noun: merino; plural noun: merinos;
a most ancient breeds of sheep with long, fine wool
is often referred to as the “Royal Family” of the sheep world
Origin: Spain, although 75-80% of Merino now comes from Australia
Merino wool is a sustainable, re-newable, bio-degradable, organic and mother nature’s very own quality fabric.
The unique qualities of soft merino wool make it the best material for children’s clothing. It is highly breathable fabric and incredibly lightweight giving you all of the warmth of a heavy sweater but without the weightiness.
Exceptionally comfortable to wear
The wool produced from the Merino sheep is of the most softer, of higher quality and comfortable against the skin than other traditional types of wool. Merino wool has a very very thin fibre with a microscopic diameter (about one-third to one-tenth the thickness of human hair) Due to it being so thin and naturally soft, when woven into a cloth, it produces a less scratchy fabric there can be.
Regulates body temperature
Babies have difficulty regulating their body temperature themselves. Synthetic, non-organic fibres can occasionally feel damp since the moisture cannot find room to escape through holes in the fabric. Merino wool is highly breathable because the individual fibres can absorb up to 30% of their own weight in moisture. Since the individual fibre is a lot thinner as compared to the synthetic counterpart, there can be several fibres contained in the fabric. This helps to trap tinier air pockets in the fabric which locks the body heat, making it a highly effective insulator. This helps to regulate the baby’s body temperature, keeping them warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather.
Keeps its shape for longer
The exceptionally fine, soft and crimped nature of merino wool fibres allow for a strong natural elasticity that enhances its high-performance qualities. Merino wool is incredibly elastic due to its fine fibres and hence it is able to retain its shape after years of stretch, wear and repeated washing. When soaked in water it bounces back into shape without ironing, which makes it ideal for travel. So you don’t have to worry about shrinkage.
Keeps baby warm
It is the unique property of most wools, that it can absorb all the moisture and then release it into the air. This quality of the fabric keeps you warm in the winter and cool during the higher temperature in summer – unlike any of the synthetic fibres. Merino wool adds natural crimpness, which helps it to insulate by locking body heat in air pockets, keeping you warmer for longer.
Easy to wash and look after
Because it retains its freshness and ability to stay odour-free, it does not need a rigourous wash like in case of synthetics. It is regular machine washable and dries quickly too.
Inflammable + UV rays protection
Synthetic fibres can be flammable. It quickly catches fire and when it does the fabric sticks to your body which does the most damage to your skin. Wool on the other hand is the least flammable of all fibres. It’s self-extinguishing and does not melt and stick to the skin when exposed to higher temperatures.
Merino wool clothing has a Ultraviolet Protection Rating of around 50. This means its better then cotton and most other synthetics. This information is usually provided on the clothing labels.
No stink, odour-resistant
This one’s more for the parents rather then the little ones themselves. The natural anti-microbial and higher moisture handling properties of Merino wool make it odour-resistant – another big plus over synthetic ones. Merino garment can be worn for days while your garment still remains fresh and odour free.
We often feel some fabrics we wear to cling to our body making a lot uncomfortable and irritating. That’s due to static electricity that builds up between the type of fabric and our skin. Merino wool is naturally resistant to static electricity. This means it does not cling to the skin.