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Why Do Toddlers Take Off Their Shoes?

A look into why they do it, and how it plays into child development.

It doesn’t matter where you are with your little peanut – it’s inevitable.

It can happen at a friend’s house, the doctor’s office – or even at Church. It is especially likely to happen at home right before you have to walk out the door. You have your precious toddler dressed up and ready to go. But, before you pack your bag, or five minutes after you have arrived at your destination, your precious angel’s shoes are off … So now you’re off to wrangle your squirming little worm and get the shoes back where they belong.

And all the while you’re wondering why they take their shoes off in the first place – and how they manage to do it so fast!

  • To Play With The Shoes: Little ones will play with anything when they’re bored. Mix a soft top, a velvety smooth sole, and perfect fringes that are just the right size for little fingers to play with and they've got the perfect toy: their shoes. With a toy that’s so convenient to get their hands – who could resist? What’s even better is if they drop one, they have a spare!
  • Part Of Development: As babies grow and develop, their world expands. They begin to understand the difference between themselves and other inanimate objects – and how to interact with those objects. Because shoes are small and manageable in their little hands, those become a perfect object of their quest for gaining control. Shoes follow closely on the heels of bottles and pacifiers for such objects that they begin to recognize as “accessories.” We all know there’s no better accessory than soft, supple moccasins.
  • Sense of independence: We all want our little ones to grow into strong, independent individuals – just not when you’re trying to get them dressed and out the door! The act of removing their shoes allow them to express their wants and needs in a tangible way, teaching them to not only express the want, but start to instill in them a sense of accomplishment. The act of removing their shoes begins to teach the little tykes the simple laws of cause and effect – tug the shoe and it comes off.
  • Free The Piggies: From the earliest age, your child’s toes are the first friends they discovered. These strange wiggling and squirming little appendages that are always ready to play – and never tired out or got too fat out of reach. So naturally, they want to get to their little piggies for some playful interaction. Neither shoes nor socks will stand between your cherub and their little friends!

At Chérubin, our baby moccasins are hand crafted by skilled artisans in the heart of the Midwest. Made with American leather with soft and non-skid microsuede soles that is tested and certified safe for babies, our highest quality moccs keep your toddler upright and on the move.

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Wonderful Winter Photoshoot Ideas For Kids

Capturing your little snow angels

Freshly fallen, pure white snow. It makes for a sparkling, glitter-filled wonderland as far as the eye can see. Pink cheeks and giggles, snowball fights and catching snowflakes with their tongues. The family outside building their first snowman. Nothing compares to the magic of winter – and capturing these memories with your cherubs is a lot easier than you might think!

Colorful kids: Nothing stands out against the winter backdrop – or brings out the pink cheeks – like colorful coats and snowsuits. Or, try adding a pop of color with scarfs and mittens.

Snowy backgrounds: The best backgrounds are the natural ones, so making sure you have plenty of contrast in your photos will bring out the giggles and smiles even more. Rather than going with a straight snow backing, incorporate trees, snowmen, and even the local snow-covered playground for fun and interesting photos.

Dress warm enough: Keep the photoshoot going by making sure everyone – yourself included – is dressed warm enough. If you find that heavy gloves are getting in the way of taking pictures, opt for lightweight knit gloves and a couple of single-use hand warmers in each pocket. Don’t forget toe warmers for in the boots!

Keep the kids moving: The easiest way to keep the kids warm – and grab that epic shot – is to keep the kids moving. Letting them romp around in the snow completely unhindered will lead not only to the best candid and natural shots, but will let the young ones burn off some of that pent up winter energy.

Candid camera: Candid, unplanned shots are always the best ones; they capture the joy and sincerity of the moment that a, “Stop and smile for the camera” never can. Just let them play and follow them around taking pictures of everything – you never know when that perfect shot will pop up.

Composition: You’ve got the kids, the camera, the background, and the snow – now what? Pull everything together with some simple composition. Keep your primary subject to one side of the shot, or take the picture through tree branches. Let the foreground and background take over the picture and your kids will pop out.

Filters: One of the most under-utilized methods for amazing shots is setting up your camera’s filters. Not the cutesy dog ones for taking selfies – but the ones that subtly color shift to one end of the spectrum, or can change an entire compositing by switching to sophisticated black and white images.

Amazing photoshoots aren’t just for for summer – and neither are you Chérubin moccasins! Made of genuine American Leather to keep tiny toes warm, and the soft suede sole keeps your tots from teetering on the tile or hardwood floor. From our hot rod flame moccasins for your little speed demon to the subtle and sassy snowflake pattern of our Snow More Winter Blues moccasins, your Chérubin moccs are year-round comfortable footwear for your little cherub.

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The Benefits of Art Therapy for Young Children

Unleashing the creativity of your little ones

It’s a picture-perfect afternoon.

Toddlers laying on plush carpeting, a bucket of crayons – and a few strays scattered about – in the center. Quiet banter and giggles fill the air, mixed with roars and squeals of fancy bringing the colored pages to life.

From our youngest age, we have expressed our thoughts and dreams with color on paper – and sometimes the walls!

Even as adults, we still feel ourselves being pulled back to our roots. Our grown-up colored pencils have replaced the basic eight-pack of crayons, and sophisticated pages of elegant designs replaced our youthful coloring books – and nothing takes away the stress of the day quite like it.

But when it comes down to it, what is Art Therapy really all about?

Art therapy is the means of expression through the creative process. For toddlers, that play is an important part of development or self-discovery; it is a natural part of growth and maturation for our children. Those vivacious swirls of color and silly stories to go with pictures are all building blocks for emotionally healthy toddlers that help them grow into strong and independent adults. Encouraging your child’s imagination through various mediums, such as paper and crayons, modeling clay, or even finger paints, affirms their individuality and creativity. Beginning at a young age will help your child navigate through emotional growth as they learn about their own individuality while building healthy self-esteem.

Emotions are learned and refined from imagination and ingenuity starting from an early age – and are key to helping our little ones embrace the task of learning what feelings are, and how to process and express them. From happy days to the occasional blue ones, sunshine and blue skies on the swings at their favorite park, or a rainy day where they have to play inside, art therapy draws out those emotions through creativity and expresses them in a way that they can reflect on and understand.

Kids learn self-awareness and self-assurance in their art. From play-dough sculptures that you cannot identify to energetic swirls and splashes of paint on heavy paper, the only positive feedback your little Picasso will seek is from mom and dad. The acceptance of his art form as perfect the way it is, and to see them decorating the refrigerator or dad’s office helps them build self-esteem – which will mold them to avoid pitfalls of being peer pleasers, seeking their worth in what the crowd thinks rather than from within.

Grandparents form a special bond with these little blessings, and when those visits are over, missing Nana or Pop Pop is natural for your little one. What feels like a short week-long visit to us, can seem like an eternity to your young toddler, and you can help express and deal with those new feelings of missing their grandparents by encouraging them draw a picture of their favorite person, place, or memory.

Quite simply, Art Therapy is a process in which your child discovers and expresses themselves – allowing them to flourish emotionally.

Next to little hugs and “I love you”, can there be anything better?

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​Me-Time for Mommy — Relaxation Tips

Could there possibly be anything more rewarding than hearing precious little giggles and hearing “I love you, mommy” with a baby bear hug every day? But sometimes, moms need a little time for relaxation and emotional nourishment – and we wanted to share some of our favorite techniques to get the most out of your "me-time."

Recharging doesn’t have to take a lot of time. With just 10-15 minutes during a busy time of day, you can be rejuvenated and ready to tackle whatever the rest of the day has in store for you.

  • A healthy snack and mug of hot cocoa or coffee take just a few minutes, but the benefits can last all day. For extra yumminess, consider baking up a batch of banana-oatmeal cookies as a healthy pick-me-up for you and perfect after school snacks for your little one.
  • Even ten minutes of quiet meditation can change your outlook and re-ground you to tackle the rest of your day. Consider downloading an app that plays soothing nature sounds and also keeps track of the time so you don’t have to.
  • You’ve heard it from Mom for years – stop and take a couple breaths. Recently, scientists have started agreeing with Mom, touting the mental and physical health benefits of slow, deep breaths to re-center your inner self.

An afternoon break can be the perfect way to refocus and recharge, even if it’s just for an hour or two.

  • Who doesn’t love a mani-pedi? Kick back and relax for an hour of spoiling yourself, and leave the salon feeling like the queen that you are.
  • Got an hour? Grab your walking shoes and hit the trail for a sure-fire way to convert any built-up stress into feel good energy for a boost that will take you through the rest of your day.
  • Pack a lunch and head for the local park for a personal picnic. Your favorite finger foods and a good book to take you on a relaxing stroll through your imagination will have you rested up in no time – just don’t forget your shades!

The weekend is here, and you’ve managed a full day just for yourself. Get the most out of your time without breaking the bank – and get yourself a serious boost of well-being.

  • For the ultimate in rejuvenation and pampering, nothing compares to a day at the spa. Deep massages, refreshing facials, and lounging by the pool can feel like an eternity of delicious relaxation.
  • Think outside the Wi-Fi and consider unplugging for the day. Taking a break from the intense pace of social media and brightness of the device screen can be just what the doctor ordered. Don’t worry – all the status updates and new recipe pins will still be there.
  • For a true diversion to take you into another world, consider getting crafty. Working with your hands and mild concentration will have you comfortable and stress-free in no time. Not ready to take on a new hobby? Get back to nature with a small flower garden!

Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, it’s important to take some time and re-center yourself for optimal physical and emotional health.

Moms make everyone’s life better – don’t forget to take time for yourself!

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How Do I Get Baby Shoes to Stay On?

It’s a warm summer afternoon, and there’s no comparison to the relaxation and delight of taking your little one for an afternoon in the park or to the local playground for a playdate. Before you know it, it’s time to gather up the toys and your bundle of energy, when you notice one shoe has gone missing. And so the hunt for the lost shoe begins …

But not with your Chérubin soft leather moccasins!

Starting with the most supple American made leather, every pair of Chérubin moccasins is handmade from the non-skid, soft suede sole to the leather upper – and lost shoes aren’t part of the recipe.

It’s perfectly normal for your little one to tug on their moccs – curious play with their feet is a natural learning process. Bold colors and energetic patterns are distinguishing characteristics of our leather shoes, and a perfect description of your little adventurer. Each pair of Chérubin moccasins are handmade in a way that’s unique, and guaranteed to stay on. And for that occasional mud puddle, our cleaning guide will keep them fresh and bright.

A few recommendations to ensure the perfect fit of baby shoes;

  • Choose the best footwear.

    From the moment you laid eyes on them, your little cherub stole your heart, and you vowed that only the best would ever do – and that includes their shoes. But there’s more to quality shoes than fun patterns and cool colors. Unlike commercially manufactured shoes, one of the distinctive features designed into every pair of Chérubin’s handmade moccasins is the placement of the gentle elastic. By placing a small section of gentle elastic, wrapped in supple leather, across the top of the foot, the overall design of the genuine leather leather walking shoe is more fitted around the heel and ankle, leaving plenty of room for the toes to move. And, the moccs stay on for all day play or afternoon napping without pinching or pulling!
  • Ensure the right size

    . Proper fitting walking shoes need to have room to wiggle their piggies! Their feet need to be able to move and feel the surface they are walking on. It is important to allow room for adjustments in balance as they walk. Our leather moccasins have a soft suede bottom to allow the tactile feedback, and are non-slip to keep them up on their toes. We have prepared an easy to use sizing guide to allow you to choose the perfect size for your little adventurer.
  • Consider the style

    . Comfort and style go hand in hand here at Chérubin. Each pair of our leather walking shoes is a handcrafted fashion statement that is guaranteed to make your little one the center of attention on the playground. In addition to the structural design, don’t forget the patterned style – whether it’s the pink camo for your little soldier, or our hot racing stripes for your speed demon, Chérubin moccs are fun footwear that are always in fashion.

With your Chérubin genuine leather moccasins, you’ll never be coordinating the hunt for a lost shoe!

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