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Use foam from a wool detergent to sponge off any spills or brush off when dry. We do not recommend full washing of this vegetable-tanned sheepskin. If you do wash it, use tepid water, just luke-warm, and use a liquid detergent for wool or our own wool shampoo which protects the sheepskin's natural oils.
Brush to restore a good texture.
If you would prefer a more robust, machine-washable sheepskin, go for our Deliciously Soft Sheepskins.
Use as bedding
Studies have shown that pre-term and low birthweight babies grow faster and are more contented when lying on lambswool, and older babies also cry less and sleep more! Even for adults, studies repeatedly show that we get a better night's rest if we use a woollen underblanket and if polyester-filled duvets are replaced by woollen blankets (!) due to its ability to regulate the micro-climate around our beds.
We would like to point out that it is recommended that babies do not sleep on a soft/squidgy surface for the first year. On the other hand, it used to be recommended that premature babies slept on sheepskins and they are used worldwide for sleeping on. Please come to your own conclusions!
You may like to put a sheet or muslin over the sheepskin if using it as bedding. You probably already know that babies should be placed on their backs to sleep unless there is a medical reason not to do so. Be aware that a sheepskin may be more insulating than your baby's hard mattress - do check your baby's temperature and adjust their nightwear accordingly.
Benefits of vegetable tanning
Using vegetable-tanned leather removes many kinds of environmental pollution from the tanning process and is more sustainable. Vegetable tanning is a traditional craft, documented in Egyptian times and very likely used around the world for many thousands of years. Although none of the sheepskins selected by Cambridge Baby are polluting, in buying vegetable tanned sheepskins you are supporting traditional craft and the most sustainable and natural tanning method.
Benefits of Sheepskins
Sheepskins can be used throughout the year as wool is a natural insulator, keeping temperatures stable. It's also breathable, wicking moisture away from the skin and keeping bodies comfortable. Because of this, sheepskins are warm in winter and cool in summer, and always provide a comforting and supportive surface for your baby to sit or play.
Since biblical times, mothers have wrapped their babies in wool to keep them warm and dry. It's naturally comforting. Lambswool is perfect for this task as it resists wet and dirt and is thick and luxurious while remaining light and flexible. You can learn more about the wonderful properties of wool from our information pages - click here.
Our family and sheepskins...
You can probably tell that we are quite "pro" sheepskins! We have found them very very useful indeed, reducing stickiness in prams, strollers and carseats in hot weather, and keeping them warm and cosy in cold weather.
Both our daughters sleep on sheepskins and Connie has from birth. Connie began sleeping through the night from an early ages and consistently from about 3 and a half months. Eleanor woke only once until she was around 10 months, then she slept through. I honestly believe that sleeping on sheepskins coupled with the use of Disana and Engel Merino wool sleeping bags creates the best sleeping environment for babies - safe, supportive, breathable, comfortable, sleep-inducing.
We have also found sheepsins very helpful for reducing sweatiness in car seats, and recommend any of our sheepskins car seat liners - our eldest always complains in summer if we haven't put one on, as she gets too sticky!
Finally, when your child is older, sheepskins are great for using in indoor and outdoor dens and in the tent when camping, as well as for general play.
This is a Good Natured Sheepskin, ethically made in Germany.