Is Wool Really Worth it?
February 3, 2014 8:30:00 AM EST
Like many families who use cloth diapers, I was reluctant at first to give wool a try. It’s not that I didn’t want to… I was very intrigued, but I just couldn’t get passed the price tag. I kept hearing mamas talk about how much they LOVE it. I heard it was bulletproof… it was magical… it was THE solution to nighttime cloth diapering. I kept holding off. I would put it in my online shopping cart, but once it came to putting in my payment info, I couldn’t press submit. Then one day this past summer, I decided to bite the bullet and give in… I pressed submit and in just a couple of days a package from TGN was in my mailbox. In it was the softest, most adorable pair of Sloomb wool shorties! I couldn’t wait to get them on my son and see if wool was everything those mamas said it would be…
First things first, I had to lanolize my little guy’s new wool to make it water resistant… well, actually that came second. When I get something new, I have a really hard time waiting to put it on him! After letting him run around in them for a while and snapping some pics, I finally got around to lanolizing. Then the waiting began… It took about a day and a half for them to completely dry, which I was not too thrilled about. But as they say, good things come to those who wait!
Wool covers, shorties, and longies must be paired with an absorbent diaper, such as a fitted, prefold, or flat, to be a complete diapering system. Once properly lanolized, wool resists moisture, forcing the absorbent diaper underneath to absorb most of the wetness. Once that diaper can absorb no more, the wool takes over and starts absorbing as well. It can absorb quite a bit while still feeling dry to touch.
At first I had a hard time wrapping my head around how wool works… When I would ask, most people would say, “It’s magical!” I really wanted to understand HOW it worked, but it was hard to get a straight answer. The way it started to make sense to me was to go right to the source… sheep. Lanolin a yellowish, waxy substance found naturally on sheep’s wool. Its purpose is to help make their coats waterproof to protect their skin. I don’t know exactly how it works, but when the urine interacts with the lanolin, it works like a soap to neutralize it. As long as it’s properly lanolized, whenever the wool gets damp with urine just air-dry it. Once it has dried, it doesn’t smell! Wool can go WEEKS without needing to be washed and relanolized! If you start to notice an odor after drying or it seems to be getting damp sooner than usual, it may be time to wash and relanolize.
Since I only had one pair of wool shorties at first, I saved them mainly for nighttime. Fitteds and wool immediately became our overnight solution. Since we began using this combo at night, we have not once woken up to wet sheets! That alone made wool worth every penny to me! Plus, on a completely selfish note, it is sooo nice to snuggle up to my little one at night while he is in his wool. It is seriously so soft!
Once I realized that wool worked really well in our diapering routine, I added another cover to our stash. That way I could rotate in them and always have one for nighttime if the other had to be washed. I love how shorties and longies can do double duty as both diaper covers AND as a totally comfy and cute article of clothing! That makes me feel better about the cost. I would LOVE to add a pair of longies to our stash!
I am so glad that I decided to add wool to our cloth diaper stash. Those mamas weren’t just talking a bunch of fluff! ;) Wool is the real deal! If you are struggling with overnights or simply looking for a breathable, natural diapering option wool is definitely one to consider. To learn more about wool, visit Wool for Newbies in the Cloth for Newbies section of TGN’s website. TGN has a great selection Sloomb wool covers, longies, and underwoolies in NEW colors in stock!
*I have purchased all products mentioned in this post. 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, playing with her kids, swimming, and warm weather. She cannot wait for winter to be over. She 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.