What You Need to Know About Buying Baby’s First Shoes

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You're walking through the department store and you spot them: the most adorable, tiny shoes you've ever seen and you can't help but walk over to them, touch them, and place them in your cart.

Baby shoes are one of those items I just can't seem to pass up and they're like kryptonite for new parents. For the most part, your baby isn't walking on his feet during babyhood and is, at most, standing in one spot or slowly cruising, but shoes can be handy when it's cold out. Or for fashion, of course.

But, despite baby shoes' over-the-top adorableness, are they really necessary?

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According to WebMD, before your baby starts to walk, baby shoes are more just for fun, but once they start walking, shoes can provide much-needed protection.

However, finding the right type of shoes is just as important as providing protection for your baby's growing feet.

So, here's what you need to know:

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Wait until they're walking and find soft-soled shoes, not hard ones.

For babies that aren't yet walking, it makes the most sense sticking to booties and socks for your baby. 

Once they are walking, which happens around 12 months, WebMD says that soft-soled shoes will provide the right amount of support and protection, without hindering the growth of their foot and muscles.

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Find well-fitted shoes.

Baby's feet grow a lot and when it comes to finding the right shoes, there should be a lot of wiggle room. Find shoes that are wide enough for baby's feet and leave ample room between the end of the foot and the top of the toe.

You know how you find the perfect pair of shoes for yourself, and they're stiff, but you're convinced that once you start wearing them, you'll “break them in”? That doesn't happen the same way for baby shoes, so make sure your baby can comfortably move in them from the start, and the material and soles are very flexible.

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Prepare to buy new shoes every couple of months to accommodate baby's growth.

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Get breathable material.

My baby's feet are really sweaty and I think that's just something that babies have going on since they're always on the move. When looking to purchase your baby's first pair of real shoes, WebMD suggests you find material that is breathable, like leather, so your baby's feet don't get too sweaty.

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Shop later in the day.

Just as advised for adults, it's best to shop for your baby's shoes later in the day, like late afternoon or early evening, because your baby's feet naturally swell as the day goes on. Shopping at this time, you'll ensure the shoes are an ideal fit for any time of the day.

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What are some great shoes to choose from?

If you're on the hunt for the perfect pair of shoes for your newly walking baby, be sure to check out the recommendations made by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), which you can find on their website.

A few of my favorites, which have been given the APMA seal of approval, are:

Stride Rite SRT Soft Motion Savanah, $42

Pediped Originals Justin Chocolate, $49

Robeez Fancy Floral Soft Soles, Cream, $25 

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How many pairs of baby shoes did you buy for your baby? Share in the comments!

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What You Need to Know About Buying Baby’s First Shoes

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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  1. Melina says:

    Baby shoes are ADORABLE.

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