What is Kapok?!
Here at Baby Harvelicious we fill our Huggsie Pillow with a fibre called Kapok (also known as silk cotton or Java cotton).
Kapoks origins come from Central America, but can now be found in rainforests worldwide.
The kapok fibres are hair-like, glossy and are a yellowish, cream colour made from lignin and cellulose. Each fibre is about 2.5 cm long and has thin walls that are covered with a waterproof wax. Combined, this makes kapok:
- Lightweight - which helps when you are using it to support a growing baby!
- Resilient - its waxy coating helps repel water, and that is always helpful with accidents and spillages
- Bouncy - kapok resists clumping, so does not become lumpy like other stuffings. Even after washing it bounces back to its original shape
- Slippy - the waxy coating makes it a slippy fibre therefore making it easy to adjust the shape to how you need (because it bounces back into shape afterwards it doesnt matter!)
- Warm - the cell structure in Kapok allows it to trap air, which is great for insulating. Keeping your baby warm and snuggled
- Hypoallergenic - which is important for vunerable newborns (with our stuffing being organic, this adds an extra bonus for your little one)
- Environmentally friendly - because kapok is naturally biodegradable, it can be reused many times without developing mould or decaying (unlike stuffings containing polyester)