Comments on: Sweden http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:17:47 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Jennifer F. - American Mom in Bordeaux http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-358648 Jennifer F. - American Mom in Bordeaux Mon, 21 May 2012 19:42:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-358648 Got to enjoy a long weekend in Stockholm this past March..and I concur with your observations. I was lucky enough to stay with a college roomate of mine who married a Swede. Their son attends a preschool right near their house and yes, he’s outside ALL the time. Childhood is about play, and exploration. The Swedes figure you have adulthood to work – so enjoy your childhood!

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By: Katie http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-274109 Katie Thu, 09 Jun 2011 15:50:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-274109 when we were a family of 5, several years ago, we lived in Stockholm while my husband worked for an international company. We can confirm that ALL you’ve said is true, and we have adopted many Swedish cultural attitudes and traditions to be our own. We LOVE swedish modern design; but we also love the old swedish country look with wooden benches, white washed everything and LOts of natural light. We still use all our Swedish rain gear and our children have taken many naps in the double PRAM that was our main source of transport for them while living there. We celebrate the winter Lucia Holiday every year and deliver Swedish rolls to our neighbors and friends, and many years we also host a Swedish Midsummer holiday in summer. Our love for the people and culture is real and lasting, even 10 years after living there. So happy you could highlight one of the most innovative and industrious cultures on our planet! Thanks for the chance to see how our beloved city is doing after many years away!

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By: Rachel in AK http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-273481 Rachel in AK Fri, 03 Jun 2011 17:43:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-273481 So many interesting comments!! Alaska has the same saying ONLY BAD GEAR!! Both my boys (ages 8 and 2) spend hours outside every day even in sub zero weather. Though we may not be as cool or stylish as the Swedes, my boys, including the wee one, love playing in the snow or rain. The little one enjoys chest deep snow and cries when I bring him inside the house. My oldest identifies himself as an outdoor kid and tells me how frustrated he feels when his friends come to visit but only want to play in the house.

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By: Sharon http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-273246 Sharon Thu, 02 Jun 2011 21:57:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-273246 I visited Sweden for the first time in March and I absolutely LOVED it! I used to nap outside as a child (in the UK) in all weathers. My two enjoyed the odd nap outside too but I loved the fact that Swedes adore walking and being outside, it made me want to adopt that lifestyle once I’d come home.

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By: Piper http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272893 Piper Wed, 01 Jun 2011 03:15:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272893 SO in love with the pretty much any Swedish design…thanks for the awesome pics! I would love to make it there at some point in this life=)

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By: Kate The Great http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272801 Kate The Great Mon, 30 May 2011 18:19:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272801 Also, my toddler and I take a walk outside every day, rain or shine. He just loves outside–he loves watching cars on the roads outside our apartment complex and cars in the parking lots of our complex. He loves hearing birds and meeting dogs. He loves walking in grass and playing in puddles–and we live in Oregon, so we have lots of puddles.

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By: Kate The Great http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272800 Kate The Great Mon, 30 May 2011 18:15:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272800 I met Swedes during the Curling event at the Salt Lake City Olympics; they let me join their cheering section and become n honorary Swede for an hour or two. Not only is their country beautiful, but the people are friendly, too.

There’s a cooking show on Create called New Scandinavian Cooking that features places like Sweden and Norway. I’d love to visit in the summer, someday.

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By: Susie http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272787 Susie Sun, 29 May 2011 21:02:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272787 Skin sense i think

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By: Tammy http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272776 Tammy Sun, 29 May 2011 02:34:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272776 Hurray for highlighting Sweden! Married to a Swede, Swedish my self….lived there and now calling home in Utah- it is fun to talk differences! Loved all the comments, but think it is funny to say “all babies nap outside!” It is like the conversation of me and my husband talking about ALL Swedish women not shaving their legs-EVER. When the more correct thing to not say ALL and EVER. I am a fan of the napping outside and have gotten so used to the idea over the years I forget how different of an idea it is for Americans!

My sister in law, Malin Holm is a Swedish artist and designer she has amazing jewelry-
http://www.malinlholm.com/R-dgrind.html

She has the most adorable name for her business, Red gate designs. (translates just as gorgeous as the place it is named after!)

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By: Monica http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272767 Monica Sat, 28 May 2011 13:22:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272767 Wow….all I can say is, wow!

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By: Swedish Dekor http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272754 Swedish Dekor Fri, 27 May 2011 22:34:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272754 Great stuff. We love your style and we love what you have done! Keep up the great work. For some traditional Swedish design tips you may want to check out our design blog at http://www.swedishdekor.com/_blog/Design_Blog

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By: Elina http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272732 Elina Fri, 27 May 2011 16:14:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272732 Really interesting to read your thoughts on this topic… We are from Finland and have lived in lots of different places with our kids. I’ve always followed the “Nordic” schedule with our kids… As babies I used to take my kids at least twice for a long walk regardless of the weather. Really good exercise for mom as well!!! And now everyday at around 9.30 we go out with the kids (regardless of the weather) and go back home for lunch at 11.30. Then naptime and by 3.00 after snacktime we go out again until it’s time for dinner.

During our time abroad we’ve had really funny looks when our kids are geared up in snowsuits or top to toe rain gear etc. For example in winter I feel a bit sorry for kids when I see them playing in the park in the cold in uggs, dresses/jeans and down jackets without gloves… Kids need snowsuits, good warm boots, waterproof warm gloves etc!

http://www.polarnopyretusa.com/index/page/static/subpage/properly_dressed

I had never heard of the Lutje Potje… It looks funny, but really useful!

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By: Paula http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272713 Paula Fri, 27 May 2011 12:56:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272713 Could ti be Clas Ohlson?

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By: Paula http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272711 Paula Fri, 27 May 2011 11:52:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272711 Yes, I think they are worried that mothers wouldnt realise that themselves ;) No, but honestly, there was a study by a doctoral student Ms Tourula about children sleeping outdoors. The study recommended being extra careful already when the temperature sinks below -5C (which is nearly every day from Nov to March here) although most parents consider -10 – -15C still OK. Some let their children sleep outdoors as low as -30C. This is because for some reason most children sleep better out in the pram. Clothing is vital and they reminded it is surprisingly difficult to dress the child properly. Even sleeping bags we commonly use aren’t as warm as we think.

Here’s a link to her earlier article:
http://blog.uwgb.edu/nursing/wp-content/uploads/nursing/2010/11/Tourulaetal2008.pdf

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By: Deidra http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272641 Deidra Thu, 26 May 2011 21:21:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272641 It seems like it’s so much easier to be outside in bad weather (rain, snow, sleet, etc) than it is to be outside in hot weather. I’m new to the midwest (coming from the intermountain west), but going outside when it’s 85 and 80% humidity is pretty miserable. You can only get so naked! Babies aren’t so good at regulating temperatures so I’m wary of spending too much time outside with my six week old. The weather seems so much worse when there isn’t clothing that can solve the problem.

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By: bdaiss http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272636 bdaiss Thu, 26 May 2011 21:09:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272636 Yup, my kids are outdoors all the time, no matter the weather. In face I think my son prefers the ickier weather. We also have been taking them camping from the get go. One reason I love where we live is how surrounded by nature we are and the ability to turn my kids out the door and not (overly) fret about them.

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By: Kiasa http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272587 Kiasa Thu, 26 May 2011 17:06:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272587 This post made me laugh. I’m totally saying “yes” to everything here. Mostly in theory, not in practice. Kids should play outside, no matter the weather! I’ve been researching schooling for my oldest who starts kindergarten this fall and I’m all about waldorf. Too bad there aren’t any in NYC (if there were we wouldn’t pay tuition anyway). But I’m about 50% Swedish (some from both sides of my family), so I’m thinking all this love of outside play is in my genes.

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By: Lindsey http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272546 Lindsey Thu, 26 May 2011 14:09:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272546 Wow. The whole outdoors all the time makes me think the Swedish are living MY version of the American dream! Thanks for sharing!

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By: Jody Nebesnik http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-2/#comment-272540 Jody Nebesnik Thu, 26 May 2011 13:45:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272540 Yes! Thank you! Maybe if I start gathering our gear now we’ll be ready for the winter. :)

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By: Camilla http://www.designmom.com/2011/05/sweden/comment-page-1/#comment-272526 Camilla Thu, 26 May 2011 13:07:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=11418#comment-272526 Well I’m not a swede but close – I live in Finland and we have the same philosophy here. The trick is layering! Polarn O. Pyret of course – they have great clothes – lots of layers, Reima (a finnish brand), very good too – and then Ticket to Heaven (a danish brand) and many, many more. The key with kids is functional clothes – coveralls so the cold won’t creep in and waterproof, so they don’t get wet. Wouldn’t dream of dressing my kids in a down jacket :)

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