When I was a "green" mom (an inexperienced and naive mother of my first), I would tell my son not to go into the wet grass, the puddles, the... well, the anything that would soak his shoes for fear of having to deal with the smelly, dirty, wet mess and the lack of footwear for 24 hours thereafter.
And as much as they claim to be, winter boots can NOT ever be exactly 100% snow proof when the snow can still enter uninvited from the top of the boot! I mean, who can have more than 3+ pairs of shoes and 2+ pairs of boots on hand ALL THE TIME just in case a child's foot encounters a puddle just as you shout, "Don't step in that... UGH!" on the way out of daycare"?
So, what is a mother to do when it comes to walking that fine line between managing cost-effective amounts of footwear and also wanting kids to enjoy being kids (that includes puddle jumping)?
As soon as I stumbled across the DryGuy DX Forced Air Boot Dryer, I knew it was a match made in parenting heaven. Yes, I understand that smelly, wet boy shoes that should probably be well-ventilated if they are to be combined with forced air and heat, but on weekends when a specific pair of footwear is called upon more than once in a day (i.e. winter boots or the one pair of shoes my picky-pants toddler insists on wearing), this dryer saved my bum.
Now, I've had mine since November of 2015, and it still works. The knob is a little wonky, but it has sufficient space for 2 pairs of soggy shoes/boots or 2 pairs of don't-touch-that-melting-snow-mush-puddle mittens.
I know it's a bit of an investment, but if your kids like to be outside as much as mine do, it's an absolute sanity saver... just put in a well-ventilated area if you plan to use the heat setting!
This review is NOT paid. I did not receive any form of compensation for this review/recommendation. Photo Credit: DryGuy on Amazon
Cyndi M. Frick
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