At What Age Should I Buy My Baby’s First Shoes
Author: iBaby World
How will you know when babies are ready for their very first pair of shoes? At iBabyWorld, we pride ourselves on offering our expert advice in providing the right footwear for babies and toddlers at the right time, and in the right way.
It can seem overwhelming to cater to the milestones of your baby’s growth. How do you know when they are ready for certain foods, when they’re ready to starting hearing new languages, and when they’re ready for their very first pair of shoes?
At iBabyWorld, we know it can be daunting for new parents to find the right balance of preparation and following the natural progression of your child. Which is why we pride ourselves on offering our expert advice in providing the right clothes and footwear for babies and toddlers at the right time, and in the right way.
So, when is the right time?
According to the Australian Parenting website Raising Children and the Australian Federal Government health website Healthdirect, there is no specific age at which your baby needs shoes. Rather, it depends entirely on what your baby is up to. Shoes are designed to protect your baby’s feet from harm and cold, so shoes are only needed when your baby is already walking, and ready to walk outside. Prior to this, there is no need to buy shoes that they will only grow out of without ever truly using. So you will not need to buy shoes until they are actively up and walking.
Can my baby ever wear shoes before they can walk?
If your baby is not yet crawling, or you want your child to wear shoes for the times when they aren’t moving around, you can feel free to express their identity with shoes!. But the medical consensus is that introducing shoes too early can be a hindrance to your child learning to properly walk, so it’s recommended that they are allowed to be barefoot while crawling, so they can develop their balance, muscle awareness, and muscle tone in their feet and legs with direct connection to the ground.
Putting shoes in between their feet and the ground will make it harder for them to process the feedback from their body, and delay the process of learning to walk. So be sure to let them learn as easily as possible!
What should they wear before shoes?
Barefoot is best when learning to walk, but if you are concerned about the cold, you can purchase socks with non-slip features that are a happy medium while your baby is in the crawling stage. You may also like to buy a pair of slippers or something more cosy for the cooler months. It can be good for your baby to get used to the experience of wearing shoes while not walking, so this is not a foreign concept when shoes become necessary.
What shoes should they wear when they do need them?
Unless your baby has a diagnosed podiatric condition, most shoes should be adequate for most children. You may like to avoid shoes that kids can easily remove like Velcro or slip-on shoes, as you are likely to find yourself losing a fair few. But your child will likely also show a preference fairly quickly!
If you have any more questions about baby shoes for your child, get in touch with us at iBabyWorld. We are always happy to get your baby up and running!