Why wool bedding is perfect for young children and babies.

Pure New Zealand lamb’s wool with its warmth and durability was an obvious choice for Moemoe’s quality, locally-produced, natural bedding, and science has proven that wool really does make for a better night’s sleep for newborns and children too.   

Studies undertaken by the University of Sydney monitored the temperatures, restfulness, and total sleep time of eight volunteers, using wool, cotton and synthetic bedding in a long term investigation over three years. Sleepers were found to sleep significantly longer with wool, waking up less frequently in both hot and cold environments. In fact, all the sleepers preferred wool – only 30% of babies cried when sleeping on wool, compared with 67% on cotton. 

The consensus seems to be related to the way wool adapts to temperature and moisture. Unlike cotton or synthetic textiles, wool fibres naturally form pockets of air, which allow it to act as an insulator without sacrificing breathability. This same structure also allows wool to still act as great insulation when wet – in fact, wool can absorb 30% of its own weight in moisture without even feeling damp. This is great for your baby, and by naturally wicking moisture away from the skin, wool keeps babies dry and comfortable through the night, promoting a long, restful sleep.

There are a handful of other incidental benefits to sleeping on wool. The texture of the fabric offers an inherent softness that you don’t have to be a baby to appreciate. As well as making it cosy and comfy, the use of wool and sheepskin underlay was also found to reduce the occurrence of pressure ulcers by more than half. Also, wool has been found to be naturally hypoallergenic, meaning that its structure is resistant to bacteria, mould and mildew, vastly reducing the risk of illness.

As any mum will tell you, young babies keeping their parents up at night is an almost universal aspect of parenthood. But what if, by turning our backs on natural, organic fibres, in favour of mass produced synthetic fabrics, we are aggravating the problem? The baby bedding specialists seem to think so. So too, do the scientists and researchers.

 The Moemoe team is proud of the brand they have created and work hard to share the benefits of natural fibre and the restorative qualities of good sleep, and for more information on buying duvet inners NZ, alpaca duvet inners and woollen bedding for children please go to https://www.moemoe.co.nz .

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