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Caring for Wool Covers
Wool is very easy to care for and relatively low maintenance considering it basically looks after itself!
Wool makes for extremely effective nappy covers due to the fibre's ability to absorb moisture and allow it to evaporate over time. They are particularly good for heavy wetters and for use over night nappies when leaks are most likely to occur.
Fleece and wool do a similar job, however fleece is a manmade fibre and needs daily washing. Wool is also more expensive than fleece, and you can't just throw it in with your nappies.
How to care for your wool cover:
It needs to be aired after use (unless soiled, in which case you'd need to wash it). Wool has an amazing self-cleaning ability so if it's just wet you air it during the day and it's ready to use again at night.
The cover needs to be washed every 3-4 weeks or so, or if it gets particularly whiffy or soiled. You wash them like all wool items - with special wool wash and warm water either hand wash or on a delicate or wool cycle in the machine - the key is to be very gentle with wool, particularly when it's wet. Once clean they need to be lanolised. It's the lanolin in the wool cover that helps it to repel liquid.
To lanolise - soak the cover in a solution of warm water and lanolin - Lanisoh or Purelan from your early breastfeeding days works well for this, or you can use a specific liquid lanolin product. I just use a good pea-sized squirt of lanisoh nipple cream, (about a 1/4 to 1/2 tsp); swirl it around vigorously in boiling hot water until it dissolves then top up with cold water until the water is warm - use just enough warm water to submerge the cover and leave for a minimum of 15mins-30mins for the lanolin to soak into the wool fibres. Some people leave their covers to soak in the lanolin water overnight but I have not found this to be anymore beneficial than a shorter period. Then gently press out the water, roll in a towel to get out more excess water, and air dry.
It's then lanolised and ready for another month or so.
If your cover is new or you have a particularly heavy overnight wetter, your Disana wool cover may require 2-3 washes and lanolin treatments before it is truly effective, however some find that one wash and lanolin treatment is enough.