Barefoot is best for babies who are crawling and in the early stages of learning to walk. Don’t get shoes too early. Little feet are very delicate and toes need room to wiggle to allow them to develop naturally. However, to keep feet warm out-of-doors and to protect little toes against bumps and scrapes from hard floors, fitted pre-walkers are a good option. They allow plenty of room for feet to grow, but offer warmth and protection if needed.
Every child is unique and develops at different rates. It is usually any time between 9 and 19 months, so try our easy-to-use online checklist and see for yourself if you think your little one is ready for their first walking shoes.
It’s rare that two feet are exactly the same length; one of them is often larger than the other.
Buy shoes sized for the larger foot.
All babies are born with a pad of fat where the arch will be in an adult foot. Children’s arches don’t usually appear until the child is about 2 to 2 ½ years old!
It’s rare that two feet are exactly the same length; one of them is often larger than the other. Buy shoes sized for the larger foot.
Children’s feet grow in spurts so have their feet checked for size every six to eight weeks when they’re toddling; three to four months when older. Children’s feet will continue to grow until their mid teens.
No. You should never hand down shoes from one child to another. The shoes take on the shape of the previous wearer. They may rub, not support in vital areas, and can pass on infections.