Monday, August 24, 2009

Wool....The Real Deal

In my neck of the woods, wool is a very new idea in cloth diapering...even though they have been around for decades! Before dsposables were ever available, mothers would use a wool diaper cover called a soaker over cotton flat diapers to keep the baby's clothes dry. These days, wool soakers are becoming popular once again, as people learn the health risks associated with disposables. Modern soakers are not your grand-mother's soakers, however. They are made with the softest wool available and are also available in many colours and styles! Not only are made as soakers (pull-on panty style), but also come in skirties, shorties and longies, which double as skirts, shorts and pants!!

Some Facts about wool:

1. Wool is the only fibre that can absorb 30-40% of its weight in moisture. Even once it has absorbed all this moisture, it won't feel wet or clammy because the wool allows the moisture to evaporate into the air.

2. Wool is an amazing insulator and regulates body temperature. It can be used all year long, in any temperature. When it is hot, wool will keep babies cool, and will keep the heat out. When it is cold in the winter, wool will keep the body warm and cozy.

3. It is breathable, allowing air to circulate and skin to breath. This helps to decrease diaper rash, but also alleviates health concerns about trapped heat within the diaper (which can cause sterility in boys).

4. Wool contains natural lanolin, which acts as a natural waterproof barrier.

5. Wool is stretchy and very comfortable for baby. It will move with your more red marks around baby's chubby legs.

6. Wool is naturally antibacterial and dirt repellent. It does not have to be washed as often as synthetic covers. Unless is gets soiled, all you have to do is air it out between diaper changes. Even though it gets soaked with urine, once the wool is dry, it will smell like wool! The lanolin reacts with urine to clean itself! Isn't that neat?

No other fibre or material has all these properties! It really is an amazing gift from nature :)

A Note on Allergies to Wool:
According to Rosemary Block, people are not necessarily allergic to the wool fibre, but more likely the processing or the type of wool.


Alicia Istanbul said...

Very informative! I cloth diapered my daughter, but never ventured out beyond the AIOs. Wool covers sound like a good way to avoid synthetic fabrics. Thanks for sharing this.

Audrey said...

Hello fellow Canadian!! I used cloth diapers with my first child, but have never heard of wool soakers. Very cool!