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Back To School Trends For Toddlers

Ask any parent – it’s never too early to start planning for back to school. From avoiding the last-minute mad dash for much needed essential supplies to slowly changing the wake-sleep cycle, the sooner you start – the better it will be for everyone.

School supplies don’t have to be boring! Bold colors and exciting patterns of the accessories will encourage your youngster to use them – and more use equals more learning.

  • Bookbags generally aren’t a necessity until first or second grade, but investing in a pint-sized backpack for carrying lunch and snacks, as well as a change of clothes and any incidental supplies needed, will get your little scholar familiar with bookbags and keep everything organized. Don’t forget to pick up a small pencil pack for all those smaller accessories.
  • Chunky pencils are necessary for little fingers learning to write. If you cannot find them, then grab a few grips and slip them over standard No2 pencils. Don’t forget colored pencils, too.
  • Art supplies are essential for your little Picasso. Consider standard or jumbo crayons, washable markers, and non-toxic glue sticks. A homemade smock made from one of mom or dad’s tee shirts is an economical alternative to a purchased smock to protect clothing during messy crafts – and can be a ton of fun decorating it together!

Hitting the halls and being both comfortable and fashionable is a boost to any student’s confidence – and your little scholar is no different.

  • For the girls, bright colors are the start and the end-all of the youngster fashion color pallet. Alternating loud patterns and reserved solids for tanks or short-sleeved tops and shorts, skirts, or legging bottoms will have your little fashionista in style for the whole school year.
  • For your little man, the layered look of oxford shirts and vests or cardigans are trending once again. Plaid patterns are making a comeback again this year – with just the right amount of fashion and durability to be a must-have in every wardrobe.
  • For the youngest, keep it simple and comfortable with denim or khaki shorts or pants, and the lighweight cotton shirts.
  • We would be remiss if we didn’t point out that shoes bring an outfit together. Hand crafted from 100% genuine American leather, our moccasins are the perfect shoe for the classroom and the playground. For an extra splash of fun, check out our new Tell Me A Story collection. Back to school fashion has never been so easy!

Just like with fashion, there are a couple back-to-school fashion indiscretions you want to avoid.

  • Always keep a change of clothes in your child’s pack. Life – usually in the form of mud puddles – happens to our little adventurers, and it's best to be prepared.
  • If you send your little one with an electronic device, make sure the games are not interfering with learning. Some hand-held or online games can be a wonderful game during home time, but can be a distraction during school hours.
  • Remember to keep the fashion comfortable. Little ones want to fit in just like their big sisters and brothers, but keep in mind that play and nap time and steer more towards durable materials and relaxed fits.

Solid and early planning ensures a good base for the most successful school year possible.

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American-Made Start to Finish: Chérubin Shoes

Nestled in the heart of the Midwest is the historic town of Sainte Geneviève, the home of Chérubin Shoes. American artisans, crafting an American product from American materials. Start to finish, each pair of genuine leather moccasins are truly the result of the American dream.

Join us for a behind the scenes look at what it means to be “Made in the USA” – and why we’re so proud to share it with you.

American Workers:

Since the turn of the 18th century, when Sainte Geneviève was a new settlement, the local artisans took pride in their crafts and breathtaking architecture – several buildings from the late 1700’s and early 1800’s are still standing today, registered with the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1930s, Sainte Geneviève became famous for the Art Colony, which transformed the entire nation’s view of the Midwest through paintings. Continuing in the tradition of skill and excellence, every pair of genuine leather moccasins is crafted by hand with the same attention to detail as those ancient artisans. From the first cut of the leather to the final stitch, each pair of moccasins is started and finished one at a time.

American Materials:

Of all the materials available to hand craft our moccasins, only the finest leather will do. Soft micro-suede allows tiny toes to feel the surface and balance, while protecting them from slipping or hot pavement. Using only 100% American leather that is tested and certified for infants and children, our soft leather uppers offer protection and style! Our Wild About Hue collections feature vegetable-tanned leathers from the renown Horween Leathers Company. Rich colors are dyed throughout using Horween’s specialized technique – the same one they have been using for over 100 years. Soft and secure – only the best for your little cherub.

American Dreams:

Based on creativity and the finest materials, the art of hand crafted excellence is a tradition that Chérubin is proud to continue. From the imagination of our illustrious designers come bold and fresh patterns, playful and whimsical. Drawing from her history, award-winning designer Trenna Travis brings the brilliant colors and vibrant patterns of the Southwest to life in our Boho Bebe collection. We are excited to share our newest collaboration with Cheree Berry Paper; a fresh collection of whimsical and playful patterns that are sure to bring a smile to your face and warm your heart.

From a conception of patterns to slipping that pair of moccasins on your little one’s precious feet, Chérubin is proud to be an American company and we’re thrilled that you allow us to continue to share our craft with you.

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Best Summer Playdate Outfits for Toddlers

It’s an invitation to a playdate – but what’s a little party animal to wear?

From formal parties with ties and tights to sandbox romps in denim and tees, we’ve put together some quick guidelines to making sure your little cherub is outfitted to be the angel of every play date.

  • Outdoor Parks:

    There’s just something about parks that bring out the adventurer in your little one. The tall grass and the colorful flowers all enhance the sense of excitement and wonder. When the destination is a local park, remember to choose an outfit that’s both comfy and fashionable, such as capri-length pants or jeans and a long sleeved cardigan over a sleeveless top. Paired with our camo moccs – available in traditional multi-tone green or girly pink – your little explorer will be ready to take on everything their imagination can conjure up.

  • Parties:

    From pirates and princesses to afternoon tea, the fashionable birthday party feels like a red carpet event to your toddler. This is the perfect opportunity to go all out with the latest hip styles and trendsetting designs. Hip bowties and vests on your little man, or trendy kimono cardigans for your little lady, you can be sure to add a dash of class with our Black Diamond T-strap moccs – the classic design and premier American leather moccs are handcrafted to an unmatched standard of perfection, just like your little fashionista.

  • Local Playground:

    The usual spot for all the moms and tots to meet for a weekly romp is the local playground – and your little one feels right at home on their turf! But with familiarity comes seemingly endless hours of fun, and comfortable fit is a play essential. Forego the frills in favor of more durable wear. Loose t-shirts with whimsical patterns and durable shorts or denim jeans are the perfect compliment to swings and slides and sand boxes. Add our The Natural moccasin for an outfit that’s both rugged and fun – just like your little one.

  • Destinations:

    It's been said that location is everything – and with so many popular attractions to host playdates and parties, there’s no end to the wonder and excitement that await. For style that’s prepared for game-on play, or hitting the pause button, be sure to layer for the perfect amount of polish and comfort. Pants or a denim look and a coordinated shirt will keep them on top of their game and style. Our Rainbow Bright moccs are delightfully fashionable and go with anything for the perfect footwear – and you don’t have to worry about them being accidentally lost in a ball pit.

From fancy indoor birthday parties to outdoor play, choosing the best outfit for the event ensures your little one is dressed to impress and ready to play. And like any other outfit, it’s the shoes that bring it all together.

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​Unique Birthday Party Themes

It’s the ultimate toddler play date – a birthday party! And when it’s time to plan the celebration for your little cherub, you want to make sure it’s a day to remember. With a sprinkle of imagination and a dash of planning, and some awesome party theme suggestions, your birthday party will create memories that will last a lifetime.

  • Costume:

    Costumes aren’t just for Halloween! Our little princesses and pirates imagination and play are inspired by dress-up, so why should one day in October get all the fun? A birthday party theme that celebrates the diversity of our children’s dreams and unleashes their imaginations is the greatest gift we can give them. Whether you go all in for a single theme – like Superheros with matching plates, napkins and decorations – or leave it open as a creative free-for-all to come as their favorite get-up, the best party of the year will be at your house.

  • Formal Tea:

    If there’s anything your little ladies and gentlemen enjoy, it’s getting fancied up. Polished shoes and bowties, ruffled skirts and lacy tights, watch as the charm gets turned on in spectacular fashion when they’re the center of attention. Keep the theme with formal-appearing paper place settings that are fancy, but fun. For snacks, intentionally choose various finger foods that avoid drips and stains, such as cake-pops. Have a camera ready to take snapshots of all the adorable fun. For an all-girls party, consider asking a couple big sisters to be on hand to do elegant makeovers!

  • Sprinkles:

    Every little girl loves colorful sparkles and bright golden glitter, so what better way to celebrate than with confetti? Taking inspiration from our Sprinkles On Top moccs, all you need are a few packs of edible confetti, a supply of glittery streamers, and a splash of imagination and you can create a party that’s guaranteed to enchant all the little princesses. For a bright and delicious treat, consider using Fruity Pebbles ™ in place of crisp rice cereal in marshmallow crispy treats. Add some extra cool fun by filling balloons with confetti and glitter and popping them!

  • Messy:

    Nothing unleashes a child’s imagination and creativity like getting their hands into something squishy. From mud puddles to modeling clay, and everything in between – is you’re looking for a party theme that’s all about the kids then have we got the perfect suggestion for you! With fun activities like edible finger painting made by combining whipped cream with food coloring, jello cube toss using jello that has been set in ice cube trays or other small molds for easy grasp and throwing, or even dunking for M&Ms in pie tins filled with whipped cream, there will be no end to the giggles and fun. Bonus: our cleaning tips will have your Chérubin moccasins back to pristine condition!

Every mom (and dad!) is looking for the freshest and most memorable party theme for their little one – and we're happy to offer party advice that is sure to make a lasting impression!

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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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