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Baby Shoes: When does my baby need it? Which shoe fits?

Let’s talk baby shoes and walking! 

While your baby is learning to walk around the house, it is best to let her go barefoot. She will be able to balance and coordinate her steps better if she can feel the ground beneath her feet. 

Going barefoot will also allow her feet to develop naturally without being restricted by shoes. Your baby's bones are soft, and cramping them in a pair of shoes too early can squash her feet and prevent them from growing properly. 

It's best to take your baby to a shoe shop where her feet can be measured by a qualified shoe fitter. The shoe fitter will also advise on the type of shoes to buy, and make sure they fit your baby properly. 

Being fitted for her first shoes is a new experience for your baby, and she may not take kindly to it! Try not to worry too much if your baby puts up a fuss or starts crying. The fitter should be used to measuring babies for their first shoes.

>>>> What should you look for in baby’s shoe?? 

1. A supportive shoe with a buckle or velcro fastening, or with laces, to hold your baby's feet in place. 

2. A sole that is flexible and lightweight with a good grip. 

3. Made of breathable material, such as leather, cotton or canvas. Steer clear of plastic shoes. These can make your baby's feet sweat, which can lead to fungal infections such as athlete's foot. 

4. A big toe area to make sure there is plenty of room. There should be about 1cm of growing room between the end of her longest toe and the end of her shoes. 

Also check that the width of the shoe is right for her. If you plan to have your baby wearing socks with her shoes, make sure she tries them both together. 

>>> How can you tell if the shoe fits? 

Let your baby walk around in the shoes. Make sure her feet don't slip forwards or out of the shoes when she walks or stands on tip toe, as this could damage them. If her feet slip forwards this could squash her toes in the end of her shoes. Or if her shoes are too loose she'll end up having to curl her feet and toes to prevent them slipping off. 

Remember: Take your baby to have her feet measured often. She will grow about two shoes sizes a year, so she'll need new shoes fairly frequently. 

>>>> Is it okay to buy second-hand shoes for baby? 

It's always best to buy your baby new shoes. Second-hand shoes won't give your baby the right support for her developing feet. They will already be moulded to another child's feet, and the soles will have worn down to fit a different walking style. 

This is why Attipas shoes are best for your baby. It ticks all of the above criteria that you should look for in baby’s first shoe: it stays in place because of its sock design, it is flexible and light-weight, breathable, and has a big toe room! 

And although it is tempting to buy second-hand Attipas shoes, it is not always the best thing. 

So grab a pair of Attipas now!