Two awesome things I want to share with you today…one is the HumBird Creations All in Two Wool Wrap Diaper. Sounds cool right? The other is my friend Devon. I met her online through our share loved of cloth diapers. She is an admin in the All About Cloth Diapers Chat and this post is written by her. She is super funny and down to earth. I think you will love both Devon and the HumBird! Here’s Devon…
I started cloth diapering Wild Brynn Hiccup when she was two months old. If I had an iconic, phone booth time machine I’d hop in it, go back in time, and get some fluffy wool on the bum sooner! Wool came into our universe at just the right time. After a good, clear run we have had our first rash, those dang clementines! We needed a breathable option, more modest than bare cheeks running around, and we needed more than just a cover.
Enter the new Ai2 Wool Wrap diaper from HumBird Creations. Dawn Jesse is the WAHM (Work At Home Mom) behind HumBird Creations and also a valued member of our AACD Chat on Facebook. Through our interactions there, it came to light that I am a wool virgin. She asked me, if she sent me a diaper, if I would try it out and craft a review for her. Well, oh my Goonies! Who’d say no? Let’s do this!
I had always associated wool with itchiness. Not this time.
The wool is 99% sourced from Finland and so soft and smooth my hand could almost glide over it like suede. The wool used in construction of the Ai2 Wool Wrap is hot washed in a washing machine and put through a cycle in a standard dryer before she makes the first cut. Oh wait, what’s that? The wool is dried? Yes!
I may not be a long time wool user, but as one of the admins of the All About Cloth Diapers Chat I have seen the “Help! I accidentally dried my wool, now it’s fits my child’s doll!” posts, for this tidbit to stop me in my tracks. A unique feature, I have not seen in other wool, HumBird’s Ai2 Wool Wrap can be washed in a machine AND dried in a dryer! Have a forgetful partner? Are you sometimes a Mombie and don’t even remember the cute print your just put in the wet pail? No worries! If this diaper gets put through a wash cycle it is going to come out the same size as when it was put in.
It’s super easy to care for this diaper. For the best foot (or is it bum) forward, you should lanolize 2x, but if ain’t nobody got time for that, you are definitely good to go after the first lanolin treatment. You can find directions to lanolize here. You will only need to wash your wrap if it needs to be re-lanolized (you know this because they start to leak or smell) or if you get some dried on poo on there. Again, it is washing machine and dryer compatible. The inserts are washed right in with your regular cloth diaper laundry.
The wool wrap is sewn with an outer as well as an inner layer, plus a third sewn-in layer spanning the “wet zone.” For having three layers of wool, this diaper is still quite trim. The snaps are super strong, and can overlap, hence the “wrap” part of the name. These are one-size (OS) diapers fit for about 11 pounds up to approximately 40 pounds, and they have a snap down rise to get that nice snug fit around the pegs—or gams. We all know how thigh girth changes in our littles!
The star of any diaper, the part that soaks up all the…um..attention, the inserts! The Ai2 Wool Wrap I received to review had 1 set of inserts that snap-in, (which includes the following 2):
- The longer soaker, that is on top, is either composed of 1 layer of an organic bamboo cotton velour, or a matching color cotton velour (this distinction will be found in the description of the Ai2 Wool Wrap you choose to buy, so keep your eyes peeled so you make the choice that is best for you!) and 2 layers of organic super heavy bamboo fleece. The diaper I have test driven was the bamboo cotton velour.
- The shorter soaker, snapped to the longer soaker, is 3 layers of organic, super heavy, bamboo fleece.
As I have mentioned before, clementines have squashed our 15 month streak of no rash. Her poor bum, so red and the tearful diaper changes. Even with patting completely dry, wonderful Weleda cream and short stints of air time on the bed pads I, well, “borrowed” from the maternity ward, we just needed something that was breathable one step above nakey-time. You know, modest.
We love our hybrid fitteds but unlike wool, they do not evaporate the pee. That’s makes for some wet pants, and some wet sheets, without a PUL lined cover—which would defeat the mission at hand for ventilation. There is a perk here I would like to relay to you. I assumed wool would be hot. I mean, sweaters, right? An unexpected benefit is that it is not hot at all! For our little lady who runs hot anyway, the wool is so breathable that we didn’t have the sweat in the creases in the morning like with the PUL covers. Steve wouldn’t believe me on this tenet, the ventilation, until I blew air through the diaper onto him.
This Ai2 Wool Wrap is baaaa-d assery! Within a day of use, the cheekages were back to a healthy pink, the tears weren’t there, and what about the diaper? It was not soaked, maybe a little bit damp. We just hung it on the designated towel bar for our other diapers we have to spray and within the next 1 or 2 diaper changes it’s ready to go again.
Ideally you could get more than one set of inserts and just keep switching them out with the same cover. I had a good run for almost two weeks before a faint smell of pee and that was my cue to wash and treat the outer wool wrap again. The second time around I felt like a boss. Remember, like my puns in the chat, a little tackiness is okay!
Our little Droolia Childs is a heavy wetter and pretty much a good, long sleeper (Hallelujah!) at night—no midnight changes, so this wool had to mean business. It did, it does, it’s business is taking care of business when she does her business. A sweep of my hand over our sheets in the morning and no puddles, no wetness and the cover itself was only slightly damp.
So what’s the word on wool? Shear-ly you must be curious! Bird, HumBird’s the word on wool, and you heard it through the “ovine” from me. Eh? Eh? I bet your sheepishly grinning behind that screen. I’ll leave it to you, tell me what you think below please don’t lambaste me for the wooly silly puns! HumBird Ai2 Wool Wraps are $34.99 and inserts are available for purchase with 1 set totaling $12 or a deal at 2 sets for $20. Plus a FREE gift with all purchases $30 and up.