If you’re beginning to think about buying your baby shoes, it’s probably around the same time that they’ve became a little more adventurous and on their feet. Once your little one can get around on their own, you need to consider what they will need to be comfortable when outside. One of these items are a pair of comfortable shoes.
Buying baby shoes can be a really difficult task if you’ve not done it before. How are you meant to know what size your baby is? When you do finally find what you think is their right size, how do you know if they actually fit properly. There’s plenty of questions just like these surrounding the subject of buying your baby shoes. This applies to both their first pair and pairs of shoes after that.
To give you more of an understanding into what you need to do when buying your baby shoes, we’ve written a guide with popular questions asked by parents. We hope that after you read our guide, you should have plenty of your questions answered.
Before your little one starts walking, there are still shoes available to buy. These shoes aren’t designed to be walked in and are instead, just for fashion purposes. However, there are some things to consider before you purchase some shoes for your baby – are they actually worth it?
Baby shoes do not bring any benefits to your child and can actually bring the opposite instead. If you purchase shoes that are too hard or are not flexible enough, it can restrict your baby’s movement. It’s important that your baby is left comfortable after you get them dressed and it’s essential to check if the shoes you are putting on them are worth it just because of how cute they look. Your baby will not require shoes before they start walking and instead can just wear some thick style socks.
So yes, babies can wear shoes, it’s just whether you decide to use them or not. Think about your baby’s comfort when buying new items.
When your little one takes their first steps, there’s still not much need to buy your child their first pair of proper shoes. If they won’t be walking around outside, they won’t need to be protected. Allowing your little one to walk around the house barefoot will help with their balance and can allow them to get the hang of things more quickly.
Of course, once your baby is confident enough and can start walking around outside, you will need to purchase shoes for the protection of your little one’s feet. Don’t just go straight to big brands because they look nice. Find a pair of shoes that are comfortable and won’t cause your child any discomfort.
We covered this slightly in our last question, but you still may be confused as to when the best time is to buy your little one their shoes. You may think it’s the best time once they begin to take their first steps – but this doesn’t mean their instantly ready to go to start walking around outside with you.
It’s important that your baby gets their balance indoors properly before they start exploring outdoors on their own. As long as they are on a safe surface which won’t cause any damage to their feet, you can let them walk around the house barefoot when learning to walk. Putting baby shoes on sooner than you need to can cause implications with growth as well as movement.
If you have hard floors which can be slippery, you may want to use baby shoes inside of the house too. This is completely fine but should not be worn all day as it’s important for your baby to be able to stretch out their feet. In this case, you will end up buying baby shoes slightly earlier. If you are waiting till your baby can walk confidently outside, it will be a little longer.
Once you can see that your baby is taking steps without falling over and can walk on their own with little assistance, they will now be able to start exploring outdoors. It’s important that your baby grasps walking before you take them outside with little help as if they fall, surfaces could be rougher and can hurt your little one. Your baby will need shoes when they are outdoors as they can be exposed to sharp materials as well as hot or cold surfaces.
Remember that if you want to buy baby shoes before they need them, make sure they are extremely flexible and soft for your baby. It may be better to buy thick socks that look like shoes to protect your child’s feet.
When it comes to finding out which size shoes your baby needs, it can be a little difficult. However, there are people to help you with this. In most shoe shops that stock younger children’s shoes, they offer a foot measuring and fitting service so that you can find out what exact size you need to go for. This ensure that the shoe will be comfortable for your little one and won’t be too tight or loose. They use a foot gauge in which your child puts their foot on and then is adjusted to see what size they need. This can be done for babies as well as toddlers, depending on when your child needs their first pair of shoes.
You will probably need to get your child’s feet measured every 6-8 weeks to ensure that their shoes or boots do not get too tight in this timeframe. Your child will grow very quickly during their younger years and it’s important to keep on top of this. If you find that your baby’s shoes are too tight after you have bought them in the correct size, you can always go back and get a re-size to make sure they are perfect.
Assistants will help you choose a suitable shoe for your little one. The main things to look for are something comfortable, and something that fits well around your baby’s foot.
If you cannot get to a shop for a foot measuring service, you can also do this yourself at home. There are some easy ways to do this. Some parents choose to just hold a tape measure or ruler up to their baby’s foot to get a measurement. However, doing it this way isn’t the most accurate as your child’s foot may be slightly scrunched up.
The best way of doing this if you choose to do it at home is to have a piece of paper, a pencil and a ruler or tape measure ready to go. Stand your little one up with at least one of their feet on the piece of paper. Try and relax your baby to make sure their foot is completely relaxed and not arched at all. Once you are confident that their foot is flat, you can put a pencil mark at the heel of their foot and at the top of their big toe. Take this measurement in centimetres and make sure you get to the closest millimetre possible.
Once this is done, you can measure how long your child’s foot is and have a good idea of what shoe size to choose. We do advise getting a professional to do this as they do have the correct tools to carry out the job. However, this way is just fine if you’re struggling to get to where you need to go.
There are some things you need to look out for when buying your baby shoes. A lot of people go straight to the big, well known brands as they think they will offer the best comfortability. However, this isn’t always the case. Whilst some of these higher priced shoes may offer comfort, it doesn’t mean less expensive pairs will feel cheap or lacking in quality.
We’ve listed some important things you need to look for when you’re buying your baby’s shoes…
Like everything, baby shoes range depending on the brand and quality of them. Buying baby shoes doesn’t have to be expensive, it’s just important that you take in comfortability for your baby before you purchase a pair. If you’re looking at a branded pair of shoes, they can range from £20 to £30 depending on the brand. However, if you choose a standard pair of baby shoes that you can find in a shoe shop or store, you can usually find these for £10 to £15 – sometimes lower depending on where you’re looking.
You don’t have to break the bank when buying your baby shoes. Shop around and look for any offers that may help you save a few pennies. It’s also fine to want to spend a little bit more on baby shoes if you want to. It’s great to treat your baby!
How long shoes last really depend on how they’re treated. In most cases, you don’t have to replace your baby’s shoes because of the condition they’re in, it’s because your baby will outgrow them. If you’re thinking of keeping your baby’s shoes for your next child or to give them away to family or friends, you probably won’t have any issue.
We hope our blog has helped you answer some of your questions you have about baby shoes. Remember that there are plenty of people around that can help you when it comes to buying your first pair. As long as they are comfortable and supportive for your little one, you’re going the right way.