We all want what’s best for our babies, so sometimes even simple tasks—like buying shoes—require a bit of thought and research. There’s more to the job than just picking a cute pair off the rack! Here’s what you need to know when shopping for tiny footwear.
When babies are learning to walk, barefoot is better, so they can grip their toes on the ground as they build intrinsic strength of the foot and arch. However, if there’s a chance baby could step on something that might hurt her, or the ground is hot or cold, shoes are the way to go.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends shoes that are lightweight and flexible to support natural foot movement, made of leather or mesh so your wee one’s feet can breathe, and have rubber soles for traction. pediped offers baby and toddler lines that are specifically designed to meet AAP recommendations—and they’re cute to boot!
It’s important to make sure that your little one’s shoes fit properly; ill-fitting shoes can impede baby’s ability to perform typical gross motor movements, not to mention affect her comfort. Her tiny toes should be about a pinky finger’s width from the tip of the shoe. Expect your sprout to outgrow her footwear every three to six months, and shop accordingly. Visit a professional to measure your child’s foot for a proper fit.
This post is sponsored by pediped.