10 Benefits of Merino Wool Clothing for Kids
Merino Wool comes from the Merino Sheep, a breed native to the Southern Alps. Due to the varied and extreme conditions ranging from the coldest winters to the warmest summers the wool has developed to become the only way the sheep can survive. In winter it is obviously a great insulator but in summer it is also a great temperature regulator preventing the sheep from overheating. The wool also provides natural UV protection.
As the properties of the wool became recognised the sheep have been farmed across the world including in particular New Zealand and Australia. Naturally clothing manufacturers with access to this wool have long promoted its benefits but it is still a relatively underused material. Here we explain why it is the perfect children's clothing material.
Here are the top 10 facts about Merino
1. Merino wool is warm & comfortable
Merino is a natural insulator and will keep your child at the ideal temperature.
Even when things get a bit warmer it allows their skin to breathe naturally and discourages sweating, particularly for babies who haven’t learned to regulate heat very well and are prone to over-heating in synthetic fibres.
Merino is perfect to wear in all seasons, not just winter.
2. Merino wool naturally absorbs moisture
Merino wool has a unique ability to absorb up to three times its own weight in moisture, drawing the moisture away from the skin without feeling damp.
3. Merino wool is naturally flame resistant
Merino has a great safety aspect for children.
Being naturally flame resistant, it won't burn and is extremely safe to wear.
4. Merino wool is tough, easy-care & fully machine washable
Washing merino wool is easy and its warmth actually increases with washing!
Treat your garments with care. Wash on a delicate cycle using an approved wool wash detergent, preferably one that contains no enzymes.
Before you wash a garment always check the care label first.
5. Merino wool is non-prickly
The difference between "normal wool" and Merino Wool is the size of the fibres. Merino Wool fibres are ultra fine making it super soft to the touch. Merino Wool is therefore perfect for sufferers of eczema.
6. Merino wool is naturally stain and odour resistant
Wool actually repels dirt. Perfect for messy children!
The natural properties of wool makes it resistant to stains so an item of clothing doesn't need to be washed as much. Giving the garments a good airing keeps them fresh and wearable day after day after day.
The natural fibre of merino wool is a mother's best friend, unlike synthetic clothing which absorbs dirt and stains.
7. Merino wool is lightweight & versatile
Merino wool clothing is not bulky and is extremely lightweight and easy to wear.
Merino wool is very versatile and a number of clothing items can be made from the fibre including hats, scarves, socks, vests, singlets, pants, trousers, underwear and tops.
8. Merino wool doesn't crease
There will never be a need for an iron!
The natural properties of merino wool ensure that it bounces back to its original state.
9. Merino wool is resistant to static
This is another natural property of merino wool.
Merino clothing will never contain static electricity.
10. Merino is tough and will last & last
Merino wool clothing is naturally long lasting and perfect to keep and hand down to all your children - saving your money in the long run too!