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Things to Consider While Buying Walking Shoes for Babies

Things to Consider While Buying Walking Shoes for Babies

One has to be very careful while buying baby shoes because an ill-fitting pair will cause a lot of discomfort to the little one's feet. Read on to know about the various things to consider while buying shoes for your baby, and when and how often to buy them.
AptParenting Staff
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2018
There is nothing more enchanting for parents than seeing their baby grow. Witnessing one's baby taking those first tiny steps, which is one of the many hallmarks of growing up, absolutely enthralls parents. Now, the tiny tot has started putting his/her feet on the ground to cover considerable distances on his/her own legs.
So, it's time for parents to invest in a pair of shoes for their little ones. Moving around barefoot is helpful for those who have just learned to walk. However, outdoor trips and a walk in the stores surely demand that your baby's feet are enclosed in the safety of a pair of shoes.
Guidelines
Like any other baby product, it is important that the shoes for the infant are soft and flexible. His/her skin is soft. Any hard material may bite into it or may make him/her feel uncomfortable while walking around.
Baby girl is walking her first steps with her mother
It is important that the footwear bought are soft and flexible so that the toddler can balance himself properly while taking his itsy bitsy steps. Canvas or soft leather is a good option.
Baby Shoes
Ensure that the shoes have a non-slip bottom. Avoid extra thick soles as your little one may trip on them. In case you choose high-top shoes, make sure that the movement of your baby's ankle is not restricted.
Many parents think that this type of footwear would provide their kids proper ankle support. However, it is not necessarily so. Some children find it difficult to move around in them and also struggle to take them off on their own.
Blue Baby Booties
If you are going for shoes with laces, ensure that the laces are long enough to be double-knotted. However, they should not be so long that the child trips on them and falls.
baby shoes
Although many parents feel that once the laces are tied properly the shoes fit snugly on the child's feet, the fact is that these laces tend to come undone frequently.
Two Boot
Also, children take time to learn how to tie them. So, parents may find themselves tying the laces of their children's shoes very often. Velcro solves these problems.
baby shoes
Though this type also may become loose on a child's feet as he runs and plays around, most often children can adjust the velcro fasteners themselves.
At the Store
Shopping for baby clothes, holding shoes
When at the store, check for the material of the shoe. See if the child is comfortable in them and can move around without any problem.
Baby Needs New Shoes
Get your baby's feet measured by the attendant at the store. Let him/her provide a few pairs for variety. You could give him a price range. Let your child try them on and make him/her walk around the store a little in each pair
Check if your child's feet slipped into the shoes easily and is comfortable while walking around in them. Check to see if there are any red marks on your baby's feet once the shoes have been taken off. Always carry a pair of socks that you intend to make your child wear before he puts on his shoes. Try the various pairs with the socks on.
When to Shop
Like adults, children's feet may also swell up at the end of a hard day. Hence, it is best to go to a shop towards the later half of the day. Going to a shop after the child has had his share of nap would be good idea. Making a tired and cranky child try out pairs of shoes is certainly not what a parent would want.
How Often to Shop
Different babies grow at different rates. However, it would be wise to check the size of the shoes once a month. Also keep an eye for any wear and tear. Replace them in case the sole cracks or if there are holes in them.
Blue Baby Shoes On Carpet
Be it infant walking shoes or baby shoes, parents have a lot of choices nowadays. Though a cute looking pair looks very sweet on kids, the most important criteria while buying them is comfort.