|What you need:|
Baby shampoo (or wool wash)
Wool is water resistant. Lanolin is what makes the a sheep's coating waterproof and makes wool covers "waterproof". Wool absorbs water, absorbs up to 30% of it's weight without feeling wet.
Wool is breathable. Breathability in diaper covers is important for a baby's skin. If the skin can't breath, then when a diaper is wet, the temperature rises, and can cause a diaper wash. During the day, I use PUL covers (but I change Charis QUICKLY when I realize she's dirty), but at night she's often in her diaper for 12+ hours.
Wool can go a few weeks (3-4) without washing. Wool is naturally antibacterial and should not smell like pee when dry but if it does then it's time to wash and lanolize.
|Soaker lanolizing in the solution|
How to lanolize a wool diaper:
- Squirt baby shampoo and place approximately 1 inch of Lanolin into a plugged sink or basin.
- Pour boiling water over the shampoo and Lanolin.
- Stir with a spoon until the lanolin dissolves.
- Turn on the tap and run lukewarm water into the sink.
- Place cover inside out into the water and swish it around a tiny bit. Warning: make sure the water is not too cold or too hot. You do NOT want to shock the wool or cause it to shrink too much.
- Let it soak for 30-60 minutes.
- Remove from water, place between two towels, and roll the towels up to help squeeze out the water.
- Let dry for about 24 hours.
Do you cloth diaper? If so, what are your night time solutions?
Have you ever tried wool?