Wool is naturally breathable, keeping baby's body temperature up to 4°C cooler than PUL covers, which in turn helps prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause diaper rash. Wool is naturally anti-bacterial and can absorb up to one-third of its weight in moisture without feeling wet. A common misconception is that a wool cover is scratchy against baby's skin. A high-quality wool cover made from untreated wool is soft and comfortable. Wool covers do require some special care to perform optimally, but because wool is naturally self-cleaning, the cover can be air dried between uses and will require laundering approximately every two weeks unless soiled. To wash a wool cover, simply soak in wool wash and dry flat. Every 10-12 washes, add a bit of lanolin (Lansinoh, for example) to the wash to help maintain water resistance. Wool provides excellent leak protection, even overnight!
If you are looking for an easy-care, breathable alternative to wool, fleece is your answer. Fleece is made of 100% polyester, which wicks moisture away from baby's skin. Fleece is machine washable, but can be prone to detergent build up, which may decrease performance. Fleece also provides excellent leak protection day or night.
- Wool is a renewable resource- it regrows on the sheep after sheering.
- Wool is biodegradable.
- Wool insulates. It is warm in winter and cool in the summer.
- Wool repels liquid. It dries quickly and resists mildew. No dust mites.
- Wool breathes and wicks away moisture so baby’s skin remains dry and rash-free.
- Wool's lanolin oil neutralize urine odor.
- Wool is durable and easy to care for.
- Wool stretches and regains its original shape, allowing for growth and movement.
- Wool is safer to wear because it has natural fire-retardant properties.
WHY use a wool diaper cover?
Wool covers are easy to care for, keeps baby's skin dry and rash-free, and one of the safest material for baby to wear.
Benefits of BAMBOO
- Bamboo is organically grown, needing no fertilizers or pesticides.
- Bamboo needs very little water to grow.
- Bamboo is the fastest growing plant, clocked at an astounding 47.6” a day.
- Bamboo fabric is silky soft and breathable. It wicks moisture away from the skin.
- Contains antibacterial properties, and most baby's have no allergies to it.
- Bamboo absorbs about 60% more liquid than cotton.
WHY use bamboo diapers?
A Bamboo diaper will be a highly absorbent diaper that is relatively trim. It is a good choice for your little one’s skin health due to its moisture wicking, antibacterial and breathability properties. Bamboo is also one of the softest fabrics that you will find to put next to your baby's tender skin. It is an eco-responsible choice too as bamboo does not require chemicals to grow plentifully, needs very little water to grow and grows very rapidly.
Benefits of HEMP
- Hemp is one of the most durable natural fibers- three times stronger than cotton.
- Hemp's absorbs up to 50% more moisture than cotton fibers alone.
- Hemp has natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
- Hemp is breathable, recyclable and non-allergenic.
- Hemp does not deplete the soil it grows in; in fact it enriches it.
- Hemp is grown organically. It requires no pesticides or fertilizers.
- Hemp needs very little water to grow.
A hemp diaper will be a durable diaper that is really absorbent for its weight. It will provide a regulated temperature and antibacterial environment for your baby's skin, helping your baby stay comfortable and rash free. Hemp diapers are a great choice for a diaper that is going to be used for more than one baby. A hemp diaper is good for the environment and good for your baby.
Diaper Cover Fabrics
Vinyl, Vinyl-Coated Polyester, PVC
Vinyl covers are what your mother likely used if she cloth diapered. Vinyl diaper covers do not breathe, cannot stand up to the repeated washings required of a diaper cover and will harden and crack over time. They are produced of polyvinyl chloride, a plastic that may contain phthalates, an endocrine disruptor, and may also produce harmful compounds during the off-gassing process.
Polyurethane Laminate, PUL
PUL covers generally consist of knitted polyester or cotton that has been treated with polyurethane, making them waterproof but breathable and mildew resistant. Generally, polyester PUL covers will be more waterproof than a cotton PUL cover as a result of the larger weave of cotton as well as its' natural absorbency. PUL covers will not yellow or crack over time.