Wool is the hair of a sheep. The hair is cut (sheared) annually, and the sheared wool can be used as a textile fiber. In some ways, wool behaves a bit like your own hair. In most ways, it’s better.
The properties of wool make it stand out from other fibers and materials because it combines water repellence, breathability, and moisture absorbency.
We build our baby business around wool because we love what this fiber does for you as a parent. Below you will see properties of wool and what each of these wool properties does for you and your baby.
To find the details and citations for each property of wool, check our wool articles linked below.
The first thing a parent wants to know when buying baby gear is function: does it work. Because of wool’s water repellence, breathability, and moisture absorbency, wool works like babies need it to. Wool makes a perfect material for many baby products, like diaper covers, puddle pads, and blankets.
The surface of a wool fabric repels moisture.
Individual wool fibers absorb moisture to their core.
Moisture Absorbency & Surface Dryness
Inside an individual fiber, wool holds moisture. Outside the fiber, the overlapping scales feel dry. Wool fabric stays feeling dry.
Humidity Control & Moisture Buffer
Wool fibers release moisture slowly, keeping the surface of a wool fabric feeling dry.
Air Circulation & Breathability
Loft between wool fibers in wool fabric creates space for air to circulate around and through.
Because of the moisture absorbent and repellent properties of wool, we are kept more comfortable when we use wool—even next to our skin.
Loft and breathability result in temperature regulation.
Studies have shown that insulation and breathability of wool result in better sleep for the whole family.
The absorbency and slow release of moisture from wool fibers means that odor doesn’t sit on the surface of the fabric where you just smell stink.
Highest Quality Wool
Wool comes in many varieties from wide, short, and curly (often itchy) to narrow, long, and straight (silky smooth against the skin). Look for fine wool if you have sensitive skin.
We find that parents are concerned about hidden dangers in the products they use with their babies. Because of wool’s properties, your baby is safer with wool.
Wool is hypoallergenic. Hypo means “less” as in less likely. There are few genuine allergies to wool, though many of us are sensitive to the rough hair of some breeds.
Naturally Mildew & Fungus Resistant
In moist situations, like you get with babies, watch out for mold and mildew. Wool makes bacteria growth less likely.
Wool only burns when exposed to flame at very high temperatures. When the flame source is removed, the wool stops burning. Wool inhibits rather than fuels fire.
No Harmful Toxins
We can’t avoid all toxins in modern materials, but we can avoid them when a safe, natural product gives us the same function without the risk.
Renewable & Biodegradable Material
Unlike plastics made with oil and gas, wool is renewable. Every year, sheep grow a new coat that we can shear.
WOOL: EASY CARE
We know most parents are too busy to work with special care baby gear, so we make sure that all of the wool we sell is easy to machine wash and dry. If you have wool delicates, it’s not the wool itself that requires gentle care but the way the wool is used. Here, we like tough wool that stays gentle to the touch.
Tightly Woven & Lofty
A fulled or felted wool not only gives you a dense fabric that is absorbent and breathable, it makes the wool easier to care for.
Machine wash Fuzbaby wool with the rest of your laundry. Washing wool can be easy if you use the right wool.
Machine dry Fuzbaby wool with your bedding. No need to lay flat or hang to dry.
Yes, Wool is that great
You may notice that studies testing breathability, absorption, and clamminess of some polymer fibers don’t report their comparison with wool. That is because wool outperforms all synthetics, whether they come from petro-chemical or biological sources before they are polymerized.
Wool combines water repellence, breathability, and moisture absorbency.
Natural wool is the fiber that synthetic technical fibers are trying to imitate, but no synthetic fiber has yet been created that brings together all of the natural attributes that make wool the best fiber for diapering and sleep.