Why wool clothing is so good for children? my experience is that wool fits well for all active children being cold, wet, warm or sweaty. This fabric can also be used the whole year, especially if you like spending time outdoors with the youngsters.
Being from a cold place and having three kids, I have learned to apriciate the abilities of wool clothing. Here are some of the most important characteristics:
• Insulates against heat and cold, and provides a uniform temperature throughout the year
• Keep the kids warm, even when they are wet
• Ability to regulate temperature and make sure that the kids are not getting clammy during play and other activities
• Non-flammable and highly fireproof fabric
• Untreated it is self-cleaning and needs to be washed very rarely. Good airing can also be used for cleansing
• Few children are allergic to untreated wool, since it is free of harmful chemicals
• The fabric contains bacterial countervailing substances that present odors, even after many days of use.
There are several different types of wool. Sheep wool is the most common, least expensive and manufactured worldwide. Merino wool comes from sheep from New Zealand and consists of thinner fibers that makes it softer and more suited to sit tight on the skin. Merino wool is very well suited for children because of being thin, soft and less itchy.
Alpaca and cashmere are more exclusive types that has higher quality and lasts longer.
What type if wool that suits your needs are up to you to decide. My experience is that Merino wool costs a little more, but the kids find it more comfortable. Another quality with Merino is that you also can use it in the summer months, since the fabric is very thinn and light.