Today we’d like to introduce you to Audrey Stewart.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’m a Fort Worth local, previous ad agency gal and dedicated mom to my two little girls – Cameron (2 years) and Madelyn (9 mo.).
Our story begins when our oldest daughter, Cameron, was nine months old and in a freak accident. A deer mount fell off a wall and directly into her head. Crushing part of her skull, resulting in brain damage and emergency brain surgery.
After surgery Cameron was paralyzed on her right side, unable to move her hand or arm and making very few noises. We immediately began various therapies to help rebuild connections in her brain so that she could do these basic life skills again.
When your child goes through something like this, as a mom you learn A LOT. You learn from doctors, surgeons, nurses, friends, family, and therapists. One of the things I learned was the benefit of sensory play.
Several of our therapists (physical, occupational and speech) encouraged me to engage Cameron in sensory play as it helps the brain build connections. So, I first introduced Cameron to a sensory bin at ten months old as a therapeutic tool. And, she immediately fell in love with each box I would build. Throughout her recovery, it was amazing to watch her explore the textures within a sensory box, and it quickly became one of our favorite activities to do together.
As her healing progressed, I realized that sensory bins are not just a therapy tool, they are a developmental tool. Littles enjoy playing with something that engages their senses, teaches them control, and uses both fine motor skills and their imagination.
The challenge I found is that it takes time to create the bins, often requiring me to go to several stores on top of determining what would be safe and beneficial for her to play with. Here is where Let Them Be Little was born, the concept that you could have a sensory box delivered to your door every month made me grin from ear-to-ear!
Our Let Them Be Little Boxes are designed with toddlers and mama’s in mind. Our goal is to create something that both you and your littles enjoy. We have focused on making this a realistic box – easy to play with, easy to store, easy to use!
Has it been a smooth road?
It has been amazing to see how many moms are looking for a toy like this. As a mom of two, I understand that it can be difficult to play with a toddler. They are in a unique stage of life, they are gaining independence but are still extremely dependent. Our box allows for this and we find it keeps their attention much longer than other types of play.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Is this just a therapeutic tool? Let Them Be Little is designed for all toddlers. Toddlers who have therapeutic needs and toddlers who are hitting all their “milestones”.
What are the benefits of sensory play? Sensory play helps with cognitive development, speech development, builds fine motor skills, practices social skills and more.
How do you play with our boxes? Sit back and watch your toddler scoop, pour, feel, smell and create their own games.
What makes us different? We are focused on toddlers and we deliver everything for just $30. There are other sensory options but they tend to target ages five and up and are significantly more expensive.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
YES. Our city is our support system. It’s the city that has made this business possible. Word of mouth, mom’s rallying and support like this article is what will get this business off the ground!
- $30 per box
- Website: LetThemBeLittleBox.com
- Email: LetThemBeLittleBox@gmail.com
- Instagram: @LetThemBeLittleBox
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LetThemBeLittleBox/