Archive for the ‘dressing for the outdoors’ Category

Top Tips for Camping with Children

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

At Cambridge Baby we love camping and spend a lot of time living in the great outdoors with children. Wendy takes the Brownies camping, Rosy and her children go camping with the Woodcraft folk. Nick, Helen and the girls have a lovely bell tent that they escape to the coast in. My family love finding a friendly farmers field to pitch our old dome tents somewhere beautiful.

The great thing about sharing an interest is being able to exchange tips and here are a few I picked up from chatting with the others in the shed. (more…)

Ten wonderful things about cycling!

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

I love working at Cambridge Baby for so many reasons, the biggest being the wonderful people here. But one reason struck me even before walking through the front door. I can cycle here.

After years of commuting on stuffy buses I can merrily propel myself through the countryside over the commons, through the buttercups and past the cows to work. One of the wonderful things about Cambridge as a city is that so many people cycle to get around.

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Natural sun protection – from Merino wool

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Aside from being fine, breathable and helping regulate temperature, a real benefit of Merino wool in the Summer is that it provides excellent natural sun protection.

Wool Silk Vest gives high sun protection

It absorbs the UV radiation before it can reach your baby or your child's skin - naturally! Here are the facts for you.  Research by Haerri et al (2000), Reinert et al (1997) and Hilfiker et al (1996)  shows that (more…)

Head to Toe: Wool is wonderful for Skiing

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Nick went to St Anton skiing and came back singing the praises of wool. He was dressed head to toe in wool including his pants. Skiing with Merino base layers Nick's been a massive fan of Merino Wool ever since his sister discovered the benefits of Merino in New Zealand 15 years ago. This year the whole extended family was wearing Cambridge Baby base layers. The best thing about wool for skiing is that it helps you cope with large temperature changes by reducing the heat transfer between the body and the environment. His woollies kept him warm in freezing blizzard conditions but when the sun came out he didn't have to strip off  and carry any layers. He was even able to keep some of his layers on for a bit of apres ski dancing!!! Another benefit of Merino (especially untreated wool like Engel's) is that it doesn't get smelly. Merino wool reduces the opportunity for odours to develop because it absorbs sweat and evaporates it into the air. Unlike synthetic fabrics, wool doesn't retain odours and freshens up just with airing out. In addition, the outer layer of wool fibres have a high concentration of fatty acids, which have anti-bacterial properties. The inner layers of wool fibre  bind with acidic, basic and sulphurous odours that make up body odour.  Nick was able to wear all his gear even his pants for the entire week.

What Nick Wore

Pickapooh Balaclava The teen size fits Nick. He said it was brilliant. He normally hates balaclavas, but this was super soft, didn't itch and could be rolled up into a hat when the blizzard subsided. Wool Zip Fleece Super warm, soft and breathable. Great for skiing and everyday wear. Long Sleeved Merino Vest Soft, warm, breathable layer that doesn't ad bulk and its anti-bacterial properties mean it doesn't get smelly.  Nick wears one as a base layer in winter and for cycling. Men Wool Silk Long Johns Soft, warm, breathable and flexible. Again these are brilliant for cycling. Nick took some synthetic long johns with him so that he could compare them with wool. But after one day's wear he found them intolerably itchy and was pleased to be back to his woollies the following day. Wool pants There aren't many pants you can wear for a week. Comfy, soft flexible and warm. Great for running, skiing and cycling and other sports. Their breathability may even improve your fertility compared to synthetic cycle shorts. Lambs Wool and Alpaca sock These make brilliant ski socks. As they are very smooth and slide easily in the boot. Alpaca wool is even warmer than sheeps wool so they'll keep your feet super toasty.