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Best Foot Forward: Baby’s First Shoes

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By mia bolaris-forget

I can’t complain because I had lots of nice things growing up. Yet even in the relatively “short” time span since my childhood and adulthood, I remain in awe o how things have changed. To me there seems to be an endless array of eye-catching and attention-grabbing options for both boys and girls, making me wish I either had kids or better yet, WAS (still) a kid. From toys and technology to furnishing and fashions the options are fabulous. And, with something sensational in every price range, every trendy tyke can step out in style,

When it comes to picking baby’s first pair of shoes, experts suggest waiting until he or she can take at least a dozen steps on his or her own. Why? Well, because this helps encourage the natural development of muscles and tendons in your little one’s feet. However, if your baby is spending lots of time outdoors, its best to get shoes fitted sooner.

Another consideration is comfort and flexibility along with good support and cushioning. In fact, moms and dads should check to see if the shoe flexes at the ball of the foot, especially since that’s where the shoe bend when your child walks or is learning to walk. A note of caution: the shoe, while it should be soft in the center should NOT be too soft, since that may result in not offering your child enough necessary support. Look for leather shoes or high-quality sneakers in lieu of plastic shoes or flip-flops.

Last but certainly not least you’ll want to make sure the shoe give your child enough space and freedom to grow. In fact, fitting experts suggest a 0.5 to one centimeter of space by the toe. On the other hand, allowing too much room can result in tripping. They also suggest checking shoes every two to four months to ensure your little one hasn’t outgrown them. One indication that shoes are getting too small is your child walking more on his or her toes than normal. You can also check for red marks on the sides of your infant’s fee or toes which are also telltale signs.

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