When should your child start wearing shoes?

First baby shoes

Bronzing your first baby’s shoes might not be as popular as it once was, but parents are still all too eager to get their baby their first pair of shoes – and sometimes sooner than necessary.

Once your baby has taken their first steps and is now walking around, your best bet for baby shoes is to make sure they’re comfortable and provide some grip on slippery surfaces. They should fit nice and snug at the heel but still allow room at the toes.

How to measure your child’s foot length at home

Many parents look for a soft-sole shoe as the first baby shoes they buy. Popular brands for crawlers and pre-walkers include:

It’s best to take your baby to a shoe store where feet can be measured by a qualified children’s shoe fitter. Your baby’s shoe fitter will advise on the type of shoes to buy, and make sure they fit your baby properly while also allowing for growing room.

Being fitted for first shoes is a new experience for your baby, and may not take kindly to it! Try not to worry too much if your baby puts up a fuss or starts crying. The fitter should be used to measuring babies for their first shoes.

When your baby tries on a pair of shoes, feel around the toe area to make sure there is plenty of room. There should be about 1cm of growing room between the end of her longest toe and the end of her shoes.

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