Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Attipas Baby First Shoes: Socks and Shoes in One

When I was still pregnant, a friend of mine advised me not to get so excited in buying lots of baby wear especially for a first-time mom like me. The advise was favorable to our frugal and practical family so I listened to her and accepted hand-me-downs since newborns indeed grow up fast. The first time I officially shopped for my baby, excluding those bought during a sale period, was when she was about to turn one year old because I needed to buy her an outfit for her 1st birthday. I bought 3 pairs of baby shoes priced at P150 each from SM just for fashion purposes and sadly were only worn once during her baptismal and birthday party plus a few more times. Most of the time, we would just let her be on either bare foot, wear socks or cloth-type shoes inside the house or whenever we go out. 

Baby at 14 months just learned a new skill, to walk unassisted.

My baby started walking confidently without any assistance at 14 months. And because baby has lots of thoughtful aunties (sister-in-laws) who would buy her shoes from time to time, I just let her wear those for the mean time even if those were not the right fit. I then realized that as a mom, I should take responsibility in buying the right shoes for my baby, the one with a perfect fit. But buying a baby's first shoes is not that easy. You need to be mindful in choosing for the right pair of shoes as it can make or break your child's initial walking experience.

Here are some tips to look out for when buying your child's first walking shoes based on my online research:  
1. When babies are still cruising along and trying to get their balance, walking on bare foot is the best as this allows their tiny toes to wiggle, feet to develop properly and to be able to feel the floor beneath them.
2. Start buying only several weeks after they started walking, as soon as they are stable enough. 
3. The soles should be super soft such that you can bend or twist and even feel your baby's toes inside.
4. The material should be breathable such as leather, cloth or canvas to ensure that your baby's feet could get some air.
5. Should have the right fit. There should be around a thumb's width between your child's big toe and the front of the shoe.
6. Should be firmly fastened to avoid coming off or sliding around.

Just as I was ready to shop for my toddler's first shoes, I received a pair of Attipas Shoes through Mommy Bloggers Philippines last month to test and review the product.

I got a Corsage style, size XL, 135mm, US 6.5, Euro 22.5

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Work-at-Home Weekend Expo 2014 + Giveaway

Since I became a mom, my priority has shifted towards taking care of my child and grooming her to become a better citizen. I really can't imagine being out the whole day and leaving my child alone with the helpers especially after hearing about the many scary stories about nannies. I also dread the day that my child would favor yaya over me and become ill-behaved which might disrupt her overall development. My conscience won't let me do that in exchange of my full-time job. I believe there's a better way to do it, being with my family while still earning on the side, making both ends meet. I had been working an eight-to-five job ever since I graduated from college until my precious little one came out. Thanks to this Facebook group, WAHMderful Community for Work-at-Home Mom, which I have came across over a year ago that gave me the push to pursue this path. It's good to see that more and more moms have already embraced the idea of staying at home, being hands-on with child-rearing, making use of their passion and skills to create income and eventually living a blissful life. That's actually the main goal of Ms. Martine de Luna, founder of the said Facebook group.

About the Expo

This coming October 25, 2014 (Saturday), WAHMderful Life and Manila Workshops are proud to present the most-awaited event of the year, The Work-at-Home Weekend Expo 2014. This one-day expo will feature twelve (12) different talks that will be useful to those aspiring and start-up entrepreneurs; and a booth area show-casing businesses of mompreneurs, online stores, companies that offer home-based jobs, and many others that would benefit the whole family.

This event will take place at the 12th floor of Insular Life Makati from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The twelve (12) talks are divided into six time slots with two talks happening simultaneously in two different areas, one near the Multi-Purpose Hall and one inside the Seminar Room C.