Merino wool is perfect for babies – for their safety and sleep quality. It’s 100% naturally perfect for baby & earth!
Merino regulates body temperature
Babies don’t have the ability to regulate their own body temperature that adults have, so it’s important to make sure they’re not too cold or overheating, especially during the night time.
Merino wool creates a micro-climate around your baby, which maintains a consistent temperature for them. It has the ability to absorb water away from your baby’s skin and release it into the atmosphere during the summer. In winter, it will trap and circulate warm air, keeping your baby warm.
A more comfortable temperature allows for a deeper and more restful sleep for your baby, so that that energy can be diverted to growth and development.
Merino helps prevent overheating
The merino wool has unmatched body temperature regulation properties does not only mean better sleep for your baby, but it also means a safer sleep all round.
Babies with sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema love merino wool – it’s hypoallergenic, so won’t irritate their skin. Not only is it incredibly soft and breathable, but because it is composed of the same protein that makes up the outer protective layer of our skin, it works in total harmony with our skin’s own protection mechanisms. It also inhibits bacteria, so minimizes other allergenic problems.
Merino helps in healthy sleep for healthy growth
Studies have found that babies that slept with merino wool had lower rates of activity and a deeper, more restful sleep. They settled more quickly, cried less, slept longer and gained weight faster.
At the Cambridge Maternity Hospital, Scott and Richards revealed the effects of Merino on premature and low birth-weight babies and found that they gained an extra 10g a day compared to babies that weren’t sleeping on Merino.
Merino retains warmth even when wet
Unlike any other fiber, merino wool will keep baby warm, without feeling damp or clammy, even when it’s wet. It absorbs moisture both between the fibers and inside of them, so it feels dry. In fact, it can absorb a massive 35% of its weight in water and still keep its warming properties!
Merino will not itch or irritate delicate baby skin. In fact, it’s one of the softest materials around. The wool fiber produced by merino sheep is significantly finer than other types of wool, so feels luxuriously soft and gentle against a baby’s skin.
Merino wool is Lightweight
Compared to traditional wool, Merino is extremely fine and lightweight – you get all the warmth with none of the bulk of traditional wool.
No other fabric “breathes” like Merino wool. The fact that merino wool can absorb an amazing 35% of its weight in water, without feeling damp, and quickly release it into the atmosphere makes it the most breathable fabric around. This means your baby will stay dry and comfortable whatever the environment.
Merino Wool is 100% Natural
Merino wool is grown year-round, consuming a simple blend of water, air, sunshine and grass.
Merino wool is Biodegradable
Because Merino wool is made out of keratin, much like human hair, it is completely biodegradable. When it is eventually disposed of, it will breakdown, decomposing to release vital nutrients back into the soil, acting like a fertilizer.
Every year Merino sheep produce a new fleece, making Merino wool a completely renewable fiber source.
Merino is so durable because each fiber is made up of elastic elements, which are able to bounce back when released from pressure. In fact, merino wool fibers can be bent 20,000 times without breaking!
Naturally antibacterial and odor resistant
Merino uses mother nature’s washing machine, and is naturally antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-static. It disinfects itself in fresh air and is naturally resistant to odors.
Naturally stain resistant
Merino fiber has a protective layer that prevents stains from being absorbed. It’s static-resistant nature also means it picks up less dust from the air.
Difference between Merino wool and synthetics
Synthetic fibers such as polar fleece, polypropylene & polyester are made from petroleum. They cannot breathe, quickly feel clammy and build up stink, and can cause overheating. Synthetics are highly flammable, so in order to comply with US fire safety regulations required in babywear, they need to be treated with chemical fire retardants.
Difference between Merino wool and traditional wool
Many people think of wool as an itchy material, unwelcome against the skin. Merino wool is an entirely different fabric, thanks to those superfine fibers that merino sheep produce. It’s smooth, silky-soft, and comfortable even against the most sensitive skin.