starting out with the best is sometimes unwise… but I think in this case, I’m bubbling with love for sustainablebabyish EVERYTHING…I have to start with them.
fitteds and wool.
sustainablebabyish manufactures two main types of dipes. organic bamboo fleece fitteds and snapless-multis. (they also make flats (definitely the most affordable option)… but I have yet to try these… should be arriving soon… I’ll keep you posted.)
organic bamboo fleece fitteds or obf’s come in five sizes (XS-XL). they have snap closures and come with a snap in double insert and a free-floating doubler. the stitching and the snaps come in quite a few fabulous colors… and the main material is a nice natural type color. these are a great option for day or night. they are trim, absorbent, and last but not least adoooooooooorable.
snapless-multis are one size. they come standard with a pin for fastening but sloomb also offers an upgrade to a snappi if you prefer. (which I definitely do…) they come with two inserts. one long and one short. similar to the obf’s the stitching is colored and the main material is a natural type color. these are so soft. they feel almost like a super soft towel… you just want to scrunch them up and rub them up against your face… which is perfect for your little ones bottom… I am a huge fan of the snapless-multis. I have them in every color (besides the waytooobvious girl colors…) and I’ve pre-ordered the colors coming in the spring…
sustanablebabyish knit wool is like none other. it is so so soft and super thick. the quality is unbeatable… and even though they are a little expensive, they are so very worth the money. they come in many different colors to coordinate with the dipes. my favorite being the squash and the sprout… I’d have to say the peacoat is not far behind…. oh yes, and the berry makes me wish for a girl. who knows? she could be in our future…
I have more longies than covers… but as of late, I’ve been using the covers a lot more. The longies are great because not only are they diaper covers, but they are pants… so paired with a tshirt or a sweater… you have a complete outfit… a totally adorable one at that… not to mention they double as pj pants (which I frequently use them for)… the covers on the other hand, are somewhat like modern day bloomers. they aren’t really shorts… but they are short. they cover the dipe and they can go under clothes… in the winter anyway. I’m waiting for my underwoolies… that I’m hoping I can use under the clothes in the summer… we’ll see.
I was a little intimidated going into this process… I read about every faq sbish had on their website and made sure I did the lanolizing the correct way. I was still clueless… but it worked… using lanolin with wool is essentially a fool-proof way to say buh-bye to leaks. it’s a bit of a process… and the drying time can vary, but it’s worth it in the end… and you don’t have to do it often… in fact, I just washed a couple pairs for only the second time the other day… and I’ve used them dozens of times at least. totally worth the trouble… and yes, they all have to be hand-washed… which sounds like a pain… but it really isn’t.
the dipes are easy-peasy… just toss em’ in with your regular dipe wash and you’re good to go. I use rockin’ green classic rock with funk rock for the prewash… I do a cold prewash with a hot regular wash and I do two cycles… may be over kill… but they never stink… even if I’ve let them sit a couple of days.
I give this system a 10/10… I love these. I love the owner, erin. the customer service is phenomenal. how many companies email you back within the hour or address issues on facebook with everyone to see? not many… but sbish is one of the few… and I love them even more for it. I’ve had a couple of order issues… and a couple of wool issues and erin was right there… helping me along. I adore the wool and tell everyone who will listen all about it. the dipes. puh-lease. I’m doing laundry overtime right now to have them always available (until the rest of my stash arrives to save the day… hooray!)… he sleeps in them every night with no leaks… and instead of changing him every two-three hours like I was with a few other brands… during the night I may have to change him once… and that’s only because the kid will break out with a rash if he stays wet too long… I have nothing but good things to say about sustainablebabyish. they are available at many of the cloth diaper online retailers but I prefer to go right to the source to get mine… sloomb. she has kits where you can try pretty much everything they have to offer without committing to just one type. they also have “seconds” frequently… which is wool that is slightly off… fit, color, whatever… for a discounted price… I’ve got quite a bit of my wool this way… and let me tell you… nothing wrong, whatsoever. had I found sbish at the beginning of my cloth diapering journey, I probably wouldn’t have tried any other brand… the next baby could quite possibly be exclusively diapered in sbish. in the words of my buddy katherine, they are fantastical!
oh and p.s. get on sloomb’s mailing list or like them on facebook! she has awesome promos ALL THE TIME. I won a wool cover just the other day…!