The Benefits of Wool Cloth Diapers

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

A special hello to the readers of I Thought I Knew Mama! I’m so happy to be popping in with a guest post while Charise welcomes her new baby … babies always beat blogging in my opinion :)

When we first decided to cloth diaper I was set on creating our whole stash with one type of diaper. It seemed to be the easiest way to stay organized – same washing instructions, same inserts, same everything. Although I don’t regret going heavy in one direction of cloth diapering – now, a 18 months in with another baby on the way, I’m super excited to be exploring other options.

Enter wool.
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Wool first caught my attention when I saw these beautiful wool longies. But, just as quickly as wool caught my eye, the price tag made me turn away :(

Then I started thinking … there has to be a reason wool is so valuable. And there is. Pause … there are MANY reasons:

  • Wool is breathable. Since wool is a natural fiber it helps baby’s bum to have constant airflow and therefore, reduces diaper rash by creating an even temperature void of moisture. Which leads wool’s next perk …
  • Wool absorbs AND repels moisture. It seems somewhat contradictory to think that a fabric can both absorb and repel, but that is the magic of wool! Wool can absorb up to 30% of its’ weight in moisture without feeling damp and without making its’ wearer feel clammy. Here’s the science behind the magic … the inner core of wool fiber is made of a protein who’s job is to absorb. This protein is covered by overlapping scales that repel. Wool is also characteristic of lanolin which is a natural repellant.
  • Wool is perfect for every season. We often see wool in outerwear because it does a great job at insulating. Insulating is preferred to trapping heat, like a synthetic fiber might. This feature helps keep babies warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • Wool is fire resistant. Due to its’ absorbancy wool is often a great choice for nighttime diapering. Just like other nightwear, being fire resistant is a must. Wool chars rather than catching flame and naturally extinguishes without chemical treatment.
  • Wool is durable. Wool fiber is a work horse. It is made to withstand twisting, turning, shuffling, and, well, all the movement of a little one. A wool fiber can be bent 20,000 times before breaking; In comparison to cotton (3,000 bends) and silk (2,000 bends). Wool pieces are an investment, but they pay off over the years when properly cared for.

See what I mean? Wool is absolutely worth the investment and better yet, there are many affordable, second-hand, and DIY options for incorporating wool into your stash!

Do you use wool? Are you interested in trying it out? Feel free to share your experience and thoughts! Show some wool love!

A variation of this post was initially shared during That Mama Gretchen’s Wool Week.


Gretchen is mama to her sweet girl, Jemma, with another little one on the way! She shares about her days over at That Mama Gretchen sprinkled with memos about her attachment parenting experience, thrifty finds, crafty projects, and her goal of becoming more green.
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1 Queentob June 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Wool is also naturally antimicrobial AND a sustainable resource!
Great information!

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2 Tatjana@Tatjanas Blog June 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Such a great post! You are totally right, wool products are the best choice for clothing and for diapers as well. Wool products have to be the choice of organic moms (like me). And the health of our children is always our responsibility.

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3 Claire June 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I’m a recent wool convert. My older daughter constantly had diaper rashes no matter what I would do. I found out later that it could be a breathability issue and have definitely found that to be true with my second.

A way to get around the price is to knit or crochet covers yourself. :-)

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4 Born27 June 11, 2012 at 4:53 am

I had no idea that wool had so many benefits. I definetly need to look for more wool products then. Thanks for all the great information!

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5 mary@articlemarketingqna.com June 24, 2012 at 11:49 pm

My baby uses cloth diaper too, although it’s my first time to hear about wool diapers. It looks promising! I will definitely let my baby try it. Thank you for this very useful information.

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6 clodi murah June 29, 2012 at 12:21 am

yes. many benefit in use of cloth diapers for our baby. this made from wool that save for our environment, health and keep pleasurable.

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