When it comes to choosing the perfect towel for your little one, the fabric is just as important as the design. Hooded towels, particularly those made from 100% cotton terry cloth, are a staple for parents everywhere. Known for its plush, absorbent qualities, terry cloth is the go-to material for our premium Swooneez hooded towels. In this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know about terry cloth including why it’s perfect for hooded towels and how to care for it to ensure longevity and comfort.

What is Terry Cloth?

Terry cloth is a woven fabric with long loops that can absorb large amounts of water. Its loop pile can be on one or both sides and is typically made from cotton because of the fiber's great absorbent properties. However, it can also include blends of polyester. So be sure to buy 100% cotton terry cloth.  Terry cloth is measured in grams per square meter (GSM), indicating the fabric's density and absorbency. Higher GSM means thicker, more absorbent terry cloth.

Why Terry Cloth for Hooded Towels?

Absorbency: Terry cloth’s looped design allows it to absorb water quickly, making it an excellent material for bath towels. This is particularly important for children who need to be dried off quickly and efficiently after a bath or a swim to prevent chills.

Softness: High-quality terry cloth feels soft to the touch, crucial for children's sensitive skin. Swooneez uses premium, soft terry cloth to ensure that our towels are gentle on your child, providing a comfortable, snug experience.

Durability: Terry cloth is known for its strength and durability, making it ideal for frequent use and regular washes. Hooded towels made from terry cloth can withstand the wear and tear of daily use by active kids.

Versatility: Terry cloth comes in various weights, making it versatile for different climates and uses. Lightweight terry cloth is perfect for summer days at the beach, while heavier terry cloth is ideal for cozy post-bath wraps during colder months.

GSM Ranges for Terry Cloth

Understanding the GSM (grams per square meter) of terry cloth can help you choose the right towel for different needs. Here's a breakdown of typical GSM ranges and their best uses:

GSM Range Thickness and Use
300 - 400 GSM Lightweight; quick-drying, suitable for warm climates and travel
400 - 600 GSM Medium weight; offers a great balance of absorbency and softness, ideal for regular bath use
600 - 900 GSM Heavyweight; plush, luxurious, highly absorbent, best for colder climates and extra pampering

OEKO-TEX 100 Certification

You may also want to consider fabrics that are OEKO-TEX 100 Certified like Swooneez. Fabrics that carry the OEKO-TEX 100 label have been tested and proven free of harmful levels of toxic substances.

Choosing the Right Terry Cloth Hooded Towel

When selecting a terry cloth hooded towel, consider the following factors to ensure you get the best product for your needs:

  • Weight and Thickness: Opt for a higher GSM if you need a towel that offers more warmth and absorbency. A lower GSM might be rougher on the skin and  not as absorbent. Swooneez Hooded Towels use plush, luxurious terry cloth rated at 700 GSM.

  • Size: Ensure the towel is large enough to wrap around your child comfortably but not so large that it becomes cumbersome. Swooneez hooded towels are tailored to fit all age groups, ensuring a perfect fit from infants to toddlers and older kids.

  • Hood Design and Appliques: The hood not only adds a fun element with its designs but also serves the practical purpose of keeping your child’s head warm and dry. Check the hood’s lining and make sure it’s also made from high-quality terry cloth for maximum absorbency.

Caring for Terry Cloth Hooded Towels

Proper care is crucial to maintaining the absorbency and softness of terry cloth hooded towels. Here are some tips to keep your Swooneez towels in top condition:

  • Washing: Wash terry cloth towels with other towels and separately away from general laundry like shirts, shorts and jeans to prevent pilling. Use cold water and a gentle detergent. Avoid fabric softeners, as they can coat the fibers and reduce the towel’s absorbency over time.

  • Drying: Tumble dry on low heat or hang to dry. High heat can cause the fibers to shrink and can damage the loops, reducing the towel’s softness and absorbency.

  • Storage: Store your hooded towels in a dry, well-ventilated area. If you use a linen closet, make sure it’s not overly packed; compressed towels can develop a musty smell and lose their fluffy texture.

Terry Cloth - The Perfect Fabric for Hooded Towels

Terry cloth is the ideal fabric for hooded towels due to its excellent absorbency, softness, and durability. At Swooneez, we carefully select the highest quality terry cloth to ensure our towels are comfortable, functional, and durable. By understanding the characteristics of terry cloth and how to care for it properly, you can ensure that your hooded towels remain a beloved part of your child’s bath time routine for years to come. Whether drying off after a bath, covering up at the beach, or just snuggling up, a Swooneez terry cloth hooded towel offers comfort, warmth, and a dash of fun!

April 20, 2024 — Swooneez Hooded Towels