As Oliver has started standing and has taken those first few steps (although he isn’t walking unaided yet) my mind instantly turns to shoes. When should we be buying those first shoes? Currently Oliver is wearing pram shoes, soft soled ones, when we are outside. They’re scuffed to buggery now, but they work as a good intermediate. He loves walking holding our hands when we are out and about. And taking his walker outside is his favourite thing to do! Recently I’ve noticed more and more people I know with babies younger than Oliver are buying their babies proper shoes. They’ve only just started crawling, not even attempting to walk. And I wonder why?
Looking online the guidance seems to be when your child has been walking unassisted for at least 4-6 weeks. Bare feet is best inside, as it helps their little feet develop properly. Apparently putting them in shoes too early, before they’re walking properly can squash their feet and stop them developing properly. When your baby starts walking, Made for Mums recommends that if you do feel you need a shoe an early, soft soled shoe is best, with a soft bendy sole.
What I often wonder is why certain shoe shops will fit shoes for babies that clearly aren’t walking? And why would you spend thirty odd pounds on a pair of shoes that you just don’t need? Your baby needs their feet measuring every 6-8 weeks, and their feet can grow 2 sizes a year. Why not hold off on the expense for as long as possible?
For now we are going to stick with our pram shoes, until Oliver is walking confidently on his own. Hopefully he can hang on until it gets a little warmer and we can get him a little pair of sandals!
When did you buy your baby their first shoes? Were they walking unaided? I would love to hear your stories!