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Sheepskin for Babies: a miracle fiber you want to know about

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Since biblical times, mothers have wrapped their babies in wool to keep them warm and dry. It's naturally comforting. Lambswool is perfect for this task as it resists wet and dirt and is thick and luxurious while remaining light and flexible. First introduced to sheepskin in NICU 8 years ago when our second child was born prematurely, we have witnessed the benefits of it first hand and have implemented using sheepskin with all our other children. Did you know sheepskin products can be really great for babies in every weather and every climate? Sheepskin has temperature-regulating properties to keep babies warm in the winter and cool in the summer, which is so important especially when you have a little newborn ( or a preemie) that are learning to regulate their body temperatures. Sheepskin also has a soothing, swaddling effect that can result in better sleep, reduced stress, less colic and improved weight gain. Sheepskin is also gentle on your baby’s skin and may help heal sensitive or inflamed skin or rashes that little ones are so prone to.  Sheepskin benefits and uses are countless. We gathered some of the highlight for you here.

Studies have shown that pre-term and low birth weight babies grow faster and are more contented when lying on lambswool, and older babies also cry less and sleep more! Even for adults, studies repeatedly show that we get a better night's rest if we use a woollen under-blanket and if polyester-filled duvets are replaced by woollen blankets (!) due to its ability to regulate the micro-climate around our beds. We would like to point out that it is recommended that babies do not sleep on a soft/squidgy surface for the first year, and always on their backs.  On the other hand, it used to be recommended that premature babies slept on sheepskins and they are used worldwide for sleeping on. Please come to your own conclusions.

 

 

As to our opinion , that is why we love that Stokke created a sheepskin lining to be used with a stroller, where the little baby can nap-on-the-go under parental supervision and be a recipient of many benefits in a much saver and controlled environment. Sheepskins can be used throughout the year as wool is a natural insulator, keeping temperatures stable. It's also breathable, wicking moisture away from the skin and keeping bodies comfortable. Because of this, sheepskins are warm in winter and cool in summer, and always provide a comforting and supportive surface for your baby to sit or play.

perfect all year round

 

 

this miracle fiber keeps baby warm and dry in harsh winters and cool in warmer months. Sheepskins can be used throughout the year as wool is a natural insulator, keeping temperatures stable. It's also breathable, wicking moisture away from the skin and keeping bodies comfortable. Because of this, sheepskins are warm in winter and cool in summer, and always provide a comforting and supportive surface for your baby to sit or play. naturalsheepskin: •    breathes, •    never smells, •    is flame retardant, •    is resistant to static electricity •    has excellent insulating properties.

to compare, man-made fibers such as polar fleece are carbon based fibers made from petrochemicals and are known for being •    clammy, •    smelly, •    highly flammable, •    static causing and are •    poorly insulating all of which sheepskin is not!

 

 

nurturing

Stokke sheepskin lining is soft and cozy, creating cocoon-like environemnt around baby that will make the little one feel safe and secure, which means less crying and more sleeping (what a blessing!). In fact, research in medical journals suggests sheepskins help babies relax by having a soothing effect, resulting in better sleep and reduced stress. thermostaticsheepskin keeps a sheep warm in winter and cool in summer. the beauty is, it will do the same for your baby helping her maintain stable body temperature while responding to temperature changes. this is ideal as a newborn’s ability to regulate her own temperature (thermoregulation) is immature and does not tend to develop until the end of the first year of life. sheepskin works by trapping baby’s own body heat in a microclimate around her and thus retaining the body’s own temperature rather than overheating. Sheepskin is nature’s most efficient insulator and is the number one fiber for thermoregulation and no man-made fiber can equal this.

 

 

in hot weather the air pockets keep her cool by transferring heat and body moisture away for a naturally cooling effect. Strange as it may sound, it is true and it works. Wool consists of three layers. •    The first, keratin, is a moisture-loving protein that all animal hair has. It is designed to maintain a stable body temperature. Think how useful this is to babies, athletes and your own day-to-day living. •    The second layer is a scaly covering. The overlapping scales are tiny, but as they rub against each other they push off the dirt. So it is self-cleaning, as anyone who's put their baby in wool knows. •    The third layer is a filmy skin which keeps the rain out. Wool is quite water-resistant, as duffel-coat wearers and sheep can testify.

 

 

So, you can see already that it's pretty amazing, and a healthy thing to have next to your skin. Now, the two outer layers have tiny pores which allow moisture to pass through to the keratin core, which absorbs it. So, if the temperature increases or the wearer becomes more active and begins to sweat, the moisture is wicked into the central core. Your body heat then wicks it out towards the surface, where it is released into the atmosphere.

In this way, it helps you and your baby maintain a stable temperature and keeps you and your baby dry and comfortable by absorbing and releasing sweat. It even does this "dynamically", which means it does it more when needed, and less when not needed.  No man-made fibre can equal this.

dirt and bacteria resistant

we love that sheepskin is naturally anti-bacterial and has self cleaning powers due to its lanolin content. It resists dirt, bacteria and never holds odors and is considered by the medical profession to be hypoallergenic. super comfortablelying on sheepskin is like lying on a cloud. Its soft, dense, ‘springy’ fibers help swaddle baby and help her to lie in supreme comfort. earth friendlysheepskin is gentle on the earth. made by nature, it’s better for future generations of children as it can go back into the mountains where it came from.

simply stylish.

last but not least, Stokke sheepskin is different from a typical white you've most likely seen around, and I have lost count to compliments it receives daily when we are out. Beautifully styled to fit into work-of-art strollers, Stokke sheepskins is a must for a modern and health conscious family.

 

 

We also recently found out that Stokke sheepskin is now available in US for a limited time. Find it here, and experience the benefits for yourself!