What are Hooded Towels?

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Hooded towels are quite simply towels that have extra fabric added to one corner to create a hood. They are a handy and important accessory for babies and small children.

When a baby is born, the nurse quickly covers his or her head with a blanket, and soon after makes sure the baby's head is covered with a tiny hat. This is important because babies can lose a lot of body heat in a short amount of time when their heads are uncovered. Hooded towels can help keep the baby's body temperature from dropping.

Since body temperature can rapidly decrease, especially after a bath, hooded towels are the perfect bath time accessory for keeping baby cozy, comfortable, and healthy. Some parents even use hooded towels as blankets to envelop their babies and ensure that baby stays snug. These towels come in bright colors and cute designs, such as bunnies, puppies and ladybugs, so baby has something interesting to look at. They are also available in designs that complement baby clothing lines, so your little one's attire can be perfectly coordinated.

There are many different styles of hooded towels to choose from and they are available in sets to match with other layette items. These sets make great gifts for expectant moms. A large set might contain a hooded towel, a receiving blanket, a sleeper, a baby washcloth and a bib. You can also find smaller sets that contain only washcloths and matching hooded towels.


Hooded towels are also good accessories for toddlers and children, not only to warm them up after a bath, but also for use after a dip in the pool or the lake. Since hooded towels are available in different sizes for bigger kids, you can find full size hooded towels that any child will appreciate and enjoy. They also come with trademark characters and other designs, so they make taking a bath more fun.

Many manufacturers offer hooded towels with the option of personalization. Your child's name or nickname can be added to the towel in beautiful embroidery.

Since hooded towels are made especially for babies and children, they are made from extra soft terrycloth with tiny loops. Larger loops make for a somewhat rougher surface and are best used for washcloths and hand towels.


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