Alpaca wool is breathable, warmer than sheep wool for winter but cool for summer. How awesome is that??
Prepare/Wash your Alpaca Wool Soaker/Pants
7. Leave to dry in a sunny and airy place.
Do I need to lanolise my Alpaca Wool Pants for cloth nappies?
Yes and no.
Unlike Merino wool which is very absorbent, alpaca wool is less so. The fibre has a semi-hollow tube which means its less absorptive and will dry quicker. This means the wool pants are less likely to shrink in the wash. Alpaca wool is less likely and harder to felt than merino wool. So if you accidentally put your alpaca pants through a warm wash and then the dryer, you may be saved by the qualities of alpaca fibre.
If you are using the alpaca soakers for day time, then you don’t need to lanolise them. Once the outside feels damp, change your little person. In European countries, they don’t lanolise their wool covers, they ensure that the fitted nappy being used is up to the task of capturing the output.
Just remember, unlike PUL covers or plastic pants, natural materials are not designed to act like a ‘raincoat’ and keep all the moisture in . They are designed to allow amazing breath-ability and therefore a softer bottom. So if there is not enough absorbency in your cloth nappy, there will be leakage.
On a personal note, I LOVE using alpaca wool pants for my Abbey. She is currently 10 years as I write this blog. Its harder to give my girl, nappy free time, so these are an awesome alternative.
AND at Apikali we make our own alpaca soakers. I hand make them and have developed a wool pant pattern that is perfect for todays modern fitted cloth nappies.
Where do we source our alpaca wool? My parents farm! The alpacas are hand shorn, the fleece is hand washed and the balls are hand spun. How cool is that?
Then I hand knit each alpaca wool soaker. There are no dyes or colouring, all colours are from naturally from the alpacas.
Have you grabbed yours yet? Tell us your success or challenges using wool soakers, either merino or alpaca.
The Cloth Nappy Doctor