Adventures of a Wool Virgin – Getting Started with Wool – Advice?

Cloth diaper reviews and statistics

I’ll be honest. When I hear “wool” I hear horror music. Maybe this is because I dropped $50 for a pair of beautiful wool covers and a sweet sister in law unintentionally put it in the hot wash and SHRUNK those suckers before we could even try them [CRY!].

But suck it up Tara, right? It’s time to just TRY it. In this series, I am going to try wool and give you my honest-to-goodness take on how I feel about it.  I think different cloth diapers work for different people, so I am not afraid to say if something doesn’t work for me. In fact, while I duck around here when I say it, I will admit that more often than not, my son is in disposables at night. DUCK!

OK, now that y’all are done throwing tomatoes and soiled diapers at me, let me explain. You see, my son wakes up all throughout the night when he is wearing cloth diapers. With disposables, he sleeps all night. I have limited his waking up to just once a night when I pair him with my winning combo for night-time, but I still have issues. Many of you have told me that if I would just give wool a try, I’d find that the issues will go away. 


So that’s it, I am taking your advice and taking on wool for the next little while. I’ll tell you the struggles as I go (if I have some) and you can help me. Now I am saying I am a “wool virgin” because I am counting this as my first experience with wool. We are NOT counting my first wool experience as the one with the horrible $50 pair that can now fit a Barbie–from now on I will pretend those never existed.

But I am not in this experience alone. Emilie from Got ‘Em Covered has equipped me with some great advice and I will share it with you as I go. She has assured me it isn’t as terrifying as I think. She does a great job of talking about wool on her website here. In addition to that, co-Editor of Padded Tush Stats, the lovely and amazing Carolyn, HAS used wool and will give us her advice.

 So I want to hear from you. What is your advice for the wool virgin? Comment here!

* Covers featured in this photo: Babee Greens cover courtesy of Kissed by the Moon (left) and the Got’ Em Covered Wool Cover courtesy of Got ‘Em Covered.

Tara Porter

Tara Porter began using cloth diapers in 2011 when she felt that using disposable diapers was costing too much money. The problem was, a lot of the highly recommended diapers weren’t working for her baby. What she finally discovered was that her baby was skinny and a heavy wetter, and that diapers worked differently for those baby types. Because of her professional work with survey design and statistics, she designed Padded Tush Stats as a way to determine how different cloth diapers worked on different babies.

Tara moved on to other career endeavors in 2014 but can still be found online blogging about health and fitness at Fit Baby Steps.