These standards are so high that even oils that lubricate knitting machines have to be analysed. With Engel, you can be assured that their dyes are baby-safe, eco-safe and that all cotton threads and finishes are natural too. All Engel's poppers are nickel-free.
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.
Wool has many benefits when worn next to the skin and about the body.
The Merino wool fibre specifically is very fine, 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.
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.
Find out more about the properties of wool here in our blog here.
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.
Engel's organic Merino wool is a very soft fabric so care must be taken when washing. Engel recommends hand washing as follows.
Use a detergent designed for wool which protects and replenishes wool's natural oils as sold in our fabric care category 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. Just squeeze the water through.
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. Mine often end up over the back of chairs or on the washing line in the shade (I haven't had a problem with the the heat of the English being too hot, yet, but direct sunlight is not good for wool).
Re-shape while still damp.
"This is used as a lightweight top rather than a vest and, to fit over a cotton body vest, a bigger size was needed. Lovely fine fabric, looks comfortable to wear and quite stretchy. Sleeves are long and can be folded back. Hand washes well in cool water and correct wash liquid."
This was washed... had to be careful
This was worn by... 3-6 month old baby
Sizing: A little small
I'd recommend this to a friend.
"Use it every night for bed time. It shrunk when I accidentally put in washing machine but didn't affect use of it. I sewed it to some merino wool skirt to make a night gown/ sleeping bag with elastic at the bottom. And it is our absolute favorite."
This was washed... I shrunk it
This was worn by... My daughter from 6 months and still wearing at 18 months
"Even though I hand wash it, it shrunk considerably."
This was washed... Shrunk
I wouldn't really recommend this to a friend.
We are very sorry that your vest shrunk. It is not something we would expect to be a problem with this vest so there may be an issue here. If you would like, feel free to return it to us as per the instructions here - http://www.cambridgebaby.co.uk/catalog/returns-amp-exchanges - and we'll replace it for you.
A few things worth remembering when washing wool: don't wring, soak, brush or rub vigorously as the wool fibres may be damaged and your garment felt up a little and shrink. Just squeeze the water through. Then re-shape while still damp.
I hope this helps.
Cambridge Baby Team"
"Used as a top on its own and also a light jumper over a cotton vest. Will use as a base layer when weather gets cooler. Gorgeous, soft, easy to care for (hand wash and dries quickly) Perfect for my tiny 3 month old"
This was washed... washed fine
This was worn by... My amazing Eleanor
Sizing: Feels true to size