Monday, September 14, 2009

Remembering Baby's 1st Steps & SRT Giveaway

Your baby's first steps are so very precious. You start to anticipate them from the moment he starts to crawl. But then you start to feel guilty for wishing away the baby stage. :) If you're lucky you have a camera on hand - but I think most of the time the actual first steps are just burned into your memory. Gracie and Matthew both took their first steps just a couple weeks shy of their 1st birthday. I remember getting so excited and clapping and yes, crying even. I think I cried a little bit more with Matthew since I knew I wouldn't be having anymore babies and this first was my last. Nonetheless, it's a magical moment for parents and their babies.

As parents we want to help them anyway we can, that's why I am so excited about stride rite's new SRT (Sensory Response Technology) Collection. As a media release states: "Early findings indicate that in order to develop a healthy walking pattern, first walkers need shoes that allow them to feel and grip the surface beneath them, as well as distribute their weight properly to keep their balance."

1. Greater feel of terrain: Sensory pods in the forefoot of the outsole move independently of each other offering multiple reaction points, increasing a baby's feel of the ground beneath them. This allows a baby to stabilize their gait and better respond to their environment.
2. More natural support: Unique "hourglass" construction in the midfoot mirrors a baby's foot structure to help supporting bones and muscles that are not yet fully developed. A smooth, rounded transition from outsole to upper prevents catching an edge, reducing the number of stumbles and falls.
3. Freedom of movement: Ultra-flexible design allows the foot to move in many directions to help baby learn how to adapt to uneven surfaces.

Aren't these just the neatest thing? I can't wait to get the pair for Matthew that's on its way. Right now, when I try to put shoes on him he throws a fit and he doesn't walk very well in them either. So I'm really hoping that these help him.

Do you think your baby would benefit from these? Would you like to win a pair for your little one? Then check out the giveaway info below. :))

Giveaway Information:
- 5 winners will be chosen 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. In order to enter, readers must fill out the following form. (this link is case sensitive)

This contest is open to legal U.S. residents 18 years or older. The giveaway begins at 12:00 a.m. ET September 14th and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET September 28th. The winners will be chosen by Stride Rite and Momfluence using


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