a New Pair of Shoes
Baby's first Nike's may be absolutely adorable, but are they necessary?
According to most experts - and not just modern ones but for at least
the last thirty years - babies don't need shoes till they're up and
walking around. Even at that point, it's good for the little tikes to
get in lots of barefoot time so they get used to their balance and how
their little toesies work.
Still, by the time they're spending more time on their feet than on
their knees, it's time to get them into a pair of shoes, if for no other
reason than to protect those feet from stubbed toes and other injuries.
So, what sort of shoes should you wrap those precious feet in?
Certainly NOT the old-fashioned hard-soled leather lace-up shoes that
were meant to 'train' baby feet to grow properly. Pediatricians recommend
soft shoes that move with baby's feet. The soles should be non-skid
to prevent falls, but flexible enough that they bend as baby steps out
on his own. Skip the high-tops, unless they're flexible enough to bend
with baby's ankles and feet. Choose natural materials that breathe to
keep feet from sweating and becoming uncomfortable.
The proper fit for baby's first shoes is also important. They shouldn't
bind or chafe anywhere, so shop when you've got plenty of time to let
the little one walk around the store wearing the shoes you're thinking
of buying. Slip a pinkie in at the heel while baby is standing - there
should be enough room between the shoe and the munchkin's heel to allow
your pinkie or a pencil to slip in easily. Also tie and untie the shoes
a couple of times - if you choose lace-up shoes - to make sure that
the laces are long enough to tie easily. Laces aren't a necessity, though.
The experts are about evenly divided on whether tie shoes or Velcro
are better, with no clear-cut 'best'. Choose whichever you like best.
Laced shoes are a lot more likely to be left on - but Velcro encourages
independence because it's so much easier to master.
Besides picking a time for your shopping trip when you have time to
let your baby walk around a bit, time your visit to the shoe store for
after a nap, when the little one is well-rested. Keep in mind, too,
that baby's feet swell a little in the late afternoon, just like yours
do. Shop later in the day to make sure that you get shoes that will
fit at all times of the day.
As your baby grows and gets more active, check the fit of his shoes
at least once a month. You can plan on buying new shoes about every
three-to-six months just due to average growth, but also be prepared
to replace shoes if they're worn, the soles are cracked or they have
holes in them.
And if you have your heart set on Baby's First Nikes? Shop around -
you're sure to find them.
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