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While pregnant with Alex, we read Monica a couple books to help her get ready to become a big sister. One was Waiting for Baby (My New Baby). The book asks open-ended questions that a toddler might be thinking: How big is the baby? What does the baby eat? One all-important question the book asks, and that we still joke about, is: “What about shoes?”
Monica was born in the summer, so I didn’t worry too much about shoes for her at first. I had no problem letting her wiggle around barefoot or take her somewhere wearing just socks. But Alex was born in October, so things are a little chillier. He either wears socks (Trumpette are our favorite!) or footed PJ’s, but that hasn’t calmed the little voice inside my head asking…
What about shoes?
Babies don’t really need to wear shoes, particularly hard-soled ones, but I want Alex’s feet to stay warm. Plus, I’m so used to Monica wearing shoes that it seems strange for Alex to not be wearing any. So I was really excited to receive a pair of Freshly Picked soft-sole moccasins to review and give away to one lucky winner!
When Monica was learning to stand and walk, I considered buying her a pair of Freshly Picked moccs, but could never pull the trigger, even when they were on sale. They come in so many great colors (including metallic!) that I had trouble choosing. This time around, my decision was slightly easier since I wasn’t tempted by the rainbow of colors. I knew I wanted something Alex could wear all year round and that would match most outfits. While I considered the darker brown Timp , I went with the crowd-favorite Weathered Brown.
After picking a color, it was just a matter of selecting a size. Knowing that babies grow out of everything before you blink, I didn’t want to pick a size that fit right now and then be too small before Alex even starts crawling. After a little research, I found this great review of Freshly Picked on the blog Piccoli. After consulting with several Freshly Picked loving moms, if you can only get one pair of moccs, she recommends buying size 3.
They will fit most babies at around 3 months, and last until they are about 15-18 months! You’ll still get to enjoy seeing their adorable little newborn feet in them, but they will last through the stages when your little one needs them most: while learning to stand and walk. We’re still testing this theory, but so far it has proved true. Cal started wearing his when he was about 3 months old and still has plenty of room to grow in them at 7 months.
With that information in hand, I ordered a size 3 knowing that Alex can wear them with socks during the winter and still have room to wear them barefoot in the summer. Alex is currently 6 weeks old and his moccs are still big on him, even with socks. One of the selling points for Freshly Picked moccs is that they don’t come off and Alex wasn’t able to kick them off even though they’re still a bit too big.
As for the moccs themselves, they’re well-made (in America!) and the leather is so soft. While Freshly Picked now offers hard-soled moccs for big kids, I wish they also made something in my size ;)
Finally, I’m inspired by the hustle of founder Susan Petersen. She started Freshly Picked in 2009 with $200 from recycling scrap aluminum window frames. Per this article from Entrepreneur, “In the last three years, Freshly Picked has grown from $120,000 in sales to $5.4 million in sales. Its staff has grown from one to 12. In January 2014, the company appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and landed a deal with Daymond John — $150,000 for 25 percent of the company. After the show aired, John renegotiated the terms of the deal and it fell apart, Susan says.” How awesome is it that their moccasins are also available at Nordstrom!?
Freshly Picked is generously giving away one pair of soft sole moccasins to a lucky reader! The winner can pick their favorite color and size. Please enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be emailed Tuesday, November 24, 2015. Good Luck!