March 14, 2018 2 min read

However beautiful the changing seasons may be, with colourful autumn leaves or blooming trees in spring, the usual crisp, cool days and generally unsettled weather doesn't always agree with little ones' immune systems. 
If you love the outdoors as much as we do, you'll know that layering is key to keeping those little ones comfy in more extreme weather conditions, especially during the in-between seasons.In countries like New Zealand, it's not uncommon to see people wearing shorts over their thermals. Not the best look, yet it makes sense as the exposed layers dry quickly. 
Our merino collections are intended for this exact purpose - with each luxuriously soft layer offering all the benefits of pure New Zealand organic merino wool.
This graphic by Woolmark explains how merino wool creates a microclimate against the skin and how layering works seamlessly to enhance this microclimate and improve moisture management, insulation and breathablility:
How merino layers work to keep your kids comfortable, warm and dry:
1. Layer 1 - Microclimate/moisture control

The base layer is the layer that is worn next to the skin.

Purpose: This layer works with the body’s temperature to create a microclimate against the skin and help manage moisture and heat through vapor transfer. 

Fact: Our organic merino absorbs 35% of its own weight in water, which means that it is the ideal base layer.

Benefit: Keeps your little ones dry and warm without feeling clammy. It's also super soft, which means it won't itch or scratch their sensitive skins and keep them super comfortable all day long!

2. Layer 2 - Insulation

The middle, or second layer, is known as the thermal layer.

Purpose: The purpose of this layer is to retain the body’s natural heat, while still being breathable.  

Fact: Merino is 100% breathable, which means that the wool won't trap the heat under the garment, leaving your little ones feeling groggy and uncomfortable.
Benefit: The porous and lofty merino fabric actively breathes with your child's skin and provides an easy avenue for moisture to get out. 

3. Layer 3 - Protection

The final layer is added for protection against the elements.

Purpose:It is also important that this layer is breathable, so it lets the moisture escape and doesn’t cool the body by letting the moisture condensate.

Fact: For babies and toddlers, adding merino accessories such as a beanie and booties will offer that additional layer of protection, while it may also mean adding a rain jacket or coat, depending on the weather. 

Benefit: Lightweight, easy to style layering essentials will go a long way in creating a practical wardrobe for your children that will last throughout all the seasons and the in-between weather that comes with Spring and Autumn.