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I work at a Waldorf School and we don't have any rules about natural fibers. Our only rules are no logos and no oversized pictures on clothing. Of course no media inspired pics either. This is just so clothing won't be the focus or too distracting.
My daughter is always hot, so we buy a lot of cotton. If the kids are warm after running around on the playground on a chilly day, they can't take of their coat unless they have 2 layers on (an undershirt). I struggle with my daughter to wear one, but she usually does to school because of that rule!
Natural fibers just feel better anyway. We make a lot of stuff out of felted sweaters too.
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I'm reminded of the rules at the waldorf HS my daughter attended. They had slightly different rules for the HS, quite appropriately, as older kids want different stuff than younger kids. So, in addition to the no logos, no pictures, no words rule, they had no blue blue jeans. You could wear any sort of jeans as long as they weren't blue. The reason was the popularity of wearing blue jeans that were next door to rags, with large holes, etc. So the kids, being kids, ingeniously pursued alternative jeans with interesting looks. My daughter, for example, saved up her babysitting earnings and acquired a pair of jeans with pinstripes. I think it was some sort of political statement

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I can't speak to the older, school-agers, but for parent-child/early childhood, parents tend to gravitate towards dressing their children in comfortable, functional, seasonally appropriate clothes. We have never been specifically told anything about a dresscode, but people "pick up on" the fact that prominent logos and media characters would be out of place. Most people dress their children in cottons. Many Moms scavenge at consignment shops in fancier neighborhoods and trade tips.

We are in cold, cold Chicago, but no one I know does the woolen undies. There ARE lots of layers, hats, good outerwear for our walks to the garden, and a strict no-shoes policy, though.

My own personal slant is that I am REALLY into vests for DS. He can wear soft cottons, but the vests keep his core quite warm. Babylegs are also very popular in our Waldorf community.
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I think my daughter does the woolen undies because they live in Vermont and have a very cold, drafty house. It seems to be the easiest way to keep kids warm all winter under those conditions.
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Woolens are very popular in wet and chilly Seattle. Many of the kids have at least a woolen undershirt. Never could get my sensitive kids to wear them. Too itchy. Even the silk mixed ones.
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Okay, I'm new to Waldorf and don't know much, but I wanted to pop in here and ask what about people in warm climates? I live in Florida and I can't imagine my child wearing very much wool or layers at all.
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We're in a, generally, warm climate. I always dress my children in layers. Even when it's 70 degrees, that is still cool. It may warm up later, of course, thus the layers. We don't have any 'woolens' other than scarves I've knit. Just cotton layers. No logos, I do do a lot of stripes but that is mostly born out of what's available to me and that solids show Soup Day stains more. One thing that really sticks out in my mind is the layers. I read something once that pointed out if their little bodies are expending extra energy to keep warm, then it is energy diverted from growing and developing or learning. So, even when it's 70 Dc wear two layers until I notice they're hot. Ds is old enough to speak on his own about how he feels so I don't worry about him at school. Now, when it's 80 or 90 or more we just dress in one layer, cottons of course.

I wonder how bamboo fairs as far as breathability? Or Hemp?
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We're in Alabama which is warm most of the year. And then it's cold the kids stay indoors anyway .. my guy is hot natured and would die of heat stroke if I put wool on him! I have not been able to put wool on him since he potty trained and I had to put away our wool covers!

We do lots of cotton. Of course we try to limit logos, etc too. But mainly I look for sturdy, comfortable cotton clothing that will wash well. When they go outside he gets FILTHY at school!

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We do lots of cotton. Of course we try to limit logos, etc too. But mainly I look for sturdy, comfortable cotton clothing that will wash well. When they go outside he gets FILTHY at school!
I used to make my ds disrobe on the front porch because of the sand in his pockets, on his clothes, in his hair and in his shoes. He did love the sandbox in Kindergarten. No wonder the school had to get new sand every year.
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Melaniee! Is that you?? If so, we've been missing you are SP. You should stop by and say hello!

We live in a cold area (bitterly cold tonight!!) so we do a combination of wool and cotton depending on the weather and level of activity. The $ thing was one of the big reasons I started to knit! Thankfully a little wool goes a long way. We wear all natural fibers as synthetics don't work for my family for a variety of reasons.

My itchy wool hating, very sensitive, little one *loves* his baby alpaca wool sweater, no itch!

On the subject of snow pants, my kids have snow pants made by a mama from our local Waldorf school. They are thick fulled wool on the outside with organic cotton lining! The kids wear warm layers underneath. They are really beautiful and they work great! They are also machine washable and dry-able, a big plus. They can be worn as just over-alls in cool sans snow weather.
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Melaniee! Is that you?? If so, we've been missing you are SP. You should stop by and say hello!

We live in a cold area (bitterly cold tonight!!) so we do a combination of wool and cotton depending on the weather and level of activity. The $ thing was one of the big reasons I started to knit! Thankfully a little wool goes a long way. We wear all natural fibers as synthetics don't work for my family for a variety of reasons.

My itchy wool hating, very sensitive, little one *loves* his baby alpaca wool sweater, no itch!

On the subject of snow pants, my kids have snow pants made by a mama from our local Waldorf school. They are thick fulled wool on the outside with organic cotton lining! The kids wear warm layers underneath. They are really beautiful and they work great! They are also machine washable and dry-able, a big plus. They can be worn as just over-alls in cool sans snow weather.
wow how can we get snow pants like that?!?!?!

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That is what I started to make DD this winter, but ran out of time. I'm going to make some that should fit for the next couple of years, for both girls. I'm making them from recycled sweaters that I felt in the washer and dryer.

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My daughter makes mittens out of recycled sweaters. Useful items, and pretty easy to find in thrift shops.
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I made DDs winter coat from last year out of a wool blanket I found at the thrift store. They are so cheap ($5-10), and are just a huge piece of thick wool fabric! I was fortunate enough to find one in a beautiful robin's egg blue. I lined it with a creamy-white wool from a wool coat I took apart. When I make another one, I'll line it with something more slippery, as I always had to really work to get DDs sleeves to slide through rather than ride up to her armpits! Oh, and I also started to make her snowpants, but I didn't finish them, as she was too young to play in the snow anyways.
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I try to dress my kids in more natural fibers like cotton and wool because it's better for their skin and I personally like the feel better than some artificial stuff. We actually find a TON of stuff in consignment shops. I found a 100%lambswool zip up hoodie sweater for my older daughter from Abercrombie that someone felted by accident last year and with just rolling the sleeves once it was perfect. It's supertrendy and she adores it and it's natural fibers and a gorgeous butter yellow color. I learned to knit so I could make things for both my kids without breaking the bank. Instead of a $50-60 pair of longies for the baby, I make them for $5-10. They actually have a bunch of hanna clothing from a nearby consignment shop. The baby has 4 hanna dresses that cost less than half the price of one new and they are in excellent condition. So it's all a matter of finding the good deals. Sometimes you can, sometimes you can't. But we do try to avoid logos and characters and stick with cotton and wool fibers. My kids seem happier and more comfy in them anyway.

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wow how can we get snow pants like that?!?!?!
yeah seriously. anyone know of a sewing pattern out there? I'm not a great sewer but I could follow directions well! I actually knit a TON better than I sew!

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