How to use wool diaper covers
Have you ever wondered how to use wool diaper covers with cloth diapers? Have you ever wondered why on earth someone would use a wool cover? If you are new to cloth diapering or if you are considering it, you may be curious about wool. Wool is used as a cover for cloth diapers. Wool covers can be in the form of soakers, shorties, longies, and a few other options. There are many variations of wool covers, but they all do the same thing.
Wool keeps sheep dry, and it can keep your baby dry too! Wool is very breathable, so it even can be worn in the summer months. Wool that has not been chemically treated is not scratchy at all, it is actually very soft. Wool is able to absorb moisture without feeling damp, so it is ideal for heavy wetters, for naptime, or for bedtime.
You can even use wool over a disposable diaper! Wool is naturally anti-bacterial, and doesn’t have to be washed as often as other fabrics. I know that sounds gross, but it really isn’t! If your wool gets damp, you just hang it to dry and any smell will dissipate. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to wash!
Washing wool isn’t as difficult as some people think that is is. There are many different methods for washing wool. If you buy your wool from a company or work-at-home mom, the wool will usually come with instructions. Some people wash their wool (especially interlock) on the “wool” setting on their washers with a gentle soap. Most hand wash with either special wool wash, or a simple chemical free baby shampoo. Never dry wool in a dryer, it should be hung to dry on a wool rack or laundry line.
Types of wool covers:
Knit or crochet: Crafty moms can make their own wool covers if they know how to knit or crochet. There are many work-at-home-moms who make and sell knit (or sometimes crochet) wool covers.
Interlock: Wool interlock covers are very popular. They tend to hold up very, very well. They can be bulkier than other options and possibly more expensive, but they may also work the best. Wool interlock was my choice for my own children most of the time. I used longies and shorties (pants) over fitted diapers. This wool diaper cover by Grovia is an example of interlock wool. It is a soaker that can be pulled over any diaper. I also love longies and shorties from Wild Coconut Wear.
Recycled: Recycled wool is made out of recycled sweaters or other materials. Recycled wool is one of the cheapest options, especially if you know how to sew.
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