Before babies start walking they don’t need shoes at all. Infact, supportive shoes like hard soled ones may actually hamper their mobility. If at all they need anything, then that’s socks, booties or soft soled shoes. These are useful for warmth and the comfort that babies need, especially during winters.
Once the baby starts to walk and explore, here are some things that you need to look while shoe-shopping:
When buying your baby’s shoes, look for something that keeps the grip intact. When the child is small, choose elastic or Velcro. Both of these are easy to remove and wear the shoes back, especially if you’re in a hurry. Once the child learns to remove these shoes, there’s a possibility that he may pull themoff at the wrong time. In such situations, it’s best to buy shoes with laces. Also, if you opt for laces, make sure they are long enough to tie into double knots.
2) Material of the shoes:
Soft leather shoes or cloth shoes are the best for the baby. Stiff leather hinder foot development and synthetics too. It’s ideal to opt for breathable, lightweight material.
3) Bend the soles:
The sole should be flexible and should have a good grip. It should not be stiff and too hard. A non skid rubber sole with ridges will offer good traction. For smaller kids, prefer a sole made of artificial fur which will provide with warmth and keep the child from falling too. I’d suggest considering cloth shoes from Soul. They’re best for small babies and even for toddlers when indoors.
4) Check the fit:
It is very important that the child tries the shoes first. There should be less than one finger space between his heel and the heel of the shoe and a considerable amount of width between his longest toe and the front of the shoe. The shoe should not be too big and have just enough space to move around the fingers. You should check regularly if the shoes still fit the baby as a baby’s feet grows too fast.
5) Squeeze and check:
If the shoe is made of soft fabric, check the space in the front when the baby is wearing the shoe. If you find no space then the shoe is too tight. It’s best to try a slightly larger size in such a scenario.
6) Time to shop:
Babys feet are swollen in the morning. So it is better to shop in the evening for baby shoes as shoes bought in the morning may not fit the baby in the evening
7) Problem spotting:
You should let your baby wear the shoes at home and walk around. Then remove and see if there is any sort of hurt anywhere on the feet. Once you’re sure there’s no shoe bite or uncomfort, you can let him wear it outside.
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Until next time!