I received this item at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions and sheep-love remain my own.
Sheep and goats don’t get enough love. I mean, when was the last time you thanked them for everything they do for us? Just for the record, I have taken care of my share of lambs and kids on my father-in-law’s farm…
So, I’m here to say “no kidding, thank ewe” to the lovely Merino sheep whose wool lines our Babee Greens diaper cover, and their pals the goats whose cashmere first was a sweater and now makes up the unique exterior of our cover.
What I love about Babee Greens Wool Covers:
- Made in the USA of upcycled 100% Merino or Cashmere sweaters.
- Lined with Oeko Tex 100 certified Merino (which is even more significant than the “organic” label according to Babee Greens).
- Three rows of snaps on each side make the fit more adjustable than “shortie” style covers, which either fit or do not. Our size small cover is meant to fit 8-18 lbs!
- It is way easier to put a Babee Greens cover on a newborn because of the snaps. Newborns do not cooperate when pulling up a pair of shorties.
- Sewn with latex-free elastic to avoid allergic reactions.
My only issue with wool covers in general as a diapering accessory is that when they get pooped on, you have to wash by hand and let dry, which is not as convenient as tossing in the washer and dryer.
I put Little Miss Cub in her size small Babee Greens sent by Melanie at Gentle Nest when she was 7 lbs. First, I noticed how amazingly snug the fit was around her WAHM-made fitted. There was no gaping whatsoever. I also noted that it was very easy to put on her, as I’d struggled already to pull woollies up over her uncooperative little legs.
Isn’t a baby in wool just the sweetest thing?
Now, she’s 12 lbs, and we are snapping one row looser at the waist. (To get the perfect fit, you can also snap one side tighter than the other: lots of flexibility here.)
I got my first “smile for Mommy!” out of her in her Babee Greens:
What’s so great about wool for cloth diapering?
Wool is highly absorbent. It will absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture and is slow to feel damp, yet remains breathable, allowing maximum circulation around your baby’s bum. contains natural lanolin, which creates a waterproof barrier. Its elasticity means the cover fits well, yet moves with your baby. Wool is easy to care for. It doesn’t need to be washed as often as other covers and it is naturally anti-bacterial. ~Babee Greens website
Wool covers are almost always paired with fitted diapers. We don’t use fitted diapers during the day (aside from when she was super tiny in her newborn fitteds), but if we did, Babee Greens would probably be a favourite since the sizing is so adjustable for wool (I think “one-size wool” would be impossible). At night time, we use fitteds sometimes (our TotsBots Bamboozles), and putting our Babee Greens on top is a great option. We go from 10 or 11 pm til 8 am with a Babee Greens on top of a boosted Bamboozle!
The one thing I have noticed is that our one-size fitted diaper by Mouse & Hatter is too big to fit under our size small cover. It will depend on how thick your one-size fitteds are in terms of pairing with a size small. Fit is perfect over our Bamboozles and our Babee Greens one-size hemp fitted.
But wait—I have more to tell you! What is this a little rectangle, you ask? It’s a Babee Greens Wool Diaper Liner! I’m used to seeing synthetic fleece as a diaper liner, adding a stay-dry feel to natural fiber diapers. I had no idea that wool was a natural alternative! Placing the liner between the diaper and baby will “absorb moisture and keep your babies bum dry at the same time.” Who knew there was an “excellent natural fiber for babies who are sensitive to synthetic stay dry liners”?! You can also use this liner to boost the absorbency of your wool cover, which is how we use it over night. We lay the liner in the wool cover before putting it over the fitted diaper.
Babee Greens also makes wool layette. Melanie sent us, as a gift, a Babee Greens hat and bootie set. Little Miss Cub’s tiny head doesn’t quite fit in the sweet hat, but the booties are perfection.
If you’re looking to cloth diaper in the most eco-friendly way possible, you have to check out Babee Greens! Upcycling and natural fibers for the win!
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Melanie at Gentle Nest is a proud Babee Greens retailer, and I’m so psyched she turned me on to this awesome, sustainable, sheep-loving company.
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