEAMS: There are no seams on the insides of Grateful Buns to rub against your baby’s soft skin. Sometimes it might not look too pretty, but all seams on Grateful Buns are on the outside. If you get a single-layer cover, and the seams are not on the outside, it’s obvious that they’ll be on the inside, where they may irritate the skin. Form/Looks over function might be nice for some things, but when it comes to diaper covers, I personally like to have a workhorse rather than a show pony.
Also to consider: Are the seams serged, like Grateful Buns, or are they cut and then stitched with a ‘regular’ sewing machine, where they can unravel?
CUFFS and WAIST: Except for the newborn/small size, and a few ‘long waist’ – covers, all Grateful Buns have soft elastic in the waist to keep the cover up, and the diaper as well. Once your baby starts to move, that diaper (and what’s inside) will be all over the place unless the cover can hold it in place.
The legs on Grateful Buns are not just holes to stick legs through, but have cuffs to be snug on the legs to prevent leaks. They are also a little longer so it’s easier to tuck the diaper in.
LONGIES: Most longies I can find out there are nothing more than two (single-layer !!!) sleeves of a sweater sewn together. Is this really what you want? Consider that there will be a seam running in the back of these ‘longies’. That seam will be the weak point when you’re pulling it over a diapered bum, and with a big fat night-time diaper, you’ll have to stretch, and stretch, and……I think you get the point. Grateful Buns longies are the same as the short soakers, with longer legs. This allows for the main (seamless!) part to have two or three layers for absorbency, while the legs are single layered for comfort and warmth.
LANOLIZING: The commonly accepted way of lanolizing is to immerse the whole cover into a tub of warm water, into which some lanolin has been dissolved. Since lanolin is essentially OIL, it won’t really dissolve at all, and just leave little drops of it all over the cover. ‘All over’ meaning inside AND outside. And your cover still needs to dry after that.
Grateful Buns are heavily lanolized with LIQUID LANOLIN (which is for sale in my shop as well) on the inside only. Most Grateful Buns Diaper covers will be very sticky on the inside due to the lanolin and might be a little difficult to put on. Don’t give up! The lanolin really works itself into the fibers and stays there for a while, so you only have to lanolize again if you thoroughly wash the cover. If you’re using a specialized, lanolin-containing wool wash like Eucalan or Kookaburra, you might not have to lanolize at all.
I also put a few drops of essential (NOT fragrance!) lavender oil into the lanolin for its antimicrobial properties. Of course, it smells good, too…..
FIT: Over the years, my customers and I have found that Grateful Buns covers are true to WEIGHT.
For example, if your Baby is 22 lbs, your best bet is a size L (20 to 30 lbs.), which over time will stretch as s/he grows, and will most likely last past 30 lbs.
The record goes to a Baby Boy in Australia who still comfortably fit into the Newborn size at 20 lbs.
Like I said, they do stretch..............
Finally, here’s the important part about THIS PARTICULAR COVER:
TRHEE layers for underwater absorbency, and super soft!
The color is somewhat between heather green and sage.
THESE LONGIES ARE SECONDS DUE TO A SMALL (FIXED) HOLE INSIDE.
Inside: 100% Cashmer ein cream
Outside: 40% Merino, 20% Angora, 10% Cashmere, 30% Rayon in soft green
3rd Layer: 100% Wool
Legs: 40% Merino, 20% Angora, 10% Cashmere, 30% Rayon in soft green
Waist: 40% Merino, 20% Angora, 10% Cashmere, 30% Rayon in soft green
The size is SMALL, fitting approximately from birth to 12 lbs (5 Kilo), with measurements as follows:
Waist : 16" at rest, stretching to +26"
Rise: 12" in front, 13" in back for a better fit over bulky diapers. Total rise: 25" with 5.5 waist
Inseam (middle of crotch to end of legs): 14”
Size SMALL Grateful Buns do not have elastic in the waist to be even gentler on your precious one.
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Return Policy: I will be happy to exchange any unused soaker or longies for you, for a $5 restocking fee. This is necessary to cover my re-listing fees, as well as the discount I have to take at re-listing. So, please be sure to measure your baby carefully. In general, Grateful Buns are very true to weight, but if you are a few lbs. away from the next size, I suggest you might want to order up.