Wool Care Guide

How to Care for your Wool Cover

Wool covers made their peak appearance in the 1940s and are still highly used today for many cloth diapering families.  

The beauty of wool is in its natural fibers. Not only are these able to keep your baby warm in the winter but, it’s also able to help regulate your babies temperature… meaning its perfect for year round use!

Wool even has the magic capacity to absorb up to 3x’s its weight, helping keep your little one feeling even dryer. Which means, this can help prevent diaper rashes especially in those babes with sensitive skin.

These are made to last and hold their shape for a number of years. Our Baby Behind’s Wool Nappy Cover is made with 97% Australian Merino Wool and 3% spandex which gives it a nice shape and fit over your bubs nighttime solution. The interlock wool once lanolized provides a perfect waterproof barrier for even the heaviest of wetters giving you some ultimate leak protection.

Pair your wool cover with some of your favorite absorbencies:
Paired with a flat/preflat for a trim and natural solution
Paired with a newborn prefold as a cover
Paired with a designated overnight nappy for ultimate leak protection
Paired with a workhorse fitted to get your toddler through the day
Use over the top of a disposables/cloth nappies at nights for extra coverage

We see these as a wonderful investment piece to keep your little one dry and comfortable through the night that will last you through several kiddos. Wool may sound a little crazy but really they are simple, comfortable and high functioning with low maintenance- making this a win, win for us.

Wool, just like cloth diapering, comes with a learning curve. Luckily for you (and me!), they are super low maintenance due to their self-cleaning capacity. If used overnight, your wool cover will appear damp or cool to the touch. This is expected, as it’s done the work of absorbing some of that moisture from the absorbency underneath. In between uses, hang the nappy out over the crib and by night you’ll find it dry, fresh and ready to go for the next evening.

Unless it’s been soiled on, your wool cover should only need to be washed and lanolized, on average, every 4 weeks! Every-time your wool is washed, it’ll need to be lanolized- so pairing these steps together will help make it even easier!

W A S H 
When it does come time to wash your nappy come back here and follow these simple steps! 

M A C H I N E   W A S H I N G

Check with your brand of wool cover for machine washing compatibility. Baby Beehind’s Wool Cover can be washed in a machine on cold on a delicate cycle with a wool wash if preferred. 

H A N D   W A S H I N G
Fill a small basin with cool to room temp water
Add a gentle detergent to the the mix, such as a baby wash or a designated wool wash 
Place your nappy in the basin and gentle agitate with your hands 
Let the nappy soak in the wash solution for 30 minutes 
After 30 minutes, gently squeeze out excess water 
Rinse the nappy under cool to room temp water and gently squeeze out any excess. 

Fill your basin with fresh cool to room temp water, enough to submerge your cover in
In a separate small dish/cup add 1/2 cup of hot/boiling water
Add a squirt of your baby wash/wool wash to act as an emulsifier
Add a 1/2 teaspoon of lanolin and mix until fully dissolved, the solution should appear opaque white rather quickly 
Add your lanolin mixture to your basin of water and mix 
Submerge your wool cover (inside out) into the basin and gently press the solution through the wool 
Keep the wool cover submerged and let sit anywhere from 1hr to overnight (recommended) 
When ready to remove, gentle squeeze out excess water and then gently roll in a towel

Hang to dry in your home or in the shade for 24-48 hours.  *The cover will feel slightly tacky immediately following lanolization, this will fade after 1-2 wears.* 

    Your wool nappy cover may need 2-3 rounds of lanolizing and wear before it reaches it’s ultimate potential. If this is a brand new wool cover, we recommend following the steps above and getting it on your babe. Instead of waiting 4 weeks, go ahead and repeat these steps if you start noticing leaks or it just feels right. Just like a good pair of leather shoes or a cast iron pan- these only get better with use!
    For questions on how to care for your wool cover, shoot us a message on our Contact Us page, via email at hello@jemmaandway.com or in our DM’s on Instagram. 
    We hope you love!  
    xx jemma + way