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LAMBY
is an Australian lambskin which is tanned and clipped to comply with the Australian Wool Corporation Specification A134 for medical quality skins.

Sheepskins were first used as nursing aids to prevent pressure sores of the chronically ill, the immobilized and the elderly patient.  The success of the product lies in the high degree of patient comfort.  The surface of the fleece transmits pressure evenly over a relatively wide area and there is less friction than with conventional bedding.   The wool fibers allow free circulation of air, absorbing up to 33% of their own dry weight of moisture without feeling wet, and dissipate moisture more readily.

When the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) developed a tanning process which allowed lambskins to be washed, they began to appear in the neonatal intensive care nurseries.

The practice of placing infants and small children on lambskins has been growing in Australia and New Zealand over the last thirty years even though there has been no significant sales promotion.  The qualities and the benefits of their use have been spread by word of mouth. Lambskins are now available in the U.K. and Europe and are particularly popular in Germany, Sweden, Japan, Canada and the United States.

To listen to a mother who has recently acquired a lambskin for her baby is fascinating.  Like the old “Snake Oil” remedies, almost magical qualities are attributed to the product.  To be a little more realistic, lambskins have a whole range of benefits, none of them magic.

It is impossible to meet a consumer who is not enthusiastic about at least one aspect of their use.

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Merino sheep have been bred over the centuries to produce fine, soft wool.  When the Merino is crossbred with one of the English breeds, known for their strength of fibers, the result is a luxurious fleece which is soft, strong and dense.  Unlike the synthetic fiber, each natural wool fiber has a “memory” which allows it to return to its' original position even when it has been folded or subjected to heavy weights.

When to use:

Because air circulates freely between the fibers creating an insulating effect, Lamby can be used summer and winter.  Experiments in Northern Queensland, which is very hot and humid, proved lambskin to be beneficial in the prevention of heat rash.  In humid conditions, air the lambskin more frequently.

How to use:

Baby should use Lamby continually, in the bassinet, bed, carrier, stroller, and car seat, even on the floor.  It is preferable not to cover the lambskin with a sheet as this reduces its effectiveness.  However, placing a diaper under the head and buttocks while baby is small will prevent minor soiling. 

For maximum benefit, baby should lie directly on Lamby.  In hot weather, dress baby in as few clothes as possible.  On very hot days, use just a diaper, and cover with a light sheet.  In cold weather, body contact with the lambskin should be as complete as possible or upon following the advice of your pediatrician.

LAMBY is safe:

Wool is naturally flame resistant.  Air circulates freely between the fibers.  Lamby promotes the “BACK TO SLEEP” campaign, which recommends placing baby on their back for the sleeping position or following the advice of your pediatrician.

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CARE: Lamby should not have to be brushed as do long wooled lambskins.  It is designed for machine washing - easy care.                                                   

WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: Before use: All new Lamby products may have a few loose fibers left from trimming (they do NOT shed). Gather any loose fibers from the edges and shake well.

Slightly soiled areas can be sponged clean.

  • MACHINE WASH: Gentle short wool cycle. Lukewarm or cold water (NOT HOT). Mild detergent only, i.e. Lamby ALLER WASH™ Woolwash.

  • DO NOT USE BLEACH, ENZYME ACTION WASHING POWDER OR LIQUID OR CONCENTRATES. DO NOT USE WOOLITE OR DREFT.

  • Lamby MAY BE HAND WASHED. Mild detergent (Lamby ALLER WASH™ Woolwash) in warm water (the same temperature you would bathe baby in); then rinse in warm water.

  • TO DRY: Roll in towel to squeeze out excess moisture. Tumble dry, cool cycle (NO HEAT) for 10 minutes. Hang by corners to dry. Keep away from direct heat or sunlight.

  • DO NOT EXPOSE TO DIRECT HEAT.

  • May be dry cleaned, however - air out to remove any residual odor.

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:  TOP

COLOR: Because Lamby is a natural fiber and no two lambskins are exactly the same color, there may be some difference between lambskins.

HYGIENE: Mothers may ask “Is it hygienic?” Lamby lambskins are first washed for several hours in a vat.  After drying they are placed in an automatic machine where they are alternately soaked and washed in a biodegradable solution for 24 hours.  They are re-washed and, after they have been clipped and brushed, they are dry-cleaned.  Lamby, as an added precaution, adds a biodegradable agent to the wash prior to packaging to prevent any bacterial growth.  YES, LAMBY IS HYGIENIC!

MERINO: Is a breed of sheep recognized by sheep breeders throughout the world as producing the finest fleece.

RESEARCH: At Cambridge University Hospital it was found that small premature babies placed on lambskins gained weight more rapidly than babies placed on conventional bedding.

SHEDDING / LOOSE FIBERS:  When a Lamby is taken from its package or during the first wash, a few loose fibers may be present.  This is the result of trimming the edges.  Lamby does not shed.  Just take outdoors and shake vigorously.

SIZE AND SHAPE:  Because Lamby is a natural product, no two lambskins will be the same size or shape.  Each Lamby averages 5.5 square feet and is naturally shaped.

   

   SOME OF THE ADVANTAGES OF USING LAMBY: TOP

1. Winter:  No cold toes, no matter how wet or unwrapped baby is.

2. Summer:  Reduces heat rash - tested in Northern Queensland.

3. A definite saving on washing:  minor soiling can be sponged off and dried with a towel without wetting the whole lambskin.  Machine washable in cool water.

4. Sleep:  Babies generally sleep better and appear more content.

5. Travel:  When traveling or visiting, baby will quickly feel secure, settling anywhere on his/her familiar bed.

6. Shopping:  Made easier with a young baby.  Lamby is the only under-bedding needed in stroller or carrier and may be easily transferred to a shopping cart.

7. Cost:  can be offset by not having to buy the conventional waterproof protector and bed sheets.

8. As a bonus, babies look so good on the luxurious lambskins.

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