View Full Version : How do you use a wool soaker?
03-25-2004, 11:44 AM
I'm looking into wool soakers now for overnight...
How the heck to those things work? They look like little pants!
Do you put them on OVER everything?
If you use/have used wool soakers, what was your method? What methods have you heard of?
Thanks a bunch! :D
03-25-2004, 11:57 AM
I currently do not use them because dd2 is allergic to wool :rolleyes: but I used to use them. Wool soakers can be used under clothes and jammies, just like any other cover. Wool pants can be used as pants. A lot of Moms just put a shirt, dipe, and wool pants on their kiddoes.
03-25-2004, 01:18 PM
I have 2 kinds of soakers...the Bumpy velcro one (never, ever had a leak with that one!) and the old fashioned ones that look like shorts. I even knitted my own.
I like them much more that plastic wraps and they are so much better for the bum. You just put on a dipe and put the soaker over it like you would a plastic cover.
You have to relanolize them, tho, in order to keep them water tight. You can do that when you wash them (once a week for me) with Eucalian Wash.
We love our Aristocrat wool wraps for nighttime. They are the only thing that DS doesn't leak out of when sleeping. We use a Motherease Sandy's with a doubler, then have the Aristocrat over that, with pajamas over the whole thing. When warm, we leave pants off and just have the wrap as his pants.
Unfortunately DS makes me change his diaper at night when wet, regardless of whether he is in a cloth or disposable diaper. (We've also tried Fuzzibunz, but they leak on his skinny legs.) I find that the Motherease and Aristocrat are the easiest to deal with in the dark.
I wash the wool wrap about once a week in a hand-washing detergent, then use Euclan to re-lanolize.
The wrap breathes well, absorbs a little urine without leaking, tends not to smell when dry, and is very comfy. DS loves the fact that there is no velcro or snaps on it.
I LOVE Wool!:D
I have 7 soakers that I use in a rotating basis (a little excessive, but some are custom made and just devine;))
I usually do a wool wash about every 6-8 weeks, so that would make them getting washed after a week or so of use. I do think they can go longer as long as they don't get soiled (pooped on).
I use a great Wool wash that comes in bar form called WOW, it has 7% lanolin in it which extends the time that you have to re-lanolinize (which I only do once in a GREAT while since using this soap!
Wool is completely natural, breathable, soft and comfortable, and surprisingly, has natural antibacterial properties.
Wool is very absorbent, and can hold up to 30% of its weight in liquid before it feels damp, adding a further absorbent layer around baby’s bottom.
Wool is breathable, and is great for sensitive skin and eczema as it is completely natural.
Wool is cool in summer and warm in winter.
How does a soaker work?
The natural breathability of wool means that moisture is evaporated away from your baby’s bottom, reducing the risk of nappy rash.
Air is able to circulate between the wool fibres creating an insulating effect which means they can be used comfortably in the Summer and Winter. Baby's bottom will be cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter.
The lanolin that is used to condition wool soakers is natural water-resistant and comes from the sheep’s own oils which prevent it getting soggy in the rain.
I think an Aristocrat would be a great way to start for you! They are relatively cheap, are durable, and easy to come by.
You can also dye them with Kool Aid in beautiful colors.
I use a fitted diaper with a hemp doubler and a soaker over top. I have never had a leak.
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