Let's be honest. This has been an unprecedented spring, one that none of us will ever forget. It's brought with it a stream of distinct emotions and experiences. Worry. Fear. Sadness. Anger. Resolve. Courage. Empathy. Peace. Love. Togetherness. It's that last one that we at Robeez have been thinking about a lot lately.
When we all look back at these times, one of the things that we'll remember is the feeling of being connected to our loved ones during an uncertain situation. It's crazy. Everyone's talking about social distancing, but in many ways, people are drawing closer. This Mother's Day will be like no other. But it's ok. After all, through the fog of all these unusual days, the thing that has shined through the most is that nothing is more important than family.
Of course, we already knew that, but a situation like this brings new dimension to that knowledge. We've been thrown together with the people who mean the most to us – just mommy, daddy, and babies. Want parent-baby bonding time? Check. Fewer distractions? You got it. The result is that families have grown tighter. Four out of five parents believe their families have formed an even stronger bond during the lockdown, according to a survey of 2,000 British parents conducted by the UK's MumPoll.
How has it felt for you? There's no doubt it hasn't always been easy. Togetherness is a beautiful thing, but this kind of intense closeness does bring some serious challenges, especially for parents taking care of babies and toddlers with little or no assistance, and especially when there are so many real concerns all around. So, as Mother's Day approaches, let's commemorate what we've all been through and what we've achieved. Amazing job, Moms and Dads! We're doing this!
In a strange way, this may be the start of a new movement – an effort toward more connection. In the same British survey, about half the respondents reported reaching out to loved ones who are in isolation during the crisis. For many young parents, this is only natural. Researchers note that Millennials have long been known for prizing interpersonal connection. It's one of the generation's marked characteristics. Studies show that in addition to valuing experiences, art and design, Millennials prioritize friends and loved ones. Another key priority: taking good care of our planet, our families, our babies.
So, this mandatory timeout has allowed people to reassess or reconfirm those values and get back to basics. "Being forced to halt our busy lives and spend time together in quarantine has made many of us consider what's really important, like children, parents and the community they are a part of," says Siobhan Freegard, founder of ChannelMum.com, the web site that commissioned the British survey. "Despite the dreadful toll the pandemic is taking, people are becoming more thankful for the small pleasures in life. Coronavirus may well see us emerge a kinder community and more thankful for the things we enjoy in life."
For moms and dads, the most important of those things has never been clearer. Making sure our little families are safe, healthy and comfortable. So, this Mother's Day, let's honor the togetherness, pat ourselves on the back for making it this far, celebrate the things that mean the most to us and feel grateful for what we have.
Fun Activities for a QuarantineMother's Day
The best part about spending Mother's Day at home? You don't need to worry about dressing up or taking the baby anywhere. Instead, stay comfy and enjoy a fun activity with your baby – and end up with something that will help you capture the day forever. Here are two simple suggestions:
The Baby Print T-Shirt
Your baby will never be this size again. To remember this stage, grab a onesie and t-shirts from Mommy and Daddy's dressers. Pull out the paint and the rest is easy. Put down a sheet to limit the mess and carefully immortalize your baby's handprint and footprint on all the shirts. Add your own handprints and "2020." Instant souvenir t-shirts for all.
Your 2020 Time Capsule
Some families recycle an old water bottle or mason jars for a mini time capsule, which can easily be stored in a closet, garage, or attic. Date it Mother's Day 2020, with the clear instructions: Not to be opened until Mother's Day 2040. Put a baby handprint on a piece of paper, fold it up and drop it in, like a message in a bottle. Also, include a note to your child – and future self. It doesn't need to be fancy –just a few words describing your hopes for your baby's childhood and these next 20 years of parenthood. Include fun little things, such as an old binky or a super-cute pair of Robeez baby socks. In 20 years, your young adult will love it (and you will, too.)
Our Spring Collection
Function meets fashion, just in time for longer days and better weather. Don't miss our podiatrist recommended spring collection, featuring mini-me style and incredible comfort.
Robeez Soft Sole shoes support healthy foot development and never constrict tiny, growing feet. They're also easy to put on, with an elasticized ankle and easy closures. Your baby's little feet will grip as they learn to walk – and they'll be stylin' for every step. Celebrate America's pastime with this cool baseball-inspired choice for just $28. Or try this fashionably sporty style, also just $28.
Robeez First Kicks feature a cushioned insole for protection and comfort, taking their fashion cues from the kinds of trendy styles Mommy or Daddy might wear. They have a narrower, snugger fit than our soft soles, while maintaining flexibility. Elastic construction around the ankle provides a snug, shoe-like fit that keeps the shoe on your baby's foot. This green leather beauty is a perfect choice for spring ($34-$38). Or if the sunshine is calling you, check out this irresistible style, perfect for any baby's garden party ($34-$38).
People Are Talking
Ever notice that parents of babies love to share their experiences and ideas on the internet?
Well, that includes insights about their favorite baby and toddler footwear. Here's some chatter we've seen about Robeez...
"LOVE these shoes. They slip on so easily but still fit snuggly. They are so stylish and match everything. And the bottoms are hard for outside surfaces. Perfect shoe for our son."Timothy & Chelsea
"I can't tell you how much my little guy loves his shoes. He constantly trips. In fact, I bought these shoes because he tripped and dented his head on a chair at a restaurant and these shoes have really helped with his balance. He also loves the design and wants to wear his shoes in bed. So, maybe he loves them a little too much?"April
"Prior to trying out Robeez, my son had 6 pairs of shoes. None of them fit! Before he started walking, he'd sit down and pull them off. After he started walking, they'd slip off his heels. I decided to do a Google search to see what shoes other moms were buying and the consistent brand I kept reading about was Robeez.
Robeez work! They stay on and they're comfortable enough that my son either doesn't realize he has shoes on or he just doesn't care. He didn't try to pull them off while he was in his car seat either. I'm so impressed, I bought a 2nd pair!"Pearl
"I love them! Flexible and perfect for a babythat it's just starting to walk."Ineabelle