Singapore's weather is notoriously hot and humid. If it gets too warm, your baby is going to start fussing and neither of you are going to have a good time. So what can you do to make sure they stay comfortably cool?
Well, if there's one thing that's going to come into contact with your baby's skin 98% of the day, it's their clothing—so let's start there!
Choose Natural over Synthetic
We'll delve deeper into individual fabric options in a bit, but generally speaking, if you're looking to keep cool, natural fabrics are generally better than synthetic ones. Here's why.
Natural Fabrics are more Breathable
Clothing made from natural fabrics are more breathable. They allow air to pass through, thus making it easier for your little one's sweat to dry, and for them to feel cool.
Natural Fabrics are more Absorbent
Natural fabrics are generally made of material that attracts water. This makes them better at absorbing your child's sweat, leaving their skin comfortably dry.
Natural Fabrics are Better for the Environment
Aside from being more effective at keeping our children cool in our hot weather, natural fabrics are also better for the environment. While we want to practise eco-friendly behaviour and keep our children's clothing out of the landfill as far as we can, clothing made out of natural fabrics that does make it to the landfill are able to decompose.
Cotton, for example, takes a few weeks to break down fully. Synthetic fabrics, such as polyester and acrylic, on the other hand, take anywhere from 20 to 200 years.
What Natural Fabrics Should You Go For?
Now that we've covered the general reasons for why natural fabrics are better for warm weather (and for the environment), let's talk about some materials you can source for in your search for suitable clothing for your little bub.
Cotton is one of the best fabric options for hot and humid weather. It is soft, lightweight and durable. This means your child can crawl around, play rough and perspire in a cotton t-shirt and shorts all day and the outfit will still hold up well. Cotton is also hypoallergenic, which makes it good for babies and toddlers with sensitive skin.
In comparison to cotton, linen is even more lightweight, which means it dries even more quickly. If you're worried about your child's clothes drying in time during the monsoon season, keeping a few linen t-shirts around might solve your problem.
If you own a few linen items yourself, you'll know that they can be a bit rough to the touch for your first few wears. So if you get linen tops or dresses for your children, you may want to launder the clothing a few times before putting them on your little one. Once they've softened up, they will prove to be very durable and resistant to wear—perfect for an active child!
Of all three fabrics mentioned so far, bamboo is the softest. If your child has sensitive skin, and you need something gentle, bamboo is a great choice. Bamboo fabric is also highly absorbent, which means that your child's sweat will be quickly wicked away.
That said, bamboo is generally less durable than either cotton or linen. If you have a very active toddler, you might even find some of their bamboo clothing stretched out in ways you wouldn't have imagined.
Ultimately, the fabric you choose to help your child combat the Singapore heat should be the one most suited to their skin sensitivity and activity levels. We hope we've helped you understand fabrics a little bit better and made that choice a little easier!
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