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post #21 of 44
Ooh. Pictures if the wool dress? Please!! I want to do that for ruby!!
post #22 of 44
Do those of you reusing sweaters felt them first? (As a side note, my husband just shrunk his brand new smartwool sweater--machine washed it on warm. A aargh).
post #23 of 44
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Originally Posted by Ruheling View Post

Do those of you reusing sweaters felt them first? (As a side note, my husband just shrunk his brand new smartwool sweater--machine washed it on warm. A aargh).

I do. Then I don't have hand wash baby clothes.
post #24 of 44

I felt them, too. I hand-wash wool baby stuff sometimes anyway, though, because I hand-wash some of my own stuff, so it's not a big deal.

 

I will try to get an action shot of the dresses (I had to make another already...) tomorrow. The sun is already down behind the trees here so the house is pretty dark. I am DREADING the time change next week.

 

But anyway, I just took one of her dresses that has plenty of room to grow, traced around it with the rotary cutter, and sewed up the sides and tops of the straps! So simple and cute!

post #25 of 44
What temps are your houses generally during the day and at night?
post #26 of 44

Pretty cold, but variable. We live in an old farmhouse and heat mostly with wood, so right in front of the woodstove, it's nice and toasty, 80+ degrees (this is where we do naked baby time). Another part of the downstairs is heated with oil, so we keep the thermostat low there, 65 or so. Upstairs has no heat other than what travels up there from the woodstove (which can be considerable). But it's cold enough that I sleep in layers and under a huge down comforter. So yeah, it's going to be a challenge keeping this baby comfy. 


Edited by zeeohee - 10/31/13 at 3:48pm
post #27 of 44
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I am so excited about this pattern. I knew there was a reason I kept my knee socks with the worn out feet. Makes my fingers itchy to get on my sewing machine.

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Originally Posted by harmonious View Post

What temps are your houses generally during the day and at night?

During a sunny day in winter it will top out at 78 with the stove full roaring. From there it gets cooler with variables like clouds and wind. It's really really drafty. Night time is the hardest because the yurt doesn't hold hear very well and by morning it can end up around 45-50 inside. Not Alaska by any means. But it makes for cold diaper changes.

Speaking of which I'm veering off topic here but my dryer broke this week and doggon it if every single diaper I have put on this kid hasn't leaked at night. All over me, the bed, his clothes if course. I actually started crying in bed the third time in a row that night when i reached over and there was a soaking wet cold baby. Did I mention that my dh has been gone for a week for school? Last night I had a break...I only had to change him twice.

So those of you who use longies at night, what do you do with the onesie? Leave it outside the longies? Until I figure out why every single diaper is leaking I want him as water resistant as possible and those onesies just wick pee up to his armpits in no time.
post #28 of 44

Wrenmoon, when I use longies at night, I put her in some combination of t-shirt/gown/sleep sack. I tend not to use onesies with longies because I don't like the way they look all dangly. But I guess I would probably leave them dangling rather than try to fasten them under the longies...? Maybe I am misunderstanding your question, though.

post #29 of 44
We have an energy star home that faces south and havent had to turn the heat on yet. Usually it gets no lower than 65 at night an hovers around 70 during the day, unless I turn the stove on. Temperatures here are high 50's during the day and low 40's/high 30's at night.
post #30 of 44
Thanks all, this is extremely helpful. I'm trying to figure out just how warmly I need to dress Noor at night. We set the thermostat to 65 last night because with the heat off it was getting too cold. When I'm in flannel pjs, with a down comforter and a furnace of a husband, I figure is better make her warm, but I also don't want her to overheat in a gazillion layers and then swaddled down so she can't move. I think I need to get some wool. I have a woolino merino wool sleep sack but all her pjs are cotton and half of them don't have feet.
post #31 of 44

All of our basics were hand me downs from a cousin in the south, and I set aside all the PJs without feet for donation. I just have no use for them. Our thermostat is set to 65 day and night, but during the day the heat of the complex rises, and our 3rd floor APT gets to be 75 in the peak heat of late afternoon. 

 

I am mostly concerned about keeping her warm outdoors and overnight. 

post #32 of 44
We've been doing footie pjs with a onsie on underneathand an big sleep sack (fleece) on top. House is 68 upstairs because we've closed every other vent in the house. I should probably add a nightcap, but she gets mad. That said, my parents usually keep their house at about 62 and I'm headed there next week.

And wren--we had 2 and 5 am poop explosions (after probably 6 weeks with no night popping), so I totally feel your pain. Removing/replacing all those layers was super annoying, especially since she was then wide awake for a other 30 mins...
post #33 of 44
Warm outdoors= blankets in the bucket. I've also Zipped Iris into the jacket I used when I was pregnant with her in the front carrier. Then wrap her with another blanket or big scarf and tuck the ends into my pockets. Looks funny but works!
post #34 of 44
I was just cruising diaper swappers for clothes and have seen several lots of baby legs. One was ten pairs for $34. Also some for $4 a pair.

Was it Cynthiamoon looking for inexpensive baby legs?
post #35 of 44
http://www.babyleggings.com

And these too. For you online shoppers- 5 pair for &10.
post #36 of 44
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Originally Posted by wrenmoon View Post

I was just cruising diaper swappers for clothes and have seen several lots of baby legs. One was ten pairs for $34. Also some for $4 a pair.

Was it Cynthiamoon looking for inexpensive baby legs?

 

kind of. I like the ones that are more like knee socks-- with feet. It's pretty cold in our apartment, and these (though they are INCREDIBLY cute) would still mean socks flying off. I do find that like @Ruheling said, Trumpette socks have a nice cuff that hangs on best of the socks I've had so far. 

post #37 of 44
Bumping for later, i love this discussion. I have a lifetime collection of old wool &so need to figure something out. Looking forward to being ib touch soon. The cut &wear ideas are soothing my being too cold worries. Except dressing too warm of course because sometimes she gets sweaty cuddling too close. How about little baby feet?. I tried one pair of longies that were very long&thin so i tied the end in knots. It supposed to be merino wool but feels strange compared to some older ones, I'm so chemically sensitive. Anyone making sweaters to not go over the head?.
post #38 of 44
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Originally Posted by cynthiamoon View Post

BTW, let me just say that I saw some leg warmers plus feet today that I loved and then I flipped over the tag BAM!! 17.95!!

I really wish I could knit now. Talldarkeyes, or other crafty mamas: any chance you'd barter or sell some warm socks and mittens at a friendly price?

Were the legwarmers +feet wool? Sounds better than pants as long as baby doesnt squirt pee while changing diaper.
post #39 of 44

I bit the bullet and bought two pairs. They are cotton. If they were wool, i'd consider the price to be pretty good. I like them a lot for layering under stuff to keep her legs warm in a carrier. And they stay on incredibly well.  I don't think that in our climate they could replace pants. 

post #40 of 44

I'd share the brand, but I already threw away the tags, and they just say "RTD" on the heel. 

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