2 excellent Facebook based Clubfoot groups

Next time your on Facebook, here are two groups that you’ll want to “Like”:

Clubfoot Journey for Mommies and Babies: amazing product info, stories, and more!  Recent new posts include the announcement that MD Orthopadeics is now offering pink and blue Mitchell boots. Finally, some fun fashion options for our Clubfoot Cuties.  I’m a fan! Keep posting the great updates. 







Do you have extra Ponseti braces kicking around? Why not check out the Clubfoot Shoe Exchange and learn about how donating or receiving a braces.




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HALO SleepSack Winner!

CONGRATS to Shane! His name was pulled in the draw for a HALO SleepSack Wearable Blanket.  

Many thanks to all the parents of Clubfoot Cuties who entered the draw.  Safe and sweet dreams to all. 

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Missing in action!

Yes, I’ve been MIA. I’m cranking out this post sitting in a corner at a birthday party my daughter is attending! It’s been a tough couple of weeks.  Easter was mind-boggling busy and followed with nasty colds, stomach issues and an intense work load.  The good news – I’ll be posting the winner of the  HALO SleepSack soon! Stay tuned and thanks for your patience!

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HALO Innovation’s SleepSack® GIVEAWAY!


Spring fever is here! I’m thrilled to partner with HALO to give away a HALO Innovation’s SleepSack®.  Just because the weather is warming up doesn’t mean that our Clubfoot babies don’t need a wearable blanket!    The winner will receive ONE SleepSack of their gender and size from the 100% cotton line.  Visit HALO’s website to pick out your favorite.  

Why HALO? As a new mom, I’ll never forget that feeling of hyper-vigilance around how my babies slept. Constant questions of “is my baby safe enough/warm enough/breathing/comfortable” were consuming. Concern for their sleep impacted my sleep and well-being.  Toss in the logistics of managing of casting/23 hours per-day of boots & bars regime and its sleep-stress central.  For parents of older Clubfoot cuties, The HALO SleepSack is wide enough to accommodate the boots and bars for Ponseti bracing! The Early Walker series has foot access – again perfect for brace wearing cuties.


HALO Innovation’s SleepSack® wearable blankets have become the standard for hospital nurseries and parents alike. In fact, 1,000 hospital nurseries use the HALO SleepSack Swaddle instead of blankets through the through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep InitiativeThat is 1.5 million births getting first-hand, in-hospital experience with the HALO SleepSack Swaddle and safe sleep practices! Leading health organizations agree that modeling proper baby care in the hospital is the single biggest influence on how parents care for their baby at home. HALO Innovations also offers free Safe Sleep Practices kits to childbirth educators to help further the cause of SIDS prevention.

How to enter:

1) Email me your name @ russellsfeet@gmail.com  and let me know which is your favorite from the 100% cotton line at HALO SleepSack by Monday April 1st.  

2) Do one of the following:

Draw Date:  Tuesday April 2nd, 2013. The winner will be contacted directly and results posted on Russell’s Feet.

Special thanks to Betsy Miller and HALO for putting this together.

Good luck and sweet dreams! 

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Halo SleepSacks – a favorite thing!

On Sunday, I was thrilled to help host my friend D’s baby shower. The idea behind the afternoon was to have a celebration of motherhood, with guests providing their favorite thing, idea and thoughts on parenting.  Friends came from long and far to help celebrate and it was really fun to see what the group of mom’s favorite things were. Among the many wonderful gifts were sweet stuffies, an amazing and sentimental collection of books – including Where The Sidewalk Ends and Alligator Pie – and the one item that I wish I would have would have received: a HALO SleepSack.  I was so thrilled to see D receiving one!

Kim, who brought the HALO SleepSack, was given hers by her mother. At the time, she was living off shore on an island that didn’t have any well stocked kids shops.  The HALO became essential for Kim and her little guy. Great features include a bottom-up zip for easy diaper access and a nice wide design at the base. Kim raved about the HALO and by the end of it had me seriously wishing that I knew more about them for W.

Lucky for all my Clubfoot Mamas (and Dads too),  Betsy Miller has helped me secure a HALO SleepSack as a give away! Stay tuned for details and dates on when the give away will happen.

In looking through Halo’s website, there are some amazing products that I know I’ll be ordering soon. W has very sensitive skin and the ComfortLuxe line on PJs looks amazing and guess what – I can get a Big Kid’s SleepSack for W in his size!

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Sleep Issues and Your Clubfoot Baby – a guest post from Betsy Miller

I am beyond thrilled to share the following post from published author Betsy Miller!


Thanks for having me as a guest at Russell’s Feet. Today, I’d like to share some ideas about how to cope with sleep issues that sometimes surface for babies and children who wear a clubfoot brace.

For those readers who are new to the world of clubfoot treatment, let me explain how brace wear works. After a child’s foot has been corrected, he or she wears a brace to maintain the correction. By the time a child is of walking age, the brace is worn only at nighttime or during naps. Most children wear the brace at night until they are four or five years old.

I’ve put together some tips here from my book The Parents’ Guide to Clubfoot. These suggestions are based on advice from doctors who specialize in clubfoot and from parents, who are after all the ones who deal with the sleep issues most of the time.

To help your child sleep:

  • Create a bedtime routine for your child that includes putting on the brace. For example, after your child has a bath, put on pajamas and the brace, and then read a story.
  • Carefully check the socks to make sure they are smooth without any wrinkles before you put on the shoes or boots.
  • For a baby sleeping on his or her back, use pillows or rolled up blankets beneath the knees.
  • Try a sleep sack at night instead of pajamas. For children who sleep in a crib, this helps to protect the slats of the crib from damage. HALO SleepSacks are wide enough at the bottom to fit over a clubfoot brace.
  • Check the fit of the brace. Even if the size of the shoes is right, the width of the bar is also important. For the Ponseti brace, the bar should be a little wider than the width of the child’s shoulders.
  • Carefully check the skin on your child’s feet for blisters or sore spots.
  • If your child has recently learned to walk, he or she might wake up more at night and want to practice this new skill. If that happens, it will resolve on its own.

If your child used to sleep well, and is now having a hard time:

If you are having a hard time getting your child to wear the brace, don’t give up. Contact your child’s doctor or orthotist for help. Wearing the brace is the best way to prevent a relapse. And remember to enjoy all the wonderful things about your child that have nothing to do with clubfoot!

Once again – thanks Betsy for this post! If you are interested in reading more from Betsy, her book The Parent’s Guide to Clubfoot contains a wealth of information on many aspects beyond sleep.

Stay tuned for more information on an exciting product give away with Clubfoot babies and parents in mind. 

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A Clubfoot Ninja? Bloodsport secrets suggest so!

Typically, I shy away from articles that start with “10 things you need/didn’t know” etc. However, it was my husband who brought a very interesting possibility that Bloodsport legend Frank Dux was born with Clubfoot. Check out this article on Buzzfeed where Frank Dux alludes to being born with Clubfoot (see #2) and having to endure long-term bracing and pain. I can’t seem to find any other information that validates this, so maybe these types of articles are worth a closer read.

For my little ninja, he definitely has flexible hips and martial arts is on the radar to try out.  The focus on flexibility, stretching and foot strength is very appealing.  Frank – if you ever read this, another little boy from Toronto with Clubfoot could be following your path.

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