Wool is an amazing fabric to use as a diaper cover. We started using Llamajama longies last winter for my 1.5 year old. It worked great overnight and he never woke up with wet sheets! The sizing is amazing. I got an 18 month size - they were a bit big on him to start and they still fit him, a year later!
There are many benefits to using wool covers over prefolds, fitteds or contours. Especially in the winter, when everyone wants to cozy up in some yummy warm wool.
Wool is a natural fiber with antibacterial properties. Being natural, it is very breathable. This allows air circulation which can help reduce the incidence of diaper rash. It also regulates body temperature - keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Wool treated with lanolin is water resistant. It can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture. IT wicks moisture away, keeping your baby dry.
The natural antibacterial properties reduces odor and bacteria build-up.
Wool diaper covers are available as soakers, longies, and shorties. You can really make any design cover you want if you know (or know someone who knows) how to knit or crochet.
To care for wool is pretty simple, once you get the hang of it.
Wool only needs to be washed when it gets dirty. You can reuse your wool cover until then. The more you use your wool, the faster the lanolin gets used up, so you do have to relanolize your cover occasionally. Lanolizing wool is what makes it water resistant.
When you first start using wool, wash it in a delicate detergent or wool wash and add some lanolin to the wash. Lanolin can come in a bar, liquid, spray, or included in the wool wash. Then re-lanolize whenever you wash or when the water resistance starts wearing off - usually every 3-4 weeks.
The longies picture here are Llamajamas.
The wool soaker is Little Beetles.
Thanks to the Llamajama website for a lot of these facts and stats!
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