Most experts say barefoot is best. When you are in the house, the best way to teach your infant how to walk is barefoot or in socks with rubber grips on the bottom. When you are on the go, a soft sole leather baby shoe or crib shoe is the next best thing. We recommend Robeez baby shoes as your child learns to move around. When your child is ready to take off, see our selection of pre-walkers and infant walking shoes for added support. Your child is constantly growing. Shop for kids' shoes often to ensure your child's shoes fit correctly and they have room to grow.
The experts at the Trimfoot Company, one of our suppliers, have provided us with "Baby Feet and Footwear Facts for Healthy and Happy Feet From the Beginning". The complete article can be found at http://www.trimfootco.com/foot-facts.aspx
and we have included the highlights below.
Remember all babies come in different shapes and sizes. They also develop at different rates. That's why the sizes among the categories overlap. Age is the best approximation for size.
Experts agree that barefoot is best. The reasons for babies to wear foot coverings are for warmth, to complement an outfit or for foot protection. If babies are to wear shoes, they should be appropriate for their developmental stage and activity level.
Crib Stage footwear is for newborn babies because it is secure, comfortable and not too tight in breathable materials. This footwear is ideal for shower gifts and welcoming a new baby. Fabrics complement apparel making these the perfect final touch for any outfit for all occasions including a christening. They are available in sizes 00 to 2 and recommended for ages preemie to 6 months.
Crawling Stage footwear provides protection for babies beginning to crawl and move around. These shoes are constructed of soft flexible materials for little ones who are starting to become active. This footwear is fun, functional and most important of all – comfortable. They are available in sizes: 0 to 3 and recommended for age's birth to 9 months.
Training Stage footwear, otherwise known as prewalkers, bridges the crawling and walking stages. The entire shoe is soft and pliable and has gripper outsoles for baby's safety. The outsole has also been engineered to provide balance for babies who are trying to stand and take those first unsure steps. The styling is colorful and fun and most importantly -- they can easily be put on little wiggly feet. They are available in sizes 2 to 5 and recommended for ages 3 months to 18 months.
Walking Stage footwear is for toddlers up to 4 years. They are comfortable and lightweight to allow for natural movement, yet provide support for balance. An important feature includes non-skid flexible outer soles. They are available in sizes 2 to 10 and recommended for ages 3 months to 4 years.
Footwear should always be comfortable from the start - flexible and fitting properly. No shoes should require "breaking in".
As a general rule, foot growth should be measured every month for babies under one year, every 2 months for one to two-year olds and every 3 months for two to three-year olds. Do allow some room for growth when buying shoes.
It is natural for babies to have flat feet. That's because there is a thick pad of fat in the soles of their feet. Once muscles begin to strengthen, arches will develop. Arches are not fully developed until age six or seven.
Most children usually outgrow the common foot problems, such as "duck feet" or "pigeon toes" without any corrective treatments. If you have valid concerns, always consult an expert to ease your mind.
Flat outer soled shoes are best for new toddlers. Thick or heavy outer soles can make your toddler unbalanced and clumsy. Avoid shoes with heels until your child is older.
Shoes made of natural fibers (such as cotton) or leather is best for baby feet since they typically perspire more than adult feet.
We pride ourselves on our online baby footwear selection. Robeez softer sole leather baby shoes are perfect for newborns through prewalkers. They are a great shoe to wear indoors once your baby begins to walk.
Our Baby Deer line covers the broadest size and stage range. Baby Deer shoes are very well made baby shoes that come in a variety of style for both boys and girls. Baby Deer offers classic white baby shoes, sparkly mary jane shoes, and classic silver baby shoes to complement any outfit. For boys they offer boat shoes, athletic shoes, and some classic everyday styles.
Ralph Lauren Designer Baby shoes offer lambskin Briley ballet flats, Roster Ez shoes and Ralph Lauren's well known pony logo.
Rileyroos footwear is engineered to offer comfort and support for both the new and experienced walker. Rileyroos black baby shoes and brown baby shoes coordinate with much of a baby's wardrobe. Rileyroos has the perfect red baby shoes.
Goldbug and Carters footwear is both cute and affordable. They offer stylish socks, newborn booties, and shoes at inexpensive prices.
Trumpette socks are baby socks that look like shoes. Most trumpette socks come in a decorative box containing 6 pairs of socks in a multiple colors. These socks are usually found in local baby boutiques. Trumpette socks have elastic tops to help keep them on the tiniest feet.