As part of this whole baby malarkey, we bought a travel system (pram/pushchair + car seat + wheels) from Mothercare. You can, of course, get a myriad of accessories for the car seat, one of which is a foot muff:
Now, I was thinking this would be so easy to make myself. It's basically a bag with a hood and some holes in the back to accommodate the harness. But I have a dilemma which I have been mulling over for weeks - don't know why it's taken me so long to think of asking you lovely people out there in blogland, but anyway, here it is:
One of my biggest concerns about having the baby is how will I know he is warm enough/too warm/too cold. My plan was to make this footmuff with two layers of fleece, but I'm starting to think he'll over-heat, especially if he's wearing outdoor clothes as well.
Ignoring the arctic conditions we had before Xmas, Irish winters are generally pretty mild (according to this site, average daytime temps for Dec-Feb are 8C) and we're about to start warming up for spring anyway.
However, in Germany, where we may well be for next Xmas, winter temperatures can go down to -10C or more. One way round this, I suppose, is to cross that bridge when we come to it, and only make a footmuff for Irish conditions (after all, he'll be a whole lot bigger by the time December comes round).
So, I have three options:
- 2 layers of fleece (one thickish for the outer, one thinner for the lining)
- a layer of fleece (for the lining) and a layer of bog standard quilting weight cotton (for the outer)
- 1 layer of fleece (for the lining), a medium weight cotton quilt wadding (in the middle) and a layer of bog standard quilting weight cotton (for the outer)
- or... a layer of bog standard quilting weight cotton (for the outer), a medium weight cotton quilt wadding (in the middle) and a lining of cotton flanelette
What do you think?
ps. I ordered an mp3 player from Ebay which hasn't turned up yet (and no post on Saturdays) and I can't go into labour until it arrives, so I should have plenty of time over the weekend to sew this thing ;¬)