I am THRILLED to have Stacy of Humorous Homemaking, one of my BEST blogging buddies, guest posting on wool diaper covers today! Please give her site a visit! And if you’re a cloth diaper fan like we are, check out my complete cloth diapering handbook!
Guest Post by Stacy of Stacy Makes Cents
I was introduced to the wonderfulness of wool diaper covers by my genius friend, Brandy. See, I was having this problem – my daughter was leaking during her night time sleep.
No matter how many inserts that I added to her pocket diapers, she would still leak – I was washing bedding every day…until I met wool and fell in love! Baaaaaa!!
Wool is breathable – so it’s warm in the wintertime and cool in the hot months…and it virtually never leaks. Think about it – imagine all those sheep out in the wet and cold and yet they stay warm. It’s their wool rain jacket…and now it’s transferred to your baby’s bottom.
The breathability of wool also helps you avoid diaper rash – it’s some kind of baby bottom miracle!
While it will not leak, it might wick moisture if you put tight clothing over the cover. The properties of wool are amazing! It will repel moisture, keeping your baby from leaking (it keeps the moisture inside the fitted diaper). Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture – no other fabric has that same ability.
It’s also important to note that wool is antibacterial. The lanolin in the wool has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. What does this mean? It means you don’t wash them as often…another baby bottom miracle!
The wool absorbs and evaporates moisture, so the cover doesn’t retain odors. Use a wool cover and when it gets moist, just hang it up to dry. When it’s dry, it is ready for another use! You might only have to wash your covers once a month unless they become soiled – but usually every 2-3 weeks should be plenty.
You will wash your wool covers by hand and lanolize them every 2-3 washes.
Some of you are scratching your head and wondering why on earth you don’t have to wash them with each use. Well, I looked it up for you because I’m excellent at Google searches. 🙂 Lanolin reacts with the ammonia in urine to form a type of “soap.” This is what makes them self-cleaning.
Reasons why you would want to choose wool diaper covers:
- You hate doing laundry (ha!!)
- Your baby has sensitive skin
- Your baby leaks often at night
- You’re a crunchy mama 😉
Now, because you can’t reuse them after each change like another type of diaper cover, you will need 3-4 wool covers. They’ll need to dry between each use.
They are a bit more expensive than other “plastic” diaper covers but the benefits are HUGE! If you don’t want to make the investment for 3-4, then you might just consider buying one for nighttime wear. That was where I first started.
Types of wool covers:
Crocheted/Knitted soaker (see third picture above)
Upcycled soaker from a wool sweater (see second picture above)
Longies…aka wool pants (see fourth picture above)
I purchased a wool diaper cover from Etsy that had been upcycled from a sweater. I LOVE IT!!! If you’re crafty, you can make your own.
Don’t be afraid to try wool! Embrace your inner shepherd! 🙂 If you have any questions, just holler at me in the comments.
*NOTE: I am not an affiliate with any of the companies linked above. I just like sheep. Baa.*
About Stacy Myers
Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and a stay-at-home mom to her two children, Annie (3) and Andy (newborn). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Humorous Homemaking you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is empowering women with simple home management methods that work.
My eBook, Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert, is a 200+-page handbook that will tell you all you need to know to have a successful cloth diapering journey!