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Monday, January 26, 2015

I Love Ewe, Baby

Babies and Wool. . .some of my favourite things! I hope "ewe" love them, too!

Since my recent announcement, my mind is in Baby gear and I thought I might post some of my favourite baby Canadian-made wool products.

Shepherd's Dream: Baby Bedding

My baby has the complete baby ensemble  (wool mattress, mattress protector, duvet, duvet cover, and puddle pad). There's sbaby beddinguch a peace knowing my baby is sleeping on a mattress without toxins. I worked so hard on extra jobs and saved for many months to make this baby ensemble possible, and now my baby sleeps like a little lamb.

I really recommend their puddle pad for every baby--it’s great to travel with to protect against leaks, especially. you’re laying your baby in someone else’s bed. And the great thing is that baby always smells his home when you lay down that puddle pad under him.  It’s a great baby gift!

This company has been one of my favourites for a while, and I wrote about them in September's "Top Ten" products, sharing one of my favourite memories. . ."When my husband was getting acquainted with this company after hearing me talk about it so much, he once accidentally referred to it as “Sheep Dreams” instead of “Shepherd’s Dreams.” It made me laugh! So cute.  Now we often refer to it as “Sheep-sy” Dreams” referring back to the joke.  Every night when my baby goes to bed I toss his Shepherd’s Dream wool duvet over him, pull it down with sudden a tug, so it snuggled under his arm just right, and say, “Sheep-sy Dream, Woosh!”  He giggles, turns over to his side, then closes his eyes and sucks his fingers. Love it!"

 

Purely Bev Creations--Cardigan & Hat

I asked Purely Bev Creations to crotchet a baby blue merino wool hat & cardigan. My little munchkin wore this for over 12 months.  It was one of our favourites.

It was a pleasure supporting a local artisan, as well as dressing my baby in something unique. He got so many compliments on his outfit.

Papa with his helper

 

 

Padraigs

As written about in October's "Top Ten": As I type this, baby is marching around the house in his padraig slippers.  We received his first pair as a baby gift, and ever since then we've purchased subsequent sizes. They are so comfortable, warm for our Canadian winters, and simply adorable. Now I'm dreaming about an adult pair for this mama. . .did you know they make adult sizes?
Cream StripeAbout: Helen, the founder, made her first pair of slippers for her young son in the winter of 1977; they had a hand cut sheepskin sole and a crocheted upper made with hand spun raw wool. .  the slipper line and the company have grown and evolved.

Favourite Memory: At my baby's first baby shower. I had him wrapped up in a shawl, and he was wearing this tiny cream "baby sack" that had a bit of a draw-string at the bottom. . .and when people unraveled his blanket, to behold the little bundle, out peeked these newborn cream padraig slippers. It melted hearts.  I will never forget that memory

 

Hand-woven Wool Blanket

I received a small hand-woven baby blanket as a baby-gift from our neighbour made by artisan Susan Styrchak. I've never received anything woven on a loom before; so it's quite a unique gift. We put this blanket in baby's crib as an extra cuddle blanket. We call it "Biscuit" blanket, because our neighbour has a cat named "Biscuit."

 

Sleep Sacks:

1. gurumama.

The first sleepsack we owned was an organic one from gurumama. Gurumama made January's "Top Ten" list: Keeping baby warm during Manitoba winter nights is one of this mama's top priorities. This is why I rely on Manitoba-made organic wool sleep sacks. I appreciate the inverted zipper, natural fibre of wool that wicks away moisture, and organic quality of this sleep sack. And love that it is made locally! We have used the larger size for two winters now.

I wrote about my favourite memory: "When Gramps saw Wholly Canadian baby wearing his sleep sack, he immediately called him "SweePea"--after the baby in Popeye cartoon.  It stuck, because now that our baby walks/waddles in his sleep sack to choose his bedtime story from the nursery bookcase, we laugh because he is literally "sweeping" the floor."

2. I also had my seamstress make another one from a vintage wool blanket. This incorporates one of Wholly Canadian's tenets: buying used/re-purposing.

 

Wool diaper inserts

I  find that we (i.e. my baby) need a ton of absorbancy for those long nights; hence wool diaper inserts. I've had my seamstress cut some wool inserts (from an old wool blanket). We layer these under a cotton or hemp insert.  I've also cut some inserts out from old wool/cashmere sweaters (without any hem). Wool is extremely absorbant and thus makes for a great addition for a night-time diaper combo.

 

 

Wool Diaper Covers

I'm a big believer in using natural fibre for diapering. . .plastic on a baby's bottom doesn't sound like a healthy recipe to me.  (I wrote about about why we cloth diaper here.) This is why I purchased wool diaper covers made by Jill Zurzolo. She uses thrifted or recycled wool to make some rather fetch diaper covers!  I've purchased mine in a gender-netural fashionable plaid.  I love these covers, because they are have the same style of snaps (that allow for growth) and fit like other snap diaper covers that allow versatility in one's choice of diapers: insert or fitted diaper.

My Diaper Model showcasing his wool diaper cover from different angles

 

I've got seven of them, and after each use I aerate them outside (cold or hot weather) to let Mother Nature kiss them with her fresh touch.  After rotating through the stash, I handwash them once a month, following basic wool wash directions--using lanolin to naturally "waterproof." 

For some reason I actually really enjoy washing them; this simple yet deliberate activity always makes me pause (more so than a great deal of other baby-related tasks), and give thanks for both my baby and the privilege of using such simple and basic skills and materials. It's part of the simple life for me.

Jill doesn't have anything in her Etsy shop at this point, but you can contact her through Etsy for custom orders.


The Wonderful World of Sheepskin

Mittens--Yeah they come on a string! I cannot tell you how much this means to a parent who is in a rush. One less thing for which to look!

Made right here in Winnipeg, MB--it's a thrill to wear local products!

 

Egli:

I wrote about Egli's Sheep Farm (my polar mitts) in October when they made the "Top Ten."  Elgi sheep farm is tucked away in western Ontario and manufacture most of their products directly on their farm.  Here is a baby product that we have enjoyed:

Egli sheep farm is tucked away in western Ontario, and manufactures their products directly on their farm. They also have an animal park. - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/top-ten/wholly-canadian-top-products.cfm?month=October&year=2014#Egli%27s%20Sheep%20Farm%20-%20Polar%20Mitts

 

  • Lambskin--We received this as a baby gift from my sister, and it has become part of our living room. Wholly Canadian baby loves cuddling with it, and I enjoyed sitting him up against this sheepskin for his monthly (1-12 month) photos that I would take in the same spot each month; it created a wonderful backdrop. I also used this for baby's tummy-time when he was younger.

 

No longer available:

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On my dream list. . .

1. Egli wool bodysuit

2. Egli pom pom icetrooper hat

 

 

 

3. Hand-knit merion grizzly bear cardigan by Vancouver based, Mountain Masche

4. Wool-knit cowichan style sweater by saintpierre in Alberta

As you can tell I've got a thing for "bear" clothing. Ever since we were pregnant, we called our baby "Baby Bear". Now as he is growing he has been promoted to "Little Bear."

Mountain Masche saintpierre



So how's that for a lot of baby-loving wool items?

Which one resonates with "ewe?"

Favourite Memory:  When my husband was getting acquainted with this company after hearing me talk about it so much, he once accidentally referred to it as “Sheep Dreams” instead of “Shepherd’s Dreams.” It made me laugh! So cute.  Now we often refer to it as “Sheep-sy” Dreams” referring back to the joke.  Every night when my baby goes to bed I toss his Shepherd’s Dream wool duvet over him, pull it down with sudden a tug, so it snuggled under his arm just right, and say, “Sheep-sy Dream, Woosh!”  He giggles, turns over to his side, then closes his eyes and sucks his fingers. Love it! - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Blog/post.cfm?Title=Shepherd%27s%5FDream#sthash.1s7nam5j.dpuf
my baby has the complete baby ensemble  (wool mattress, mattress protector, duvet, duvet cover, and puddle pad). I really recommend their puddle pad for every baby--it’s great to travel with to protect against leaks when you’re laying your baby in someone else’s bed. And the great thing is that baby always smells his home when you lay down that puddle pad under him.  It’s a great baby gift! I worked so hard on extra jobs and saved for many months to make this baby ensemble possible, and now my baby sleeps like a little lamb. Quality usually is an investment. - See more at: http://whollycanadian.ca/Blog/post.cfm?Title=Shepherd%27s%5FDream#sthash.fI1VVKp5.dpuf

Tags: Canadian-made  baby 

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 7:00 AM

1 Comments:

My baby has also enjoyed the Shepherd's dream wool bedding: blanket,crib sheets, and wool mattress pad. My son's Valentine's gift is a wool pillow (for toddlers).
February 14, 2015 4:08 PM By Linda Hoeppner

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