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.
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.
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.
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.