I have written many,many back posts on warmth. A child deserves not only emotional warmth, warm feelings of love and joy that emanate from the parent to the child, but a child needs physical warmth.
Children have a metabolic rate that runs faster than an adult’s. Therefore, under the age of nine especially, they are unlikely to know whether they are truly cold or not. I am sure we have all experienced the child that is swimming in cold water and is literally blue, but doesn’t realize they are cold. This is common amongst children who really cannot tell their own temperature very well.
As parents, I think it is important for us to keep our children warm. We see this in many cultures all around the world – dressing babies warmly, even in subtropical and tropical climates. When our children are warm enough, then energy will not be diverted from the growth and maturity of the nervous system just in order to keep warm. Warmth allows our children to settle in, to not be restless, to rest and sleep and grow better, and to reach their fullest potential as human beings.
As a rule, we recommend three layers on the top with one layer tucked in, and two layers on the bottom. Here in Georgia I like two layers on the top and two layers on the bottom, just depending upon how cold and windy it is. Contrary to popular belief, the Deep South does see snow and we do get freezing temperatures.
I have several back posts that go into further detail about warmth: why warmth, how to do this here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/10/13/back-to-basics-emotional-and-physical-warmth/ and here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2009/12/06/warmth-strength-and-freedom-by-mary-kelly-sutton/. Those posts are good places to start.
I always order the Ruskovilla wool/silk blend woolens from Green Mountain Organics, and owner Michelle Morton was kind enough to send on a very special offer to share with my readers:
We would like to extend a 10% discount on woolen orders placed between today
and October 7th. Now is the time to order if you want to be prepared when the cold winds blow!
Use the coupon code “wool10″ (without quotes) at checkout to receive this discount.
All orders over $100 ship free as well.
Organic Baby Woolens
Organic Children’s Woolens
Organic Adult Woolens
You may also SPECIAL ORDER from the entire range from Ruskovilla of Finland
10% discount will be applied to these orders as well.
Please place any special order now for assurance of holiday delivery.
Find the catalog and price list in pdf catalog at the following link
For special ordering options, please send your order via email with the item code, description, color, size and price as well as your name and phone number. We will call you for payment. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out online using the Ruskovilla special order listing, and enter your order in the comments box when you check out.
You will be charged for the entire order when the order ships to you, less the $5 special order charge that you pay when you order.
Thank you to Michelle, and thank you to all of you wonderful mothers who are keeping your infants and children warm.