I’m thrilled to have Lauren from Hobo Mama joining us for Wool Week! Because, you guessed it, wool doesn’t stop working its’ magic with diapering. Lauren’s here to give us the scoop on some more wool wonders …
I’m a huge fan of wool for cloth diapering. My favorite diapering setup is a prefold with a cover, and my favorite covers are wool. But besides wool covers, there are other ways wool supplies can help with diapering! I also use wool dryer balls, wool puddle pads, wool clothing, and a fleece mattress pad.
Wool dryer balls
Wool puddle pads
Whether you cloth diaper or practice elimination communication or a little of both, you’ll likely need to deal with damp-to-wet sheets during the night at some point (not to mention spit-up and breast milk leakage!). Since I cosleep, I’ve found great results from simply lining the baby’s and my sleeping area with a wool puddle pad. In my case, I bought a super-soft, organic merino blanket when Mikko (now 4) was a baby, and I’m still using it now with baby #2. I regularly wash it in a woolwash and occasionally lanolize it to keep it in good shape. If there’s a diaper leak from above, the wool blanket absorbs most of the moisture, often keeping the sheets underneath completely dry. It also helps keep the baby warm, if he managed to sleep through it! Any wool blanket can work for this purpose, though I do recommend getting a nice and soft one, since it’s going to be over the sheets and might be touching your skin. Look for 100% wool as well, for maximum benefit.
One way to keep babies comfy at night or while doing EC is through wool bottoms: knitted or crocheted longies, skirts, or leg warmers. An advantage to wool outers is that, unlike cotton, wool won’t wick moisture and immediately turn chilly on your baby’s skin. It can be a good solution for babies who are doing EC or going partially coverless to keep them warm and your furniture and floors more or less protected.
Fleece mattress pad
Underneath our bottom sheet is the softest, fluffiest goodness: a wool fleece mattress pad. We recently bought a new one after having used our old one (to death) for five and a half years. (We’re hard on fleece; what can I say?) When we first bought it, it was summer, and I was bragging about our purchase to my mom (we had scored it in a great deal on eBay), and she said something snide about, “Oh, a wool mattress pad in summer! Sounds wonderful.” But her sarcasm was so off the mark, because it was wonderful. The wool fleece functions the way a vinyl or similar waterproofing mattress pad would, by keeping wetness off your mattress — but it doesn’t make you sticky! It doesn’t trap the moisture up where you are; it absorbs it ever so slightly as you sleep. In the winter, it helps keep you warmer. It’s like magic — magic that will help you sleep better because your temperature is regulated. Plus, it’s sooo soft and fluffy. I’m seriously in love. For cloth diaper fans, a fleece mattress cover (they come in toddler and crib sizes, too!) can help keep leaks from ruining the mattress while it helps keep your little ones comfortable while they sleep. Caring for it is as easy as letting it air out for the day whenever you change your sheets, and once in awhile going over it with a vacuum to restore the fluff. Those are my go-to wool extras for cloth diapering. What wool things do you love?
Lauren blogs at Hobo Mama about natural and attachment parenting and is the co-founder of Natural Parents Network. She lives and writes in Seattle and shares her unholy love of wool with her husband, four-year-old son, and five-month-old baby.