Your baby needs all sorts of protection. If you want to protect their feet, you should buy them appropriate baby shoes for them to wear.
That being said, parents really do not know how to choose the best footwear for their baby. Should they think about style or should they think about comfort at all times?
Well, in this article, I will talk about some things that you need to consider when buying appropriate footwear for your little one.
Shoelace or Velcro?
When perusing the baby shoe aisle, you might find that there are some that use Velcro as its locking mechanism and there are also those that use the conventional shoelace. Which one should you choose?
Well, if your baby is relatively young, you want to go with the Velcro-type shoe simply because you are going to take it on and off for a couple of periods (especially if you are going to do a diaper change).
What I love about Velcro-type shoes is that you can easily take them off when needed and you can put them on with ease as well.
Though, this is not to say that laced-up shoes aren’t a thing. If you are willing to untie their shoes often, then it is still a good option.
Of course, a topic to help you choose the best shoes for your baby will not be complete without talking about its overall durability. You want to take particularly close attention to the toe of the shoe simply because it is the first one that is going to get damaged.
The reason why that is true is the fact that babies often crawl on their own and since the toe of the shoe gets dragged always, it can get damaged pretty quick.
So, my recommendation is that you do not choose a pair of shoes that have stitching in the toe area. That is because it can really get damaged in a short amount of time because of your baby’s constant crawling.
You might want to get a shoe with a rubber sole at the toe area like the ones that are made by Converse, for example.
Support and Stability
Your baby’s feet are still developing and you want to ensure that they use a pair of shoes that provide ample support and stability. You want to choose shoes that have a pretty firm base while also providing adequate arch support as well.
Last but definitely not least is the comfort. This is kind of a tricky thing to handle simply because your baby is not old enough to tell you that they’re uncomfortable when wearing their sneakers.
Anyway, what you can do is to try out the shoes at the store. If it is hard for you to put on, then the shoe is too small. If you’ve put it on and you squeeze the toe area and your baby squirms or is in disagreement, then it is probably too small (and uncomfortable). If the shoe falls off way too easily, it is probably too big.
You may need to take a lot of time in the store trying out different shoe sizes, but you want your baby to be comfortable while wearing them.