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Hybrid Wool Soaker
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Just How Does Wool Work?
In a nutshell, Woollybottoms will replace your plastic diaper coverings as a natural and breathable cover. The natural lanolin acts as a waterproofing agent. Not only is wool functional, but we have combined style as well. They can take the place of clothing so you end up with something that acts as diaper cover and clothing all in one which makes for a dual purpose item.
What is a Woollybottoms Hybrid?
A Woollybottoms Hybrid is a combination of recycled and new wool. The body of the soaker is made from high quality recycled wool and the trim is made from a stretchy hand dyed merino wool interlock. This style offers the best overall fit, unique style, and comfort for babies. They are trim enough to be worn under clothing or fashionable enough to be worn alone.
Wool is an amazing fiber. It is naturally anti-bacterial, absorbs up to 30% of its weight, breathable, and surprisingly easy to care for. Woollybottoms products make use of old sweaters and are made into a new product. Each piece of wool is hand picked for softness and carefully inspected and cleaned.
Fabric: Recycled Lambswool/Angora/Nylon Blend Body Extra Wetzone Layer
Hand Dyed 95/5 Merino Wool Interlock/Lycra Trim
How to Care for Your Wool:
We recommend washing your cover by hand after several times of wearing unless it gets soiled. Allow the cover to air dry in between uses. Wool will not develop a smell because of its resistance to odor and rash causing bacteria. If you notice the cover is not as leak proof as before, it may be time to lanolize (instructions below). Never wash your cover in a machine or tumble dry, they shrink!
How to Wash Your Cover
Fill your sink with enough lukewarm water to sufficiently cover your wool. Add a bit of woolwash (do not use Woolite, only use a lanolin rich wash specifically designed for diaper covers such as Eucalan wool wash) to your running sink water. Wool wash bars can be used to help remove tough stains as well. Most wool washes are formulated so there is no need to rinse. A bit of baby shampoo can be used if wool wash is not readily available. With liquid wool wash, let your wool sit for about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain water and gently squeeze wool. Lay in between 2 bath towels and roll to remove excess water. Or if you are doing several covers, put them in your washing machine and run the spin cycled (no water) to quickly and efficiently spin out the excess water. Reshape, and lay flat to dry away from direct heat or sun. Liquid wool wash is good if your cover needs a gentle cleaning. If your child is like mine though, they like to abuse their wool with food, dirt, and grime. A good wool wash bar is good for these times. Fill up a sink full of warm water, wet your wool, and then lather the bar right into the wool to get out those tough stains. Always check in a hidden spot to ensure colorfastness. Then rinse immediately and remove right away and dry as listed above. For interlock wool, we recommend soak times of a maximum of 15 minutes. Interlock can also be safely washed in the washing machine on a gentle wash/rinse cool cycle for a really deep clean. Machine drying is not recommended.
How to Lanolize:
Prepare your sink just like you are about to wash your cover. I have found the creamy style lanolin to work the best in getting an effective coat of lanolin on my wool. It contains all the original fats that are removed from the liquid forms. Take a pea sized amount and place in a baby food jar along with a drop of baby shampoo. Fill jar with super hot water and shake to dissolve the lanolin (or an alternative to completely melt your lanolin is place the jar of lanolin without the lid in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Then add the hot water and shampoo. (This will ensure the lanolin is completely dispersed). I prefer to microwave to really make sure that the lanolin is liquified and will not pool and form spots on my covers. Fill your sink as I stated just above with warm water and wool wash. Add your lanolin mixture and swish. I prefer to turn my covers inside out so the majority of the lanolin is on the inside right where you need it. Add the wool cover and let sit anywhere from 15-30 minutes. Make sure water remains relatively warm to keep the lanolin suspended properly and from forming lanolin spots. Drain and dry like normal.
A note about colour selections:
Woollybottoms colour combinations and patterns are always changing and we cannot predict their availability, so we're not able to give an exact description of colour options. The images above are just examples and are not necessarily available. Select "boy" if you'd like a cover that contains blue, "girl" if you'd like pink, and "gender neutral" if you'd like a cover that doesn't contain any blue or pink.