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What are the Benefits of Merino Wool for Babies

8 min read | 24 April 2023

If you're searching for a magical material that can keep your baby warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and dry year-round, Merino wool is the answer.


If you're searching for a magical material that can keep your baby warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and dry year-round, Merino wool is the answer.

Do you know why? Let's explore the origins and features of Merino wool and why opting for products crafted with this wonder fabric is the safer and cosier choice for your little one. We'll also debunk a few woolly myths along the way. 

What is Merino wool?

Merino wool is a type of wool grown from Merino sheep, who you might recognise for their soft, dense coats and curious faces. Australia produces over half of the world's merino wool, which is known for being so fine that it feels like cashmere.

If you've ever slipped on a Merino wool jumper and snuggled under a Merino blanket, you'll understand how nothing else looks, feels and wears quite like it.

Sheep in a field

What are the benefits of Merino wool?

The natural fibre of Merino wool strikes the perfect balance between practicality, durability, and sustainability, making it a go-to choice for fashion designers, interior stylists, apparel brands, and consumers.

Merino wool is a great all-rounder for many reasons:
  • It can help to regulate body temperature by wicking away sweat in summer and holding warmth between its fibres in winter

  • It fights off sweaty and musty smells by absorbing odour-causing bacteria

  • It is hypoallergenic and doesn't itch, making it a good choice for babies with sensitive skin

  • It has antistatic properties, is crease-resistant and holds its shape

  • It is lightweight and can last for a for many years when cared for properly

Manufacturers use Merino wool to make a variety of everyday products, ranging from rugs and mats to socks and hats, and it has become increasingly popular for baby clothing and bedding.

Is Merino wool safe for babies?

Yes, Merino wool is generally considered safe for babies thanks to its natural softness, breathability, and ability to regulate body temperature.

As a hypoallergenic natural fibre, merino wool is less likely to cause irritation or allergies than synthetic materials - making it a gentle and safe option for delicate baby skin.

If you're worried about your little one overheating, this wonder fabric can help. Merino wool can absorb up to 30% of its dry weight before becoming damp, so dressing your baby in pure Merino clothing and bedding can keep them from becoming clammy and uncomfortable.

Is Merino wool sustainable?

Merino wool is an eco-friendly and renewable fibre considered sustainable when sourced and produced ethically. While shopping for Merino wool products, it’s good practise to look for items that have been responsibly manufactured and bear industry certifications, like:

RWS

The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is a voluntary global certification that ensures wool farmers adhere to specific animal welfare and land management practices and that the wool is accurately identified and tracked throughout the supply chain.

Woolmark Certifications

The Woolmark certification is a global quality assurance scheme used to indicate that products are made with pure new wool, and meet certain standards in terms of fibre quality, colour fastness, pilling resistance, and durability. Woolmark-certified products are recognisable by these four symbols:

Woolmark certification symbols
ZQ Merino

The ZQ Grower Standard (ZQ) ensures that the wool you buy is ethically made by passionate farmers who care about animal rights and environmental standards.

Raising the baa: Merino baby clothing and accessories

At Purebaby, we care about creating beautiful baby wear without compromising on social responsibility. Our versatile range of 100% Merino wool baby products is produced using extra fine merino (19.5 microns) and is accredited by Woolmark.

Merino baby growsuits

Stock up on stylish and practical 100% Merino wool growsuits featuring a two-way zip for easy changing and dressing. Available in three colours and one printed, this style is knitted with a fine yarn in a wide rib that sits close to the body for warmth (without itching) and can maintain its shape over time.

Features at a glance:

  • Two-way zip for easy dressing

  • Safety fold to protect delicate necks

  • Footless and in-built footed options available

  • Long cuffs that fold back as baby grows

  • Made from 100% Australian Fine Merino Wool (19.5 microns)

  • 100% mulesing-free

Merino Wool Growsuits folded up on ground together

Merino wool bodysuit

A practical and versatile wardrobe staple, our 100% Merino Baby Bodysuits are lightweight and ideal for layering.

Just like the growsuits, they're knitted with a fine yarn in a wide rib to keep your little one snug without overheating. Pair with our matching Merino Leggings for the perfect cross-season outfit.

Features at a glance:

  • Snap clips along the legs and neckline for easy dressing

  • Long cuffs that fold back as baby grow

  • Made from 100% Australian Fine Merino Wool (19.5 microns)

  • 100% mulesing-free

Bodysuits are available in the three ribbed colours and the printed Artic friends design.

Merino wool leggings

No baby wardrobe is complete without a handful of soft and stretchy leggings - and our 100% Merino Wool Baby Leggings do not disappoint.

They're thoughtfully designed to keep little legs cosy on cooler days without restricting movement, will stay in place and are durable enough to withstand all sorts of wiggly fun.

Features you'll appreciate:

  • Elasticised waist for easy dressing

  • Sweet little lamb label on the waist

  • Made from Australian 100% Fine Merino Wool (19.50 microns)

  • 100% mulesing-free

Mix and match leggings with ribbed baby growsuits and bodysuits in the same style.

Merino wool bodysuit and Legging laying on ground

When it comes to dressing your little new arrival or little explorer, nothing beats the comfort, functionality and durability of pure Merino wool baby products. Shop our range today and enjoy the benefits for years to come.

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