Cloth Diaper Wool Covers ~ Washing? Lanolin?
Why Wear Cloth Diaper Wool Covers?
- The wool breathes! It allows air to circulate close to the baby’s skin, which helps prevent rashes. It also absorbs 30% of its own weight in moisture, and even then it is still dry. A great choice for late-night diapers/nappies or for toddlers.
- Wool covers are comfortable, soft and fluffy for the baby. A wool diaper cover allows an active child to move freely. Synthetic covers can be stiff or tight, leaving red marks on your baby’s belly and legs. Wool covers are flexible and comfortable.
- Lanolin (natural wool fat) makes wool naturally antimicrobial (An antimicrobial is a substance that kills or inhibits the development of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses). Lanolin also makes water-resistant wool and therefore an excellent choice for a fabric cover.
- Wool neutralizes the odors of urine! Simply roll your wool covers so they air between uses and will stay cool for some time, until the wash.
- Wool covers are durable! This strong fiber has a natural elasticity that allows it to stretch and regain its shape through years of use.
- Wool is easy to care for. Unlike plastic covers that retain odor and should be washed after each use, wool covers only need to be washed when they are soiled and lanolized once a month (depending on use, this period may shorten or lengthen).
How Many Do You Need?
If you are wearing only woolen covers, you will need about 3 or 4 so that they can be changed and allowed to air dry thoroughly between uses.
Use contoured / fitted / pre-folded diapers and change them frequently. Of course, your baby likes to have a clean, dry diaper. Frequent changes will help keep your baby’s skin healthy. Choose a diaper with enough layers to fully absorb the moisture.
How To Wash Wool Diaper Covers?
Washing should be done by hand in warm water using a squirt of shampoo, baby soap, or coconut soap for wool. Insert the cover into a bowl of soap and water and gently shake it and rub the cover with your hands for just one minute. Then rinse with warm water and gently squeeze to remove excess water. Wrap in a towel and press gently for one minute to remove as much water as possible. Put to dry horizontally at night or away from direct sunlight and from any source of intense heat. NOTE: Friction and/or intense heat will cause the wool to begin to shrink! Handle with care and only use cold or warm water.
When And How to Lanolize wool diaper covers?
When you notice a slight urine odor after aeration/drying between uses, or if the cover looks less water resistant, it is time to lanolize. Add a squirt of liquid soap and a squirt of liquid lanolin (available from health food stores, reusable diaper shops or Amazon has the 100% Pure oil – for sale here) to a glass of hot water. Stir the lanolin to dissolve (if not, you can add more soap). Pour the contents into a bowl of cold/warm water, submerge the wool cover and soak at for at least 20 minutes, turning the cover over during this time. Then follow the instructions above for rinsing and drying.
For new wool cloth diapers it is advisable to lanolize 3 or 4 times before using for the first time.