Sheepskin has become ever more popular in recent years, lining everything from your favorite boots to baby rockers and strollers. But aside from being soft and cozy against your skin, sheepskin has a number of surprising benefits for both adults and babies.
A growing number of research studies have proven that sleeping on sheepskin and other animal furs not only helps to regulate body temperature for infants, it can increase circulation, sooth inflamed skin and rashes as well as provide a naturally antimicrobial sleeping environment which leads to reduced occurrence of colds and sickness from harmful bacteria. One study in Germany also found that sleeping on sheepskins decreased chances of developing asthma and allergies later in childhood.
Studies in New Zealand have shown no increase in SIDs for babies sleeping on sheepskins when placed on their backs. But sheepskins have many other uses other than overnight sleeping. Sheepskin’s deep pile confirms to baby’s body and creates a cozy mat for tummy time or general playtime. It can also be used as a liner for bassinets, Moses baskets, strollers, cars seats and rockers. Below are just some of the proven benefits of sleeping on sheepskin:
- Temperature - The sheep's skin is thermoregulator, keeping the baby warm in winter and cool in summer. Also allows the baby's skin to breathe, diminishing chance of sweating, and therefore possible colds.
- Humidity - The sheep's wool is rich in lanolin, and naturally impermeable. The air flows through its fibers, creating a pocket of air that keeps your baby's skin dry.
- Calming - The sheep's skin is a electrical semiconductor, creating a calming effect, eliminating the muscular tension and stimulating the circulation in the tissues.
- Anti-bacterial - Made of 100% protein fibers, the skin creates an environment unfavorable to the development of bacteria, keeping your baby safe from illness.
At Caro Bambino Our 100% Natural Sheep Skins are sourced from the Patagonian Region of Magallanes, in southern Chile. The sheep are sustainably sourced and undergo a lengthy quality control process and no sheep are sacrificed for commercialization, they are instead sourced from animals raised for feeding purposes.