In sheeps’ clothing

If you’re a MavisandFrank regular, you’ll know how much I love wool. I love to knit with it, I love anything made from it. What you may not know is that wool clothing is enjoying something of a renaissance, particularly when it comes to babywear. Though it really can’t compare to the magic of a lovingly hand-knitted original, modern wool clothing defies many of the old complaints. Remember that itchy sweater your mother forced you to wear? The modern baby has none of these issues when it comes to wearing wool. The new generation of wool is machine washable, soft and wearable in both summer and winter. For anyone considering their Baby Bonus/Kindergeld spending options, the following are my recommendations:


For the beautiful colours and lovely designs, it’s hard to beat this brand of 100% merino wool clothing designed and made in New Zealand. I couldn’t be a bigger fan of their footed leggings. Rose lived in them for months and months during the first year. Beware, the sizing is VERY generous.

Vis stort bilde


This is the go-to brand for wool clothing for children in Germany. Lovely designs and beautiful construction mean they’re a worthy investment for European parents. As I again face the battle of keeping my children warm in sub-zero conditions I’m eager to test out their ribbed leggings and a felted all-in-one suit I recently bought for Theodore.


Nurtured by Nature

A very pricey New Zealand Brand. I bought a matching hat and romper for Rose on eBay. The romper became the victim of a sad incident involving a velcro tab in the washing machine. It was duly repaired and the good news is that both hat and romper are now getting regular wear by number two.

Nature Baby

This one gets my number one vote. I know this brand is Maggie Guillenhaal’s favourite, but don’t let that put you off. This is a family-run company who design and manufacture in New Zealand. I invested in a selection of merino wool bodysuits and long sleeved tops for Rose’s first winter. They survived countless machine washings and over a year of wear before being passed on to a friend. The second lot got us through the wilds of the German winter last year. There’s no sign of pilling, stretching or holes and they’re silky soft. My third lot are now on their way.

Summer Weight Sleep Cocoon - Bundle Special

There are many others of course, including some beautiful brands made in Germany. People’s main issue with wool clothing for children is usually the cost. There’s no denying it, a bodysuit made in China will always be cheaper than a merino wool bodysuit from any of the above. But as always, there are other things we should consider before taking the path of least expense; the environment, our health and the workers who are routinely exploited in the production of clothing. And of course the true monetary cost of an item is actually the price tag divided by the number of times it is used. I’m thrilled that other babies are now getting wear out of Rose’s woolies. And while most children in the spielplatz are decked out with layer upon layer of polarfleece and polyester, I resolutely tell myself that my babies are just fine wearing at least three layers of the original golden fleece.


3 Responses to “In sheeps’ clothing”

  1. 1 Jools November 8, 2011 at 2:59 am

    True dat! Ellie and Miles love their ‘snuggle’ clothes as Miles likes to say. I am just a little bit in love with wool also… ❤ I am certainly looking forward to the smaller postage costs between us in the future! We will have a lovely woolly collection 😉

  2. 2 Grandma and Grandad November 8, 2011 at 7:24 am

    You are a leader in Knitting skill and an enthusiastic and infectious one at that. Since making my first SUCCESSFUL woolen jacket for beautiful Theodore in double quick time before leaving Leipzig I have become a knitting pattern junkie and have already started creating for Rose.
    We have only to overcome the terrible humidity here first as we are stripping off not putting on!!!
    Love to all will keep you posted on choice of designs but will of course use pure wool and nothing less.
    Mum, Grandma, Merren…

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