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“Why did we wait so long to try wool?!” I said to Trail Dad, halfway through our damp and difficult 9-hour hike, “we are carrying so much less, diaper changes are faster and he seems so cozy!” I may have also made some weird comments about dressing myself head-to-toe in merino wool, with perhaps a diaper in there too, but you don’t need to know how my mind works on long hikes.
Now, I don’t know about you, but the less I can take with me anywhere, the better. And this is especially true while hiking and backpacking. And if I can make a chilly diaper change in the woods a little bit faster, I’m going to do it. So when I heard about how great wool diaper covers were for hiking, I had to try one myself. And let me tell you, it has revolutionized diaper changes in the backcountry! Step aside, PUL, we may have just become a woolly family!
But why wool? Anyone who spends any length of time in the outdoors has probably heard about merino wool. It is marketed as a great material for socks, underwear, bras, base layers, hats, scarves and more. It is breathable, odour and stain resistant and wicks away moisture, leaving you feeling dry. It keeps you warm when it’s cool, and cool when it’s warm. It also doesn’t need to be washed with every use, in fact, that is discouraged.
I approached Melanie at Gentle Nest with my excitement in learning about wool diaper covers and she was more than happy to help us test drive them in the backcountry. We received our BabeeGreens wool diaper cover and longies with literally just enough time to prep them [https://www.gentlenest.ca/pages/cloth-diapering-laundry] before our latest camping trip and then we put them to the test on a 2-night stay in the woods. Not knowing how our new woolly friends would perform, I packed a few extra PUL diaper covers just in case. How silly of me! Our BabeeGreens wool diaper cover was all we needed for our trip. Well, we have a pretty specific nighttime setup that works really well for us right now, but for the many diaper changes in a day, we used that same wool diaper cover and paired it with the longies for a cozy, dry, happy hiking baby. At the end of our trip you couldn’t tell that we had used the cover or longies but for the puckering in the knees. Both the diaper cover and longies were dry, ordourless and ready to be worn again. And again. And again!
The Stars of the Show: BabeeGreens Wool Diaper Cover & Longies featuring…
- Upcycled wool diaper cover in “Shades of Brown” (because these covers are upcycled, each one is a little bit different).
- Two sets of snaps for the perfect fit around waist and legs.
- Soft but snug elastic to contain messes without digging in to fleshy thighs.
- Wool diaper liner (sold separately) – the perfect natural fibre alternative to a fleece or disposable liner OR a booster for extra absorbency!
- Wide snug waistband for a comfortable fit.
- Upcycled wool longies in “Shades of Brown” with lots of room for a fluffy bum or a growing babe.
- Wide snug ankle cuffs to keep longies from riding up the leg into shorties.
What we love about our BabeeGreens Wool Diaper Cover & Longies:
- They are lightweight but absorbent! I can’t say enough good things about wool. I need more of it in my life, especially if it’s in the form of a cute diaper cover or some little pants. But the biggest advantage of using wool is that it is super light and super absorbent. Hours of hiking and several uses later, our wool was still dry and not feeling any heavier!
- They are breathable! Wool is a naturally wicking material which means that it moves moisture generated by the body away from the body. This keeps Baby feeling dry and prevents diaper rash.
- They are sized (accurately)! We have a lot of one-size diaper covers, and they are great! But sometimes a more fine-tuned fit is needed. BabeeGreens wool diaper covers come in three sizes: Small (0-6 months or 8-18 lbs.), Medium (6-12 months or 15-25 lbs.) and Large (12-24 months or 20-35 lbs.). The longies also come in three sizes with similar age and weight ranges. We grabbed both the wool diaper cover and longies in a large as Huckleberry is about 25 lbs., and both fit him splendidly with room to grow.
- They are so cute and cozy! Even the cream coloured items are adorable! But who can say no to some upcycled wool sweaters turned baby clothes? And merino wool is oh-so-soft!
- They can be paired with any insert or a fitted diaper! Whether you use flats, prefolds, fitteds or any other insert for that matter, you can use a wool diaper cover or longies.
- They stay put! The diaper cover is nice and wide in the crotch and doesn’t bunch or shift, which is very important to us while hiking. And the longies are generous in the crotch, to accommodate a fluffy bum, and cuffed at the ankles, to keep them from slowly becoming shorties.
- They are easy to care for! I was definitely in the “intimidated by wool” camp at the beginning of our cloth diapering journey. But lanolizing was so easy! And washing is even easier! And neither of those things needs to be done very often.
- The longies are dual-purpose! They can be used on their own (as a diaper cover) or to add another layer of protection or warmth. While out frolicking in the woods, we’ve been using our longies as a base layer, keeping Huckleberry cozy warm, and as insurance, containing and possible leaks. He’s also been wearing them as pants, and we get a lot of compliments!
- BabeeGreens is a “made here” company! They manufacture ALL of their products in North Carolina, USA. They don’t outsource anything! Which, on top of their upcycling, makes them pretty darn eco-friendly and pretty darn awesome!
- BabeeGreens has high quality standards! They use only the highest quality, eco-friendly fibers in their cloth diaper products. They use Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified Merino Wool and Upcycled Cashmere for their products. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a globally uniform testing and certification system for all stages of textile production. This certification ensures that products are free from harmful substances. There is no finer certification than the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. It goes beyond the organic label!
What we would change if we could:
- There isn’t a ton of room to grow in the longies. There is plenty of room to grow in the diaper cover, but Huckleberry might be out of these longies before the winter is over and he will only be just over 1 years old. We realize he’s a big boy, 98th percentile and all, but the large size does say 8-24 months or 25-35 lbs., and he is at the bottom of both of those ranges. However, this is just me estimating, and who knows, perhaps he’ll wear them until this time next year without issue.
Looking to get your hands on some adorable, oh-so-cozy and perfect-for-the-backcountry wool products? Well, you’re in luck! Gentle Nest has lots in stock and is having a sale just for you! Between October 27th and November 3rd, receive 15% off all BabeeGreens wool products at Gentle Nest. Don’t delay, jump on that sale today! And while you’re waiting for your brand new wool products to arrive in the mail, how about a giveaway?
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