CHILDHOOD First Walker
There's possibly no item you'll buy for baby, that's more important than their first shoes! The move to wearing shoes should not be rushed, as best advice suggests that the first 6 weeks of walking unaided, is best done in bare feet or socks, while they learn to balance and work their feet naturally to do this. If shoes are worn during this phase, it's recommended that this is just for short periods of activity, with barefoot (or socks) as the norm. The 'starting to walk' phase can be anywhere between 7 months and 2 years - every baby is unique. As the weeks go by, and they're confident and competent enough to walk outside, it's then you will need to think about getting shoes on, to protect those little feet. The ideal shoe should be soft and pliable, a breathable material and not restrictive or tight fitting. Allow up to a cm space between big toe and toe of shoe. Check every 4–6wks that the shoes still fit - if you can feel juniors toe through toe of shoe, it's time to buy new ones. (feet at this stage will grow by 2/3 sizes a year!) Remember, the bones are still really soft and must be allowed to form naturally.
To assist this, the ideal shoe should provide as close as possible, the barefoot experience. I believe these do. Lightweight, cotton uppers, padded cuff to avoid chaffing, heel encased in extra support to minimise ankle wobbles and velcro strap for adaptable fit. The laces are elasticated too - and help provide a gentle grip. A nice wide protective toe cap section, so toes are free to move, flexible sole which works with the foot bending, a little tab at the back, which helps with the on/off (and looks cool!) - and then, we can admire the colours and how cute they look. These shoes are a great starting point and provide reassurance for both parents and baby. At this price point, you're off to a great start!
5 sizes to choose from - covering 9 months up to 2yrs . The best measurement to use is a cm measurement from heel to toe. We'll then allow at least 75mm space within the shoe interior (insole length). So if a foot measures 11cm, select INSOLE LENGTH 12cm etc... Foot (toes and all) need to be flat on ground when measured. Get this right and we're laughing. Remember, too small prevents foot growing naturally and too big... risks shoes falling off and causing accidents. Ages are approximate, as child's readiness to walk and foot size will vary.
All that remains is to choose your preferred colour!
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