Week 29 – That Little Thing Called Sleep {with a wool cover review & an awesome giveaway!}

The giveaway has ended.  The winner is Luanna!  Congratulations!

Very rarely have I managed to go through a pregnancy and sleep like a baby.  Most of the time, by the third trimester I’m averaging between 3 and 5 hours each night.  Some days that is plenty.  Other days I crash and burn.

I learned long ago that finding something else to focus on during those hours I’m not sleeping helps to relax me enough to actually finally fall asleep and stay asleep.

Here are just a few of the things I’ve been doing this pregnancy to manage a little “shut eye.”

– Watching Food Network shows on Hulu.  Not only do I now know how to make a mean squab, I actually know what a squab is!  (When I was pregnant with Garin, I watched enough Deadliest Catch to know how to run my own crabbing operation!)

–  Watching Call the Midwife on PBS.org for FREE.  I seriously love to watch birthing movies, so this is exactly what I was looking for.  Other pregnancies have found me watching The Business of Being Born and TLC’s World Birthday.

– Reading Born to Deliver.  Again, I have this thing about reading and watching birth stories, so when I was offered an advanced copy of midwife Kathy Brace’s book Born to Deliver, I jumped on it!  (When I finish it, I’ll be posting a review.)  In previous pregnancies, I’ve read Labor of Love (not a favorite) and Baby Catcher (LOVED this book!)

– Eating a bit of protein before bed.  This has been really helpful and gives my stomach something to gnaw on.

– Listening to music.  I’ve mentioned before that music from David Nevue and Enya really help me to relax and sleep.  Once baby is here, I like to turn on music when I get up to nurse in the night.

– Making sure the house is the right temperature.  Everyone else is freezing, but I’m feeling great!

– Covering up with a blanket I like.  I get super itchy when I’m pregnant, so something as small as what kind of blanket I’m sleeping under can make a huge difference.  In fact, I had such an affinity for a certain blanket when I was pregnant with my last baby, that we affectionately named it “Greeny.”

– Keeping the kids out of the bed until it is morning.  Granted, our bed has seen better days, but putting even one extra child in it (namely the 3 year old) makes my back ache something terrible.

– Reducing how often I have to get up at night.  Some things just can’t be helped, but when my littlest guy started waking up in the night because his disposable diaper had leaked everywhere, I knew it was time to do something different.

Remember when I did the Cloth Diapering Basics series and I said someday I was going to try wool covers because everyone I knew raves about them?  Well, getting up every night to change wet clothes and sheets was enough to push me over the edge!

Coleen from Sweet Little Blessings sent me some EcoPosh wool covers to try on my wet little guy and I wrote an excited Facebook status the day they arrived and I started washing them up!  I had several readers ask me to post a review once I’d had a chance to try them, so I figured this post was a great place to do that…especially since I get to add an awesome giveaway on to it!

The EcoPosh Wool Cover comes in 2 different sizes:
Size 1 for 8-20 lbs
Size 2 for 15-35 lbs

I got 2 in each size because I was convinced this was going to work.  Two is perfect because you can switch off and on and still have one on hand if one needs washing (they do take at least 24 hours to dry).

Washing them up the first time was super easy.  I followed these directions.  I’ve only had to wash them one time since that initial wash and all that took was a 15 minute soak in wool wash and laying out to dry on a towel.

They fit over the prefolds like a dream!  I like prefolds at night because they are so incredibly absorbant.  The cover fit over them perfectly.

On the occasional night when I have to put him in a disposable, I still put the wool cover over it.  I read about people doing this and decided if I was going to have to put those leaky diapers on him, at least he was going to stay dry.  It works!

Garin seems quite comfy.  He really likes his wool covers (as you can see from all the posing he did for me when I told him I was going to take his picture ;) )

I am beyond pleased with these covers and so glad Coleen from Sweet Little Blessings introduced me to them!  I cannot wait to put them on the new baby!

So, here’s the sweet giveaway and sweet savings deal from Sweet Little Blessings just in time for Baby’s Christmas (even though I will readily admit cloth diapers are a favorite for mommy too!)…

You can enter to win your choice of an
EcoPosh wool cover
or a
$35 gift certificate to Sweet Little Blessings!

PLUS…

Use coupon code
BABY
through 11/10 and get 10% off!
And yes, if your order is over $40, you get FREE SHIPPING! (U.S. orders only)

Enter to win below (or if you are reading via email, click here and scroll down)!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

138 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

138 thoughts on “Week 29 – That Little Thing Called Sleep {with a wool cover review & an awesome giveaway!}

  1. Oh I’d love to try one of these on our new “little” guy. He was 10 pounds at birth and is a BIG wetter! I’ve never tried wool before but would like to give it a go.

  2. These look simply adorable! Don’t know if you know we’re adopting newborn identical twin girls so these would be great for our family!!

  3. I have never heard of wool covers but my toddler also has leaking diapers at night and it is so frustrating! Sometimes she sleeps through it and I find her in the morning with the coldest rear-end ever!

  4. I love wool covers. I made 3 wool sleep sacks for my little girl. She is 3 weeks old and they work great at night. I would love to win this to add to them.

  5. These look great. Both my kids are older but I’ve been on the lookout for a baby present for my brother who’s going to have his first in a month. These look great and I do remember waking up and finding the diaper leaked. This would be a great helper.

  6. I also liked the wool covers. I just have one. The only trouble I had was with the fit on my toddler. The cover didn’t completely cover the fitted diaper I used. (It didn’t pull over the top well enough.) That was the only way I ever saw a leak. The fit is much better with my 7-month-old who has some thinner thighs.

  7. Thank you for the wool cover review! I remember reading that you would be writing one soon and I was actually going to send a message asking for it! My kids too, get rashes in cloth at night. I have an 18mo and I’m due in a few months so I’m ready to try the wool out and hopefully stop buying disposables! How do you secure the diaper underneath the wool cover? I’ve had a bad experience with snappis hurting my son during the day. (Night might be better because he’s not so active.) Or do you use safety pins? Thanks!

  8. I have used one, but not at night yet. When my disposable stash is gone, I will do that. My grandma and I even made one for my baby. :-)

  9. I’m so glad this worked for your little guy! Thank you for the awesome giveaway. I’ve been wanting to try a wool cover over my fitteds at night but I can not bring myself to pay $60+.

  10. I’d love to try the wool cover! I’ve been cloth diapering my 4 month old since she was a month old. I haven’t tried wool yet, but I’ve heard so much about it. It would be great to have a good nighttime solution before we start having leaking problems.

  11. I used a wool cover for a few weeks with my toddler, right before potty training. :) I didn’t get to use it as long as I thought because she trained so quickly.

  12. Never tried a wool cover before. My husband and I have discussed it several times but we got into cloth diapering for the savings and the price of wool covers scare me. I did try knitting a wool cover once but lanolizing was a pain! Thank you for offering this awesome giveaway!

  13. I have always been afraid of wool, I was told my second was allergic, but now research shows me he is probably allergic to “stuff” on them.

  14. I just recently started my one-year-old on wool at night and love it, but need some smaller covers for the little one coming quickly in March!

  15. I have used wool covers that I knit myself, but never one that I bought! I love them so much more than my regular covers I have for our prefolds!

  16. What a timely giveaway! I’m 31 weeks pregnant with #4 (just a couple of weeks ahead of you!) and I’ve never cracked the nighttime cloth diaper thing. I’d really like to do that this time, and I’ve been considering wool. A free cover to try would be awesome!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I’m almost 6mos pregnant and already having a hard time sleeping. *sigh* I’m never quite ready to face the day! And I LOVED Baby Catcher; I’ll have to check out Born to Deliver.

    Anyhoo… I’ve never used wool but am planning to with #3. I got a few covers and made some upcycled soakers, as well as a couple fleece ones for my 2-year-old who occasionally has accidents.

    I would LOVE to get an EcoPosh cover – I’ve heard great things about them.

  18. I really love this idea, I had never heard of them before. I am attempting to potty train a special needs child and wondering if these would be helpful. Thanks for the idea!

  19. I would love to try these! Right now I am limited to using just 2-3 specific diapers and covers on my little girl because everything else just isn’t absorbent enough for her.

  20. I have never used a wool cover, and can’t since I’m allergic to wool :( , but would still love to win a gift certificate to try Sweet Little Blessings! :)

  21. I have been wanting to try wool at night for my little one too, since everywhere I go, people rave about it! And with another little one on the way (you and I are less than a week apart!), it would be great to have found a way not to have to worry about changing an extra diaper in the middle of the night! The hardest part now is just choosing which ones to buy! Thanks for the review!

  22. Another thing that really helped me sleep while I was pregnant was Natural Calm. It’s a magnesium supplement that helped with my RLS and seriously helped me sleep all night without being drugged (so I could still get up with my kids if I needed to).
    And we LOVE wool. L.O.V.E.

  23. I’ve been looking for a solution to night time diapers that smell like ammonia in the morning. I think the added air flow from a wool cover would help a lot.

  24. There is nothing like a little one in a cozy wool cover. I actually knit ours though, haven’t used many commercially made covers. These look like great coverage though!

  25. I love wool for overnight. That cover looks wonderful in the waist and legs. No leaks! Thanks for the giveaway chance. What a blessing to have a free high quality cover!

  26. All my boys have leaked at night and I have had to use plastic diaper covers so I am not up changing sheets and clothes so often. I would love to give the wool a try!

  27. I love wool soakers, they are super soft. This just reminded me I need to start using our soaker again on my month old boy who keeps leaking at night (even in a night time disposable diaper).

  28. I LOVE wool! I’ve gotten away from using it since I haven’t gotten new things knit up since my DS outgrew his others and they are so expensive to buy! I prefer wool since it’s natural and breathable. I would love to win!

  29. I used mainly wool when my youngest was a newborn, but I don’t have any that fit her now so I use my pocket diapers mostly. I would love to have a wool cover for her!

  30. What a great giveaway and cute photos! Would love to try these over my cloth diapers! I have never used wool covers before.

  31. I use cloth diapers part of the time. Prefolds are our current diaper of choice. I use disposables at night because my little guy sleeps through the night and I am not about to wake him up to change him! (Especially since this is my first of 4 children to sleep through the night before turning 20 months old!) I am concerned about a wet diaper against his skin all night. I like the idea of using a wool cover to protect against leaks, but do you use a fleece liner or something between the diaper and baby?

    • I don’t use anything man made at night because my children don’t react well to it. If anything, add more layers of cotton based fabrics to the diaper. I’ve been surprised that just adding the wool covers have made the diaper so much more breathable and comfortable for baby.

  32. Oh my goodness!!! I have never heard of such a thing!! Wow! I am so tired of waking up to a wet bed and having to wash bedding….A LOT! I would love to win this as money is tight, but if I don’t I may have to plead with my dear husband to save on laundry. Thank you so much for sharing such a great product!!!

  33. I am a newbie to using wool covers but they look so much trimmer than pocket AIO or even AI2 dipes. I bet my little one would love a bit more freedom from the bulkier dipers.

  34. I just watched The Business Of Being Born last night with my husband! And I am so sad and scared of this delivery because of the knowledge I have (for the first time) in my pregnancy. How I wish a home birth or birthing center was an option for us…..

    • Jacklyn, I deliver in a hospital and have sought out doctors who are on board with how I like to do things. I’ve had really good experiences. :)

  35. I also use a wool cover at night and LOVE it! I never had to change soggy sheets in the night when he’s got it on. My little one is just starting to grow out of it now, so I’m going to be getting him the next size up.

  36. Would love to try wool covers! My kids are very heavy wetters and waterproof covers of any kind get pretty uncomfortable in Oklahoma summers.

  37. I have used upcycled homemade wool covers. I liked them, but if I were to use it more, I would need a better fit for my child. :) Thank you for the chance to win!

  38. I just put wool covers on my Christmas list for my newborn Abby!! She is 6 weeks and I haven’t started cloth diapers at night yet….hoping to do so once I get some wool! :)

  39. I have never used wool covers, but this seems to be what I need for my 3 yo. While trained during the day, he wets every night. everything leaks and I am tired of washing sheets and blankets daily.

  40. I have never even heard of teh wool covers but they sound creat!! I always use disposables at night because of leaks in the cloth diapers so these sound like a real blessing! Thanks for blogging about them!

  41. I’ve never used wool covers, but have heard good things. I typically go disposable at night with my little guys because my cloths leak. Love this idea and would love to win!

  42. I would love to have a gift certificate to sweet little blessings. I am due december 6, and am going to cloth diaper this little one.

  43. I would so like to try these. I don’t like using disposables and I don’t like the plastic covers which are hard to find the right size for my little one.

  44. I have used a wrap style wool cover with snaps. My daughter just turned two and is wetting through here GroVia diapers. A wool cover like this looks perfect!

  45. Ii love wool. I only had a few homemade wool xovers with dd but my new guy is already a heavy wetter at 6 weeks and i kept waking up wet even though i changed him at every feed which is a often witha newborn. But i was given a wool cover and no more leaks. Id love more though.

  46. I have never used wool covers, but was very interested reading your review since I’m planning to go back to cloth diapers for our baby due in Feb :) Thanks for the heads up on this one!

  47. I have always used cloth diapers with all 9 children, but have never used wool covers. They sound like they would work well when the baby is older and they start waking up very wet in the morning! That is the only time I sometimes use disposables (other than shopping and travelling).

  48. Wonderful! I LOVE wool coverings and desperately need a new one for my growing son. Thank you for this generous giveaway!

  49. I’ve never used a wool cover before, but I need to try because my baby girl is leaking through everything I’ve tried. I’ve been intimidated by the cost and the care of wool, but its my last option.

  50. I’ve always loved wool, love cloth diapering (as much as diapering can be loved!) but never used the two together…..guess I’m too cheap! Expecting baby soon and would love to try wool with this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. I’ve never used a wool cover but have heard how great they are. I definitely need something for my four year old at night because I’m tired of washing sheets every day!

  52. I LOVE the show “Call the Midwife”!!!!! I’m kind of addicted to it myself!!! It’s such a great, wholesome show! And thanks for the Giveaway!!! I would love to try wool covers on my baby. I’ve just been too nervous. Thanks for the review.

    Blessings,
    Annette

  53. I have five children and have never used any type of cloth diaper. I am currently trying to research the issue to decide if I should change my ways.

  54. Yes, I use wool covers and LOVE them. I’ve knit soakers and longies for my daughter and nephew. I’m planning on knitting longies for a friend who is pregnant and planning on cloth diapering. My favorite soaker for night time use is the Disana.

  55. Amy,
    I’m 31 weeks pregnant with baby #12 and remembered a few books you spoke about in this post…so I came back to look them up and order them. I don’t sleep much now at night, and thought some reading would be good.

    Thank you for posting so many wonderful resources on your blog, and also sharing about your family life. This is the kind blog I enjoy and feel doesn’t consume time as it’s a great tool and such an encouragement.
    Blessings to you and your family~
    Laura Munck