How to choose the first shoes? Part 1



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From the moment the child begins to learn to walk, that is between 10 and 18 months, it is essential to get it shoes to suit him and be by measure so that its feet can develop properly.

When we buy clothes for the baby is always left a gap – namely the shoes. They say it is good for baby to be barefoot, at least until it starts to learn to walk. And we are looking at all those tiny shoes at the shop windows and wonder – since they are there, then it is not harmful for the baby to wear them. Still the shoes have the function of protector of the foot – they keep it from the cold and wind. Some people think that the little baby must be barefoot, as often as possible, but when you go out, baby shoes are not only a natural finish to the overall vision of the baby, but also protect the feet from the inclement weather. If you have decided to put shoes on the baby, you have to yet comply with certain requirements that they must meet.

What shoes are appropriate for a baby of about 6-7 months:

  • shoes made of fabric which is very soft and elastic, so that the foot can move freely
  • to be very soft
  • with a thin and flexible sole
  • they must be such a size that you can insert your index finger behind the heel of the baby
  • the shoes that hold the ankle are not suitable – they are for the already developed feet of a child who walks steadily

It is important to put shoes on the baby when necessary. When you are at home, it is better and more comfortable to keep the baby in socks or slippers. That is, until the baby is not yet walking, better to keep it barefoot most of the time, but as soon as it begins to learn to walk and step, you should think about the appropriate footwear that will help it make its first steps.

In general, there are several important characteristics that must meet the shoes for the toddler:

  • the sole should be rubber and with grapple in order to not slip
  • suitable are shoes that button additionally to be able to expand enough and to fit well on the still unstable foot. Shoes with zipper on the side or with laces are very convenient.
  • shoes with pointed tips are not suitable, because they will clench the foot. The shoes should be wide enough at the front to ensure free movement of the fingers.
  • not very tight nor too loose, because it is likely to deform the foot
  • it is advisable to be 1 cm larger than the child’s the foot and be checked regularly if they have started to be narrow
  • do not buy a few sizes bigger shoes in order to be worn for a longer time because this may cause deformation of the foot
  • the sole must be relatively thin and very flexible
  • it is better the shoes to be of “breathable” fabric to prevent the foot from sweating – best of leather


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