She used to hate shoes and would constantly try to kick it off her feet. Her cousin Blythe was the same when he was younger and until now, he needs to be convinced before he wears his school shoes. He even walked the isle for his mother's wedding wearing slippers. At this early, I want Mila to get used to wearing shoes so I bought her her first pair of boots at 2 months old. I have her wear it everytime we go out or play dress up. She still is barefoot most of the time.
I've been reading that babies don't need shoes until they had been walking steadily for a few weeks at least. Even then, they are still best left barefoot. Babies need to be able to explore their whole body, including their toes. Have you seen a baby squeal in delight playing with those wiggly little toes? Yup, it will also eventually end up in their mouth. And that's part of discovering herself. In addition, the bones on babies feet are not fully developed. If feet are constricted, it may cause developmental delay and baby may have difficulty walking. It can even cause feet to be deformed when bones do not get the chance to align correctly.
|Wearing her 1st boots. She was 4months here|
For those reasons, I only have Mila wear shoes for short period, just so she is used to having her feet covered. I also make sure to buy the right shoes. Here's some of my tips in buying baby shoes for pre-walkers:
- The sole should be soft and very flexible - movement of the feet should not be restricted
- The top part should be soft and breathable - they may not sweat as much as adults do but baby's feet can get too wet too and you don't want them feeling uncomfortable.
- It has to be at least two centimeters bigger - or more. Babies feet grows too fast so you don;t want to be buying new shoes monthly (at least in theory since you may want to hoard on all the cute designs). The space will give them wiggle room to move those tiny little toes
- No laces - it looks cute but it can be a headache. Garters and Velcro are best.
- Don't buy expensive ones - they outgrow clothes and shoes faster than you can blink. And those shoes may not stay on and you will eventually loose a pair or two. I've lost just one so far and it was a favorite. I almost cried. Haha.
- Socks that looks like shoes are the best - as long as it is the right size, not too loose and not too fit. Don't let that stop you from getting the pretty crib shoes too.
|Some of Mila's Shoefie with her Pre-Walkers|
- Put comfort as top priority - your baby is now walking and you don't want her to have blisters. They do not break in shoes.
- Sturdy soles - you would still want flexibity but would want to get thicker soles in case baby steps on something
- Covered toes - babies starting to learn to walk will have the tendency to drag her feet.
- Function before fashion - if baby will be walking outside where she may get hurt, make sure that shoes provide stability and protection. I'm in love with shoes that look like tiny versions of adult shoes. They look pretty but not as stable nor provide protection as much as I want. Those, we use for OOTD. She wears her more functional shoes when walking.
- Find the right size - unlike with pre-walkers, you want the shoes to fit just right. Anything smaller can hurt your baby's feet. Anything bigger, can cause her to trip over.
|This is not even half of her stash. Sometime I just envy this kid.|
|Printable Brannock Device to measure Kid's Feet. Click here to download.|
Our latest purchase is a shoe I've ordered online. I'm lucky it is a good fit and Mila loves it. She just kept on walking as soon as we put it on. Hopefully, for our baby shoe-a-holics, the above tips and printable will be helpful in getting the right pair.
|Love your shoes babe and your fashion blogger post. You can be a Baby Zara Model already.|