My introduction to wool came up in a round-about sort of way. I bought a few diapers on craigslist and was introduced to a friend who was making the most adorable tutus at the local farmer’s market. But not having a daughter and not wearing tutus myself (though now that I think about it, perhaps I should have gotten one for myself in future years as the tooth fairy…hmmmm…) I turned my eye to her adorable upcycled custom woolies.
When I ordered my first pair – U of M woolies – for my son, I had no idea how to treat wool. I didn’t know you don’t have to wash wool as often because it’s naturally antespetic; I didn’t know it needed a special type of wash. And then someone mentioned that wool is actually used as a diaper cover because once lanolinized it’s waterproof, and then I was totally hooked.
We’ve now added wool to our wardrobes in a variety of ways. About the only thing we don’t have in wool is a woven wrap. We have smart wool socks (they can be washed and dried like normal socks!), wool hats, a few hand-me-down sweaters, woolies, wool covers. I now know how to lanolize, where to buy lanolin, and what makes most people allergic to wool (the lanolin, actually). I’ve never been into wool myself, but now I can only marvel at all the cool things that wool can do.
My favorite thing about wool, though – besides its warmth and antespetic properties – is that it allows for air flow. We’ve switched to fitted diapers at night and wool covers. It makes me feel a bit better knowing that DS can have a more natural approach to diapering at night, meaning he’s only in a more traditional cloth diaper with PUL for just over half the day. And because our wool covers are laninolized, we have less nighttime leaks now, too.
Training my husband on wool has been an interesting cycle, though. A few times he threw our wool cover in the diaper bag and I washed it with the rest of the diapers – thankfully the Biobottom cover held up wonderfully and survived not one but TWO diaper cycles, and I’m hoarding the Little Beetle cover until I know it’s safe. Last night he put DS in our adorable green Mother Ease OS and when I grabbed him this morning I discovered the cover had been forgotten altogether…good thing the fleece PJs he was wearing were a decent substitute for wool! Maybe fleece will be my next adventure in diapering.