Monday, September 14, 2009
With four kids, I have purchased many, many pairs of Stride Rite shoes over the 17 years I have been a mother.
When the offer came to try and review a pair of Stride Rite SRTs for my baby girl, I jumped on it!
Who can turn down a chance to promote a product they already know and love!?
Stride Rite SRT (Sensory Response Technology) is a new line from this quality, affordable brand.
This revolutionary children's footwear technology, developed in conjunction with the Leon Root, M.D. Motion Analysis Laboratory at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, improves the way a child learns to walk via a sensory feedback system, an ultra-flexible design that allows for more freedom of movement, and a unique construction that reduces the number of stumbles and falls.
While we anxiously await the first independent steps of our little princess - in her new Stride Rite SRTs, of course! - I often reflect back to my three boys' first steps; especially my youngest son's.
Born nine weeks premature at only 3 pounds 9.7 ounces, we were well aware that many of those first year milestones could be delayed; possibly needing extensive therapy to even reach them.
As the first birthday rolled around and he was still crawling, I forced myself to remember that his adjusted age was only 10 months.
And as we neared 18 months, my heart began to break thinking that physical therapy would be required for walking; despite having overcome developmental delays in all other areas.
Sure enough, our next pediatric visit we were told that he was referring us to a physical therapists.
This pediatric physical therapy group actually came to the baby's home for each session.
On the Sunday before they were scheduled to arrive for the first session on Tuesday, our 18 month and 1 week old son toddled out on his own.
I'm not exaggerating when I say this: within hours, he was toddling around like he had been walking for months!
While I was thrilled each and every time my two oldest boys took their first steps, this was an occasion for me to literally cry tears of joy!
You couldn't have found a happier, prouder (and more relieved) mother than I!
The physical therapist never had to come; and I'm pretty sure my little guy was just testing his Mommy's stress limits by waiting until the 11th hour.
And the funny part: he was wearing a pair of Stride Rite first walking shoes! (I searched everywhere for a photo, but in the course of trying to scrapbook I've misplaced them!)
If you've never tried Stride Rite shoes, this mom of four highly recommends them.
And if you have and loved them like I do, be sure to become a Stride Rite fan on Facebook.
GIVEAWAY! Stride Rite and Momfluence is teaming up to offer 5 lucky winners to receive one pair of SRT shoes, available in sizes 3 to 8 infant/toddler (including medium and wide). Each pair is a retail value of $50.
To enter, just complete the entry form at http://bit.ly/zb2Qb
The Fine Print: This contest is open to legal U.S. residents 18 years or older. Contest begins at 12:00 a.m. ET September 14th and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET September 28th. Five winners will be chosen to receive a pair of SRT shoes – toddler size only.