Wool Diaper Covers...? In Summer???
July 14, 2014 8:30:00 AM EDT
When you think about your baby's summer wardrobe, wool may be the last thing on your mind. Before I ever touched a wool diaper cover, I thought of all wool as hot and scratchy. Not something I would even think about putting on my kiddo in the hot summer heat! I had no idea how soft, breathable, and functional wool diaper covers really were!
Some may think, when they see my little guy running around in his wool diaper cover, "Your kid wears wool even though it's summertime? My answer? My kid wears wool because it's summertime! :) Here's why:
One of the many great things about wool is that it's so breathable! Although my son has never had any trouble wearing his PUL or TPU lined cloth diapers in the summer, I love that there's not a waterproof lining in wool. The fibers have a natural crimp to them which creates tiny air pockets, allowing the garment to breathe.
At first, before I understood how wool works, I was a little worried at about letting my little guy wear it outside on a warm day. I was frequently sticking my hand up the leg of his wool shorties to see for myself if it was making him too hot. Every time, he felt perfectly fine! It didn't feel like there was hot air being trapped inside or that he was overheating. Because of the breathability of wool, it allows the body to self regulate, like their own personal climate control.
It's absorbent (and water resistant!)
Although there isn't a waterproof layer in wool diaper covers, wool can do both... resist and absorb moisture. When properly lanolized, the wool resists wetness, forcing the absorbent fitted, prefold, or flat underneath to absorb as much as it can. Once fully saturated, the wool takes over and can absorb 30% of its weigh in moisture without feeling damp to the touch. When moisture is absorbed into the wool, it's released as vapor. When baby is running around outside, playing hard, the wool absorbs moisture (sweat, wetness), helping to keeping a dry layer of air next to his or her skin.
Ease of care
Wool can be worn day after day without having to be washed. The lanolin used to make wool water resistant, neutralizes urine when it comes in contact with it, making it a self cleaning garment. Whenever my little guy plays gets his wool a little dirty from playing outdoors, I just spot clean it, but usually don't have to do a full wash and relanolizing for weeks! That means more time to spend outside enjoying the the summer!
It's hard to deny, wool diaper covers are downright adorbable. I love coordinating my son's wool covers and shorties with his outfits! Wool comes in many colors, from bright and fun, to neutrals that can work with just about anything. They also work great with dresses! At a La Leche League meeting the other day, I held a sweet little baby girl, who was only a few weeks old. She was wearing an adorable dress paired with her size 1 Sloomb underwoolies paired with a fitted cloth diaper underneath. So cute! Not to mention fashionable. :)
Sloomb makes wool shorties and longies that work as a diaper cover and a pair of shorts or pants. Knowing they can play double duty makes me feel better about spending the money on them! My little guy has been rocking his shorties all summer long. He has a dark grey pair that look great with nearly everything!
We also find good use for our wool longies during the summer. We like to keep our bedroom pretty cool at night, so his wool longies help keep him nice and comfy while he sleeps. They're also great for when we spend those cooler summer evenings roasting marshmellows by the fire.
Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring... No matter what season, wool diaper covers can make for a breathable, fuctional, and fashionable part of any babies' wardrobe!
DISCLOSURE: All products mentioned in this post were purchase by myself. Although I am compensated for my time writing, all opinions are 100% my own.
Stephanie Beck is a busy mama of four. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Stephanie started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN.