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Buying Baby Shoes

buyingbabyshoes.jpgDon’t you just love to look at baby shoes? I admit I do. They are so cute aren’t they? It makes you wonder, do babies really need shoes, or are they just a nice outfit accessory?

I began to re-think the whole infant shoe concept after noticing that my children were always losing shoes. Don’t you just hate it when you are leaving the “super store” and you notice that your child now has one less shoe than she did when you began the trip several hours earlier? In my 14 years of parenting, I have never, ever found a shoe my infant lost in a store. I suppose once they drop on the floor, infant shoes are automatically swallowed up by a black hole and are transported to some magic shoe kingdom where they live happily ever after. At least that’s how I explain the phenomena to my children.

Personally, I feel that babies really don’t need shoes until they start walking. Even then, I tend to let my children go around in bare feet if it’s warm enough(great for tactile stimulation) or I’ll have them wear socks if it’s cold. If we need to go out, I’ll put on several layers of socks or booties in cold weather. I’ve found that it’s much easier and cheaper to just replace a pair of socks or booties when one gets lost.

Once the children begin to walk, I like to buy baby moccasins for them. I’ve seen them in the infant department of several discount stores as well as the specialty baby stores. I like these kinds of shoes because they are soft, easy to slip on your child’s foot, and relatively inexpensive.

I know parents who do prefer the traditional high topped white infant shoes(you remember these don’t you?) which is fine as well. I’ve found though that if you have children with chubby or wide feet, it can be difficult to find a traditional shoe that fits comfortably without chafing or irritating the baby’s sensitive skin.

Sneakers are great as they are easy to get on and to fit over chubby feet, but some infants balk at having a heavy shoe on their foot. My son is one of these kinds of kids.

There are lots of choices and options out there for covering your child’s feet. Choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.

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