Post by Contributing Writer, Lydia
Here in Michigan, things are getting pretty chilly. We can usually count on it being “coat season” from late October through early May, so it is important to make sure that all children and babies are properly outfitted for the weather.
I must admit, although I am not very fond of long, cold days, I happen to look forward to the temperatures lowering just a bit, necessitating the use of wool.
It is no secret that I love woolen clothes for my children, particularly my babies. Wool is a lovely natural fiber that is warm and protective as well as breathable.
My love of wool initially began when I started cloth diapering several years back. My interest in natural fibers for diapering had me re-learning how to knit and attempting my own diaper covers and longies. Now I have branched out and do my best to keep my kids toasty warm in a variety of knits.
We like to spend as much time as possible outdoors in all seasons, so keeping the kids comfortable and warm is top priority. Mittens, hats, scarves and legwarmers help my big kids to stay toasty warm while they rake leaves, ride bikes, or when we take the whole family on a hike.
With proper wool apparel, baby can stay warm and dry all winter long. One common misconception and concern is that wool is too itchy for babies, but there are plenty of milder wool yarns available that wear just fine next to baby’s sensitive skin.
A thick woolen sweater does the trick as a top layer for my baby and enables me to buckle him securely in a carseat or wear him in a carrier without too much extra bulk. A wool cap keeps his little head snuggly warm and wool even deflects water and resists soaking so he is sure to stay warm and dry.
Wool also works excellently as a diaper cover when lanolinized properly. And what is cuter than a wee pair of woolen socks or booties?
Wool is a winter-time essential for everyone in our family. It has been such a blessing that I have been able to create these items myself, saving money and giving me a creative outlet all at the same time.
Lydia is Mama to 5 little ones, wife to a wonderful husband, knitter, writer, grace-seeker and beauty chaser. You can catch up with Lydia daily at Small Town Simplicity.