7 Tips For Buying Baby Shoes
As the father of three daughters, Dr. Kapadia understands that buying baby shoes can be a daunting task. As a caring parent, you want to ensure your child’s new shoes fit properly without hurting your child’s feet, are protective and comfortable, and are made from a material that will best support and encourage new walking habits. To make buying baby shoes a bit easier, Dr. Kapadia of Quakerbridge Pediatrics has put together the following 7 tips that will help you parent like a pro and purchase the proper shoes for your baby or toddler.
- Avoid shoes made of stiff leather that may impede the development of your child’s foot. Instead, choose a shoe made from light and breathable material such as soft leather or cloth.
- Purchase the proper fit. Avoid buying your child’s next pair of shoes without your child being present. Always try a new pair of prospective shoes on your child and have them stand up. You should be able to squeeze your pinky finger between your child’s heel and the back of the shoe and there should be a full thumb-width between your child’s longest toe and the very front of the shoe. Ensure there is some wiggle room for your child’s foot but also resist buying shoes that are too large, a shoe that is too large may cause your child to trip or fall.
- Shop for new shoes in the afternoon or later in the day. Your baby’s feet will actually swell to a larger size at the end of the day. Shoes that may seem to fit perfectly in the morning may actually be too tight for your child.
- Use the squeeze test when buying soft shoes. While your child is wearing the new shoes, try to squeeze the top of the shoe to grab some of the material away from the top of your child’s foot. If you cannot grip the top of the shoe easily, the shoes may be too tight for your child.
- Monitor your child’s feet for problem spots. Baby shoes are made to fit and should not require a period to “break-in” the material. Allow your child to wear the shoes around your home for a moderate amount of time, then remove the shoes and check your child’s foot for any irritated areas that may have been caused by the shoes.
- Choose the correct soles to increase safety. If your child has just begun to walk, ensure you purchase new shoes with flexible soles that will grip. You want to give your new mobile toddler every advantage they can while learning to master the art of walking so good traction is always a good idea!
- Decide if your child’s new shoes should fasten with traditional shoe laces or Velcro. Velcro will make it easier for you to put on and remove your child’s shoes, but could also cause problems if your child learns how to undo the Velcro closures themselves and take off their shoes when you might not want them to. If you select shoes with traditional laces, be sure the laces are long enough to double-knot and secure to your child’s foot, but not so long that they cause your child to trip.
Share You’re Shoe-Fitting Tips
Take pride in your parenting abilities to purchase the perfect new pair of shoes for your child. Dr. Kapadia would love to hear tips that have helped you shop for shoes. Share your advice in the comments below!