Wool will keep you warm even when the weather is wet. Moreover, wool blended fabrics dry much faster. This is why they are particularly recommended in cold and damp weather. On the other hand, wool helps regulate body temperature, so helps keep everyone cool on warmer days. Wool is simply amazing!
What is so special about Wool in a baby carrier?
Wool is an animal fibre obtained from the fleece of sheep. The properties of wool are temperature regulating and moisture absorbing. Wool fibres readily absorb moisture but are not hollow. Wool can absorb almost one-third of its own weight in water. Makes sense that diaper covers are often made of wool! Because wool is temperature regulating and is breathable, it is an ideal fibre to wear year round. Wool is also antimicrobial which means that it is naturally resistant against bacteria and fungus.
Is wool comfortable to wear?
Some wool can be on the scratchy side but can become soft quite quickly with use. Wool has tremendous elasticity which provides the ultimate in cush and bounce when wearing in a wrap or a sling. It is very supportive and comfortable to wear.
Many of our fans report Didy wool becoming very snuggly, cushy, soft, bouncy and perfectly mouldable!
Is wool easy to care for?
Many people are intimidated by wool baby carriers due the special care required. However, it is not as hard as it seems. Most people choose to hand wash but if you have a front loader that has a wool setting, there are some people brave enough to trust these machines. Personally, I love the therapeutic qualities of handwashing.
As with all baby carriers and slings, it is best to use liquid detergent that is free of optical brighteners, bleach or softening agents. Didymos recommends using a special wool detergent. Wool is prone to felting if exposed to extreme changes of temperature and agitation. Make sure to avoid felting your wrap by using only lukewarm water, avoiding extreme temperature changes and any agitation whatsoever. To wash a wool or cashmere wrap, simply fill a tub with lukewarm water, add a dime sized amount of wool wash, gently swish, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then very carefully lay the wrap flat on a towel, being careful to support its weight in all places. Fill the tub up again with water the same temperature as the water you just drained. Add the wrap and swish gently to rinse it. Let it sit for a few minutes. To dry a wool wrap, first lay it flat, sandwiched between two towels. Roll up the towels and squeeze to remove any excess water. Then lay it flat by itself to dry. Do not tumble dry. Air dry your woolie, but make sure to give it support while it is drying. Laying flat will prevent stretching.