“We live in Australia. It’s too hot to wear wool in Summer!” We’re here to bust this myth. Of course, your kids can wear Merino wool in Summer. They can wear it all year round.
Merino wool is unlike any other fibre; it’s scientifically remarkable in the way it can both keep the body warm and cool. We’ve discussed how Merino wool keeps children warm during the cooler months, so how can it do the opposite in the warmer months? Let’s take a look at a fibre of this super wool and find out the winning reasons you should dress your kids in Merino wool all year round.
Body Temperature Regulation
If you’ve been wondering, “Is wool breathable?” you’ll be happy to know that Merino wool’s breathability and temperature regulating properties make it a second to none fibre for sleepwear. Cells in the wool fibre are responsible for the crimp or wave in Merino wool. It’s this ‘crimp’ that creates air pockets and traps air to provide insulation properties, and they release warm air as needed during the warmer months to cool your child down. Now you can see why Merino Wool is scientifically remarkable. But that’s not all.
In warm weather, the fibres absorb sweat and repel the water away from the body. These processes are essential for keeping a child cool and dry when wearing Merino wool in hot weather. It’s never a good idea to have sweat remain against a child’s skin as this leads to overheating.
With summer comes sweat. We know that Merino wool does wonders for wicking sweat away from the body, but with all that sweat floating around, wouldn’t it be a little smelly? The Merino wool plays double duty here, not only for absorbing moisture but for absorbing odours. Unlike other clothing worn in the summertime, Merino wool will not stink and can be worn repeatedly without as much washing.
Don’t be mistaken. Merino wool isn’t just heavy and fluffy; it comes in various weights and thicknesses. The finer the wool, the lighter it will be and perfect for layering. The key to using Merino wool products for summer is to choose the right weight and the right quality. For example, you could opt to use our two-piece Babyknit Essential Layers with one of our Wearable Baby Blankets, both made with superfine Merino wool, and remove the layers as necessary. You’ll have complete peace of mind that the Merino wool will keep your child cool and dry.
As adults, we know that when it’s hot, a good nights sleep is difficult. Our young children find it even more challenging because they can’t regulate their body temperature until they’re around 18 months to 2 years old. That is why the properties of Merino wool, including moisture-wicking and temperature regulation, make Merino sleepwear the best option for year-round use. Did we mention it’s also delightfully soft and ultra-gentle and not scratchy like other wool?
Why Merino wool sleepwear for Summer?
Let’s be honest. It’s a shared fear amongst many parents that something might happen to our children while they’re sleeping. Merino wool’s capacity to regulate and keep baby dry and cool with moisture-wicking properties are winners in their own right. There is no cotton or synthetic sleepwear that can do this, and there are few sleepwear products that children can wear for most of the year. Now that’s value and peace of mind. We find it amazing how one fine fibre of Merino wool under the microscope can have so many exceptional attributes. Just imagine the power of a whole garment made from these fibres, Merino wool in summer makes the perfect little cocoon for your sweetheart.