Like I said in my August goals post getting the twins ready for going back to school is something I have been putting a lot of energy and effort into over the last few weeks. It takes up a lot of my time during August. I always want to make sure that they have all their uniform, PE, book bags etc — plus it’s all labelled — ready for back to school in early September (so that everything goes smoothly on the first day).
I’ve already ordered most of it now and want to keep staying organised.
I still can’t believe they’ll both be going into Year 1. Reception Year went so quickly (I remember their little faces on their first day *sob sob*) and I still can’t believe that they can now read children’s books and write sentences. They’ll both be turning 6 as soon as they go back too, which is always exciting to have your birthday month!
For me, one of the most important parts of the back to school checklist is school shoes. Probably THE most important. A good quality pair of well-fitted school shoes will mean that they’re comfortable, can play outside to the max, stay safe and plus it helps their feet to grow properly. We walk to school a lot too and so they have to endure a lot of steps per day!
For back to school this year we’ve been kindly sent a pair of school shoes from Start-Rite — and we’re absolutely delighted with them. The twins selected them themselves a few weeks ago and we’ve since been testing out the shoes in the holidays. They’re looking great so far…especially for these boisterous 5-year-olds.
Lottie wears Pulse, £47.99
Harry wears Bolt, £48.99
Start-Rite tests every prototype to ensure it never gives up and looks as good as new after the equivalent of 100,000 steps, that riptape fastenings remain ‘sticky’ after 5,000 openings, and its waterproof shoes stay true after testing by flexing 30,000 times underwater. Perfect for ALL that play!
Start-Rite has also designed its entire AW18 collection to be defined by the child’s life-stage and usage. Its Classics range combines timeless styling with an unwavering focus on comfort and foot health, Kicks has versatility and ease at its core – designed to transition seamlessly from playground, park to party, while Pioneers is the most advanced yet – with an expert blend of smart materials, intelligent protection and sports-inspired styling.
The sizing app
This year, Start-Rite has launched a measuring App that takes photos of your child’s feet to ascertain the correct size and will then store the information. After using the measuring tool it’s simple to search and order shoes. Parents can track their child’s sizes and will receive timely reminders to re-measure. A great idea for people too busy to visit stores, or not keen on dragging children in during the busy periods.
Whilst I do actually love back to school time because it’s a chance for me to get some routine back into our lives again (as well as a fresh start for work & life tasks) it does also mean that it marks another stage of them growing up. I always find it a little sentimental in September; I know that waving them off to start Year 1 I will feel a little tug at the heart strings too. Where have my babies gone?
Is your little one/ones starting or back to school in September too? How are you feeling?
Love, Jess x
Please note: post written in collaboration with Start-Rite.