Tips to help you choose the First Pair of Baby Shoes
I’m sure that you’ll agree with me, there is nothing more adorable than baby shoes that looks like the big ones, just in a very small version, like these:
But when your baby starts walking there are some tips to know about for The First Pair of Baby Shoes
The first steps
Any parent will tell you that nothing beats the excitement of watching your child take his/her first steps.
When your little one starts to stagger around upright for the first time, there are some things that flash through your mind.
Something like: “Please, don’t fall, oh, please don’t fall”
or maybe: “oh-oh, the out of baby reach shelves need to be adjusted to be a bit higher.”
Then the thought comes “it’s time to get this little one some shoes” and just after this thought, the hunt for baby shoes begins.
When is it time to buy baby shoes?
Once your baby starts taking those first precious steps, it’s definitely shoe-time.
While it is perfectly acceptable (and actually quite helpful) to allow a new walker to go barefoot while learning to balance and stagger around effectively, there are situations where shoes are a must due to hazardous or unsanitary conditions.
Here’s a good rule of thumb:
In the house and on the carpet barefoot is okay.
On tiled floors and out of doors shoes are the way.
Walking barefoot helps babies learn to use their little feet and toes effectively to balance.
On surfaces that may contain hazards, shoes are a must.
When they are riding on their motorcycle in the driveway – definitely shoes.
I can still remember when my son was small, he scratched his toes against the bricks on the driveway. Although he was a strong boy about it, from that day on, he had an obsession about shoes. He always wanted to wear shoes and never wanted to go anywhere without them. In the morning before he got out of bed, he would first put something on his feet to protect them.
It was a small thing, that was huge to him.
What to look for in a baby shoe
Baby shoes should be comfortable and flexible so that your child is encouraged to walk in them.
Look for shoes that are made of breathable material so that your little one’s feet don’t get too hot or sweaty.
There’s nothing sadder than a toddler with a case of athlete’s foot.
The soles should offer some traction but not be so thick that your baby can’t feel the floor beneath his/her feet.
Nothing will make your baby take a header more quickly than a pair of shoes with thick heavy soles.
Remember that baby shoes are not the same as those for adults and older children.
They should not need to be “broken in” by your baby because that simply isn’t going to happen.
Baby shoes aren’t worn long enough to be worn out or broken in.
When fitting the shoe, make sure that it doesn’t rub your baby’s feet the wrong way and that there’s plenty of room to grow.
Now that you’re buying baby shoes you should be prepared to buy them often.
Babies grow faster than you may realize and you’ll probably be looking for new baby shoes approximately once a month.
For your baby’s first few pairs of shoes, you may want to look for pairs with Velcro fasteners rather than laces.
Believe it or not, it’s easy for babies to untie shoelaces, which will have you either retying them repeatedly or constantly worrying that your little one is going to trip over a loose shoelace.
As your baby ages and grows up, however, find some point to switch to laces.
Here’s an easy video to that will help you to teach your kids to tie their shoes when the time comes.
Knowing this in advance will help you when you need to know how to teach them.
I was scared to teach my kids to tie their shoes because the method my father taught me was very difficult, but with this easy method, no fear, just do it:
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