Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve tried some pretty cute diapers and covers on newborn, Erik, but I wasn’t quite prepared for how adorable he would look in the tiny wool longies that Ashley at Monkeyade made for us. Are you ready??
These are truly some of the softest, cutest little things I’ve ever seen! And thanks to Ashley’s thoughtfulness, the longies arrived at my doorstep already washed AND lanolized! That meant I could get them on my little newborn right away. Ashley custom-dyed and knitted these beautiful longies especially for Erik in the soft blue and white colors that I requested.
Our longies are 100% perfect on all levels: the fit is just right, and when Erik fattens up a bit, we can loosen the adjustable drawstring waist and roll down the cuffs on the legs.
The carefully dyed and knitted wool is soft and breathable, not scratchy at all. Plus, the longies work overtime as both a diaper cover and a warm little pair of pants. Erik took a marathon nap yesterday; he slept nearly 5 hours straight and was wearing a plush fitted with the Monkeyade longies on top. When he finally woke up the fitted was pretty much soaked. The longies? Nice and dry and with not a hint of urine odor on them. When I first started diapering four years ago, all the chatter about wool and how amazing it was really had me unconvinced. I remember thinking that mamas were probably exaggerating the benefits. And I told myself that wool was scratchy and way too expensive anyway.
Here I am four years later treasuring the three wool items we now have in our stash: a Disana soaker, an Organic Caboose newborn cover….and now a handknitted pair of longies from Monkeyade! I call myself a Better-Late-Than-Never wool convert. What do I recommend for wool care? Personally, I’ve had excellent results with CJ’s Wool Wash, which cleans and lanolizes all at once. It takes just a small amount to do the trick so it lasts a long time (tip: you can get CJ’s shipped to you for free from Diaper Safari). My favorite fragrance is Warm Vanilla Cake, but you can also get unscented CJ’s as well.
And here are some of the tips Ashley shared with me about caring for wool after it’s been washed and soaked: “Empty the sink and gently press the wool to get the water out….I gently roll my wool in a towel and press to get as much water out as I can. Lay flat to dry. It can take from 1/2 to 2 days to dry. If your water is too hot or you handle the wool too much it will felt (shrink).”
Lots of people feel that washing wool is too time-consuming and therefore not worth it. I disagree. To me, it’s like taking care of your favorite bra. It just needs a little bit of extra care apart from your normal laundry routine. And there’s nothing about wool washing that’s difficult. Waiting for it to dry completely takes time…..not elbow grease! But the benefit is that you can go a longer time between washings. It all evens out, in my mind.
So how do you know when it’s time to wash your wool? You only need to wash once every 2 or 3 weeks. If the cover gets soiled with poo or becomes stinky….it’s time to launder. Why is it possible to go so long between washings? Wool is naturally antimicrobial and highly breathable. But what about using wool on a newborn that poops constantly? If there’s just a little bit on the cover, you can try spot cleaning and drying. If there’s no odor after the spot clean treatment, add it back to your stash and use some more!
And now, a peek at some of Ashley’s other lovely creations which include leggings, wipes and longies:
Now, are you ready for the icing on the cake?
* Special Discount for my Readers *
When you shop at Monkeyade you’ll receive 10% off
your purchase with coupon code zephyr10. Custom orders and color
requests are welcome!
Ashley also has a few fitted diapers for sale in the Purple Poppy Congo
* There’s a Giveaway! *
One lucky mama will receive a custom wool soaker
in her choice of boy, girl or gender neutral colors.