Thursday, 3 December 2009

The joys of waterbottles!

I've had a waterbottle forever - and forever forgot to use it.
Recently, I've been awaken to the toasty joyfulness of the water bottle.  That rather ugly malleable plastic bottle with, in my case, a simple red fleece cover; filled with deliciously hot water to keeps one's toes beautifully warm.  And as everyone knows, when one's feet are warm, the rest of the body feels warm too.

It has turned decidedly chilly - not freezing, no, that implies a dry, crisp cold, no this is the wet damp chill that penetrates to the bone and causes a house to feel unloved and whatever the oppostite of homely is.  During the day Rye and me are out mostly and once home, cooking tends to add some warmth to my little house, certainly enough until Rye goes to bed and I either retire to snuggle under my duvet or lounge on the sofa with blankets and that delightful invention, the waterbottle.   This little waterbottle, I reckon, is saving me a pretty penny, tonight I almost put the heating on, yet splash some hot water into the bottle, cover it up with the fleece, laze back on the sofa, feet up on the pouffe with a blanket over my legs and I feel very toasty indeed - ok, the whiskey laced coffee might have something to do with it too ;-)

Should I buy Rye one?  I'm not sure.  I have in mind a cuddly bear type waterbottle cover that Rye can snuggle up to and it's tummy raidating a delightful warmth.   I think it's something he would like, but is a waterbottle a good idea for a 3yr old - I worry he could get burned if I misjudge how hot the water should be, and burns on littleys are far more serious than on an adult, because littley's have less surface area of skin.  I wonder if there is an age limit, I will have to google in a moment.

9 comments:

Dawn said...

We have various wheatbags which are great - and can be either warmed up or cooled. Safe for little ones too, so long as only heated to a temperature good for them.

You could always make one - either sew one or crochet a bear and leave it unstuffed with a pocket at the back to put a small wheatbag in and take out when you need to heat it up.

Fiona said...

Don't know if you can get them over there (a health food shop maybe?) but I have cherry stone bags for both of my girls. Basically a soft cloth bag filled with cherry stones (or grape seeds), which you heat in the microwave or conventional oven. No risk of burns, and totally robust (aka kid proof).
I know we all love ours, and even with the heating on, it is nice to have something to take the chill off the bed at night.

Joxy said...

Oddly enough ladies, after I started googling I came across these
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intelex-Cozy-Plush-Microwaveable-Warmer/dp/B00202CJ3M/ref=pd_sim_d_6

The wheat bag sounds a much better idea for a kiddy and Rye is reaching that age where he's loving the dinosaurs... :-)

mummybear said...

Max loves his wheatbag teddy although that triceratops would definatel win!

Lou said...

I was going to add a comment about wheatie bags but people beat me to it. I love them with a few drops of essential oils added too.

Eoforhild said...

I wholeheartedly agree on the wheat bag. We also keep one in the freezer. Wrapped in a towel or similar it's great for soothing bangs and sprains.

arwen_tiw said...

Morgan has a frog wheat bag called Hosea (don't ask, I really have no idea). :)

Stephanie said...

I've seen them done with rice, too.

Yesterday we had a high of like 16 degrees or something - (about -9 celsius). whoof. We have our heat on! :)

Jacqui said...

Wheat bags refreshed with lavender oil are our faourites. I love my hot water bottle and couldn't sleep without it. At the moment I am putting it in James's bed to warm up for him then when he gets in it goes straight into mine ready for me - great system.