What to look for when buying baby shoes

November 26, 2014

With so many trendy baby shoes out there, it’s easy to get swept up in all the adorable styles. Before you start shopping, there are a few important things to consider.

What to look for when buying baby shoes

Stage of development

Consider your baby’s stage of development when buying shoes so that the pair you choose will fit the needs of your baby.

  • A newborn will need baby shoes that are warm and comfortable, while a toddler will need shoes that help them take their first tentative steps.

The perfect fit

When you place the shoe on your baby’s foot, make sure they are standing upright to ensure that you’re finding baby shoes that are roomy enough for the fullest part of their foot.

  • Now try to fit a pinky where your child’s heel meets the heel of the shoe. There should be enough space for their growing foot to wiggle around.
  • Next, squeeze the front of the shoe with your thumb. Since their feet are always growing, you should have enough room between the front of the shoe and your baby’s longest toe to fit the width of your thumb.

Shoes that move

When you pick up a pair of baby shoes, give them a little squeeze. Do they have some give? If not, put them back. A shoe that is made of a stiff material will be constricting for your baby’s foot. You’ll want a shoe that bends, otherwise they might feel too tight.

A shoe that breathes

Make sure when you’re choosing baby shoes that you’re choosing a pair made of a breathable material.

  • Try on baby shoes made of soft leather (avoid anything stiff), canvas or fabric.
  • These types of materials help your baby’s feet get some air while they take their first steps.

Get some grip

If you’re shopping for a newborn, grip might not be a priority, but for babies who are toddling along, it’s a must.

  • Along with flexibility, your baby’s shoes should give them a sturdy foot to stand on.
  • Look for soles made of non-skid rubber. Soles with ridges can give your baby enough footing to explore their little world.

As you know, your baby is always growing, so even after you’ve picked the perfect pair, get into the habit of checking the fit and looking for signs of wear and tear on a monthly basis.

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