Merino is the fabric equivalent of a superfood! I was very late to the Merino party, but it is undeniably one of the best fabrics for a baby to wear and sleep in, studies have even shown that premature babies thrived and gained weight more efficiently when swaddled in merino that other fabrics.
Here are just five of the benefits of merino for your baby!
Merino Wool Regulates body temperature & reduces risk of overheating
This is where the magic begins. Babies don’t have the ability to regulate their own temperature, hence our struggle to keep them just right! Merino gives your baby their own bubble of micro climate, maintaining their correct temperature. It wicks water away from your baby and releases it into the air, keeping your baby cool and in winter it traps and circulates warm air, keeping your baby warm.
It retains warmth when wet
Unlike any other fibre, merino keeps your baby warm without feeling damp or clammy. I never realised little people are so sweaty, my 3 year old always feels damp and sweaty in his bed and my youngest usually has clammy feet, even in cotton sleeping bags. I HATE having clammy feet in bed so this point really pleases me!
It is completely natural and hypoallergenic
Merino does not itch or irritate precious baby skin, it is one of the softest materials available, it is finer than normal wool and is extremely breathable. It is recommended for babies with skin conditions such as eczema and is essentially composed of he same protein that makes up the outer protective layer of our skin, so it works in harmony and also inhibits bacteria, reducing other allergenic problems.
It is naturally fire resistant
Synthetic fibres are treated with chemicals to comply with fire resistance regulations. Merino wool naturally has these properties thanks to its amino acid structure. It repels fire and is self-extinguishing!
It is silky soft and lightweight
Watch my Youtube video to see my review of our Woolino Merino baby sleeping bags. They are silky soft and have a lovely ‘weight’ to them, they feel so soft and are perfect for delicate and precious little ones. Our merino swaddle blankets are wonderful gifts for preemie and not to preemie babies. We are the first UK stockists of Woolino and love them because of their fun prints and outstanding quality… we have stripes, stars, sheep and even pandas! Check out our Pinterest board for some panda nursery inspiration.