A baby doesn’t stay a newborn for long and no sooner was your bundle of joy a baby in arms, you are thinking about buying him his first pair of shoes!
Whilst a baby can benefit from his first vertical movements being made without shoes in order to strengthen his ankles and muscles, as soon as your baby starts attempting to toddle or even crawl about, he will need some stable shoes on to help support his feet and protect his toes, particularly when outdoors.
Many parents can feel slightly apprehensive when it comes to buy baby’s first shoes and are unsure what to look out for.
Below are five tips on how to buy baby’s first shoes.
1 – They need to be flexible
With all those inevitable tumbles and falls that are going to occur it is important that your baby’s first shoes are flexible enough to ‘move’ with your baby’s movements. Softer soles are preferable over harder ones, so that your little one’s shoes can twist and bend with every which way!
2 – Made out of leather
Similar to older children and adult’s shoes, footwear tends to be better quality when made out of leather. Leather can ‘breathe’ more easily than other materials, such as plastic, and will help your baby’s feet stay more comfortable and less sweaty!
3 – Don’t spend a fortune
Babies shoes can be extremely expensive and, whilst they are adorable, your baby’s feet will grow at an extremely fast pace and therefore spending a fortune on a pair of shoes that will not see that much wear could be regarded as being a waste of money.
4 – Make sure there is ‘roominess’
A good indicator that your baby’s shoes are the right fit is whether you can fit your thumb between your baby’s big toe and the tip of the shoe. Also to ensure that your baby’s shoes are wide enough, do a simple pinch test, to ensure that you can grasp a piece of the material in your fingers at the widest point of the shoes.
5 – Consider the weather
It is important that you buy a pair of shoes for your baby that will be appropriate for the forthcoming weather. If for example, it is March when your baby needs his first pair of shoes, remember that spring is approaching and buying a pair of winter shoes would be too hot and bulky.