Friday, May 25, 2012

A Few of Our Favorite Things

When Eric and I found out that Eli definitely was going to be born with clubfoot one of our very next questions was, what are we going to need for him? After what seemed like endless searching on the internet, there weren't a lot of answers about what worked and what didn't work for a baby with club foot. It is through our own trial and error that we have come up with this "list" of our favorite things.

A few of our favorite things

1. The Fisher Price Rock n' Play: This thing was amazing!  It didn't take Eric and I long to see that the weight of Eli's casts were making it nearly impossible to lay flat in his bassinet. The casts looked like they were pulling his sweet little legs out of the socket. So doing what Mom's do best, I started to brainstorm and came across this sweet little invention at Target. It may have been the best $50 we spent on anything for Eli to date. Once we put him in the rock and play, he was much happier, slept better, and the way it sinks down helped hold his casts up. Love this thing!
Snuggled comfortably in his Rock N' Play
before the Rock n' Play

2. The Fisher Price Jumperoo: Eli loves this thing as I suspect most kids do. Why we love this though, is because by jumping Eli is building his leg muscles that had gotten weak during all those weeks of casting. Eli will jump in his jumperoo for hours if we let him.

3. PBK Chamois Sheets: These are the softest sheets ever!  Eric and I are convinced our little man is a man of comfort and leisure because he just won't go to bed unless these are on his bed. With the discomfort of his braces and casts, why not indulge him with some luxury :o)?!

4. Baby Einstein Neptune Ocean Adventure Gym: Eli loves this gym. We love this gym because of the pillow that comes with it!  We can strategically place the whale pillow under Eli's braces, hook it to the mat, and wallah, our hardwood floors are saved!

5. Carters Snap Up Cotton Sleep and Play: This PJ's are great!  We recommend the snapping PJ's vs the footless zipper PJ's for one reason: they are easier. Zipper footed PJ's are attached at the ankles which make it really difficult to do a diaper change in the middle of the night with braces on. The snap up PJ's easily snap around casts or braces and make diaper changes in the middle of the night a breeze :o)!

Zipper PJ's
Snap PJ's
 6. Nightgowns: As much as we hated for Eli (as a boy) to have to wear nightgowns, this was by far the best thing for him to sleep in while he was in casts. Eli hated the sleep sacks. They were just too confining for him. Since our son grew at an exponential rate, it was really hard to find nightgowns for him once he got out of the 0-3 month size. My grandma was able to find a few nightgowns for Eli at garage sales. And we aren't proud. We took everything we could get and everything we could find!

7. Chicco Stroller and High Chair: We love these things mostly because they are so darn easy to use!  When you are juggling a baby with casts and braces, the last thing I want to be doing is messing with difficult to use equipment. It seems this company has thought of everything!  The ease of use makes the higher price tag worth it!

  So, that's our list. What are some of your favorite things for your baby?


  1. Hi,

    I stumbled onto your blog today and wanted to say hello! My oldest (now 9 yrs old) was born with unilateral left clubfoot but has the added issue of nerve damage. We went through most of the same treatment as your son, but with the nerve damage, his treatment is still at 9 yrs old, ongoing. Dealing with my son's neuromuscular clubfoot has certainly been quite a journey so far!

    I was wondering if I could add your blog to my list of foot blogs? If that is ok, please stop by and let me know.

  2. Hi Jo-Ann,
    Thanks for stopping by! We would love it if you added our blog to the list :)

    If you ever want to write a guest post about your experience with your son let us know :) we love hearing from seasoned parents!

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