Wrapped: merino wool nappies

Environmental and economic concerns are driving a resurgence of traditional nappies

Baby Talk

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Nappies are an unavoidable essential for babies. While convenient, disposable nappies also come at both an economic and environmental cost. And, for a lot of babies, disposable nappies can also be the source of skin irritations in infants.

As such, a growing number of families are turning to more traditional forms of nappies to answer all three issues, cutting back on cost, environmental impact and protecting the sensitive skin of their newborns at the same time.

Renewable resource

Converting to washable, reusable nappies is a smart way of cutting back on costs. Babies spend up to the first three years of their life in nappies, requiring multiple changes throughout the day. Merino wool’s natural resilience makes it the perfect fabric for nappy covers. It can be easily thrown into a machine wash without losing shape. Additionally, Merino wool’s natural resistance to odours also means that nappy covers made from this fabric won’t require as much washing as other fibres.

Sensitive skin

Baby’s skin is incredibly sensitive and even “sensitive” ranges of disposable nappies can irritate it. Superfine Merino wool’s fineness and breathability creates a more stable and healthy microclimate against the skin and has proven to be therapeutic for skin conditions, such as eczema, that a baby may suffer from.

Discover more about why superfine Merino wool is good for skin in The Woolmark Company’s latest clinical studies.


Merino wool offers the promise of comfort. Because it reacts to changes in temperature it can help to regulate the body's temperature so won’t allow your baby to overheat while still keeping them warm and cosy. Ultra-soft and lightweight, Merino wool nappies are a luxurious alternative to the harsher feel of disposable varieties ensuring a happy, comfortable baby.


Photography Lena Sergeeva | Illustration Barry Allen Patenaude

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