Why is Merino wool the wonder fibre for babies?

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Wool is a natural, renewable and recyclable product with next-to-skin softness and many great properties that make it an excellent choice for babies.

 

 

MERINO WOOL IS SOFT AND DOES NOT ITCH

Unlike regular wool, Merino wool does not itch thanks to its higher density (more wool hairs per square cm than traditional wool).

The hair is often 10 times thinner than normal sheep hair. In addition, it feels much softer which prevents irritation to the skin.

This makes Merino Wool products so wonderfully soft and perfect for sensitive skin and very suitable for baby products.

 

MERINO WOOL IS SELF-CLEANING AND ODOUR-REPELLENT

Another nice feature of this wool is that it does not smell when used intensively. The wool is naturally self-cleaning.

You think a substance that is self-cleaning is not possible, right? But - The fibre contains lanolin. When this gets a little damp, the lanolin is converted into lanolin soap, which is a natural antibacterial. 

Since bacteria play a major role in a sweat odours, you stay smelling fresh making this odour resistant. 

So you don't have to wash products with Merino wool as often. The more often you wash, the less lanolin and therefore less protection.

Merino wool is a natural product that is very durable. A product made with Merino wool will last for years.

 

MERINO WOOL IS HEAT AND MOISTURE REGULATING

Babies cannot yet regulate their own body temperature, so choosing Merino Wool products a great option when it comes to creating a thermoregulating microclimate around your baby. 

When it's cold outside, the natural crimps and bends in its fibres trap air, insulating your little one. When it's warm outside, it transports sweat quickly away from the skin (as it absorbs moisture) helping to keep your baby cool, dry and preventing overheating Making it perfect for both winter and summer. 

It can also absorb 30% of its own weight in moisture and then allow it to flow away from the body, keeping the wearer dry and comfortable. Merino wool is much more breathable than, for example, cotton and other synthetic yarns. 

Did you know a constant appropriate temperature gives the baby a better chance of deeper and restful sleep. Several studies have shown that babies who sleep on or under wool cry less, sleep longer, eat better and gain weight faster. 

 

SOME TIPS

  • Easy to care for. Wash Merino wool as little as possible. It is better to let it 'air out'/ ‘wear-more-wash-less’
  • Use a wool detergent and hand wash or wool wash program.
  • Do not use fabric softeners.
  • Do not tumble dry.

 

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LATEST RESEARCH

- Wool promotes a better night’s sleep -

Chow CM, Shin M, Mahar TJ, Halaki M, Ireland A. The impact of sleepwear fiber type on sleep quality under warm ambient conditions. Nat Sci Sleep. 2019;11:167-178. Published 2019 Aug 26. doi:10.2147/NSS.S209116

- Wool reduces body odour - 

Wang J, Lu X, Wang J, Wang X. Quantitative and sensory evaluation of odor retention on polyester/wool blends. Textile Research Journal. 2019;89(13):2729-2738. doi:10.177/0040517518801183