Boiled wool is a wonderful, soft, durable fabric. It's from a traditional process of boiling and agitating knitted wool with soap to shrink and felt it, making it denser, more wind-proof, sturdier and sometimes even softer.
The wool used is Merino wool, a very fine wool fibre that's soft and springy and is not itchy at all to most skins. The Merino sheep usually thrives in mountainous areas at high altitudes and its wool is naturally brilliant at keeping the body comfortable at a wide range of temperatures.
All certified organic wool comes from sheep which have been farmed organically and with high animal welfare standards. At Cambridge Baby we always make sure that no wool comes from farms which practise mulesing.
Please note that under EU labelling regulations, stating the type of wool is not allowed, only a statement of "100% wool" or "new wool" is allowed. However, this garment is made from 100% organic Merino wool.
Disana's organic Merino wool is certified to GOTS organic standards by IMO. These standards are so high that even oils that lubricate knitting machines have to be analysed. Disana's whole garment (not just the yarn) is certified as organic, so that you can be assured that their dyes are baby-safe, eco-safe and that all cotton threads and finishes are natural too.
Wool (and thus Merino wool) has many benefits.
Merino wool is the wool of choice for baby and children's clothes, as well as for sportswear, because it's finer than most other wools. It's naturally springy (which makes it softer) and has a tight crimp, allowing it to trap more air, making clothing lighter as well as softer for the same excellent insulation.
Merino wool has also been proven to absorb UV across the whole range of the spectrum, giving excellent lightweight sun protection in the summer too.
In both cases, use a detergent designed for wool which protects and replenishes wool's natural oils. We recommend one of our liquid wool shampoos in our fabric care section here.
To hand-wash your organic Merino wool, dilute your wool detergent in cool water, max 30C (lukewarm only, should feel coolish), in a bowl. For heavily-soiled areas, use a little gall soap on your woollens first, testing on an inconspicuous area first.
Add your woollens to the bowl, gently stirring and squeezing the detergent through. Rinse using water at the same temperature, otherwise your wool will be subjected to "shock" and might felt up. So lukewarm/coolish at 30C again.
Things not to do: Don't wring, soak, brush or rub vigorously as the wool fibres may be damaged and your garment felt up a little and shrink.
To dry, gently squeeze water out and wrap your wool clothes in a towel to remove the excess water.
Air-dry naturally avoiding direct heat. So, hanging on a drying rack over the bath is good, or on a clothes horse, or flat on a dry towel. Mine often end up over the back of chairs or on the washing line.
Re-shape while damp.
"Me and my babys absolute favorite suit!!! Now I ordered bigger, but it seems, that I make another order - so cool colours, I want more! :)"
This was washed... washed fine
This was worn by... my baby girl
Sizing: A little generous
I'd recommend this to a friend.
"I bought one of the 6-12 m suits for a baby girl.
She is quite petit so come up very generous on her,
But I'm rather pleased it'll maybe last her all over summer
And maybe next yr. In fact I loved it so much within a wk I bought
Another in a different colour !
I wouldn't say there's any draw backs what so ever.
I'd recommend these to anyone."
This was washed... I
This was worn by... It was worn by our 5 mth old baby and hoping it wear it until 18 mths ;-)
"Cosy warm, snuggly, perfect for winter weather."
This was washed... not needed washing yet
Sizing: Feels true to size
"These are fantastic, amazing, wonderful, beautifully made suits. I cannot praise them enough. My daughter is now wearing the largest size after borrowing a tiny one from a friend and buying one of the in-between sizes ourselves. The borrowed one is now on baby number three and still going strong, by the way. They are made to last, they are generous enough in their sizing to fit a whole winter and beyond without being bulky. They are perfect for babywearing as they don't turn your baby into a Michelin Man. The wool means that baby can't overheat as it is temperature regulating. At the same time, it is windproof, and water repellent, and dirt resistant. I just WISH Disana would make them in larger sizes and bring back the gorgeous plum coloyur!"
This was washed... had to be careful
This was worn by... My daughter and is now on loan to a friend