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How Sleeping in Wool Improves Your Baby’s Sleep

How Sleeping in Wool Improves Your Baby’s Sleep

Cuddling up in natural fibers doesn’t just bring peace of mind to a new parent – it also encourages restful and deep sleep in the youngest of children.

Research shows that the rate of weight gain in underweight newborns was 61% higher when sleeping on a wool underlay compared to a cotton sheet. Jaundiced newborns sleeping on wool were more settled when sleeping compared to those on cotton – around 30% of babies on wool cried compared with 67% on cotton. 

Researcher Dr Paul Swan, from the University of Sydney, said: "Not so long ago sleeping under wool bedding was the norm, and science is now rediscovering the benefits of sleeping in wool. Maybe it is not a coincidence because wool regulates your body temperature far better, keeping you in what is known as 'the thermal comfort zone'. You therefore not only fall asleep quicker, sleep longer, but also have deeper, better quality sleep."

If your baby is unsettled, one reason for their unrest could be the environment they’re sleeping in and the type of bedding in their cot.

Sleeping your baby in the natural properties that merino wool provides could make all the difference to a good quality sleep and supporting your little one to thrive.


Merino wool is naturally breathable

In contrast to synthetics, wool is an active fiber that reacts to changes in the body’s temperature, keeping the wearer comfortable. Accordingly, wool garments are one of the most breathable of all the common natural fibers types.\

Merino wool has natural temperature regulating properties

Babies are not as adaptable as adults to temperature change. Because infants and children have a higher surface area to mass ratio than adults, they can lose heat rapidly, as much as four times more quickly than adults.

When babies are cold-stressed, they use energy and oxygen to generate warmth. Studies have found that by sleeping babies in merino wool and thus keeping babies at optimal temperatures, neither too hot nor cold, they can conserve energy and build up reserves. When using merino wool, your baby’s temperature is regulated and maintained; subsequently, babies will become more relaxed, gain weight faster and sleep longer.


Merino Wool has natural moisture regulating properties

Merino is one of Nature’s most amazing fibers. It breathes and controls moisture which means it has the unique ability to maintain the ideal temperature between body and bedding. Unlike any other fabric Merino has the capacity to remove large amounts (up to 35% of its own weight) of moisture from the skin surface, keeping baby dry and comfortable all night.

"Enjoying good sleep has become increasingly difficult in modern times, and so anything that helps is great for your mental and physical health." Dr Paul Swan, from the University of Sydney says.


We are offering 30% off all Organic Merino Wool Baby & Toddler Sleepwear until February 26th, 2024 at midnight EST.


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