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Babies That Nap Outside

Last winter, my American friend traveled with her family to Copenhagen for a holiday. When she returned, she told me about her initial shock at seeing unattended baby strollers with babies in them lined up on sidewalks outside cafés and restaurants while their parents were inside eating. Yes, it is true. A daily nap outside is a common part of the daily routine for babies and toddlers throughout Scandinavia, even when temperatures reach as low as 20º F. All year round daycares take the children outside to nap. And, at home, parents put their babies in the garden, on the balcony or porch for their nap. So if you visit anywhere in Scandinavia, this will be a very common sight: Scandinavian parents...

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Save your BOO! for Halloween

Hiccups are a funny thing, and not just because of the cute little sound your kids make when they have them. We know babies and kids get them because they drank or ate too quickly, or because they gulped too much air in excitement, but one of my favor favorite pieces of Scandinavian lore to share with people in the US is that when babies and kids are cold they get the hiccups. Very few people know about this secret, but this folk knowledge has been verified by scientific researchers at the Mayo Clinic and other medical institutions. We have nerves that run from our neck to our chests and when those nerves are irritated for whatever reason they make...

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Soft wool VS scratchy wool - Here's the difference

  If you were a child any time before the 1990s your memories of wearing wool might be similar to mine. Some of my earliest recollections of winters in Norway, where I grew up, involve me barreled up in wool base layers to keep me warm while I played outside. The wool of my childhood was course and scratchy and left me feeling itchy and red and generally irritated when I wore it - having it so close to my skin, which it had to be for it to do its job, felt more like a punishment than my parents’ loving effort to keep me warm and dry (hair shirt, anyone?). If this sounds like a familiar experience, and you...

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5 holiday problems solved by wool

As we enter the holiday season, many of us prepare for travel.  There’s a lot to think and worry about, especially if it’s the first big trip for the youngest members in the family. At Ella’s Wool we like to keep things simple. By dressing them in wool, we simply have fewer problems to worry about.  1. How to dress for long flights and drives? Planes can be cold, cars can be hot, and with the kids being strapped in a seat for the journey, it’s not easy to dress or undress them. By having the kids wear a base layer of thin wool, we make sure they are as comfortable as can be. That will keep them warm against...

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