Wool covers are very intimidating at first look. These high cost diaper covers must be high maintenance, right? Actually, no. We are going to take a look at different types of wool covers, how to prep them, and finally how to maintain them.
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Different Types of Wool Covers
I’m breaking up the different types of wool covers into three categories: wraps, soakers, and shorties/longies.
These are most like PUL covers. They go on just like regular covers, using snaps or hook and loop closures. They usually have more stretch to them than PUL covers. So if your baby is like my girl and doesn’t like pull up soakers, wool wraps are a great option. Disana has a wrap with velcro closures.
These are most like those pull up plastic pants your mom might have used. These are a pretty good option for nighttime because they’re usually more roomy than the other styles. GroVia’s wool soakers are pretty trim, but they’ll still cover a fitted. Kissaluv’s soakers are fuller cut. Some soakers have a high waist band that you can fold over as low or high as you need.
These are pretty much the same as soakers except that they’re shorts or pants. You can use them as shorts or pants over your diaper and skip an extra cover. sloomb makes some really nice longies and shorties. These are a pretty nice option for nighttime. No need for pajama bottoms!
Really all of these are good options for day or night. Some wool covers may be more suitable for day time than night because they’re thinner or only a single layer of wool. Wool covers are great because they’re so breathable and easy to take care of.
Prepping wool is actually really easy. I’m sharing how I do it. You only need four things in order to do it (besides water):
- Wool wash- I recommend Eucalan Wool Wash because it contains lanolin.
- Lanolin- I like GroVia No-Clump Lanolin Spray. It’s really easy to use.
- Sink or dish tub- You’ll be soaking, so make sure you use something you can do without for a while.
- Towel- A dry, clean one.
Like mentioned, some wool washes already contain lanolin, so you can skip lanolizing your cover. Make sure to check your wash label, because some covers can be washed in your clothes washer on a delicate cycle. Be really careful, you don’t want to felt your covers to the point where they’ve shrunk too much and you can’t use it anymore. If the cover is already felted, more than likely you’ll be able to machine wash it. If not felted, it would be better to wash by hand.
To wash wool covers, fill your sink or basin with tepid water and add your wool wash as it’s filling. Place your cover in the water and gently squeeze it and swish it around gently (the cover in the picture is a Loveybums organic wool diaper cover). Leave it to soak for about 15 or 20 minutes (check your wool wash’s directions). Drain the water and gently squeeze (do not wring! You’ll stretch your wool out of shape!) all the extra water out that you can.
Lay it on a towel and roll it up, squeezing when you’re done to get even more water out. If your wool wash contains lanolin, you’re ready to lay it flat to dry (put it in front of a fan or on top of a working dryer for it to dry a little faster- wool does take a looong time to dry and if you have stains, you can lay it in the sun to get them out). You’re done! If your wool wash does not contain lanolin, you’ll have to lanolize your cover to make it more water resistant.
I use the GroVia spray to lanolize my covers, because you just spray it on the inside of the cover while it’s still wet, lay it out to dry, and you’re done. I do use Eucalan, but I like to do some extra lanolizing. If you use solid lanolin, like Sloomb Solid Lanolin, you’ll have to melt the lanolin in hot water and pour it in some clean water, then take your wool and submerge it, squeezing to move the lanolin water through the fibers. Then you take it out, squeeze as much water out as you can, roll it in a towel, and lay it flat to dry. See why I like the spray lanolin? I think it’s much easier to use! After you lanolize your cover, you may find that it feels kind of sticky, but it’s fine, it’s just the lanolin.
Once your wool is dry, it’s ready to go on the bum!
Really, the hardest part of using wool is prepping it. It takes very little to maintain your wool.
Air it out.
As long as it’s not soiled, just turn your cover inside out and let it air out in between uses. The pee smell will go away.
If a little poop gets on the cover, you can spot clean it without having to wash the whole thing. Of course, if a lot of poop gets on it, you’ll want to wash it. You can use GroVia’s Wool Wash Bar. I rub the icky spot and then rub the fabric together to get the stain out. Try to be gentle when rubbing.
Smells like pee after airing it?
Time to wash and lanolize it again! Generally, you’ll have to wash your wool every couple of weeks.
There you have it! It’s a lot quicker to actually do it, than it is to read about it. Wool really is easy to take care of. Wool covers are great! They’re breathable, good for summer and winter, and easy to take care of.
Have you taken the plunge into using wool covers? What’s holding you back if