When Erin decided she wanted to use cloth diapers for her second son, she was surprised to find everything was made with PUL (plastic). What about the “cloth” in cloth diaper? As a fashion designer, she started to design her own diaper – a fitted made of hemp! After sharing her diaper with a few friends, she went to a La Leche League Conference in May 2007 with a group of other WAHMS, and sold her diapers there – the response to the fitted diaper was great. Soon afterwards, she began working with a few local (CA) retailers, and Sustainable Babyish was off and running!
Sustainable Babyish, the diaper line of Sloomb, now has 60 retailers worldwide selling their wool covers and fitted diapers. Softness next to the baby’s skin is really important to Erin, as it is for most moms, and she designs her products with that in mind.
Why does she love wool? Because of its unique ability to be a breathable fiber and absorbent! Wool absorbs over 30% of its weight in moisture. When lanolized, an additional waterproof barrier is added to the fabric. One reason why wool diaper covers have to be lanolized prior to use is because manufactured wool has the lanolin pulled out during cleaning.
“What’s is great about wool is that you don’t have to wash it all the time. If you’re busy or not busy but just want a simple cloth diaper laundry routine, wash it once every 4 weeks or as needed. Finding a good fitted or a good prefold is a lifesaver with wool. Start with a good foundation then add your wool.”
A SBish wool longie is simply a “gotta have” at some point in your cloth diapering career! The softness is unmatched, in my opinion. I was putting these super-cute Sprout longies on my baby in our church nursery, and one of the workers felt them and said, “That can’t be wool – it’s too soft!” I assured her, it was a fine wool knit. She was amazed. The longies have a double layer, so that adds to their ability to keep baby warm and dry. A side benefit is that as baby is crawling around our hardwood floors, his little legs and knees are nicely padded!
As a daytime option, the longie is great because it functions as pants and diaper cover in one. As a nighttime option, my baby can be a heavy wetter – yet this cover has never even felt damp in the mornings, despite the fact that the diaper underneath was soaked!
Want to get the inside scoop? Erin told me some of what’s coming for SBish in 2011 and it sounds GREAT: Underwoolies (isn’t that the cutest name?). Underwoolies are a trimmer version of their wool soaker short and fit well under jeans. I got to check a few out at her shop and I can tell they will have a very low profile under clothing. You can even use them as a trainer! They have a double layer in middle where more absorption is needed, and single layer on the sides for trimness. They will transition from diaper cover to trainer and even looks like real big kid underwear – they pull up like regular underwear. Also, they are stretchy so they come in just two sizes so you don’t have to buy tons of sizes. I am definitely getting one of these when my baby is ready for potty training!
You didn’t think I was going to let you leave without a giveaway, right? Here goes:
Buy it: Purchase Sustainable Babyish longies, soakers, or fitteds on their website, or through any of their 60 retailers! Sloomb offers frequent sales!
Win it: One lucky reader will receive a SBish longie in your choice of color – your baby never had it so good! Thanks, Erin & Sloomb | Sustainable Babyish!
Disclosure: I was sent a review sample to facilitate writing this post. I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are 100% my own.