There are all kinds of diaper covers out there to keep baby’s clothes dry and the diaper mess contained. Some are very inexpensive and some are not. For those just getting started, you might wonder why someone would choose to pay over $40 for one diaper cover that needs some special care. There actually is a very good reason.
Because it is wool.
There are many reasons for choosing wool. It is a natural fiber, renewable, breathable, and while the care of wool diaper covers is a little pickier than most other covers, the times it needs care and attention are few and far between.
My favorite reason for the wool, is that no other fabric breathes like it and still contains the mess.
The best cure for a diaper rash is air. Letting baby go diaperless will allow irritated skin to heal faster than anything, but with a busy life and an even busier baby, that is a sure recipe for mess around my house. Putting baby in a diaper with no cover is an option, but again that can be hard if you are on the go or if it is cold out. Putting a wool cover over a cotton diaper is very nearly as good as leaving baby diaperless or at least coverless. Diaper creams have their place in curing rashes, but much of the time air works very well. Allowing baby’s bottom some time each day with this breathable cover keeps the skin healthier.
We make our own diapers, and tried many covers, but were never happy with the sweaty bum our daughter got from the nasty PUL covers, so I started experimenting with an old wool sweater and made a couple covers which have become our favorite. They are so breathable, almost completely wetproof, cozy little things that look so cute, like she is wearing a little sweater over her diaper. And even during the warmest days of summer, she stayed cool and comfortable. Wool rocks. Out with the polturethane….yuck!
I just started getting interested in wool soakers. I made one (pretty tragic) and now I’m crocheting a wool wrap which I think will turn out to be my favorite pattern. I love the Bummi Super Whisper Wraps, but if I can crochet or sew one out of wool for far less money, I’m all for it.