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Engel Organic Merino Virgin Wool Nappy Pants

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If you love wool but want something a little less bulky than a thick wool soaker during the day, you will love these nappy pants!  These are the thinnest, most lightweight wool diaper covers we have found, and they work wonderfully well.  These breathable wool shorts are so trim that you can fit any garment over them with hardly any bulk at all.  They are trim but still have the absorbency and moisture-repelling properties of wool.   

This merino wool cover is very thin, lightweight and single-knit, so it is ideal for daytime use and is great for hot summer days.  This cover fits nicely over any pre-fold or fitted cloth diaper.  

To see this wool cover on a baby, you can view our video demonstration here.   For additional details on the nappy pants, you can read our blog post here

Because this is a single knit, thin wool cover, we do not recommend using this during naps or overnight.  You will need to change the cover more frequently than you would with a thick, double-knit wool cover.  This particular cover is not designed for night time or nap time use, but rather for daytime use and times when you are able to change your baby's diaper on a regular basis.  Please keep in mind that wool is not waterproof like synthetic covers, but it is extremely absorbent and contains lanolin, which naturally repels moisture.   This cover will stay dry longer the thicker and more absorbent the cloth diaper layer is underneath.   

Wool provides excellent moisture regulation; it wicks moisture away from the skin and can absorb up to one third of its weight in moisture and return it to the environment.  In addition, it does not soil or retain odors easily, so it does not need to be washed very frequently.    

Made by Engel, these nappy covers are 100% organic virgin Merino wool, certified organic by the International Association of Natural Textile Industry (IVN) and the Global Organic Textile Standard.  This wool is finely crimped, does not itch, and feels soft and cozy against baby's sensitive skin.  The Merino sheep are organically raised without the use of pesticides on neither the pastures nor the animals.    

Made in Germany 

Other Details: 

Care:  This wool cover should be washed before being used on a baby for the first time.  Although it has been re-oiled by the manufacturer after processing, we also recommend lanolizing the the wool before using to renew its moisture-repelling capability.  If your nappy pants leak, lanolize again.  Wool garments are naturally antibacterial and do not retain dirt or odors quickly, so you do not need to wash this garment frequently.  Please refer to our Wool Care section for more details, and don't forget your wool care products!

Sizing: The nappy pants run fairly true to size, but the wool is stretchy, so many babies can wear each size for much longer than the age range indicated.  Please see measurements below. 

Size 74/80 (6-12 mo):  Waist: 15" (at rest); 23" (stretched);  Rise: 7"

Size 86/92 (12-24 mo):  Waist: 16" (at rest); 25" (stretched) ;  Rise: 8" 




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  1. I love this nappy cover!

    Posted by Amy on 17th Feb 2015

    I love how light and breathable this cover is. Perfect for daytime use. This seems like it is going to fit for a long time. It is very true to size also. I got the 6-12 month size for my 7 month old. He is very long and weighs 18 pounds but I can tell it will last for a long time. Definitely worth the money.

  2. thin and trim

    Posted by pat aguiar on 29th Dec 2014

    I purchased two of these for my 21/2 year old grandson and I am more than happy with them. I lanolized 3 times before use and they function great. I use them over a disani tie nappy with no leaks in the daytime, however I do change him often. Where were these when I had my own children using cloth diapers and a kleinheart cover. How I love this wool cover. I threw out my bummis pul pullups after using these. I just couldn't bring myself to put the bummis on him after using these wool covers. Disani soaker at bedtime but I love these for daytime use.

  3. True to Form

    Posted by Rachel on 9th Oct 2014

    After watching ALL the Little Spruce Organics YouTube videos about organic/wool cloth diapering, I was sold. These nappy pants were among my first purchase for our stash. They wear like waterproof underwear, very breathable and slip on/off easily over our fitteds, prefolds, and flats. Cons are few but these definitely work best for trim fitting cloth diapers or flats/prefolds as the crotch will likely not provide enough coverage with too much added bulk (liners, inserts, etc), or just for hanging out at home (though we've ventured out on quick runs on a couple of occasions without much trouble). As some others have said, you will know when it is time for a diaper change with these (maybe the dampness will not be so apparent after lanolizing a few more times???) but really this is helpful as it ensures that I change our daughter sooner rather than later.

  4. Very thin, not bulky at all, great for summertime

    Posted by Nicole on 31st Aug 2014

    Had a hard time finding something thin, that is not too warm for our hot climate. This is it! Works for us even at night with the Disana Tie nappy and the BabyKicks Organic Premium Joey Bunz Doubler. Very easy to put on, because it is so stretchy. Quickly washed and dries fast.

  5. Both parents love these!! A must-have for summer

    Posted by Laura on 17th Dec 2013

    My husband's fave for ease of use and how trim it is, mine for how breathable, clean and cool for our daughter all summer. Though we prefer it for daytime around the house not for naps, nighttime or long stretches in the car, in summer we use it a surprising amount even out and about. We got two so we'd have one to put on while the other was airing out between diaper changes. Changing a little more often not a problem; you can tell by touch when there's a need; no leaks, here; no rashes. Little Spruce customer service patiently helped us newbies sort out the proper size. Their youtube how-to wool diaper videos helped us make the shift to wool. We use Engel nappy pants over organic cotton fitteds (mother's ease style) or over organic cotton flats with snappi. Take care if using snappis that they don't catch on this thin wool. My husband had this problem a couple of times leading to a couple of small holes (easy to darn). We have lots of wool now and both LOVE, love, LOVE these diaper covers. Hands-down the easiest ones for my husband to take on and off -- he has been reaching for these all fall and now into the winter -- I had to hide them!

  6. Thin and Airy

    Posted by Suzanne on 5th Aug 2013

    This cover is unlike any of my other wool covers. Its so super thin that it is very nice for hot days and feels very light. I've lanolized it 3 times and hope that it gets a bit more waterproof, as I can feel the dampness of the fitted when she wears this cover and is wet. But that's not a terrible thing to me, I just don't use this cover for long outings. Its an "around the house" kind of cover and its loose and easy to slip on and off, assisting in quicker diaper changes.

  7. Comfortable and effective!

    Posted by Alexis on 25th Jun 2013

    I am new to the wool diaper cover idea, and in spite of being a knitter and knowing wool's wonderful properties, and that wool soakers have long been in use...I still didn't fully believe these could work and be comfortable. Having tried them, I can vouch for their ability to stay dry and cool--certainly better than a PUL cover--I am very happy with this purchase and look forward to expanding our stash of woolens for all uses.

  8. worth the patience

    Posted by Mandy on 17th Apr 2013

    I have been using this for about a week, and here is what I think so far.

    1) very effective moisture barrier
    2) trim
    3) quick drying.
    Cons: none that I can see yet.

    It is surprising how well these covers work as they are so light and thin. I'll be honest, the first couple of times I used them I wasn't in love with them. That could be due to the fact that they maybe needed to be lanolized a few more times OR that I was using relatively new flats with them that hadn't reached full absorbency (I'm new here to the all-natural-fiber-CD-world and definitely stil learning). Either way, these little covers are definitely growing on me and I'd like to get one or two more. I'm glad I stuck it out.

  9. just wow, didnt expect is to WORK!

    Posted by Rebecca on 5th Apr 2013

    when i got these they are thinner than i thought! as in pantyhose thin! i though oh my goodness what a joke... nope not a joke! lanolised and they DO work! and are sooo trim! i am in love! and they last a decent amount of time too with a good fitted/flat/prefold underneath! i am putting the smallest size (3 to 6 months) on my 8 week old prem baby (about the size of a newborn) and its baggy but it works! you have to try it! i love how soft her butt feels instead of thehard plastickyness pul feels like. i warn you though it is SCARILY thin so it takes a few days before you can 'trust' it.

  10. Great Light Cover

    Posted by Jennie on 26th Feb 2013

    When I first received this it was a lot thinner than I was expecting. I had recently just purchased and fell in love with the Disana Merino cover, which is a lot thicker. I wanted an alternative for day time wear. Although it is thin and not nearly as absorbent as the thick cover, it does the job. It is good for day use, not night time. But it does great of catching any preliminary leaks. Before I was changing onesies and clothes all day if I didn't change the diaper frequently enough. Now the cover catches it just enough to notice, but without having to change the whole outfit. And with its natural wool characteristics it still doesn't seem too wet to continue to use after a diaper change. Plus it still doesn't retain the smell, so frequent washes are not necessary. It is very soft, thin and breathable, doesn't even seem like wool.

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