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Our book goes down well Down Under!

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Lovely review from Australia:

My own clubfoot journey began when I discovered my unborn child had what was believed to be bilateral talipes. Fast forward through my pregnancy, early days with a newborn having serial thigh to toe casting and surgery to correct the position of my sons feet and then moving onto the longer term bracing, referred to as boots and bar, or b and b. Initially for 23 hours a day my baby wore this system which held his feet in a permanently abducted, or turned out position, encouraging the tendons and ligaments to remain stretched in order to keep his feet in a ‘normal’ position. We underwent this for three months before weaning down to 14 hour wear where we continue to remain at 2 years of age. This will continue until he is approximately 5 years of age, based on current recommendations.
Imagine my heartache as a parent when my small child began fighting me to put his b and b on for each of his sleeps, where he would scream and throw himself around, attempt to run away, while we quite literally at times had to hold him down and strap them on. This is the best form of treatment available for him, to give him the best chance at a ‘normal’ future, but when I have to hold him down to put him into his bracing, when cries out to me “no, no, no”, it breaks my heart every time.

I came across My Clever Night-Night Shoes through an online support group here in Australia, Aussie Clubfoot Kids. I excitedly ‘liked’ the Facebook page and eagerly tracked the books progress which was updated with teasers of pictures and phrases from the story. A story that put b and b wear into a positive light, that we could read to our child in an attempt to make the experience a positive one for him on days when he wanted it to be anything but that.

Through the establishment of Aussie Clubfoot Kids becoming a Not For Profit organisation, and a group that I became a part of, we were contacted by Karen from STEPS, author of My Clever Night-Night Shoes, in coordinating the book being available for purchase here in Australia. The logisitics of purchasing the books individually from overseas proved to be costly and it was decided to make the book available through distributing directly in Australia. Aussie Clubfoot Kids were incredibly humbled and excited to be offered this opportunity by Karen to be the distributor of this beautiful book here in Australia, in order to make it readily available for all our little clubfoot cuties.

I wish I could say I had more to do with the organising of the books availability here in Australia, but Karen, all the way in South Africa, has coordinated the entire production. Through her hard work and networking, in late March the first hard copy of the book arrived on the Aussie Clubfoot Kids doorstep.

There are no words that can describe the beauty of this story. Reading through it the first time with my little man, strapped into his b and b and ready to be tucked into bed, I shed a silent tear for all the wonderful things this story made a reality for my child. A fireman, a rockclimber, or his favourite – swimming with the fish in his deep-sea flippers. “Mummy, boots!” he excitedly repeats to me as we turn to the last page. Words cannot express how wonderful it is to have this story which makes “boots” such an exciting thing, though as a parent also I’m perfectly sure Karen knows the feeling only too well. My daughter, who does not have clubfoot, was not content with sharing a copy and now has her own, perched happily on her bookshelf to read herself each night.

This is our own variation of ‘normal’, and how wonderful that we are able to make it all the more so by the words of one talented woman, and share this with the world. Thank you, night-night.

It is available in Australia by going to their online shop

Karen, Lori and the entire team are thrilled that our book has been received so well and is doing exactly what we planned it should do: encourage children to wear their boots and bars with a view of the end goal in sight – to be able to run, jump, dance and climb with beautiful straight feet!


Aussie Clubfoot Kids Organisation

This fantastic organisation that supports families of babies born with clubfoot in Australia has ordered copies and will be selling ‘My Clever Night-Night Shoes’ to raise funds for their work.

Guest Book Review: My Clever Night-Night Shoes by Karen Mara Moss

We are ecstatic to have this review featured on another blog – thank you!

The Children's and Teens' Book Connection


File Size: 4996 KB
Publisher: Toffee Bee Books (February 28, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Scary statistics bring home the fact that a child is born with clubfoot (talipes) every three minutes. The great news is that Dr Ignaçio Ponseti’s method for clubfoot treatment is over 95% successful. A crucial part of treatment is wearing a brace to hold the foot in the corrected position. Bracing is the best protection against relapse. Most children sleep in the brace until at least age four. But how do you get a child to wear the brace without them protesting or putting up a fight? My Clever Night-Night Shoes is a bedtime story for children who sleep with a brace to help keep their feet straight. The book is written by Karen Mara Moss, mom to a strong-willed child who had to be gently persuaded to wear his brace…

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Happy dance - we're in print!

We’re thrilled to have our first version of the book ready for sale. Launched on the anniversary of the inspiring Dr Seuss’ birthday – 2 March – it’s available on Amazon as an ebook download. There are plans for print versions for Australia, South Africa, and probably UK during March. Requests are also in for translations in Polish and Spanish – and it’s only our second day! We hope that the Ponseti kids will love their special bedtime book.

Night-night Bollywood

Bollywood star John Abraham is the new goodwill ambassador for CURE India’s clubfoot treatment programme. The brace is a big part of the success of the treatment, and needs a huge commitment from parents for at least four years. We love the idea, and the poster!