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Why use a knitted wool nappy cover?
About Parrot Pants hand knitted wool longies
About Parrot Pants hand knitted wool shorties
About Parrot Pants hand knitted wool soakers
What do I need to know from you for a custom order??
How do I care for my Parrot Pants knitted wool nappy cover?
How do I lanolise my Parrot Pants knitted wool nappy cover?
How do I care for my Parrot Pants hand knit clothing?

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Why use a knitted wool nappy cover?
Knitted wool nappy covers are the perfect nappy cover choice. Wool is a breathable fibre and does not feel damp until it has absorbed a significant amount of moisture. In addition to this, wool also has the ability to shed moisture and allow it to evaporate. This double action of wool means that it has a unique ability to keep baby's environment dry and reduce the chance of leakage. With the addition of a lanolising step (see How do I care for my Parrot Pants hand knit wool nappy cover? below) a knitted wool nappy cover will also repel moisture and neutralise urine. This means that wool nappy covers are able to be worn for a longer period of time between washes before they start to smell. All that it needed is an air in between wears. Once the nappy cover starts to smell a wash and lanolise is required. Knitted wool nappy covers (as opposed to wool interlock covers for example) are flexible and have a great deal of stretch in them, so they are able to fit over a wide range of nappy sizes.

About Parrot Pants hand knitted wool longies
Parrot Pants hand knitted wool longies are a wool nappy cover in the form of long pants, which are able to be worn as a pair of pants and nappy cover in one. All wool longies are hand knitted in Australia from minimally processed 100% wool.

About Parrot Pants hand knitted wool shorties
Parrot Pants hand knitted wool shorties are a wool nappy cover in the form of shorts, which are able to be worn as a pair of shorts and nappy cover in one. All wool shorties are hand knitted in Australia from minimally processed 100% wool.

About Parrot Pants hand knitted wool soakers
Parrot Pants hand knitted wool soakers are a wool nappy cover that is able to worn either on it's own or as a cover underneath clothing. All wool soakers are hand knitted in Australia from minimally processed 100% wool.

What do I need to know from you for a custom order??
***Please ensure you have read the Payment Info on my website before placing a custom order. It can be found here: http://parrotpants.com.au/index.php?main_page=page&id=15 *** I need your wool choice, colour choice, soaker or shorties or longies, and size to start with. Size Small is approximately a size 0, Medium approximately a size 1 and Large approximately a size 2. Wool choices and prices can be found here in Notes. Colour choices can be made from my gallery here on this page, this can be found in my photo albums. However, as garment size can vary with different wools, I do like to get measurements of your bub off you so I can check that I am knitting a garment that is the correct size. Can I get you to measure: Waist (bare skin) Hips (over the largest nappy you would like the pants to go over) Rise (measure from the belly button, between the legs and up to the same point as the belly button on the back, wearing the largest nappy you would like the pants to go over) Inner Leg Length (top of the leg - edge of the nappy - to just below the ankle for longies, or to wherever you would like the pants to come to for shorties or capris) If you have any questions about sizing though please check with me, I'm happy to help with any advice. I will also need to know if you would like an embellishment and what you would like. There is plenty of inspiration to be had in my Gallery photo albums on this page but if you have an idea run it by me. I will tackle most things :)

How do I care for my Parrot Pants knitted wool nappy cover?
Your Parrot Pants knitted wool nappy cover will come to you pre-washed and lanolised with Sheepish Grins Liquid Lanolin. The lanolin contained in wool neutralises urine, so your wool nappy cover will only need to be washed every 2 to 4 weeks, unless it becomes dirty in the meantime or starts to smell. Simply air between wears. Please LUKEWARM hand wash only inside out with an accredited wool wash. To minimise the chance of colour run and colour migration, I use and recommend Sheepish Grins Foaming Wool Wash. In my experience, the use of commercial wool washes increases the chances of colour run. Rinse and gently squeeze to remove any excess moisture. It may also be rolled up in a towel to remove excess moisture. Lie flat to dry out of direct sunlight, which may cause colour fade. PLEASE DONíT MACHINE WASH OR TUMBLE DRY YOUR PARROT PANTS WOOL NAPPY COVER! I make every effort to ensure that dyes are adequately fixed, however it is normal for a small amount of dye to come out when washing, especially with bright or dark colours, so I recommend that you wash your Parrot Pants wool nappy cover separately.

How do I lanolise my Parrot Pants knitted wool nappy cover?
Your Parrot Pants wool nappy cover will need to be lanolised when it either stops repelling moisture or starts to become smelly, usually every 6 to 8 weeks. There are several lanolising products available; my favourites are Sheepish Grins Liquid Lanolin and Lansinoh. To lanolise using Sheepish Grins Liquid Lanolin, add 1 teaspoon of lanolin to warm water and mix. Add your wool nappy cover to the mix (it may be wet or dry and should be turned inside out) and allow it to soak for 30 minutes. Remove nappy cover and do not rinse. Dry as above and your Parrot Pants wool nappy cover is ready to wear. To lanolise using Lansinoh, melt a pea sized amount of Lansinoh in a tub of hot water along with a touch of wool wash and mix to disperse. Add cold water to the mix until it is lukewarm and soak your Parrot Pants wool nappy cover in it (again, it may be wet or dry and should be turned inside out) for 30 minutes. Remove nappy cover and do not rinse. Dry as above.

How do I care for my Parrot Pants hand knit clothing?
Please LUKEWARM hand wash (or machine wash where appropriate) with an accredited wool wash. Rinse and gently squeeze to remove any excess moisture. Clothing may also be rolled up in a towel to remove excess moisture. If washing by machine, items may be spun at the lowest possible speed, approximately 800rpm. Lie flat to dry out of direct sunlight, which may cause colour fade. I make every effort to ensure that dyes are adequately fixed, however it is normal for a small amount of dye to come out when washing, especially with bright or dark colours, so I recommend that you wash your Parrot Pants hand knits separately.

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