Most parents know it’s just fine to let your baby run around barefoot until he/she reaches “toddlerhood,” or the age of about two. Going barefoot or wearing soft-soled shoes is good for developing little feet, and helps babies develop a sense of balance. However, what are the best shoe choices when your little one reaches toddler age, around two or three? As trusted wholesale footwear distributors, we hope you’ll find our tips useful.
What if your baby is just learning to walk? There’s no need to buy expensive shoes, as many parents believe. Inexpensive shoes are just fine; the most important factor is that the shoe fits properly. In addition, you want to choose closed-toed shoes for added protection. Certain types of shoes make little ones more prone to trips, such as Crocs according to WebMD.
Are hand-me-down shoes recommended? While all parents want to save money and often pass down clothes, shoes, and other apparel from one child to the next, hand-me-down shoes aren’t a good idea. Why? Children’s shoes mold to their feet, so a pair of shoes an older child has already worn is molded to that child’s foot. This could result in blisters for your toddler, so you may want to consider buying new shoes instead.
Hard or soft soles? A harder sole such as rubber or leather provides greater traction, and minimizes accidents often found with soft-soled shoes.
How do you find the right fit for your toddler? Width and appropriate length are important factors, as you don’t want to buy shoes that are too small or too big. A shoe that’s too small will constrain your toddler’s foot, while one that’s too large could prove to lack the stability small feet need. In the toe area, make sure there’s about a quarter to half inch of space; make sure the shoe is wide enough so that it’s not too tight or restrictive in the arch area. For the best possible fit, have an expert size your toddler’s foot. Bring along a pair of socks, as toddlers need to wear socks with their shoes, in general, to prevent blisters and chafing.
Toddlers’ feet grow fast, so how often will you need to buy a new pair? It’s probably not a good idea to buy a half dozen pairs of shoes for your little one, considering he or she will need a new pair or two every two to four months. When it’s time to go to a larger size, keep in mind you’ll need to make sure it’s the right fit, just as you did with the first pair.
When babies grow to the toddler stage, they go through lots of shoes! Hopefully these tips will help you choose the best shoes for your little one in terms of comfort, fit, and safety.
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