Your child's first steps are some of the most anticipated moments for parents. After your cuties takes those first strides from the coffee table to the couch by themselves, you might start thinking about shoes that will be good for them. Your new walker is going to need you to be mindful of their developing skills, balance, and feet! According to an article on Bundoo, there are a few different things to keep in mind when choosing those cute kicks for your babe.
1. Soft soles are a great way to go.
Because your baby's feet are still developing their structure, it is believed that they do not need arch support until about 2 or 3 years of age. The theory behind this is that it is important for your little one to feel the ground in a natural way so that he or she can develop appropriate balance and arches. We love Freshly Picked and Piper Finn which are both made from leather and are recommended for developing good support! Plus, these are stylish soft sole shoes for your new walker so you really can't go wrong.
2. You should measure both of your child's feet for fit.Your child is too young to tell you if their shoe is fitting in an uncomfortable way, so it is a good idea to measure the foot against the shoe! So, how do you know if it's a good fit? (1) You should be able to comfortably fit your pinky between your child's heel and the heel of their shoe; and, (2) You should be able to have the tip of your thumbs space between their toes and the toe of their shoe.
3. Choose breathable materials so that your child's foot can breathe.
Nobody likes stinky, moldy feet. You can even get a small pair of no-show cotton socks to go with that new pair of shoes!