Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sustainablebabyish Wool Cover Review

X-small – Fits 5-15 pounds (0-5 months)
Small – Fits 12-23 pounds (4-12 months)
Medium – Fits 22-30 pounds (12-28 months) – (this is what I tested)
Large – Fits 30+ pounds (28+ months)

Price Per Cover:  ★☆☆☆☆  Wool is expensive.  I will say that up front.  This cover retails for approximately $42.95.  While yes, wool is expensive, you get a HUGE bang for your buck with wool, it is all natural fibers, and you do not need as many covers as you would with other types of covers.

Leaks:  ★★★★★  Wow.  All I can say is wow.  I have heard about wool from day one of cloth diapering and heard the tales about how great it does at night.  I was a skeptic and I laughed that it could never be as good as so many people say.  I was wrong.  Not one leak.  My heavy wetting daughter could not pee enough during a 12-14 hour night to soak through this cover!  There were a few times that her shirt would be damp in the morning around the front waist, this is due to the pressure from her laying on her stomach all night.  Her shirt was damp, not soaked, and the sheet was dry!  Mommy and baby were thrilled!

Fit:  ★★★★★  This cover is made from a 93% wool/ 7% spandex blend.  This makes this cover nice and soft, comfy, and stretchy.  My daughter is at the lower end of the weight range for this cover and she is very skinny, so I was a little scared that it might not fit her.  Well, again, I admit defeat!  It fit her perfectly!  Since this cover is ultra stretchy, it stretched over her fitted and hugged her well.  The amazing part is that there is still lots of stretch left to fit a larger baby!  This is amazing!

Ease of Use:  ★★★★☆  Such is the nature of wool.  To get the amazing benefits, you do have to put a little extra effort into it!  You cannot wash wool with your other diaper laundry, it does have its own set of laundering rules.  I will discuss this further below in the washing section.  Other than the special laundering considerations, wool is very simple to use!  It is a simple pull on and pull off cover with no other bells and whistles.  Most times you can simply air dry the cover between uses and you only have to go through the laundering ritual once in a while, whenever the cover is soiled, needs lanolized, or it is just time to wash.

Washing:  ★★★☆☆  This was hard to score.  Based on the fact that it has its own washing ritual, I gave it a three.  Also, the three was earned due to sheer intimidation.  I was SCARED of wool.  I was afraid to take it out of the package when it came!  In all honesty, once you do your homework and figure out how to wash and lanolize the cover properly, it is quite easy!  It just stinks that you cannot simply throw it in the wash with the diapers!  Again, you have to put the effort in for the amazing benefits.  Wool Care Instructions from Sloomb are at the bottom of this post.

Overall Performance:  ★★★★☆  I have been AMAZED by this wool cover!  It has outperformed all of my expectations!  I am still catching on to the washing ritual and I am still a little intimidated by wool.  That being said, if you have a heavy wetter like mine, this is a fantastic cover to try!  (if you can get over the price and the intimidation of course!)

Total Stars:  22/30

Wool Care Instructions from the Sustainablebabyish Website
what you will need:
Ecover Delicate Wash or other wool wash
Solid Lanolin
Sweater Shaver (makes your knits look new in minutes!)
We do not recommend spray lanolin. Solid lanolin and Ecover Delicate Wash are very inexpensive, easy to use, and make your care routine simple.
  1. fill a sink/large  pot with warm water
  2. warm 4-8 oz of water in the microwave until very hot/boiling
  3. add 1 tsp -1 tablespoon of lanolin to the cup of hot water
  4. add a squirt of baby shampoo or wool wash
  5. stir until all the yellow solids are melted and the water looks white like milk
  6. add this to the sink/pot of warm water-stir around
  7. add your wet cover to the water and massage the water into the cover
  8. let sit for 15 mins - 1 hour (you can weight it down with the butter knife)
  9. squeeze water out
  10. roll between two towels or put in the washer on the spin cycle (no water)
  11. lay flat to dry.
This review was sponsored by Sustainablebabyish/ Sloomb.


  1. I love my s'bish longies! So soft, squishy, and cute! I want every color they have!

    I was terrified of wool as well, until the first time I washed it and tried it..

  2. I have a pair of their longies and we LOVE them. Now if they just came in adult sizes!

  3. I know, I really want a pair of longies...have to save my pennies for that one!!!