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. It is the safest, most comfortable and healthy fiber for your baby.
Significantly finer than other types of wool, Merino feels luxuriously gentle against baby's skin. It is superbly breathable, regulates body temperature, manages moisture, it is hypo-allergenic, naturally fire resistant, easy to care for, and durable. It is naturally perfect.
Merino helps improve baby sleep patterns and her/his general wellbeing. Medical studies have shown that babies sleeping in Merino settle more quickly, wake and cry less, sleep longer, and gain weight faster.
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 a natural ability to create a micro-climate around baby’s body helping the baby to maintain a constant body temperature. 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.
Reduces the risk of 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.
Healthy sleep - Helps baby grow faster
Medical studies have found that putting babies to sleep on Merino lowers their rate of activity and it produces a deeper more restful sleep. Babies sleeping on Merino settled more quickly, cried less, slept longer and gained weight faster. This can be attributed to the incomparable ability of Merino to maintain a comfortable microclimate around baby’s body.
At the Cambridge Maternity Hospital, 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.
Reduces skin allergies
Merino is hypoallergenic. Superfine merino is silky-soft and does not itch baby’s skin. It is safe to use for babies with sensitive skin, eczema or allergies.
It is composed of the same protein that makes up the outer protective layer of our skin and so it works in total harmony with our body's own protection mechanisms.
Merino naturally inhibits bacteria, thus it also prevents baby from other allergenic problems.
Silky-soft against baby's skin
Merino will not itch or irritate delicate baby’s skin. Significantly finer than other types of wool, Merino feels luxuriously soft and gentle against a baby’s skin.
Retains warmth even when wet
Unlike any other fiber, Merino will keep baby warm without feeling damp even when they get wet. 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.
Compared to traditional wool, Merino is lightweight as it provides warmth without the bulk. Merino fibers are extremely thin and they can be spun into fine yarn.
No other fabric 'breathes' like Merino wool. Due to its amazing ability to absorb water/perspiration up to 35% of its weight (synthetics absorb only about 1%), and then to effectively release it in the air and away from baby’s skin, Merino helps your baby stay dry and comfortable in every environment.
100% Natural, 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 is naturally antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-static, which makes it a healthy environment for baby’s developing systems.
Merino disinfects itself in fresh air, so it has a natural resistance to odors.
Naturally fire resistant
Merino wool has a unique structure of amino acids that makes it a natural fire retardant. It is self-extinguishing and it never melts, which means it can’t stick to the skin the way many synthetics can. Free of dangerous fire retardant chemicals, Merino is the safest fiber to have next to your baby’s skin.
Woolino products are tested to meet the U.S. flammability standards for fire safety.
Naturally durable and stain resistant
Merino fiber has a protective layer that prevents stains from being absorbed. And as it's static-resistant, it picks up less dust and lint from the air.
Merino is very durable because each fiber is made up of elastic elements, which are able to bounce back when released from pressure. Merino wool fibers can be bent 20,000 times without breaking.
Merino by nature is self-cleaning and has a natural resistance to odors. so it does NOT need to be washed as frequently as other fabrics. Our Merino is machine washable and can be tumble dried on low heat. See care instructions.
*All information and images courtesy of AWI and CSIRO unless otherwise noted.