Watching your baby experience her "firsts" can be so exciting: Their first laugh, their first crawl, their first steps. Perhaps you are wondering exactly when you should get your child their first shoes? You will have to buy the first pair of shoes when he or she is confidently walking around independently and walking outdoors. Ahead of that, you can buy infant shoes that will keep baby's feet warm and cozy. If you do have a child who is just learning how to walk, it is best to let them go barefoot at home. That way, they will be in a position to balance themselves better because they will be able to feel the ground beneath their feet. Let the child start walking on carpeted areas first and not necessarily hard surfaces. If a child is allowed to walk on hard surfaces without having any soft protection under them, they can fall and become hurt in any quantity of ways.
Children's feet grow larger incredibly fast during the time they are learning to walk. You could find that you bring home a pair of shoes which fit perfectly, but the child has grown completely out of them only a month later. It's recommended to buy shoes in assorted sizes so you can be ready as soon as your little one needs a new pair. Rather than simply guessing about what size shoe your child wears, it's a good idea to take him or her to have their foot measured accurately by a shoe salesperson. He or she should also be able to give you some tips about which shoes will fit your baby's needs best. Shoes that feel comfortable on the child's foot and are soft are essential. You should not necessarily purchase shoes that have thick soles. The child should definitely be able to feel the ground beneath them so they can keep their balance and coordinate their steps.
Being fitted for a pair of shoes is completely new to a baby and they might not like it at first. Don't be concerned if your baby cries or fusses; the process does not take long and you would rather have your baby in a pair of shoes that fit than to guess when buying shoes and not have them fit at all. It's necessary to look for baby shoes with a buckle or Velcro fastening so they can firmly hold your baby's feet in place. The sole must also be flexible and the shoes light in weight. It is not recommended to buy shoes that are heavy because they can cause falls and imbalances. Cotton or leather shoes are a great choice because they permit the foot to breathe. Plastic shoes are not good for a baby because they tend to make your baby's feet sweat.
You have to make sure that the shoes have extra room beyond the tip of their toes that will allow for their foot to grow into that space. Approximately one quarter of an inch is a great amount of space. If shoes are too big, they will impede the way your baby walks, and if they are too short, they will injure your baby. It's also wise to check that the width of the shoe is perfect for your baby. Some babies have narrow feet, and others have a much wider foot. If your baby usually wears thicker socks, be sure you try on the baby shoes and the socks together so you can make sure you get a good fit.
Have your baby's feet measured around every six weeks. A baby's foot will grow a couple of full sizes annually, so expect to buy shoes often, and always try them on your child so that you can make certain they fit correctly.