It is very important to ensure that baby’s first shoes are comfortable and do not pinch or restrict her feet. They should allow baby’s toes to grip the floor so that she can learn to walk unaided. Baby’s feet and ankles are stronger than you may think but it is still important that baby’s first shoes help baby’s first steps and not hinder them. If the shoes pinch the toes or restrict movement of the foot, baby will be uncomfortable and not want to try to walk. She will undoubtedly keep removing the shoes. While baby’s feet may be stronger than you think, it is still malleable and soft. Baby’s feet should be encouraged to grow in a natural shape without scrunching up the toes or pressing on the sides of the feet. Make sure that the heel fits correctly into the heel of the shoe and that the toes are not too tight.
Baby’s first shoes should be selected carefully. Generally speaking, baby shoes come in sizes 0 to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, 12 to 18 months and 18 to 24 months. You will also need to take into consideration the width of baby’s feet and if they are chubbier than normal. If you are buying baby’s first shoes from the internet, it will be difficult to gauge whether the shoes will be suitable. You should always check the delivery and returns policies before purchasing.
Baby shoes can be made from soft leather or suede. These materials allow the feet to breath and are robust enough to allow baby to walk on rough surfaces. When you receive your baby’s first shoes you should check that the seams are well stitched and soft yet firm. It is inevitable that baby will pick at any loose ends! Seams should be soft so that they do not rub baby’s feet which may cause blisters and sores. If you buy quality shoes this should not happen. Baby’s first shoes should be waterproof as they may get drooled on or sucked. Colours should remain intact and not wash off.
Baby’s first steps may look flat footed due to fat deposits on the feet and because baby may waddle. Some mothers prefer to delay the purchase of baby’s first shoes and for baby to learn to walk barefoot. If she does need to have something on her feet, the soles of the shoes it must be non slip. This is another feature to look for when selecting baby’s first shoes. Much will depend on the surfaces within the house as to when you decide to buy the first shoes. If you have comfortable carpets baby may be able to go barefoot longer than if you have laminate or wood flooring. If your rooms have the latter, then it is even more important that baby’s first shoes have non slip soles. Of course it is important to protect baby’s feet from rough surfaces and stubbed toes and this may be a reason for purchasing baby’s first shoes early.