So what is the deal with sheepskins and babies? - Mothering Forums

Thread Tools
#1 of 5 Old 11-05-2013, 05:44 PM - Thread Starter
CupOfJoe's Avatar
Join Date: May 2013
Location: New York City
Posts: 92
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I bought a sheepskin from a local merino producer - it was NOT cheap but it feels delicious. I had this idea that I would put it under the crib sheet  while the babies are small (we are expecting twins) so that they would be warmer in bed without the risk of them getting suffocated by the long wool and/or that I would be able to use it for tummy time during the day. Then on a whim I googled "sheepskins and babies" and up pops all this stuff about how they're super toxic and cause SIDS and should never, ever be used around sleeping babies. I was flabbergasted. I've never heard this before.


Does anyone know what the story here is -- in layperson terms? Or has anyone used sheepskin and so can speak to their experience with them? I search mothering and found a few threads mentioning them from back in 2004 but this seems like new data... 



Strawberry lover, dog-person, New Yorker. wool.gif (Who doesn't love a jump-roping sheep?)

CupOfJoe is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 of 5 Old 11-13-2013, 10:01 PM
Viola's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Nevada
Posts: 22,685
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)

Oh wow, interesting.  I had not heard this.  I am wondering if it is something in the curing process.

OK, here is a link I found.  It says something about phosphorus and arsenic and a bacteria.

Viola is offline  
#3 of 5 Old 11-15-2013, 06:01 AM
LilyTiger's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 2,054
Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 42 Post(s)

This is interesting.  We'll be reusing the same mattress for all of our babies because I don't have an extra $200 to buy a new soy mattress for each baby.  It also seems incredibly wasteful.  But our babies bedshare for the first 3 months anyway, so these concerns don't seem to apply much.


We have a sheepskin that we will be using for tummy time, diaper free time, and other supervised play.  I wouldn't let a baby sleep on it other than for naps for safety reasons anyway, so perhaps that kind of middle ground approach would work for the OP.

Beautiful baby girl born 8/13/2012. Little star baby lost at 10 weeks pregnant, 12/18/2013. Rainbow baby girl born 12/22/2014.
LilyTiger is offline  
#4 of 5 Old 11-15-2013, 07:11 PM
Ola_'s Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 3,135
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)

I wouldn't put it in the crib (either directly or under the sheet) because it would make the bed surface softer and baby mattresses are supposed to be nice and firm. At least on our mattress the "newborn" side is firm while the "toddler" side is soft and quilted. I think it would be lovely for play time though and especially if you'll be doing diaper free or other naked time with the babies. So soft and cozy!

Ola_ is offline  
#5 of 5 Old 11-16-2013, 04:48 PM
SugarAndSun's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,088
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)

Do those of you who have one prefer the long or short?

SugarAndSun is offline  

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 15,343

34 members and 15,309 guests
agentofchaos , caprice3680 , Dakotacakes , Deborah , divani , dmar91072 , Dovenoir , emmy526 , girlspn , hillymum , ImTabbyC , IsaFrench , jamesmorrow , Janeen0225 , kathymuggle , Kelleybug , lhargrave89 , lisak1234 , Lydia08 , Michele123 , mossbreaker , pokeyac , rachieface , redsally , RollerCoasterMama , sren , TealCandy , walter27 , zebra15 , zoeyzoo
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.