When we first decided to cloth diaper I was set on creating our whole stash with one type of diaper. It seemed to be the easiest way to stay organized – same washing instructions, same inserts, same everything. Although I don’t regret going heavy in one direction of cloth diapering – now, a year in, I’m super excited to be exploring other options.
Wool first caught my attention when I saw these beautiful wool longies. But, just as quickly as wool caught my eye, the price tag made me turn away :(
Then I started thinking … there has got to be a reason wool is so valuable. And there is. Pause … there are MANY reasons:
- Wool is breathable. Since wool is a natural fiber it helps baby’s bum to have constant airflow and therefore, reduces diaper rash by creating an even temperature void of moisture. Which leads wool’s next perk …
- Wool absorbs AND repels moisture. It seems somewhat contradictory to think that a fabric can both absorb and repel, but that is the magic of wool! Wool can absorb up to 30% of its’ weight in moisture without feeling damp and without making its’ wearer feel clammy. Here’s the science behind the magic … the inner core of wool fiber is made of a protein who’s job is to absorb. This protein is covered by overlapping scales that repel. Wool is also characteristic of lanolin which is a natural repellant.
- Wool is perfect for every season. We often see wool in outerwear because it does a great job at insulating. Insulating is preferred to trapping heat, like a synthetic fiber might. This feature helps keep babies warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
- Wool is fire resistant. Due to its’ absorbancy wool is often a great choice for nighttime diapering. Just like other nightwear, being fire resistant is a must. Wool chars rather than catching flame and naturally extinguishes without chemical treatment.
- Wool is durable. Wool fiber is a work horse. It is made to withstand twisting, turning, shuffling, and, well, all the movement of a little one. A wool fiber can be bent 20,000 times before breaking; In comparison to cotton (3,000 bends) and silk (2,000 bends). Wool pieces are an investment, but they pay off over the years when properly cared for.
See what I mean? Wool is absolutely worth the investment and better yet, there are many affordable, second-hand, and DIY options for incorporating wool into your stash!
Do you use wool? Are you interested in trying it out? Please share your experience and thoughts! Show some wool love!
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