1. IT REGULATES YOUR BODY TEMPERATURE
The fickle North European weather makes it difficult to determine how many layers of clothing your child needs before stepping out the door. The day may start off with rain, followed by sunshine... and then, just when you least expect it, you’re standing in sleet, rain and slush. With kids’ clothing, it’s important that it doesn’t limit their movement and restrict them in their activities, which is why adaptable clothing is great. And that’s part of the reason why merino wool is a fantastic choice.
Merino wool helps your child regulate their body temperature, both indoors and outside. It allows him or her to cool down when they’re out playing and in the heat of it, but also makes sure that they don’t freeze once the pace slows down again. In other words, the wool makes sure that your child doesn’t freeze or sweat.
2. IT’S BREATHABLE
Merino wool is highly breathable and thus allows the skin to breathe. The breathability stems from the long, twisting fibres that create thousands of small air pockets. The small air pockets capture the air while the wool fibres are able to absorb up to 40% of their own weight in moisture.
That’s why many parents dress their toddlers in wool for cold weather. The air pockets maintain body heat and protect against the cold, but also allow moisture to escape when it gets too hot. On top of all that, merino wool also dries really quickly. That’s also why merino wool is a great choice for ‘warm kids’ thanks to its cooling qualities.
3. IT’S SOFT
You may have heard that wool can be itchy. If so, you’re far from the only one who believes that. But that’s actually another misconception. Over the years, wool producers have succeeded in refining the way in which they handle and spin the wool to make sure it doesn’t become itchy. If you choose merino wool or cotton combined with merino wool, you’ll find that the wool feels soft and comfortable, suitable even for delicate children’s skin.
All hummel® wool clothing for kids is made from merino wool of the highest quality. The fine merino wool is far softer than many other wool types.
HOW TO WASH WOOL
It’s commonly believed that wool takes a long time to wash because you need to soak it first, but that’s just a myth. It’s perfectly fine to wash your wool clothing in a washing machine, as long as you set it to a wool programme and don’t throw it in the dryer afterwards. Always choose a detergent that’s meant for wool to ensure your child’s wool clothing stays soft and comfortable. And remember that wool can’t really handle stronger cleaning chemicals like bleach and Vanish. Stains are unavoidable - also on wool clothing - but the best way to deal with them is by applying a bit of wool washing detergent to the stain before throwing the clothing item in the washing machine on a wool or hand-wash programme. It also helps hanging the clothes out to dry in direct sunlight.
WOOL ALL YEAR ROUND
Many people believe that wool clothing is only appropriate for the colder months of the year, i.e. September to February. But the truth is that it’s actually a shame to only use wool when it’s cold outside.
There’s no reason to pack away wool clothing in the summer, because its ability to isolate and regulate your body temperature means that it’s a great choice even on a hot, sunny day; wool can keep your child cool on hot days and easily allow moisture and heat to escape the body. As an added bonus, wool also protects against UV radiation.
All hummel® wool clothing for kids is made from merino wool of the highest quality, sourced from merino sheep that have lived a good life.