Shopping for baby’s first shoes

Shopping for that first pair of shoes is an exciting time and another big milestone. You need to be sure that the time is right and your child is ready for her first pair of shoes. In addition, you need to know what to look for in that first pair of shoes to ensure that they support your child’s feet in the right way. Getting it right is important for good foot health for now and in later life. Good-fitting shoes are imperative and first shoes need to be just right for your independent little walker.

How to shop for baby’s first shoes:

When is a baby ready for shoes?

Watching your baby learn to walk is an exciting time, as she reaches an important milestone. There is no need to go out and buy shoes straight away, as she needs to practice walking barefooted first. This is to allow her to get her balance and find her feet. She has better control with bare feet and this helps aid her to become steady on her feet. Once she has had a good amount of practice and is walking confidently without assistance, she is almost ready. When you feel she is able to walk outside, you can go ahead and buy her first pair of shoes.

Measuring up

Now that your child is ready for her first pair of shoes, you need to take her to get measured. It is essential that she is measured to ensure that the shoes are the correct fit. Many good shoe stores that stock children’s shoes should have a professional shoe-fitting service that is free of charge. Shoe shops that cater only for children are a good option, as they are highly experienced. Once your child is measured up you can look for shoes and try them on. Once on, you can feel if her toe reaches the edge; there should be a thumb gap in the back of the shoe to allow movement.

What to look for in baby’s first shoes

There should be a range of first shoes available that are softer on the sole with a more flexible base to allow more control. Soft shoes are the best option, as they conform to the shape of the child’s foot to give a natural and comfortable fit while giving more control. Basic shoes are best to start with, and opt for Velcro fasteners or buckles to make it easier to get them on and off. Velcro is the preferred choice as they allow a child to practice and gain confidence in putting their own shoes on. Opt for practical shoes from a good shoe shop that is well-known, rather than cheaper shoes.

The choice of first shoes is important, as they need to support your child’s developing feet. Buying a good quality pair of shoes ensures that her feet are supported and are being cared for. Only a maximum of two pairs of shoes are needed at this young age while her feet are growing. One pair of shoes for playing and another pair for outings is all that is needed. However, it isn’t essential to have a second pair. If you opt for a neutral shoe color, you can rest assured that they will suit many different outfits.