Lanolising Your Woolies
Woolies need lanolised every so often to top up water resistance. If you notice your woolies are slighty damp on the outside after use then they probably need to be re-lanolised. Lanolin builds up in your woolies over a few sessions of lanolising.
To lanolise your woolies you can use either a solid or liquid lanolin. I prefer liquid lanolin personally and all Wool Interlock Luscious Little Longies are lanolised with a mixture of liquid lanolin and baby safe liquid wool wash or baby shampoo.
Add one tsp lanolin (liquid or solid) to the same amount of liquid soap. Mix with boiling water to melt together. Add to a bowl with more warm water and place your woolies in, inside out. Give them a swirl about and leave for a few hours, or preferably overnight. Turn them right side out then roll and squeeze in a towel or spin on the low spin setting of your washing machine and dry flat.
Liquid lanolin is even easier to use. Just place about 1-2 tsps of liquid lanolin in a bowl along with some liquid soap. Fill with hot water and mix together, then lanolise the same as above.
Making a Lanolin Spray
Making a lanolin spray is really easy. All you need is some liquid lanolin and distilled / boiled water and a spray bottle to put your mixture in. Just mix half liquid lanolin to half distilled water in the spray bottle. It helps if the distilled water is still warm. You can also add in a teaspoon of your favourite wooly soap wash and a drop of essential oil. Then just spray to lanolise. Lanolin Spray works well on the inside of longies to give them an extra boost or on wool training pants.
Essential & Plant Based Oils for Your Little One
Commercially bought baby oils are hydrocarbon based and are not safe if ingested as they can cause damage to the stomach and lungs. They are a bi-product of the distillation of petrol. There are plenty of plant based natural alternatives that are safe to use from certain ages.
Olive or Sunflower Oil makes a great option moisturiser and are edible. They are good for baby massage or for dry patches of skin from newborn stage.
Base Oils: Hazelnut, Sweet Almond (not Bitter Almond though!).
Base Oil Additives include: Jojoba, Borage & Wheatgerm. 10% of base oil maximum. All safe from Newborn.
Essential Oils safe for Newborns: Chamomile (Roman or German), Yarrow, Dill Lavender. For newborns, 1-2 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons of Base Oil.
Essential Oils safe from 2 months old: Mandarin, Eucalyptus, Coriander, Neroli. For 2 months plus, 3-5 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons of Base Oil.
Essential Oils safe from 6 months old: Palma, Calendula, Grapefruit, Aniseed, Tea Tree. For 6 months plus, 3-5 drops diluted in 2 tablespoons of Base Oil.
With pure essential oils, you only want to use a very small amount mixed well with your base oil and optional base oil additive.