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Lambswool Pads

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July 2001

My eight-month-old son has slept on a fuzzy cotton blanket since the day he was born--and has a hard time sleeping without it. But he is outgrowing it rapidly. I have been thinking about replacing it with a wool mattress pad, but am concerned about a report I heard about from Australia that links the use of lambskins with a higher incidence of SIDS.

I have found a company that makes crib mattress pads that are shorn lambswool knitted into a poly backing, not the skin itself. They say these are safer and easier to clean, and used in some hospitals for premies (www.snugglewool.com). That's reassuring, but I'd still like to know more. Does anyone have experience with these kinds of mattress pads? Does anyone know about the Australian study?

Thank you.

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