Never judge a baby until you’ve wobbled
a mile in her Weebok’s
Any parent will tell you that there is nothing quite like watching as
your child takes her first steps. When little Tom or Katie start to
teeter around upright for the first time there are a few messages that
should flash through your mind in order of importance. Somewhere after
“please don’t fall, oh please don’t fall” and “hmmm… the ‘out of baby
reach’ shelves need to be a bit higher now” should be “time to get the
little one some shoes.” And so the hunt for baby shoes begins.
When is it time to buy baby shoes?
Once your baby starts taking those first steps, it is definitely shoe
time. While it is perfectly acceptable (and actually quite helpful)
to allow a new walker to go barefoot while learning to balance and totter
around effectively, there are situations where shoes are a must due
to hazardous or unsanitary conditions. A good rule of thumb is “in the
house and on the carpet barefoot is ok - on tiled floors and out of
doors shoes are the way.” Walking barefoot helps babies learn to use
their little feet and toes effectively to balance and “get their sea
legs” so to speak, so it’s a good idea to allow them to be sans footwear
whenever feasible. On surfaces that may contain hazards, however, shoes
are a must.
What to Look for in a Baby Shoe
Baby shoes should be comfortable and flexible so that the child is encouraged
to walk in them. Look for shoes that are made of breathable material
so the baby’s feet don’t get too hot or sweaty. There’s nothing sadder
than a toddler with a case of athlete’s foot that reaches “William Perry”
on the severity scale. The soles should offer some traction but not
be so thick that the baby can’t feel the floor beneath her feet. Nothing
will make your baby take a header more quickly than a pair of shoes
with thick, heavy soles.
Remember that baby shoes are not the same as those for adults and older
children. They should not need to be “broken in” by the child because
that simply isn’t going to happen. Baby shoes aren’t worn long enough
to be worn out or broken in. When fitting the shoe, make sure that it
doesn’t rub the little one’s feet the wrong way and that there’s plenty
of room to grow. Now that you’re buying baby shoes you should be prepared
to buy them often. Babies grow faster than you may realize and you’ll
probably be looking for new baby shoes about once a month.
For your baby’s first few pairs of shoes you may want a pair with Velcro
fasteners rather than laces. It’s easy for babies to untie shoelaces,
which will have you either retying them repeatedly or constantly worrying
that little Dave or Carmen is going to trip over a loose shoelace. As
the child ages, however, find some point to switch to laces. Just because
Velcro shoes are available into adult sizes doesn’t mean you want your
son to be unable to tie his shoes until he’s thirty-seven.
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