Choosing your baby’s first pair of shoes is super exciting! However, it’s important to make the right decision...
Babies’ feet are soft and precious, so you need to ensure that you choose shoes that are comfortable and suitable for the development of your little one’s tootsies.
Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right first shoes for your little one...
Your little one is finally there – taking their first steps! While you’ll be bursting with pride, it’s important that you don’t rush out to buy their first pair of walking shoes just yet. Babies don’t need to wear shoes until they are walking outside. Until then, learning to walk in bare feet is the best option.
When you go to buy your baby’s first shoes, it’s vital that you get your baby’s feet measured by a professional. Some retailers ensure their staff have comprehensive training, so they can advise you on what’s best for your baby. Always get your toddler to walk in the shoes in the shop to make sure they are a correct fit before you buy.
The shoes should be available in whole and half sizes and a variety of width fittings. They should be made from leather, which should be soft and flexible so they don’t rub. Look for lightweight, flexible non-slip soles which will help your baby grip the ground. Toes should still be wide and roomy, seams and edges soft, materials breathable and fastenings adjustable.
A good pair of first walking shoes can help your child gain balance and control as they walk and will give them confidence to keep going – for just a few steps more. Do remember that it’s still great for your baby to go barefoot as much as possible at home.
Your baby’s shoes should be checked every six to eight weeks to make sure they still fit.
Never buy second hand shoes, they will have been moulded to fit another child’s feet and won’t give the right support.