Can a Baby Sleep On Sheepskin?
Before parents purchase anything for their little one, their primary concern and question is their child’s safety. At Baa Baby, we understand our duty to present parents with all the facts so that they can make an informed choice about allowing their baby to sleep on sheepskin.
We frequently update and revise our information on safe sleep, adding in new information as we discover it.
What is your Advice on Safe Sleep with Sheepskin?
Whilst we can’t make the choice for parents, we can make sure all the information is available. We follow the Lullaby Trust advice on safe sleep.
A recently published report on sleeping on ‘soft surfaces’ refers to sheepskin specifically. It explains that when babies are placed on their back (in the supine position), sheepskin has no impact on the risk of SIDS.
However, the Lullaby Trust does not recommend young babies sleeping on any soft surface, including sheepskin, unattended in the prone position.
Some parents choose to wait until their baby is old enough to easily roll over unassisted before using sheepskin to sleep on. This is typically from the age of 6 months old and coincides with a reduction in SIDS. Almost 90% of cases of SIDS occur in infants under 6 months of age.
What Type of Sheepskin is Safe for my Baby?
If you are laying your baby on sheepskin, then we always recommend shorn lambskin for younger babies since its dense pile provides optimum support. Our medically tanned shorn lambskins are 30mm which is the optimum level for comfort and weight distribution.
All the sheepskin we stock on our website is produced specifically for use with babies and is medically tanned. This means that our sheepskin is produced without harmful chemicals like chrome-based ingredients, and babies are not at risk of breathing in anything dangerous. Several products we carry are also OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified to the highest grade, ensuring suitability for babies and children.
Can my Baby Enjoy Sheepskin Without Sleeping on it?
For those parents who decide against their baby sleeping on sheepskin, there are many other ways your baby can enjoy this natural product. Pram walks and tummy time with sheepskin both allow children the benefits of temperature regulation, comfort and support.
Sheepskin is naturally breathable so whilst it is warm in winter it is also cool in summer and the perfect natural fibre all year round. The lanolin in sheepskin is naturally moisturising for skin and the fibres are gentle and soft enough to provide a soothing environment for a contended baby.
Not only is sheepskin a gorgeous natural product, but it is also sustainable and will last many years.