When Should You Buy Your Baby Shoes?

When Should You Buy Your Baby Shoes?

When Should You Buy Your Baby Shoes?

Baby shoes are absolutely adorable! Most parents simply can’t wait to get that first pair for their little one. However, buying your baby’s shoes too soon is not practical. Infants obviously do not need shoes at that age since they are not able to walk yet. 

The best time to buy shoes for your baby is when they start taking their first steps. During this time, getting the right shoes will help protect their feet and play an important role by providing some grip on slippery surfaces, helping them maintain their balance and learn how to walk faster. 

Here is everything you need to know about shoes for your little angel. 

Baby Shoes

Baby shoes are more decorative than anything else. If you choose to buy them, you should go for shoes with soft soles. They are quite snuggly and provide comfort for your baby’s feet. Most babies tend to kick their socks off while they sleep. This may expose their cute sensitive feet to the cold. Baby shoes help to keep the socks on and provide extra warmth to your baby’s feet. 

If your infant wears decorative shoes, you should take them off as your baby tries to take their first steps. Baby shoes are only for show and it will be easier for your child to take their first steps while they are barefoot. It is usually recommended that your baby takes their first steps barefoot since their bare feet will have room to stretch, breathe, and move. Having shoes during this stage will make the learning process more difficult since it will be harder to grip the ground and learn to balance.

Sock Shoes

You can put off buying baby shoes and go for cute pairs of socks until your baby starts learning to walk. As your baby starts to cruise and crawling around the house, you should go for a pair of soft socks. Sock shoes are an ideal choice during this period. These socks have comfortable non-skid soles that allow your baby to cruise around the house with ease without slipping on the slippery floor. In addition, sock shoes that have non-skid soles are actually more comfortable for crawling babies than shoes. 

First Walker Shoes

The first walker shoes should come after your child has learned to gain their balance. Before getting these shoes, however, you need to know the length and width of your kid’s foot. Getting a new first walker shoe that adequately fits your child’s feet will allow them to master their motor skills such as walking, running, and jumping more easily. For this reason, parents are advised to resist the urge of giving their toddlers hand-me-down shoes since new shoes adapt better to your toddler’s growing and developing feet.     

Toddler Shoes 

Once your baby starts to walk more comfortably, you should go for toddler shoes. Get a good pair of shoes that will be able to protect their feet as they explore the world around them. 

When buying these shoes, however, you should remember that toddlers’ feet grow quite fast and they’ll probably outgrow their shoes within a few months. If your kid starts to take off their shoes, walk uncomfortably, or rub their feet, they have most likely outgrown their shoes and need a new pair. You should always be on the lookout for such signs.  

Final Thoughts

As you can see, different types of baby shoes are perfect for different occasions. Getting the right shoe type at the right time will significantly help your baby’s development, especially as they learn how to walk. Hopefully, this article has given you all the tips and tricks you need to figure out how to achieve this. Good luck!

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