Wool and cloth diapering, often the cause of fear and avoidance, are a natural
combination. Despite common misconceptions, wool is actually pretty easy to care
for and can require less maintenance than your PUL covers, pocket diapers, or all-in-
ones. What if I was to tell you that you need only wash your wool covers/longies
every couple of weeks (given that you have no blowouts)? You need only air out
your wool covers between uses, as the lanolin in wool possesses self-cleaning
properties. After a couple of weeks of use, or if a blowout occurs, simply hand wash
your cover in lukewarm water with a mild soap (no “special” wool wash needed),
and air dry. Honestly, it’s that easy!
Wool really is an incredibly natural fiber, lending itself to cloth diapering. Wool can
absorb twice it’s weight, is able to both repel and wick away moisture, and regulates
temperature like a champ! Because of it’s ability to both absorb liquid, and repel
with lanolin, wool is an ideal choice for tricky overnight diapering. Paired with a
prefold, fitted diaper, and/or inserts, wool covers and longies are a wonderful
solution to overnight leaks with most commercial diapers. If you don’t want to give
up your favorite diaper, simply place a wool cover over your pocket or all-in-one
diaper to prevent leaks.
While many people associate wool with colder temperatures (think longies for little
ones), wool is also an excellent fiber to cloth diaper with in the summer, when
temperatures soar. When I was using prefolds and fitteds exclusively, my son lived
in wool covers, longies, and shorties in the summer. Not only did the wool allow for
greater air flow than PUL covers, diaper changes were much easier with longies and
shorties doubling as both a diaper cover and bottoms (no need for extra steps).
If you’re interested in exploring more cloth diapering options, or are having
difficulty finding a nighttime cloth diaper solution, I would strongly encourage you
to give wool a try. If finances are tight, many work at home moms offer upcycled
wool soakers, longies, and shorties for a fraction of the price of commercially cound
wool. So, what are you waiting for?