While we quite enjoy watching (our merino) sheep jump around on the Alps, many new parents may find that they spend a lot of nights counting them, especially with a newborn that struggles to sleep.
Did you know? The natural properties of merino wool could make all the difference to a good quality sleep.
merino for better sleep
For centuries, parents have been wrapping their babies in the natural fibres of wool to keep them warm and comfortable. However, a recent study by the University of Sydney showed that merino wool specifically can increase total sleep time and improves efficiency of a baby’s sleeping pattern. This is linked to the natural temperature-regulating benefits of merino, as well as its softness and health benefits.
Whether you’re using a merino blanket, wrap or clothing, they can all help your baby to sleep better, longer and safer.
how merino helps improve your baby's sleep
1. Soft to the touch
Organic merino is between 17 and 20 microns, which means that, even though it is very tough and durable, it doesn't have the typical itchy sensation associated with other chemically-processed fabrics or traditional wool.
2. Temperature regulating properties
Babies cannot regulate their own temperature before the age of 18 months, which means that they can easily over-heat or get too cold. Merino's natural temperature regulating properties helps keep them comfortable.
3. Natural fire resistance
Merino is naturally fire-resistant and will not burn. Unlike other fabrics used in baby sleepwear, merino does not need any additional chemicals to give it this fire-resistant property.
4. Reduces skin allergies
Compared to other fabrics, merino has a superior resistance to the build-up of bacteria and odour, reducing the risk of skin allergies.
5. Comfortable wear
Merino can stretch up to 30% of its own length, which allows it to follow your child's movements throughout the night while still fitting snugly.
While it may not solve all the sleeping challenges you may face as the parent of a newborn, merino will certainly ensure that your baby gets high-quality sleep.
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