Baby’s first pair of shoes is one of the sweetest purchases you’ll make. But more should go into it than just picking out an adorable option (although you’re welcome to grab something based solely on the fact that it’s cute, too). Here's your guide to finding the right walking shoes for your baby.
Before she's walking, you really only need socks or booties to keep your baby’s feet warm. But once she starts to walk outside, she’ll need suitable shoes to prevent injuries to her tiny toes.
When searching for a pair of baby shoes, Brittany Ferri, Ph.D., licensed occupational therapist, says to choose nonskid or rubber soles that will help with stability as your child begins to walk.
The American Podiatic Medical Association recommends that pre-walking and walking baby shoes be flexible (you should be able to feel your baby's toes through them) and that they be made with breathable material (like cloth or canvas). Dr. Ferri also suggests choosing lightweight shoes, which will be the most comfortable for babies to wear.
When you're buying baby walking shoes, keep on the lookout for a few more criteria recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):
Make sure the shoe fits. Baby shoes shouldn’t need to be broken in; they should fit your baby and be comfortable immediately with a bit of wiggle room. Check out our sizing guide if you need help with this.
No special features needed. The AAP says that basic soft-sole shoes are a great choice and recommends that parents stay away from shoes with wedges, inserts or special arches, as they are not needed and can actually make it harder for baby to walk.
Infants are notorious for kicking off their shoes — and older babies may try to take them off on their own. Luckily, Cabooties are designed to stay put on wiggly little feet. A few tips to keep those shoes on your baby's feet:
Be sure it fits. A tight shoe will be uncomfortable for your baby and cause her to pull them off, while a loose shoe is more likely to be kicked off. Refer to our sizing guide to help you get the perfect fit.
Buy shoes that adjust to baby's foot. Our snug, but not tight elastic fits a wide range of ankles to ensure your baby's shoes don't fall off.
Try to find a pair baby likes! If your little cutie tries to take her shoes off, look for an eye-catching pair that excited your little one. Cabooties has lots of styles and colors to choose from. Check out this quiz to get matched with your perfect pair.
When looking for, and ultimately creating her own ideal baby shoes for her own children, Cabooties founder Kelly took into account the above guidelines. Cabooties' signature baby shoes is soft and flexible, while offering plenty of traction. From there, she selected and designed adorable prints that your little one is sure to love.
Ready to start shopping? We cant wait to send a pair of vegan, machine washable, soft sole shoes your way! Whether you're looking for newborn shoes, or new walkers slippers we're sure we have something that you and your baby will love!
To achieve the best fit for your new Cabooties, we recommend carefully measuring before you make your purchase. For the best results, stand on a piece of white paper and carefully mark the end of the longest toe and back of the heel. Measure the distance between these marks and add a half inch. Use this length to select your size you'll need from the appropriate size chart below (scroll down to find our adult sizing). If you are between sizes, we recommend choosing the larger size.
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