Parenting & Baby
Merino Wool – The Natural All-Rounder By The Founder Of Dulce De Lana
Friederike Ranft, the founder of our new favourite baby knitwear brand, Dulce De Lana teaches us about the incredible natural qualities of merino wool and more specifically, why its the perfect clothing material for babies sensitive skin!
Our absolute favorite at Dulce de Lana 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.
Discover the 9 following reasons why you, too, will chose merino wool as your favorite for babies:
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.
4. Reduces The Risk Of Allergies And Is Antibacterial
Merino wool works in total harmony with the protection mechanisms of the 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 and our hair. It also inhibits bacteria, thus minimizing unpleasant odors and allergies.
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.
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.