If your baby is starting to gain confidence and skill with walking, it's probably time to invest in pair of well-fitting shoes. Children's feet can grow over two full shoe sizes in the course of a year, so you need to be measuring regularly. Try to measure toddlers’ feet every six to eight weeks, and younger babies even more frequently. Providing the right amount of comfort and support is essential for your infant's natural foot development and will aid natural growth patterns. Try to choose shoes that will keep your child's foot securely in the shoe, think Velcro and straps rather than laces – this will make your life easier and save valuable minutes in the morning.
Most shoe shops will offer to measure your child's shoe size, but if you want to buy baby shoes online then knowing how to measure them at home helps. A Baby Foot Measuring Ruler Tool is what you need.
Once the shoe is on your child's foot, you should check the fit to ensure measurement is accurate. Baby shoe sizes can vary somewhat, and every brand will be slightly different. A Baby Foot Measuring Ruler Tool is very helpful to ensure you have the right size shoe.
There are usually three widths available, described as wide (H), narrow (D) or average (F). Once the foot (with a sock on) is in the shoe, feel the inside and outside with your fingers to check there are no tight spots or pinching that might cause discomfort. The foot should be positioned evenly over the foot bed and they should be able to wiggle their toes slightly.
Check that there’s not too much pressure on the top of your child's foot by running your fingers over the top of the shoe and ask your child to wiggle all of their toes. There should be ample room for some movement, but not too much – if the foot slips around it will rub badly.
With your child's heel placed securely at the back of the shoe, the longest toe should not reach the top of the shoe. It's a good idea to leave a small gap for them to grow into.
The final area to check is around the opening of the shoe, just around the ankle. Make sure there are no large gaps as this might mean the shoe is not securely attached to the foot. The hem of a low cut shoe should sit comfortably under the ankle, not over it. Likewise, a high-top shoe should cover the entire ankle.
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