Choosing Babys First REAL Shoes
Babies don’t need real shoes until they are established walkers. Before this time they should be encouraged to use their feet bare or in socks. Hard shoes may restrict or hinder babys natural growth.
The purpose of shoes for babies is to keep their feet warm and comfy, and because they look so darn cute! It is important that babies shoes are made of soft fabric and are not too tight. Once your baby starts to learn to walk, allowing her to do so in bare feet is the best option if it is not to cold. Otherwise good fitting sock are just fine.
When Is My Baby Ready For REAL Shoes?
Once your baby is an established walker, it’s a good time to start thinking about choosing babys first real shoes.
How Do I Choose The Right Shoes?
There are a few things to look for in the best shoes.
- Perfect sizing.
- Ease of putting on.
If your baby is learning to walk, you can get shoes especially designed for the ‘cruising’ (cruising is when little ones walk holding onto furniture) and first steps stage. These shoes have rounded edge soles which help baby to maneuver and also provide grip and protection. They are soft and comfy allowing as much flexibility as possible. Although it is not recommended that babies wear shoes until they are established walkers.
What to look for when choosing babys first real shoes
The perfect first shoes will have some, if not all of the following features:
- Lightweight shoes with plenty of flexibility.
- Bendy rubber soles.
- Look out for easy velcro fastenings with will provide easy on and off as well as adjustability.
- Padded collars will provide baby with plenty of comfort.
- Shoes with different width fitting options are going to mean that baby’s shoes will fit perfectly.
Be careful not to pay out too much for shoes if you are on a tight budget as babies feet do grow very fast. It is better to have one pair of well made, good quality shoes .
Shoes shops which provide a professional fitting service are perfect as it can be hard to establish your baby’s size by just trying shoes on. Babies have a tendency to curl up their toes when trying on shoes for the first time, so sizing can be tricky.
Remember, babies feet grow very fast so their feet should be measured regularly to ensure correct sizing.