Wool diaper covers, or woollies as we call them around here, are just that. A 100% natural fiber cover that seals in all the wet and moisture your baby can pump out!
Now many people new to cloth diapers may have heard some horror stories about wool. How it’s finicky, extra work, easily ruined yada yada yada.
Most of this is silly non-sense. Wool can be a great addition to your cloth stash and is simple to care for!
So here’s the run down on wool
- Wool is a natural fiber mostly from sheep but also from lamb, alpaca and rabbit
- Wool breathes well
- Wool is naturally antibacterial and resists odor build up
- Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in liquid
- Real wool is soft and squishy against the skin
- Wool is warm in winter and cool in summer
- Wool requires washing once every two weeks unless soiled
- Lanolizing takes 5 minutes every few washes (Lanolin is the natural oily secretion from sheep and it applied to the fibre to help it maintain water resistant properties)
- You can make your own for a low price, in various ways, or you can support numerous work at home moms who make lovely woollies
- And let’s be honest they come in some very cute colours and patterns, who needs pants!
I first became interested in wool when our daughter was having night time soaking issues. We stuffed her pocket diaper to the brim and still she would wake up wet. Using my favorite Cloth Diaper 101 site I found that wool was probably the solution we were looking for.
Let’s look at this in more detail
Natural fiber means wool is sustainable, sheep grow a new coat every year and they are not harmed in responsible farming practices (source). This is the same for the other animals, their fur is removed without harm to the animal and they grow a new coat over the following months.
Because the fibre is how animals stay comfortable it makes sense that the fibre would act the same for us (source).
Wool is structured to be water resistant on the outside yet absorbs water on the inside. This means it will absorb any leaks from the diaper and ‘lock’ them in the middle of the fibre. Baby stays dry, clothes stay dry! Wool also keeps warm in the winter and cool in the summer making it a great all year round material.
Many people may think of wool as being itchy, rough and scratchy and this is the case for treated wool. Natural, untreated wool is amazingly soft and squishy. Depending on the type of yarn you choose your diaper cover can feel silky smooth or pillowy soft!
With the anti bacterial and anti odor properties wool only needs to be washed every two weeks or so depending on use. Lanolizing can be done every two washes or so, you’ll notice when it needs to be lanolized again,
Here’s a run down on washing wool:
- fill sink with tepid water and a small amount of Eucalan or another similar wool wash product
- place wool in sink and swish around for a couple of minutes
- allow to soak for 10-15 minutes
- drain dirty water, rinse cover with running clean tepid water
- fill sink with clean water and swish cover 2-5 times again, water should remain clean, if not drain and rinse again till water remains clean
- drain and wring out water
- hang to dry in warm place away from direct heat and out of direct sunlight
- **If you want to expedite drying time place cover in a small washing bag and put on spin cycle in washer, then hang to dry**
- Take a clean dry wool cover and pure lanolin (Lansinoh is the brand I use)
- Put lanolin in your palm and rub between hands to warm up
- Use hands to grab and dab at cover all over
- I apply 2-3 coats to the crotch area
- Gently massage lanolin into wool, massage any obvious ‘spots’ of lanolin
- Dissolve lanolin in warm water
- Place cover in water and massage all over, allow to soak for a few minutes
- Drain water and hang to dry as in washing instructions
**I prefer the first method as I have more control over where the lanolin goes and a better idea of how well covered the whole thing is
Free Crocket and Knit patterns
- Here’s my crochet pattern for woolies
- Here’s the crochet patter for pants or longies
- Here’s a knitted pattern for woolies
- Here’s a knitted pattern for pants or longies
- Here’s a tutorial on making a felted wool cover
- Here’s an already made cover
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