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Walking Shoes for Babies

For certain occasions, cold weather or walks together outside, maybe you want to strap on a pair of baby shoes. I hope this article can become your guide for finding the right walking shoes for your baby boy or baby girl at the right time.

walking shoes for babies

walking shoes for baby girl

 

WHEN DOES YOUR BABY NEED SHOES?

Your baby will need to protect her feet from thorn and other problematic substances or objects on the ground and to prevent injuries if people with bigger body step on her tiny toes. Ideally, your baby should go barefoot whenever possible to give tootsies any room to breathe, stretch and grow; You really need socks or booties only to keep her feet warm. It’s said, there’s nothing wrong with buying a pair of shoes to your baby to dress up an outfit at any age, as long as you do not keep the shoes on too long when she’s very young.

If your baby is learning to walk, it’s best to go outside barefoot whenever possible. Doing so helps strengthen ankles and build arches. But, once your baby wants to get out into the world, walking shoes are a must.

 

PRE-WALKING SHOES VS WALKING SHOES

Both pre-walking and walking baby shoes should be flexible. You should be able to feel your baby’s toes through them. both shoes should be made with breathable material such as leather, cloth or canvas.

walking shoes for babies

walking shoes for baby boy

but, when you’re buying baby walking shoes, keep on the lookout for a few more criteria:

Flexible nonslip soles. You should be able to bend the baby’s toe of the shoe up about 40 degrees easily. Look for a shoe with good traction to help keep your baby on her feet. Rubber soles or nonskid leather, especially those with bumps or grooves, will keep your baby from slipping as she becomes more expert at walking — yet it won’t be so ground-gripping that it’s hard to lift her feet.

Even dress shoes should have good traction.

Padding. Your baby walking shoes should offer solid support but be padded around the ankles and on the heel backs  to minimize rubbing, and on the bottom inside for comfort.

Extra secure closures. Whether they’re fastened with velcro, laces, or snaps, be sure your baby’s walking shoes are easy for you to get on your baby’s feet, but not so easy that they come loose on their own, especially once she starts walking. In other words, no slip-on shoes — which, though they might be easy-on, are easy-off, too.

 

SLIP-ON VS. LACES VS. VELCRO

walking shoes for babies

walking shoes for baby boy with velcro

You might think Slip-on shoes like an easy option, this type of shoes is easy to pull off from her feet. It is also more likely to be sliding around on the foot, encouraging your baby to curl their toes to keep it in place. While this might seem like insignificant, it actually can obstruct proper foot growth and lead to various problems down the road. In short, slip-on shoes are not recommended

If you think about laces, Just be sure the laces are long enough to be tied in a secure double knot.

Velcro, another standard fastener on your baby’s walking shoes, is easy to adjust quickly. However, you might have the same problem that slip-on shoes have, when your baby decides to pull off the shoes at an inconvenient time. You also have to remember that Velcro is a brand and if you see a shoe with a “hook and loop” closure, it’s just the same concept but with a different name.

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