Cool Cast Critters: Spotlight and Giveaway

Having a fractured limb can be tough for kids. They have to adapt to this heavy and awkward device while being careful to not get it wet or dirty. I’m excited to share a new resource that can help, Cool Cast Critter.

Guest Blogger, Maureen Jurgelas

The Cool Cast Company was founded in 2020 by Maureen Jurgelas who had the vision to help children cope with the trauma of a broken arm and the stigma of wearing a cast. She has volunteered for Canine Assistants for years and witnessed how animals change the lives of children. Combining her passions, she created Cool Cast Critters, plush animals worn over a child’s arm cast for comfort and fun. They are patented, SGS safety certified for kids ages 3 and up, and machine washable. When the cast comes off they transform into a hand puppet for continued adventures.

Where to purchase

There are four different Cool Cast Critters to choose from. Click here to learn more.

We will be giving away a package of all 4 Cost Cast Critters to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at and leave a comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

3. Facebook: Follow Cool Cast Co. and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @CoolCastCo and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 7/14/22. Open to US residents.

Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny! Picture Book Giveaway


The picture book Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brookylnn Bunny! combines appealing illustrations with a fun story that encourages children to persist in achieving long-term goals and to cooperate with wearing an orthopedic brace.

This upbeat story is about Brooklynn, a little bunny who loves to hop. Brooklynn wears a brace at night, but she is determined to learn how to hop rope in time for the Hippity Hop Games. Armed with hop rope rhymes and a can-do attitude, Brooklynn shows that persistence pays off and can be a lot of fun.

Co-authored by Jill Harold, the parent of a child in treatment for clubfoot, and Betsy Miller, the author of The Parents’ Guide to Clubfoot, this joint project focuses on the whole child (or whole bunny) working toward a positive outcome over time. Whether it’s jumping rope, or wearing a brace, the message of this book is to keep trying.

This story is an example of how the specific speaks to the universal. Though this book has special meaning to children who wear a brace, any child can enjoy this book and appreciate how Brooklynn achieves her goal. Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny! is geared toward children two to five years of age. It is available in paperback and hardback editions, with ebook and audiobook editions coming soon.

Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny, Authors

Authors: Jill Harold and Betsy Miller

Click here to learn more about Brooklynn Bunny and be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brooklynn Bunny Giveaway

We will be giving away a copy of Hip, Hop, Hooray for Brookylnn Bunny!  to one lucky winner!
Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at and leave comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag a friend.

3. Facebook: Follow Brooklyn Bunny and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Twitter: Follow, Like and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy and @BrooklynnBunny

5. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy, Like and tag a friend in the post.

Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 4/16/17

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