Do you use a hot water bottle in winter?

@guybrush (4660)
Australia
June 30, 2008 6:35am CST
I love my hot water bottle, and carry it around with me all day in winter! It's cosy to take it to bed rather than having an electric blanket (which I'm scared might catch fire), and it saves lighting a fire and either causing pollution (if you have a wood fire) or using a lot of electricity. If it gets too hot in bed at night I just chuck it out on the floor! Do you use one - or do you think hot water bottles are funny, old fashioned things?
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
2 Jul 08
I also love my hot water bottle! Some people think it's funny to still use one as they consider them old fashioned - but I don't care. It does the trick for me, as I don't like electric blankets in the bed. I put one in our bed at night to warm it up and it's lovely to snuggle down with one at my feet! I also use a hot water bottle to help with back pain - and yes, it works! I wouldn't be without my little "hottie"!
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
2 Jul 08
I'm totally with you there, abbey! I have my hottie in the small of my back as we speak ... very snuggly on a windy, horrible day like today. They may well be old fashioned, but I think people who don't try them are missing out on a treat!
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@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Jul 08
Hey - got your "hottie" with you? It's cold here tonight, so I have mine waiting in bed for me! Thanks for BR - much appreciated!
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
3 Jan 09
I have to be honest to say that I've never had a hot water body, I give off a lot of heat myself and I don't actually feel the cold, I am more sensitive to the heat, it is far easier to warm up than it is to cool down, and if I get cold I will put an extra blanket in, or cuddle up to Toby (he's my faithful bear in case you are wondering!) had him for years and he's great at sharing his body warmth.
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
3 Jan 09
My husband is like you, Wolfie - he has a lot of stored body heat, and throws the covers off most nights. Trouble is, he usually comes to bed a lot later than I do, so I need to keep warm in the interim! And everybody should have a Toby - I quite agree!
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
14 Dec 08
I LOVE hot water bottles. They are so snuggly and I too am scared of electric blankets. Apart from chewing up the electricity theyre dangerous and I wouldn't like to be engulfed by flames on my own bed not having a chance to escape. Heaters are electricity guzzlers too but hot water bottles never fail to heat me up. I love my bottle and my Grandma knitted heaps of bottle covers when she was alive so I think of her whenever I go to bed with my bottle on a cold night.
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
15 Dec 08
I just realised something funny, coffeeshot ... it's supposed to be the middle of summer here in Australia, and I've had my hottie for the last three days! We're having a rainy, cold spell, so the hottie came out of hibernation once again! I haven't got it on my lap at the moment, because I'm heading out to do some more weeding in the garden ... but I'll probably top it up when I come in for lunch!
@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
25 Oct 08
I've never used one a day in my life, but I hear they're great for cramps! I'm going to go out any buy one. It sounds marvelous and I wonder where they have been all my life.
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
25 Oct 08
They are fantastic when you have tummy cramps, Sheepie ... if you cuddle one on your lap, you'll feel lovely and cosy - and much better!
@ronaldinu (12440)
• Malta
25 Sep 08
Yes I do use a hot electric bottle since my extremities are always cold. I put a towel around it and let my cold feet be warmed with it. I don't know if it is an old fashioned habit or not but I find it very convenient.
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
25 Sep 08
They say if you can warm your extremities the rest of your body will be fine ... apparently socks and a beanie work well! You're lucky to have an electric hottie - I've never heard of one of those!
22 Jul 08
No way do I think of hot water bottles as old fashioned. Here in the UK they are still one of the most popular means of warming the bed.I love my hot water bottle and can't sleep without it.I was surpriesed though that one reply said they only last for one season.Mine last me for several despite constant use.Having said that, I did have one leak in my bed only last week which is unfortunate, especially for the bottle which is now in the bin!
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@caramello (4381)
• Australia
2 Jul 08
No hot water bottle for me anymore guybrush not even an electric blanket! The good old "hot flushes" keep me warm if not roasting sometimes and have noticed since the wonderful thing has happended in my life I cannot wear certain items of clothing. But the days of the hot water bottle will always be remembered by me and hopefully one day will be able to enjoy them again! No they are not old fashioned!
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
2 Jul 08
I truly sympathise, caramello, because those damn flushes are giving me gyp at the moment, too! Sometimes I have to shove the hottie out of the bed - and the covers off, too! Then I get the cold chills and have to pull everything back on again! Ah, the things we girlies have to put up with ... *sigh*
@ellie333 (21029)
1 Jul 08
I only use a hot water botle for if anyone has tummy ached really. When it gets cold here we don't put the heating on but have snuggle blankets and snuggle on the sofa with them instead and I will put extra covers onto the bed. I like you would never use an electric blanket either for safety reasons. Ellie :D
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
2 Jul 08
Electric blankets really worry me, ellie. My husband's colleague had his house burn down when his 11yo daughter left hers on and went to school. She'd put a pile of books on the bed, and apparently caused a hot spot. It was devastating - I've never had one on any of our beds.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
I love mine, always use it when I'm chilly. When my children were small I would let them use it the same way. When they weren't feeling well it gave them comfort. I know a woman who filled up an empty 2 liter soda bottle and used it as a hot water bottle because she didn't have one at the time. They're great, very comforting.
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
30 Jun 08
I so agree, sherlock! When my children were little, we had some felt teddy bears which were filled with some kind of wheat. We heated them in the microwave, and they stayed warm for hours. That poor lady with her soda bottles - I hope she wrapped something soft around them so they wouldn't be so hard and uncomfortable!
2 Jun 09
I know this discussion started a long time ago but I've only just stumbled across it so hope you don't mind my belated contribution.It's not a topic I've seen discussed on the web before but I have found it fascinating. Old fashioned or not,it's nice to know the humble hot water bottle still appears to have so many fans. I abolutely love mine and I've never thought of them either as funny or as old fashioned. As for electric blankets, they scare me too. I wouldn't have one in the house. I think traditional rubber hot water bottles are so cosy and cuddly and probably one of the most underrated inventions of all time.Such a shame they don't last longer though, I never know what to do with my old ones!
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
2 Jun 09
Hello, Adventurer! We are heading into winter now in Australia, so I've just replaced my hottie with a nice, new, pale blue one! My old one sprung a leak on my lap about a week ago - fortunately, not while it was in my bed! I've heard of people filling old hotties with sand and using them to kneel on for weeding the garden, etc. - but I just throw mine out!
3 Jun 09
Hello, Guybrush. Here in England it's approaching mid-summer but even so there are some nights when I need my bottle for my cold feet! I defintely like your idea of the kneeling pad. It seems such a waste just throwing them out.
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
3 Jun 09
They are LOVELY on the feet, Adventurer! And I must confess to sticking my hottie bottle up my jumper sometimes - AND I take it in the car with me (much to my family's horror - though they're used to it now!) One of my daughters (who's 23) has just been visiting, and she was so jealous of how nice and warm my hottie was that I bought her one - and I had to have a chuckle to see she'd packed it to take home with her!
@max1950 (2313)
• United States
16 Nov 08
never been to australia but even though this is a trick question,right ? i don't believe there are grown men walking around your country with 'hotties'or enema bag's.
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
16 Nov 08
Hahahaa - no, can't say I've seen grown men wandering around clutching hotties. Don't know about enema bags, though - they probably hide those in their briefcases!