If you haven’t already caught on, we LOVE Tencel. If you follow us on Instagram, you will have heard us rave on about Tencel and all it’s amazing properties, but you may still be wondering what Tencel actually is! While we love this fabric, it is not hugely common, so it’s not a silly question. We’ll clue you up now!
Tencel is a sustainable regenerated fabric made from a cellulose fibre that is derived from wood pulp. It is manufactured using an environmentally responsible production process where the process water is recycled and the solvent for treatment is reused. The final product is compostable and biodegradable, so can fully revert back to nature at the end of its life.
If that wasn’t enough to convince you, it also has a number of benefits that are great for your babies sleep environment.
Soft as silk (combating bald spots)
Tencel is often referred to as ‘soft as silk’. The smooth fibre is so soft it helps prevent irritation to the skin, and can even prevent bald spots! When I moved Amelia from her bassinet into her cot with the airnest Tencel sheets on her airnest Mattress, I noticed a huge improvement in hair growth where her bald spot was.
Moisture-wicking/ temperature regulating
Tencel absorbs large amounts of water without wetting the fibre surface, keeping your baby cool and dry, while also avoiding overheating which is a big risk factor associated with SIDs.
Our airnest Tencel Sheets have been tested for breathability, and returned a 100% airflow rating. This also helps with temperature regulation as it allows air to flow freely. It is also perfect with our airnest mattress as the breathability factor is maintained, if your baby rolls onto their tummies with these sheets on their airnest mattress, their airflow will not be compromised.
Tencel dries extremely quickly, much faster than traditional cotton. I don’t need to point out that this is a very handy benefit for parents! If your baby has an accident, you can have their sheets washed and dried in no time (same with the mattress, but you can see more on that here!)
As above, another way to keep things easy as possible for parents. Tencel can go in the washing machine at a low temperature, and we have even designed them a little bit larger so if you want to, you can throw them in the dryer and not have to worry about shrinkage!
Tencel is a naturally wrinkle resistant fibre- no more ironing!
Check out our airnest Tencel Twin Sheet Set here!