Can babies wear Alpaca wool? We look and see why choosing Alpaca garments and blankets for your baby could be a wise decision.
Being a parent, especially a first-time parent, can be daunting. You want the best for your baby, and this includes what they wear. A baby’s skin is sensitive, and many newborns can have sensitive skin or suffer allergies that are unknown to you. You want clothing that will be as kind as possible to their little bodies.
Dressing your little one in Alpaca fiber could make what your baby is wearing one thing less to worry about. We cover below:
- Alpaca Fleece Types.
- Properties of Alpaca Wool
- Baby Alpaca Wool for Baby Bodies?
- Light, Breathable, Flexible and Warm
- The Best for Baby? The Choice Is Clear (Conclusion).
Alpaca Fleece Types
Alpacas have only one species, but two fleece types—Huacaya and suri. The huacaya fleece type is often compared to a “teddy bear,” while the suri fleece type is compared to “dreadlocks.”
Properties of Alpaca Wool
Firstly, Alpaca wool is incredibly soft to the touch, almost as soft as cashmere, but it’s warmer, longer-lasting and more sustainable than the more commonly known goat’s wool.
Alpaca fiber has hollow strands with unique properties that allow alpaca clothing to be worn in both summer and winter.
Alpaca wool traps and retains body heat, keeping your baby warm and toasty. Alternatively, the fiber reflects the sun’s heat away from their body in the summer, keeping them cool.
If your little one has a slight fever, the hollow fibers in alpaca wool absorb and dissipate sweat, keeping them drier and more comfortable.
Babies smell! Let’s face it, diapers don’t have the fragrance of roses! Alpaca wool clothing does not retain body scents since its molecules eliminate aromas.
Alpaca fibers provide antibacterial properties. Alpaca wool also has no lanolin and, so, a low lipid content. This helps to avoid the formation of bacterial cells, which can lead to infection.
We’ve all laughed at the familiar sight of a baby’s hair standing to attention when dressing them in woolen or nylon clothing.
Alpaca wool’s antistatic properties mean there’s no longer this electrical discharge you get when dressing or undressing babies. It also means that the items won’t cling to baby or stick together in the washing machine.
Furthermore, alpaca wool is difficult to ignite, and pure alpaca fiber is non-flammable.
Clothing coloring dyes and other chemical treatments can be another source of irritation for a baby’s skin. Alpaca fibers do not require any harsh chemical treatments or synthetics to be processed into fabric.
Alpaca wool is also available in a wide range of natural colors, including white, beige, brown, and red-brown. As well as shades of grey and black, thus dyeing is rarely necessary.
Baby Alpaca Wool for Baby Bodies?
As a general guide, the lower the micron count of natural fibers, the less prickly and the more comfortable it is.
The finest grade of superfine Alpaca wool fiber, between 18 and 21.5 microns, is known as royal Alpaca and classed as “itch-free.”
Alpaca wool between 21.5 and 23 microns is referred to as “baby Alpaca wool.” It comes from one of the softest parts of an adult Alpaca (typically the chest) and is not a reference to the wool of baby Alpacas. Although not classed as itch-free, it will be so for most.
Standard Alpaca wool ranges from 23-40 microns, whereas regular sheep’s wool is at the top of this range. Human hair is around 75 microns.
Light, Breathable, Flexible and Warm
Alpaca wool is up to seven times warmer than sheep’s wool. Alpaca wool is also, because of its hollow fiber, naturally much lighter than sheep’s wool.
Alpaca wool is breathable—It can retain a constant temperature without feeling sweaty or clammy. Breathable also means that it can divert moisture into the environment rather than leave it clinging to the wearer.
The elasticity and springiness of a fabric determines how quickly it may return to its original shape.
Alpaca wool, for example, has the ideal crimp that keeps it from losing its shape while providing enough elasticity to reshape itself without deforming.
Along with its soft and silky texture, this makes it ideal for baby blankets.
The Alpaca Industry is a well-regulated and animal-friendly industry. It is neither practical nor ethical to kill alpacas solely for their hides. The more time they live, the more wool they can produce.
Ethical hide makers employ only ethically obtained Alpaca hides that are sourced as a by-product of the exclusive Alpaca meat industry in Peru.
Alpaca farming and grazing have a relatively minimal environmental impact. This, according to studies by PETA, is not the case with sheep’ wool.
Is Alpaca wool expensive?
In the U.S., the price of alpaca fiber seems to vary widely, depending on locale, color and, of course, micron, staple length, etc. A ballpark figure for Alpaca fiber is about $20-40 a pound. A 1.75 oz (50g) ball of soft baby Alpaca yarn can retail in the region of $7-15.
Is Alpaca wool better than Merino sheep’s wool?
Alpaca wool is softer, tougher, and warmer than Merino wool, and it holds less water. It’s also a more environmentally sustainable alternative.
The Best for Baby? The Choice Is Clear
Alpaca wool garments and blankets are perfect to use for babies and young children. The wool is soft and hypoallergenic on their sensitive skin. It’s also breathable, stretchy and light, non-static and neutralizes smells.
Along with this, it’s more environmentally friendly than sheep or goats’ wool.
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