I just purchased an organic crib mattress and now I'm looking to keep it nice with a natural waterproof mattress pad. I've look at getting wool puddle pads at Dax Stores, etc. but they are all so expensive! Can I just buy wool at a fabric store or is it not the same? Are there other naturally waterproof fabric options I have to use on the mattress, cosleeper and elsewhere?
Thanks for your help!
I happen to have two from Dax Stores and really love them. I agree they're expensive, but they last a very long time. These puddle pads are made from pure grown wool whereas regular wool at a fabric store might have been raised in a less pure fashion (sprayed, not well processed, potentially dyed with things you don't want the babe to be breathing). Also the Dax ones are very tightly woven and have been minimally processed so are likely to retain their lanolin/be more waterproof. If you can find pure wool or ecological wool at a fabric store,
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