Shoes for Busy Toddlers

Shoes for Busy Toddlers

Barefoot is best for babies’ feet at home when learning to walk (with nonskid socks when needed for warmth).  Once children start walking outdoors, they will need shoes for protection.  Here are some tips for buying  shoes:

  1. Shoes should be lightweight and flexible to support natural foot movement.
  2. Shoes should be made of leather or mesh to allow your baby’s feet to breathe comfortably.
  3. Shoes should have rubber soles for traction to prevent slipping or sliding.
  4. Buy well-made shoes with good arch support and covered toes.
  5. At this stage, children have rapidly growing feet, the first pair of shoes may not last more than 2 or 3 months.

Checking the Fit

Check the fit of your toddler’s shoes at least monthly, and the top of the child’s big toe should be about finger-width distance from the inside edge of the shoe.  Remember, it’s better to have no shoes at all than those that are too tight.

This information and more can be found on, a website by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

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