When I think of all challenges we’ve faced over the last 4 years, the two that rear their ugly heads over and over again are clothes and shoes.
Clothes: Over AFOs & twister cables
Every day when I pick out Lily’s clothes, my mind is running scenarios. “Hmmm… I know these pants fit over her braces, but can I roll them up to her knee so that she can wear her twister cables?” “These leggings work great with her twisters, but are they going to be warm enough if the weather is below freezing?” And buying new clothes? I have a list…
- Jeans must have really wide legs and adjustable waists.
- Leggings must have really stretchy bottoms and can’t be a super cheap material or she’ll wear a hole through them before she leaves the house.
- Capri length leggings are better than full length – we have to roll them up either way due to her cables.
- Tunic tops rock because the longer length covers her body better when the belt from the cables pushes her pants waist band down.
- And by the way, anyone who sells knee length socks in toddler sizes enters my inner circle of bestie retailers.
I’ve had a project in my mind for a while now that would solve the pants problem. I could take all her jeans, split the seams up the side to the knee, and then place velcro at the seam to allow the bottom to flap open around where the cable attaches to the brace (and then velcro close below the cable). This would give her warm pants that she can wear all the way down to her shoes! But… time. Time is not nearly as plentiful as I would like.
Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Clothing Collection
And then, I wake up this morning, and find the following magical article: Tommy Hilfiger Launches Adaptive Collection for Children with Disabilities.
The clothes all have magnetic closures, and they made pants that split up the side to make room for AFOs! Goodness, I’m in love. Of course, proof is in the pudding so to speak, so we’ll have to order a few things to determine if they deliver on the promise … but it’s encouraging.
These clothes could also help her gain the independence of getting dressed herself! So awesome. I’m excited.
Shoes over AFOs
To complete this fabulous day, a package containing four pairs of shoes was waiting for us when we got home. Did you know that Zappos has a specialty shoes category for “orthotic friendly” shoes? You didn’t?!? Me either.
My husband found it (Yes, I know. He rocks).
He found two pair for our size 8 toddler in the “orthotics friendly” category:
- Orthotic friendly GIRLS size 8 toddler (We ordered the purple ASICS sneaker in 8W)
- Orthotic friendly BOYS size 8 toddler (We ordered the Timberland Boot – technically a boys shoe – in 8M and 8W – crazily the 8M fits better)
From a measuring standpoint, Lily’s right foot in her brace measures a 7 Toddler, and her left measures a bit smaller than a 6 Toddler. The size 8 worked well over both.
In addition to the two shoes mentioned above, he also found THESE Converse Easy Hi sneakers with a back that flips down allowing the AFO to slide right in. Isn’t that the coolest thing you’ve ever seen?
Best part = they totally work over her braces.
Link to the Converse “Easy Hi” shoe: http://www.zappos.com/converse-kids-chuck-taylor-all-star-easy-hi-infant-toddler-malt-pink-sapphire-mint-julep
So much excitement for one day.
Where are your favorite places to buy shoes and clothes?