7 TIPS TO BUY BABY SHOES
Dr. Kapadia is a father of three girls and understands the difficulty of buying baby shoes. As a parent, it is important that your child’s shoes are comfortable and fit well. Dr. Kapadia, Quakerbridge Pediatrics, has compiled 7 tips to make shopping for buy baby shoes easier.
- Shoes made from hard leather can hinder the growth of your child’s feet. Opt for a shoe that is light and breathable, such as leather or cloth.
- The right size is important. Buy your child’s next pair if they are not present. Try a new pair on your child’s feet and let them stand. The shoe should have enough room for your child to comfortably squeeze between their heel and the back. Make sure there’s enough space for your child’s feet. However, don’t buy too big shoes. A shoe that is too big could cause your child to trip and fall.
- If you shop in the afternoon, or later in a day, it is advisable to buy new shoes. Your baby’s feet will expand to a larger extent at the end. Even though shoes may look perfect in the morning, they may be too tight later on.
- Soft shoes can be purchased using the squeeze test. To help your child feel the material, you can squeeze the top to get some from the foot. If the shoes are too tight, your child may not be able to grip the top.
- Watch out for problems on your child’s toes. Baby shoes are designed to fit properly and shouldn’t take too long to become accustomed to the material. Let your child wear the shoes for a few minutes around the house. After that, remove the shoes from the foot and check for any irritations.
- You can increase your safety by choosing the right soles. Make sure your child is able to walk on their own. Good traction is always a good thing for your toddler as they learn to walk.
- Decide whether your child’s new shoes should be fastened with Velcro or traditional shoelaces. Velcro makes it much easier to put on your child’s shoes and take them off. However, Velcro can also be problematic if your child tries to untie the Velcro closures or takes their shoes off when you don’t want them to. Traditional laces can cause your child to trip if they are too long.