Saturday, March 3, 2012

Nighttime and wool: Do you believe in magic?

This post has been something I've wanted to do for awhile, but I've just not had the time to sit down, and really write about everything I want to regarding wool and fitted diapers.  For those of you who are new to the world of reusable diapers, it gets even more hippy than pocket diapers.  Let me now introduce you to the wonderful world of wool.

When I first heard of wool as an option, I thought it was voodoo for sure.  How in the world could wool be used as a waterproof solution for cloth diapers?  The thought disgusted me and I thought surely, anyone who used wool must also be shearing it from their own sheep, washing out the manure, picking it, carding it, roving it, spinning it, and then knitting it into a diaper cover. Any other process was not plausible.  So you might be asking yourself, how then did you go from witch doctor voodoo crazy magic to writing this post?

Well, I have four words for you: sleeping through the night.   

I was on an eternal quest since my daughter stopped breastfeeding to get her to sleep through the night.  I knew that if I got enough food in her belly and I could find a diaper combination that was bulletproof, I would again be snoozing blissfully through the night.  Cloth diapers are great for baby bottoms on so many fronts, but one of the downsides to them is that babies typically feel wet quicker.   Because of this, they also feel colder, and thus you get screaming baby at 2:00 am wanting a diaper change.  Well, I was going to find a solution to that problem because mommy needs her beauty sleep, or as some like to call it, the "I teach high school students and I will go insane if I don't get some rest because they drain every ounce of life out of me by 3:35" sleep. 

So after several dates with Mr. Google, I found that unlike my ridiculous assumptions before, I would not have to visit some dark alley in New Orleans a la "The Princess and the Frog" to sell my soul to a voodoo doctor to get a waterproof wool cover that could keep my baby warm and dry throughout the night.  Here is the readers digest version of what I found out about wool.

Wool-Awesome nighttime diaper solution

(If you'd like to know more, read this explanation from the Diaper Pin. I am a French teacher and will not attempt to paraphrase what I do not understand. See earlier voodoo comments.)

People have been using wool covers since the dawn of time, or at least, since before I found out about them.

Because you want your baby to sleep through the night. If you don't want your baby to sleep through the night you are lying to yourself. Everyone wants their baby to sleep through the night.  Stop trying to be super mom. It's okay to admit that after several months of waking up several times a night you just want your baby to Go the...actually, just go here and I'll let Samuel L. Jackson explain.

On your babies butt. You put a wool cover over your babies derriere and it keeps them warm with science.

Your baby.

A wool diaper cover.  I own this one and this one.

Basically all you need is a fitted diaper and a wool cover of your choosing and you're good to go.  I recommend the Kissaluvs Hemp and Organic Cotton Fitted diaper.  I have three, but I just got the sustainablebabish fitted that I will be trying out tonight.  Fingers crossed! The next post I will be discussing how to clean the cover and how often you have to do it.

Good night and good luck.


  1. Hey there! I found some Kissaluvs Organic Hemp fitteds on Diaperswappers for $12 a piece. I think that's a good deal. How many do you think I should get? I am going to try wool at night.

    1. How used? It really depends on how often you do diaper laundry. I would say two for starters since they take forever to dry in the dryer. Can you say homemade dryer balls? :)