How to Choose the Best Shoe for Baby Starting to Walk
There are probably few things that are more exciting than watching a child go through his first steps. Unfortunately, it’s at about this stage that you start hearing all the warnings about getting your child their first pair of walking shoes-what to get as well as what to avoid. Things like those little knitted nothings are fine for when baby is first crawling and not quite walking, but as soon as they start to walk, things can get a lot more complicated. Here is your guide to dealing with those complications.
There are numerous different types of baby shoes available on the market today. The trouble is to decide what is best for your baby. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there are several recommendations that will help you find the right shoes for your new walker. These will help your baby walk and not harm them as they continue to learn to walk.
Children’s feet have a natural tendency to grip the ground with their toes as they walk. As a result, they really don’t need arch support until they are older. As a result, especially when you are at home, don’t worry about arch support. Let your child walk barefooted. This allows your child to develop their natural foot growth. It is when the surfaces they walk on become uneven, cold, hot, or rocky, shoes should be worn to maximize foot protection.
The AAP gives several general guidelines for choosing your child’s first pair of shoes:
- Your child’s shoes should be made of a lightweight and flexible material that supports the foot movement.
- Your child’s shoes should be made of leather or mesh and allow your child’s foot to breathe naturally.
- Your child’s shoes should have a rubber sole for good traction and in order to prevent slipping and sliding on their walking surface.
With these as guidelines, the following companies make good children’s shoes.
- Robeez: The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) gives Robeez their seal of acceptance since the company promotes natural foot growth. the company’s shoes are also made of quality leather and other materials that keep them flexible
- Momobaby: Mombaby makes mostly rubber-soled shoes that are made of leather. These shoes also carry the APMA seal of approval.
- Jemos: Jemose shoes are eco-friendly as well as having full leather soles. They are also noted as being free of toxins. Jemos’ soft-soled moccasin are also made from eco-friendly leather remnants.
- Pediped: The APMA has also officially recognized Pediped shoes as good for a child’s growing feet. The shoes are made of premium grade leather and their footwear system allows you to choose shoes that are designed for first steps, next steps and big steps.
- Stride Rite: Stride Rite offers shoes for every stage of childhood. Baby’s first steps that are adjustable, durable and flexible. The company’s website also features a large selection of baby shoes as well as a downloadable sizing chart.