Many parents use sheepskin for tummy time, nursery play rugs, as well as to line prams, bassinets and cots. Wondering about the safety of your baby sleeping on sheepskin (or any other material) is natural for parents. Here we look at the facts and provide some answers to guide you in your decision.
Whether sheepskin is for sleeping, pram comfort or playtime it is essential to ensure that the fleece is medically tanned. This means that no harmful chemicals (particularly chrome based) are used in the process and there is no danger of your baby breathing in something that may cause them harm. Look out for manufacturers such asBowron,Kaiser orFellhof who produce a range of products specifically for the babycare market.
Many parents find that sheepskin helps their baby sleep however it is important to follow recommended guidelines for safe sleeping. The Lullaby Trust publish guidelines around safe sleeping and their advice can be foundhere. Research has found that infants who are placed supine (on their backs) on sheepskin are not at an increased risk of SIDS. Further information from the report can be foundhere.
Some parents choose to wait until their baby is old enough to easily roll over unassisted before using sheepskin so 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.