1. Timing is Everything
Watch your baby......A child doesn't really need shoes until they are a few weeks into walking. Most podiatrists today suggest children should initially learn to walk in their bare feet so they can feel the ground. Except...that we don't always stay inside a cozy, safe house 24/7.
2. Let the Pros do the First Fitting
Go to a store where your child's feet will be measured by a trained fitter. First, the fitter will assess your child's feet -- noting specific characteristics such as narrow, wide, fleshy, and instep type. Next, they will recommend appropriate shoes, taking into account that shoe brands and styles fit differently. Finally, almost half of babies have wide feet, and shoe stores which provide fitting services generally stock wide width shoes.
3. Be a Student...Watch, Listen, Learn, Ask
Ask the fitter about your child's feet. They fit babies all day long and can tell you the specific characteristics of your baby's feet that will help you shop on your own going forward, if necessary. That being said, feet change as a child grows. So keep measuring their feet every few weeks. Watch how the pros measure, and how they check the fit of the shoes.
4. Check the Fitter's Work
After a pair is selected, check the fit yourself with these two steps:
5. Record the Brand, Size and Width on Your Phone
Trust me, you won't remember, and the size marking inside the shoe will wear off. Record the brand, size, and width. It's a good benchmark to know what size the previous shoe purchase was.
6. Set a Reminder on Your Phone to Measure Again
Babies and toddlers under sixteen months can go up half a size every 6-8 weeks. Set a reminder for 5 weeks from the date of your purchase.
Vintage Baby Shoes
First baby shoes sure have changed. Check out these vintage baby shoes from from Pinterest board ~Lisa~
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