Scared of wool? You shouldn’t be! It is one of the great natural fiber products that is available for cloth diapering and beyond! I LOVE wool…shorties, longies, soakers and now Weggings! OH MY! Seriously, wool needn’t be scary. It really is easy to use and wash once you know how. It’s not scratchy or too hot, I promise (I will explain in a bit).
First cool thing I learned…
Spray Lanolin makes my life easier and is amazing!
You don’t have to lanolize wool often and it’s not hard to do. Click here for full directions on how to wash and prep wool. But Wild Coconut Wear’s Spray Lanolin makes it even easier and this stuff smells amazing! (There is an unscented version available as well, I’m just a scent junky.)
Here’s what you do: You just wash your wool, which is basically a soak in luke warm water and some wool wash or if the piece is sturdy and you trust your washer, you can use the hand wash cycle on your washing machine. Instead of having to soak in lanolin, just use the spray and spray onto the wet zone and gently massage into wool and let it dry. That’s it! So easy. It really simplifies things if you use wool a lot, I can’t believe I went two years without ever trying it!
Second cool thing I learned…
Wild Coconut Wear Short Weggings rock!
I’ve used a lot of different kinds of wool, but never something in this style. Basically, it’s a standard soaker body with skinny cut legs, kind of like bike shorts. I had problems with other standard soakers rubbing my daughter’s thighs. She would sometimes wake up with a red looking friction rash from it happening. I was a little skeptical of these at first, but once Sophia started wearing them, Short Weggings totally solved our leg rash problem. These end lower on her leg, slightly above her knees when worn over her night diaper and look more like capri’s over her day diaper. Great to wear on summer nights!
My Wild Coconut Wear Weggings are super well-made and were totally bullet proof at night. Don’t be afraid to put these on a boy either. Skinny jeans on men are in now too, right? Lol
I did recieve lanlolin, wool wash and Short Weggings free of charge from Wild Coconut Wear to review. However, all statements made here are my honest and true opinion.
If you have trouble with synthetic fabrics or have a heavy wetter, wool is a great option for you. I talked a lot about wool in my cloth diapering at night series. Here are two things I discussed that often scare people away from wool.
MYTH: Wool is hot! I can’t use it in the summer! TRUTH: Wool is actually one of the coolest fabrics you can put on your baby. TPU/PUL covers will keep heat and moisture next to the skin and will just make things hotter!
Unlike synthetic fabrics, wool breaths. (Making it cooler than any PUL/TPU cover you could use.) This means that it will actually pull moisture away from the body and evaporate it. Think about how a fan works. The fan is not actually cooling the temperature of a room, instead it works by blowing air across the skin and evaporating sweat. The more sweat is evaporated the cooler you feel. Wool evaporates moisture, the more evaporated, the cooler the bum.
*SUPER HEAVY WETTER TIP* If you want an even drier bum in the morning, leave the pj’s off and the wool uncovered! Let the air get to it. It will be able to evaporate moisture more effectively and therefor keep things even drier. If you still want little one’s skin covered use wool shorties in the summer or wool longies in the winter or in an air conditioned room.
MYTH: Wool has to be babied and it costs a lot! TRUTH: As long as you don’t put wool in the dryer, it’s pretty hard to hurt. It only needs to be washed every few weeks to a month. Wool is naturally antimicrobial. The lanolin on it will react with the urine as it air dries and actually neutralize it. It will continue to do this until all the lanolin is used up, that’s the point the cover starts to smell even when it is dry. You might also notice that it starts to not be as waterproof at this point. That is how you know it’s time to clean and lanolize.
I really do love using wool with cloth diapers. I love supporting these small businesses like Wild Coconut Wear that make it. Remember, wool isn’t scary. If you need help with it, let us know!
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Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek as well as hundreds of small businesses during that time. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.