Wool vs Fleece

Posted 06-6-2012 at 09:39 AM by whitneywalters

Since I started using wool and fleece two years ago I have had a lot of people ask me the difference between them and what the benefits are. I just wanted to share the list that I have come up with over time.

Let’s start with Wool.

Pros -
Naturally antibacterial fibers from natural resources.
The best material for absorbing moisture and keeping babies dry.
Can be air dried between uses.
Very breathable, keeps you warm when it is cold out and cool when it is warm out.
Lots of variety, there is recycled wool, interlock, knit and crochet. Lots of adorable choices out there.
Very high resale value.

Can be very expensive. The wool in my stash cost me between $20 – $60 a piece. You can find it for less and much more.
Needs to be hand washed and air dried. My husband has ruined more then one  piece of my precious woolies by accidentally drying them.  Needs to be lanolized to make water proof. Takes longer to dry.

Now for Fleece.

Pros -
Cheap to buy. My fleece as cost me between $5 – $18 a piece.
A vegan alternative.
Very soft and wicks moisture away from baby.
Very soft and comfortable.
Easy care, can be washed and dried with regular clothes.
Fast drying.
With more and more people using fleece there is a demand for cute items. I have lots of embellished fleece, it can be just as cute as wool.

Cons -
Needs to be washed after every use, so if you are using fleece full time you would need more than if you were using wool.
It is a man made material, 100% polyester.

Here are some wool and fleece pictures for you to enjoy!

Filed Under: Cloth Diapering


5 Responses to “Wool vs Fleece”

  1. Kabuki24 on June 6th, 2012 10:07 am


  2. tootsy_toes on June 6th, 2012 12:08 pm

    Those are some georgeous pieces! Pretty girl too.

  3. singer1517 on June 6th, 2012 12:10 pm

    thank you for this!! !

  4. boysniris on June 6th, 2012 9:53 pm

    Great pros and cons list, ADORABLE pics :)

  5. mel281 on June 9th, 2012 9:07 pm

    So is fleece as waterproof/resistant as wool? I always thought wool was better at protecting against leaks (unless of course you are using Windpro, which is not stretchy at all)?

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