Why Wool is Good for Babies

Wool is the number one baby clothing choice for eco-friendly parents. It's an entirely natural resource and it is traditional too. Woollen items are back in fashion as more parents want that 'Call the Midwife' look for their child.

Wool is Kinder to the Planet

Wool is a natural material that is long-lasting when compared with other fabrics. It can be worn longer than any other type of clothing. Babies grow quickly but wool stretches and a wool garment will often grow with them, saving parent's money.

Wool is easier to clean and more sustainable as less energy and water will be used. As wool is self-cleansing, it will not be necessary to wash it as frequently as other clothing. Unless it is stained, it can simply be hung up in the sunshine to air and will be clean enough to re-wear without washing. If washing is required, it can be hand washed in plain water or with an eco-friendly delicate's solution.

Wool can be easily recycled and when not needed anymore, it biodegrades and doesn't contribute to landfill.

By choosing woollen clothing, parents can knit their own, or if they don't have the time, support small at home businesses that sell wool clothing. Choosing to shop with local businesses or SAHM enterprises helps communities and is better for the environment than shopping with huge multi-national companies.

Wool is Best for Babies

Babies look super cute in wool, there's something timeless about it.

Wool is water-resistant. It was designed that way to keep sheep warm and dry no matter how awful the weather. It can wick moisture away from the skin which makes it a great choice for parents who use cloth nappies. Wool was the waterproof cover for babies nappies before plastic pants were invented. If baby wears knitted woollen clothing, then they get an added layer of protection. I (Eco Mum) discovered this when my 4 month old baby was wearing hand knitted trousers. I've never had leaks when he is wearing traditional wool clothing.

It also wicks away sweat, keeping the wearer comfortable even in warmer temperatures. Depending on the type of wool, it can be used all year round, as an under-layer in the winter or on its own in a warmer climate. It is also naturally UV protective so parents don't have to lather their child in sun cream that has been linked to rickets and other vitamin D deficiency illnesses.

Being so versatile, it's cosy when it's cold outside and also quick to dry when wet.

Sources:

Sustainable Textiles: The Revival of Wool, Accessed 19/10/19.

Sustainability, Accessed 19/10/19.