At first glance the choice can be a bit overwhelming - that's why we've put this guide together to help you understand the differences between the baby safe brands and choose which sheepskin is right for you and your baby.
Based in Austria, Fellhof are a traditional family company who source their skins from Europe. All of the lambskins are from free roaming stock and they have all passed the OEKO-TEX standard 100 test - click on the link for the full technical information but put simply it means they are certified free of any harmful chemicals and pesticides. Fellhof lambskins are paler in colour and have a super soft silky feel, they are only available in shorn hair (30mm). The lambskins and liners are available in both honey and white.
These come in bothlong (pile 45mm - 70mm) and30mm shorn hair. They are crafted from New Zealand sheepskin and have their own sanitization process. More detailed information about this process can be found below. This process is approved for use under OEKO-TEX standard 100. Their honey shorn lambskin is a pale colour and has a springy texture so is good for supporting baby in a cot or bed, and often recommended by osteopaths.
"G L Bowron & Co uses a combination synthetic tannage process for all its shortwool (SWW) and longwool (LWW) Sheepskin production, including Babycare products. All Bowron Sheepskins are free of chemicals specified in the Oko-tex Standard 100, which include: (1) Pesticides (PCP/TeCP) (Pentachlorophenols, Tetrachlorophenols) (2) Organic Tin compounds (3) Azo Dyestuffs (4) Extractable Heavy Metals (Chrome VI, Antimony, Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, Cobalt, Copper, Nickel, Mercury) Although the wool on Bowron Sheepskins is bleached during processing, no chlorinated chemicals are used at any stage of the tanning process. Formaldehyde levels in all Bowron Sheepskin products are below 20 ppm (Parts Per Million), with all shortwool (including SWWNBC) products having formaldehyde levels below 10ppm. It is important to note that strict Japanese standards recommend formaldehyde levels below 25 ppm for any products in direct skin contact with Infants."
Based in Germany,Kaiserare a traditional family company who source skins from within Germany all from free roaming stock. They have also passed theOEKO-TEX Standard 100 test. Kaiser sheepskin tends to be a more traditional 'woolly' texture and the colour is deeper and much more yellow in tone. They are only available in shorn 30mm length in both honey and white (mimosa).
Our Baa Baby Sheepskin rugs and liners are from New Zealand lambskins. They carry the Eco-Tan™ certification, are free from harmful chemicals and use a vegetable tanning process which reduces the impact on the environment. They are available in 30mm shorn hair in honey, ivory, milk, grey, light brown latte and leopard. They are also available in honey, ivory, latte and grey long hair. The honey colour is pale (similar to Bowron and Fellhof) and the texture is silky soft rather than woolly.
Baa Baby have been keen to support British industry and manufacturing, however with babysafe sheepskin this is no longer possible. There is only one tannery in the UK - Devonia - who we have previously worked with to supply our British sheepskins. With rising costs and the impact of lots of changes around the world Devonia took the decision to no longer product babysafe sheepskins so we had to look overseas to stock all of our ranges.
The most important factor is ensuring that the sheepskin is baby safe/medical grade - all our lambskins have this feature and there is no use of Naphthalene (the strong chemical smell that is similar to mothballs) in the processes.