I am offering you people free stuff, because I love you most of all.
First, a little background:
My daughter, Lily, is a sensory seeker. She's hyposensitive, which essentially means that she doesn't feel things as strongly as other kids might. She rubs her feet, she fidgets with her fingers, she grinds her teeth. These are all ways that Lily can feel the world around her more strongly and locate "herself" within it.
Lately Lily has been putting her treasured items in a big Princess bag that we have. It's a school-size bag that we used last year to pack changes of clothes in, and Lily has been taking pictures and toys and stuffing them in the bag, then carrying the bag around the house and unstuffing it. . . then starting over. Lather, rinse, repeat. But the bag is huge and slumps over itself and sometimes she has a tough time getting the things out of it that she puts into it, and other times she can't get things into it because she can't find the top, or carries it upside down and her toys dump out because it doesn't have a closure.
I wondered what she might do with a bag that was a little smaller, more hand-size than shoulder bag-size. And that's when a friend approached me about reviewing Tactile Tote (TM) touchable bags. I hesitated, because with Lily, you really never know what she'll latch onto and what she won't. You might THINK it's a great fit for her, but her reaction to it is often a crapshoot.
I'm all for getting free stuff and giving it to Lily to try, but in return I promised to review the product, and you can't really review a product that your kid won't give the time of day. And there's no rhyme nor reason to it that *I* can tell. And although this seemed like a pretty good fit, I was worried about whether or not Lily would take a shine to it. So when I agreed to review it, I requested purple (the purse-style girls' bags come in five different colors), because Lily likes purple stuff.
Alright. . . the suspense is probably killing you. Did Lily like it?
She did. Did she get a little TOO stimulated and have to be separated forcibly from it at bedtime that night? She did. In the future would I wait until the following morning to introduce something this? I would.
|*contemplating the fuzziness-factor* Survey says, "IT'S SO FLUFFY!"|
|Lots of choices|
|The "durability" test|
The top closure is an elastic band that loops around a soft button. This is either good or bad depending on how you look at it. Lily's fine motor skills are a little lacking, so she wasn't really able to make the top closure work. The plus side is that once it was closed, it stayed closed, and her toys weren't constantly falling out all over the place. The minus side was that she required a little help opening it when she wanted her treasures removed, and closing it when she wanted them replaced.
|backsies (see the tots?)|
The color choices are vibrant and many and offered in enough patterns and shades that boys or girls can find something that will appeal to them. For example one of the giveaway bags sent to me has brown fur on one side and basketball/baseball/football patterns on the other side, whereas the other has yellow fur on one side and flower print on the other. You can purchase them with over the shoulder straps, or around-the-waist straps.
The tots are also available for purchase. Two come on each bag, but you can buy as many as you like, particularly if your son/daughter fixates on them (Lily didn't). The bags are 6" x 9", so you can fit school supplies in them. . . pencils, crayons, etc, if you had a mind to, and could certainly act as a first purse.
So where could you use the Tactile Tote?
|Getting Ready for the bus|
|Bedtime (results may vary)|
But you don't care about that. . . what you care about is free stuff. And I'm here for you. Take your mind off sporn flushing for a few minutes and just think about free stuff.
The thing that typically scares me away from contest or giveaways is I'm super lazy and hate having to go all over creation trying to fulfill the requirements of the giveaway. So I'm making it very very easy. If you feel like your sensory deprived kiddo would benefit from this, or you're looking for a great Christmas present or maybe you like fuzzy bags yourself. . . all you have to do is click this here fancy widget-ma-thingy:
When you win. . . and I know it's going to be YOU. . . I'll follow up with you to get name and address to ship out your Tactile Tote.