Merino wool – the natural all-rounder
Dulce de Lana´s favorite is merino wool, as it is ideal for baby’s sensitive skin. With its fibers three times finer than any other type of wool, it is the softest and silkiest fabric on the market. Merino comes from a very special breed of Spanish sheep that grows healthily and freely, which guarantees abundant and high-quality wool. It has a natural elasticity that allows it to adapt to the body, always returning to its original shape. Its active fibers maintain the baby’s ideal body temperature in both hot and cold conditions. In addition, it is hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and has a protective layer against stains. And to top it all, it is biodegradable.
1. Regulates temperature
During the first months, babies are still learning to regulate their temperature, and that is why it is very important to cover them with the appropriate material. Contrary to the general idea that wool is associated only with overcoats, merino wool is an excellent thermal regulator. It creates an ideal balance between the body and the environment. The fabric absorbs moisture and retains heat when temperatures are cold and humid. In hot weather, Merino wool releases moisture, giving the body a feeling of coolness. In addition, it is a highly effective thermal insulator since, by retaining a large amount of air between its fibers, thermal conduction is difficult.
2. Controls humidity
It is one of the most breathable fabrics and will keep the baby warm and free from moisture. Merino wool absorbs moisture between and within its fibers, so it always feels dry. In fact, it can absorb 35% of its weight in water, without losing its ability to keep the baby warm.
3. Improves baby’s sleep
Medical studies have confirmed that babies who sleep in Merino wool have lower nighttime activity rates and deeper, more restful sleep. They calm down more quickly, cry less, sleep more, and gain weight faster.
4. Reduces the risk of allergies and is antibacterial
Merino wool works in total harmony with the protection mechanisms of baby’s sensitive skin, not only because it is soft and breathable, but also because it is composed of keratin, the same protein that forms the outer protective layer of the epidermis, hair and skin. It also inhibits bacteria, thus minimizing unpleasant odors and allergies.
5. Is flame resistant
One of the unique qualities of Merino wool is its natural fire resistance, thanks to its structure of amino acids. Unlike synthetic fibers, such as acrylic, Merino wool repels fire and is self-extinguishing.
6. It is especially comfortable and soft
The wool fiber produced by merino sheep is significantly finer and lighter than other types of wool, so it feels very soft and silky. Its spongy fabric does not adhere to the skin and adapts perfectly to the baby’s movements.
7. Easily cared for
Although merino wool may appear fine and fragile to the naked eye, it is actually a very strong and durable fabric, since each fiber of merino wool is made up of elastic elements. In fact, they can be bent 20,000 times without breaking. Thanks to its antibacterial and antistatic properties, it repels dirt and regenerates when ventilated. It requires less cleaning than synthetics and is machine washable and dryable (see care instructions).
8. Protects against UV damage
Depending on the density of the fabric, Merino wool has a natural sun protection factor of up to 50. In a country as sunny as Mexico, it is very important to protect baby’s skin against UV rays.
9. Helps care for the environment
Merino wool is 100% natural, renewable, and biodegradable. Thanks to worldwide quality certificates, the health and well-being of animals is guaranteed, and the processing of wool involves no toxic materials. When discarded, wool breaks down in the soil and slowly releases valuable nitrogen-based nutrients which act as a fertilizer.