Merino Wool Against Your Baby’s Skin
For centuries, wool has been used in baby clothing and bedding. While wool in general is Mother Nature’s perfect fibre, merino wool offers all the same qualities as coarser wool yet is super fine, soft and silky ensuring your baby’s total comfort. We think merino wool is the perfect fibre to clothe and swaddle your newborn baby. Why?...
1. Merino wool can help regulate your baby’s body temperature…
Newborn babies cannot regulate their own temperatures for the first few months of life. Using merino wool against their skin can help do the job for them and assist a quality sleep (for the whole family).
>> Merino will keep your baby warm in winter…
The crimped structure of wool fibre means wool clothing has many tiny air pockets that act as an excellent insulator. The air trapped between the wool fibres keeps your baby warm (not the fibres themselves). Merino wool fibres are more numerous and smaller in diameter than coarser wools, so they trap more air pockets and keep your baby even warmer.
>> And Merino will keep your baby cool in summer…
Wool helps balance the microclimate of a baby’s body. In warmer weather, merino wool will transfer heat and body moisture away from their body, for a naturally cooling effect.
2. Wool has remarkable absorbent qualities…
Wool allows water molecules (in the air and what is produced by your body) to move freely. Because of this, it can absorb up to a third of its own weight in moisture before it starts to feel damp or clammy. By contrast, synthetics can only absorb between 2-5% and Cotton around 8%.
In biblical times wool was used to collect water, a fleece was left put overnight in the desert and the next morning the dew wrung from it.
3. Wool is hypoallergenic…
Wool has inbuilt natural bacteria, mildew and mould resistance. This comes from the way wool repels moisture, and lets moisture pass through its fibres without holding the moisture. Mildew and mould require moisture to live and grow. As do dust mites.
Such things can trigger allergic reactions with dust mite allergens the leading trigger for asthma attacks.
4. Wool is a natural flame retardant
Clothing with a low fire risk is important when deciding what to clothe our children in. Because of wool’s unique chemical structure, and the presence of water, wool requires a higher temperature in order to ignite than other natural fibres. It doesn’t flame or melt so it will not cling to the skin and when aflame, smolders slowly giving off little heat. That's why fire fighters wear wool uniforms.
5. Wool is clean and stain resistant
Wool fabric doesn't collect much static due to its absorbent fibres. Static attracts lint, dirt, and dust. The outside surface of wool fibre are like scales that overlap. Any dirt or stains sit on the surface of these scales, which makes it easier to brush off or lift out.
6. Wool is resilient, high performing and long lasting
Wool is 90% keratin. This protein is fibrous, tough and insoluble – also found in hair, finger nails, horns, hooves and the outer layer of skin. A wool fibre can be bent and twisted more than 20,000 times before it will break. Wool fibres also have a natural elasticity that allows them to be stretched up to one-third before snapping back to their original length.
This resilience means you get a lasting product which will last many years with good value for money.
7. Wool is Eco-Friendly
- It is renewable and sustainable – the fleece of a sheep is a natural, renewable resource. Sheep grow a new fleece of wool each year and live on vegetation, which is also self-replenishing
- Low environmental impact - The processing of wool requires little environmental impact compared with other man-made fibres
- It is biodegradable – gentle on the environment
“We appreciate the understated. Our products are quiet and gentle.
Gentle on babies and gentle on our world.” – Nurtured By Nature NZ
Nurtured By Nature merino items designed to be worn next to baby’s skin…