Wool is an attractive option for clothes and blankets because it offers many benefits. It can serve as a natural climate regulating system, pulls moisture away from the body, and reduces friction to allow for smoothness without resistance. It is also naturally odor-, dirt-, and fire-resistant so it is extremely safe and easy to wash.
Woolen baby blankets, like those offered at Lane and Mae, are well-suited for babies, who often have difficulty regulating their body temperature.
Baby Body Temperature
Wool contains natural temperature properties to help regulate body temperature and effectively insulate from the cold and dissipate heat.
In cold weather, moisture vapors condense inside the wool fibers to distribute equal amounts of heat throughout the body. In hot weather, on the other hand, wool fibers absorb moisture vapors from the body, which evaporate through the fabric.
Research has also shown that people slept significantly longer and had better quality of sleep on wool sheets than on cotton ones.
Babies are less likely to lose body heat than adults and this means they have a higher risk of overheating when they sleep in synthetic or cotton fabric. By containing temperature-regulating properties, wool can prevent problems like overheating in babies.
Blankets to Wick Moisture
Wool pulls moisture away from the body and allows it to evaporate in the shirt’s exterior. The hydrophilic material in wool contains the ability to absorb moisture without providing the feeling of being wet. It is, in that way, a good fabric for traditional, reusable diapers.
Baby blankets with the ability to wick moisture help babies get a comfortable and safe sleep by reducing clamminess and offering skin protection.
Reduction of Shear and Friction
Wool minimizes shear and friction forces. The smoothness of wool ensures that skin is able to move across the surface of a blanket or a piece of clothing with limited resistance.
Wool is hypoallergenic and the fineness of its fibers allows it to be flexible and curve softly against the skin. Studies have shown that wool reduces adult and infant eczema symptoms more than other kinds of fabric do. Its softness and comfort ensures that the skins of babies will not become irritated.
Baby blankets made of wool provide lots of benefits for babies, especially as they still have underdeveloped resistance and are still unable to control their own body heat. Among other properties, wool can regulate body temperature, wick moisture, and reduce shear and friction.