Turn your daytime wools into night-worthy wools!
What in the world would you use a WOOL diaper liner for? Well, there are 2 ways to use it. One is next to baby as a night stay dry layer. The other is not next to baby, but instead next to the diaper cover after the absorbency. Wool both resists and absorbs moisture. Huh? How can that be? Try it and you'll see it's true. This is why wool is the best at night. A wool diaper cover is water resistant, yet when the diaper becomes saturated at night, instead of a leak which you would get in a PUL cover when moisture has nowhere left to go, the wool will absorb. At night in soaked situations, the wool will become damp instead of the bed sheets. Then just air out the wool cover and re-use it the next day. Wool really does air to fresh through many re-uses. So now that you understand how wool diaper covers work, you'll see what a wool liner can do. There are many ways to use it.
The "alternate use" is as a night stay dry, you put the wool next to baby's skin then stack up lots of cotton under that and then use whatever cover you want to over it all. It is important to keep the wool right up next to where the pee comes out, and not sagging away. Because wool will resist moisture, you have to have it right there so that the pee will go through it, otherwise the pee could roll off and out because wool doesn't absorb as quickly as cotton does, thus placement not sagging away is important. Then the pee will go through it and it works as a natural fabric stay-dry. This really only works at night though. In daytime, baby moves around a lot more and you are more likely to get sagging and the pee can splash out because the wool will not absorb quickly like cotton does. Rinse the wool liner first thing in the morning with a little vinegar to cut the pee/ammonia and then handwash with a gentle soap such as olive oil soap or any gentle detergent or wool wash of your choice. I like Dr. Bronners bar soap or Kiss my Face Olive oil soap. I'm not trying get a lot of lanolin on it because I want the pee to go through it. Eucalan will work but lanolizing isn't necessary. For a rashy baby, you can use lanolin on baby's bottom as cream and it's ok for that to get on the wool liner. The wool as a stay-dry layer can make the difference between needing a night-change or not. Wool will felt over time even with careful hand washing, so do have resonable expectations. Once felted you can switch to using them the other way after the absorbency. Ok, now for the other way to use these.
The intended way to use this is use is as the lowest layer just inside the diaper cover (against the inside of the diaper cover - touching the cover) but outside the cotton diaper for extra absorbency/waterproofing. This is a great strategy for leak prevention when a diaper cover is really worn out an starting to wick moisture through the fabric. Really, that cover needs replacing, but the wool liner can make a dead cover work for a while longer. The way I usually use them is in my daytime wool outside the diaper next to the wool cover. This makes my daytime wool covers car ride or nighttime worthy. Adding 1 or two of these adds more wool. When using them this way, the effect is to make a thick wool cover out of a thin one. This is great and this is how I use them. I can now use my "daytime wools" for night by adding wool liners. So if you own 1 night wool and a daytime wool, when your regular nighttime wool is still wet from being washed, you need to have a spare cover for nighttime on hand. But the night wools are expensive. Having wool liners to turn your day wools into night wools means you don't have to buy a second nighttime wool. Ta da! Money savings, and it works great. You can also beef up your night wool by adding a wool liner to it if you need to. Extra wool in there stops compression leaks. Some will use it is as the lowest layer next to the PUL in a pocket diaper, because wool absorbs. Some will use it folded in half, or not folded, inside your bra for a nighttime breast pad. These are 1 layer of Okeo Tex 100 certified merino wool. They are thin since they are just 1 layer, which makes them easy to wash and quick to dry, but we recommend that you purchase 3 of them to have what you need to get the job done. I'd really like to only offer 3-packs but we are selling them individually in order to keep the price as low as possible so it's easier to just try one and see what it does. If you have never tried wool before, this is an inexpensive way to try a little wool and see and feel how soft it is and learn about wool. Hand washing is recommended. If you machine wash them often they will shrink and felt to about half their size. When felted like that they will no longer work as a diaper liner but they will become dense. They can still be used as a bullet-proof as a nighttime extra layer in the wet-zone for stopping wool compression leaks when used outside the diaper and inside the wool cover and they'll still stay soft, though. Hand washing is intended and recommended. Machine washing will over-felt and shrink them. Please hand wash. Size before washing is 11 x 4.75 inches. Made in USA.
We use these as a stay dry liner during the day despite the description recommending night time use only when used as a liner. Our girl is 16 months old, very active, and they still work great during the day! We snappi a flat diaper around her, which helps keep the liner in place and close against the skin. If you are using simply an insert or padfolded flat/prefold, it will definitely move around and won't work for this purpose. We always hand wash with bronners baby wash and they clean up very well. They do stain a little more than synthetic liners, but I find that with soaking and sunning, it isn't difficult to get stains out. We wanted to remove all synthetic materials from our girl's diapers so this has been a godsend. They are way more expensive than synthetic liners, but we have been buying 5 at a time so it can be a little more tolerable. Love love love these liners!
These are AMAZING! We use cotton prefolds and at night a wool cover. After purchasing these wool inserts my 5 week old went from waking up two to three times a night, to waking up only once. And he was happy when he woke up! I placed the wool insert next to his skin, and washed the soiled liner with Kiss My Face olive oil soap. Came out clean!
I use these liners a little bit differently. I don't use them as a stay dry between my baby and Workhorse (with Disana wool cover.) But use them in that system for overnight to keep my Disana dry so I can reuse the cover! I place the liner vertically in the wet zone and leave an inch above the Workhorse, touching my baby's belly. Then put the Disana over. Then I only need ONE more pricey wool night time diaper cover! Money saver! These wool liners are much cheaper than a second nighttime wool and I only have 2 liners. The liners dry REALLY fast, less than an hour. When I change my baby at night I can replace the wool liner (or leave it off) and turn the Disana inside out and put it all back on my baby.
I must say first and foremost that I have never used any other kind of stay-dry liner, so I have no basis to compare these liners to any other brand or type of fiber. We use exclusively cotton flats and wool covers, and were intrigued by the prospect of a stay-dry liner made out of natural fibers instead of synthetic. We wanted to avoid any synthetic products in our diaper stash because avoiding smell is a priority for us (our wool and flats stash was not inexpensive, but we plan to use it for many, many more children). These liners have not disappointed! We use them as stay-dry liners next to baby's skin, not as leak-proofing liners outside the cotton diaper. After a five hour sleep, the liners aren't 100% dry, but they are significantly drier than the cotton underneath and are much warmer against the skin when damp. I use wool breast pads, and can attest to the fact that damp wool next to the skin is BY FAR more comfortable than wet cotton. These liners wash well when rinsed immediately--almost no breastfed staining. They also wash moderately well when not rinsed right away (such as in the middle of the night), as long as they are soaked for at least an hour or two. I use Dr. Bronner's unscented to wash these liners to prevent lanolin build-up from my wool wash, and thus far that has worked well to remove about 90% of the staining and has not resulted in the material felting. To sanitize the liners and remove the rest of the stains, I usually hang them outside in the sun every other day. After washing, the liners are dry very quickly (washed in the morning they are ready again that night), particularly if they are hung outside to dry.
I tried using these as suggested, and ended up finding the best use as a stay dry option at night. My baby kept waking up at night due to wetness using the fitted workhorse diaper and I laid one of these between baby and diaper, and waala, my baby slept through the night. I guess I could of used fleece, but I don't like the material as it is not breathable and made from plastic fiber (and usually China made).