Merino is deemed to be the finest, softest and most technically advanced natural fiber in the world. Centuries of evolution have made merino to be this wondrous fiber that cannot be replicated by man. Silky-soft yet highly durable, uniquely warming yet exceptionally breathable, merino wool is the most excellent, most comfortable and healthy fiber for your baby.
Merino is considerably finer than other types of wool and it feels luxuriously gentle against baby's skin. It significantly outperforms all other fibers: it is superbly breathable, regulates body temperature, manages moisture, it is non-allergenic, naturally fire resistant, easy care and durable. It is naturally perfect.
Merino helps improve baby sleep patterns and the general well being of your child. Babies sleeping in Merino have been shown to settle more quickly, wake and cry less, sleep longer and gain weight faster. Merino keeps your baby comfortable, dry, and safe in both cool and warm climates.
Prevents overheating - a risk factor for SIDS
Unlike synthetics, merino wool provides warmth without overheating. Due to its superior breathability and moisture control properties it has natural ability to regulate baby’s body temperature. It preserves the micro-climate around baby’s skin by effectively transporting moisture away from baby’s body and keeping baby comfortable even when it is hot.
Regulates Body Temperature
Babies are not able to fully control their body temperature. Even a slight change of the room temperature can easily cause them to wake up overheated or cold. Merino has the ability to create a micro-climate around baby’s skin and maintain a constant temperature around baby’s body. It will absorb and release moisture away from baby’s body to keep baby cool when it is hot, or trap and circulate warm air to keep baby warm when it is cold.
Helping baby be more comfortable through the night helps baby have a deeper and more restful sleep. This way babies preserve their energy for growth and development.
Healthy Sleep - Helps baby grow faster
Various studies have found that putting babies to sleep on Merino lowers their rate of activity and produces a deeper more restful sleep. Babies sleeping on Merino settled more quickly, cried less and gained weight more quickly. This can be attributed to the incomparable ability of Merino to maintain a comfortable microclimate around baby’s body.
At the Cambridge Maternity Hospital in 1979, Scott and Richards investigated 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 wool is non-allergenic. It is safe to use for babies with sensitive skin, eczema or allergies. The long merino fibers do not stick out and therefore they don’t itch.
Merino naturally inhibits bacteria, thus it also prevents baby from other allergenic problems.
Merino is a natural fire-retardant, so it has not been treated with any chemicals that can have adverse effect on delicate baby skin.
Silky-soft against baby's skin
Merino’s superfine fibers feel silky-soft next to baby’s skin. Merino will not itch or irritate delicate baby skin. It is significantly finer than other types of wool and it feels luxuriously gentle against baby’s skin. It is the softest fiber your baby will ever wear.
No other fabric 'breathes' like merino wool. Due to its amazing ability to absorb water up to 35% of its own weight (unlike synthetics that absorb only about 1%), and then to effectively release it in the air and away from baby’s skin, merino helps your baby stay cool and dry even in hot environment. This way it prevents baby from overheating- a risk factor for SIDS.
Compared to traditional wool, merino is lightweight as it provides warmth without the bulk. Merino fibers are extremely thin and they feel luxuriously soft against baby skin.
Retains warmth even when wet
Unlike synthetics, merino will keep baby warm even when they get wet without feeling damp. It absorbs moisture both between the fibers and inside of them, so it feels dry against baby’s skin even when wet. It can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water and still keep its warming properties.
100% Natural, pure, renewable, sustainable and biodegradable
Merino wool is inherently ecological product. In essence, it is Merino sheep’s hair collected after they get a haircut.
It is protein based and completely biodegradable. Unlike synthetics, when a wool fiber is disposed of, it takes only a few years to decompose.
It is renewable and sustainable product because merino sheep grow new fleece every year.
Naturally antibacterial and odor resistant
Merino disinfects itself in fresh air without the use of harsh chemicals. Merino is naturally antibacterial, anti fungal and anti static, which makes it a healthy environment for baby’s developing systems.
Merino also has the innate ability to both absorb as well as repel moisture, which means it can minimize odor and resists soiling.
Naturally fire retardant without using chemicals
Merino wool has a unique structure of amino acids that makes it a natural fire retardant. Even if it does catch fire merino is self-extinguishing and it never melts, which means it can’t stick to the skin the way many synthetics can.
Woolino products are tested to meet the U.S. flammability standards for fire safety.
Naturally durable and stain resistant
Merino has a natural resistance to soiling, staining, odors and static build up. Its waxy outer layer resists dirt and stains.
It is resilient because each fiber is made up of elastic elements, which are able to bounce back when released from pressure.
Merino by nature is self-cleaning and does NOT need to be washed as frequently as other fabrics. To refresh and reduce washing turn inside-out and air often.
It is machine washable on low temperature 100°F /40°C or wool cycle using approved wool detergent. It can be also tumble dried on low heat. See Care Instructions.
*All information and images courtesy of AWI and CSIRO unless otherwise noted.