How to Choose a Baby's First Shoes

If you need your baby's first shoes, you have come to the right place. Read on. Buying your baby's first shoes can be confusing with the overwhelming choices that are out there. You can go online or in stores and you simply have a lot to choose from. Here is how to narrow down your choices and get the best first shoe for your baby.

Steps

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    If your baby is walking, you may want to go with shoes with hard soles, but yet light-weight and flexible.
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    If you have a pre-walker or a crawler, go for something that has a soft sole. Socks or soft booties will be enough to protect from the elements.
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    The shoe should be neither too roomy nor tight. Have your child try on the shoes and stand up. There should be just enough room to squeeze your pinky between your child's heel and the heel of the shoe, and a full thumb-width between the end of your child's longest toe and the front of the shoe.
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    Keep checking this once every month. Usually a child will outgrow a shoe in 3-6 months. Never buy a shoe that is too large just to make it last longer as they will be very uncomfortable for a new walker (or anybody for that matter). Instead look for lower cost options of the correct size so you can switch them out at the right time.
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    Choose shoes that are easy to put on and take off without bringing on a battle The ones with buckles or Velcro tabs are easier than the ones with laces.
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    If you will let your child walk in the snow or other slippery surfaces, it is best to look for specialized shoes that has non-skid soles (rubber). Similarly, in hot and humid areas, go for open-faced sandals to allow the feet to breathe.

Warnings

  • Do not make them too tight on your baby or try to make them fit make them just right or a tiny bit bigger than their size. If they are too tight, your baby might get hurt when walking.

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Categories: Babies and Infants