- Tips to choose perfect shoes for baby
- Things To Consider Before Buying Baby Shoes
Tips to choose perfect shoes for baby
It's an exciting time when your baby begins to take those first steps and many parents are anxious to rush out and buy a pair of baby shoes. But there's a lot to consider and it's important that you follow a few key steps before you make your baby shoes purchase.
Start at the Store:
The convenience of shopping online is a huge lure for busy parents, but it's best to buy baby's first shoes at the store. Have a trained salesperson measure your baby's feet to ensure you purchase the right size and make sure they also do the "thumb test," meaning that they check to be sure your baby's longest toe is a half-inch (or a thumb's width) from the tip of the shoe.
Pay Attention to the Feet:
The size and shape of your baby's feet are important when you're purchasing baby shoes.
Let the salesperson helping you bring you shoes that match the shape of your baby's feet. Once they're on, tug on the shoe to be sure the heel does not slip on and off.
Comfort is Key:
As you can well imagine, flexibility is important to foot development. Put the shoe in the palm of your hand and try to bend it in half. If it fully bends, that's great; if not, try a different shoe. Remember to choose breathable fabrics such as cloth, leather or canvas.
Kick the Tires:
Or in this case, the tread. Tread should be plentiful. Nothing too deep because it can throw off your baby's gait, but avoid slick bottoms with no tread because your baby can easily slip.
Pay Attention to Your Baby
First impressions are everything and that's not lost on baby shoes. Leave his socks on so you can get an accurate fit and watch his reaction when he takes his first steps in the shoes. If he seems unsteady or uncomfortable, skip the shoes.
Buy the Right Size
With baby clothes, it's a good idea to buy big. With baby shoes, you need to buy what fits.
Yes, he'll grow out of them more quickly, but buying shoes that are too big can lead to nasty falls and improper foot and gait development.
Things To Consider Before Buying Baby Shoes
Buying baby shoes can be a tricky business — especially since they can't tell you if they fit properly. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I am asked from parents looking to buy that first pair of shoes.
Perfect Time for Buying Baby Shoes:
Soft-soled baby shoes are very popular because they allow babies to learn to walk with the feel of the natural ground under their feet. But if your baby is not transitioned to "regular" shoes — meaning those with a firm but flexible sole — soon enough, they may have difficulty transitioning from those soft-soled shoes.
This is a problem I had when we transitioned out baby; she flat-out refused to wear anything except soft-soled shoes.
Needless to say, I had to do some research. And I found that babies tend to transition with the least amount of difficulty when they are learning to walk around the furniture, but are still supported by hanging on to something. For most babies, this occurs between the ages of 8 and 12 months. At that point, it's a good time to transition to a shoe with a flexible sole, such as the SRT by Stride Rite.
Do not buy used baby shoes
While I am a huge advocate of shopping for used baby clothes, I do not recommend this practice for baby shoes.
Just like an adult shoe, any baby shoe will mold to the foot that it is being worn out. And the shoe that fits little Johnny down the street may not be a molded, precise shoe for your little one. In addition, as your baby walks, the top of the shoe creases to accommodate the movement of your baby's foot; this crease at the top of the shoe will be different for every foot.
For these reasons, I recommend that you always purchase new baby shoes.
Do not use Too Small/Tight baby shoes
Getting a proper fit is crucial to buying baby shoes. Luckily, many baby shoes now come with a removable insole that can be placed on the ground and that your baby can stand on. Similar to those metal devices we used as kids, these insoles have lines which tell you when the shoe is a perfect fit and when it's time to buy new.
Another signs that your baby's shoes are too small is the obvious, "if it's hard to get on, it's too small."
Shoes that are too small are painful and uncomfortable for your baby; be sure you always put him in the proper size.
Wearing tight baby shoes has some harmful effects on baby’s feet.It makes the baby uncomfortable in walking, running and playing.
Such as It is very harsh for a baby to play with the nerf sniper rifles in tight or small shoes.
Additionally, it's a good idea to reference a baby shoe size chart before making any purchases.
Do not go for expensive baby shoes
While the price range for baby shoes is all over the map, I've found that 99% of the time, you get what you pay for. More expensive shoes tend to be made of softer, more flexible leather; have a more flexible sole with a wider foot bed or a choice of widths; and are incredibly breathable.
So the answer is actually, "no," you do not need to buy expensive baby shoes. However, I do recommend that you not skimp on baby shoes.
Temperament of the shoes
With the cost of baby shoes, this is a common question. After all, who wants to spend $40–$50 on a pair of baby shoes, only to have them not fit within a few weeks?
Here's the good news. On average, a pair of baby shoes will last around 3-4 months if your child is growing at an average rate.
The material of the baby shoes
As you've likely noticed, nearly all baby shoes for early walkers are made of leather. This is because leather is flexible and molds quickly to a baby's foot when warmed up from your baby toddling around the house. Additionally, leather is a breathable material so it promotes a dry and healthy foot.