FIRST BABY SHOES FOR WALKING AND LEARNING TO WALK
Every parent remembers their baby’s first steps. Those special moments are a big milestone for you and your little one and a reminder that you’ll soon have an energetic toddler to keep up with!
As most parents and pediatricians will tell you, it’s best to let your baby learn to walk barefoot. When their feet have direct contact with the ground, babies can grip and flex their toes more easily, allowing them to learn balance and coordination naturally. But when it’s time to venture outside, and they find their feet on different surfaces, they’ll need a pair of shoes that protects their feet while allowing them to explore, develop and grow.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SHOES FOR BABIES LEARNING TO WALK?
Soft-soled baby shoes are often viewed as the ‘industry standard’ for young kids learning how to walk. The thin soles are designed to allow your child’s feet to naturally grip the ground as though they were barefoot, allowing for the necessary sensory information to come through.
At Jack & Lily, our baby shoes are perfect for new walkers and toddlers. They’re soft and flexible, allowing little feet to grip and move naturally All of our walking shoes feature both our signature Natural-Flex soles for flexibility and grip as well as our hook-and-loop closure to provide a custom fit for more narrow or wide feet.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST SHOES FOR NEW WALKERS
Here are a few things to consider when shopping for that first pair of shoes.
1- THE RIGHT FIT
Your baby’s shoes should be snug and close-fitting, but not too tight. Red marks on your baby’s feet, or signs of discomfort while they walk, usually indicate that their shoes are too restrictive. You can check that the size is right by inserting your pinky finger at the back of the heel while the shoe is on your baby’s foot — it should fit comfortably, without too much of a gap. Shoes with an adjustable strap are often best for growing feet as the strap allows for easy adjustment.
2- THE RIGHT MATERIALS
First baby shoes should be soft and flexible, allowing little feet to grip and move naturally. Look for genuine or vegan soft leather and suede — it provides plenty of flex while protecting tiny feet from injury. The soles of your baby’s first shoes should also provide good flexibility. Our unique Natural-Flex soft shoe soles are made from 100% recyclable rubber, and have been specially designed for babies and toddlers taking their first steps.
3- THE RIGHT FASTENING
Laces are a little tricky for young babies, and have a tendency to come undone and cause trips and falls. Choose a pair of baby shoes with simple fastenings like velcro or hook-and-loop. Our My Flexx and My Shoes collections feature our unique hook-and-loop closures, which allow for a custom fit for both wide and narrow feet. They’re easy to open and close, and help to encourage independence for new walkers.
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