It is truly a proud moment: your baby is finally upright and toddling around like mad. And so now it's also time to buy your baby's first pair of shoes.
Your child's first shoes
BUYING YOUR BABY'S BEGINNER SHOES
Buying your child's first pair of shoes is exciting and magical. And there's millions of cute small shoes that aren't difficult to fall head over heels for. But children's feet are different and, for this reason, their little feet also have different needs.
So now what? When are your tiny tot ready for his or her first pair of shoes? And what happens when your child begins to move around a bit more?
THE FIRST SHOES
1. A GREAT FIT
Your child's first shoe should have a fit that matches your child's foot. The shoes shouldn't pinch their toes, nor have too loose a fit. A good rule of thumb is that there should be space for a little finger between the tongue and the top of the foot.
2. REMEMBER SPACE FOR GROWTH
The first pair of shoes (and actually all future kids shoes) should be bought with 0.5-1cm of growing space. In fact, this space is for both movement and growth, as well as just general space at the front of the shoe. This wriggle room ensures that there is plenty of space for your child's feet to expand and slide slightly forward in the shoe when they start exploring the world.
3. FLEXIBLE OUTSOLES
The soles must be flexible, so your little one's feet can move freely and naturally.
The shoes should be equipped with an adjustable fastening, so you easily can adjust the shoe to fit your child's foot perfectly.
5. CHECK THE HEEL
The first baby shoes needs to feature a a firm and stabilizing heel tab in order to support the ankle in the best possible way.
6. ROOM FOR LITTLE TOES
The shoes should be wide enough to make sure there's air between all of your child's wee toes.
7. HIGH BREATHABILITY
Last, but by no means least, your child's feet should be able to breathe in the shoes. Feet that are too closed-in can become cold and clammy in the middle of play time.
All hummel infant shoes have removable, washable insoles. We recommend that the insoles are aired and washed regularly to ensure healthy little feet and hygienic shoes. Especially when it comes to winter boots
DID YOU KNOW...
SOFT, SMALL FEET
Did you know that small, chubby baby feet aren't just soft on the outside, but actually also on the inside? When your child has just been born, their skeleton mainly consists of cartilage. It is completely natural and actually a great benefit for both pregnancy and childbirth. But it also means that your child's feet can easily take the shape of footwear. This makes it extremely important to choose the right footwear for your little rascal and wait as long as possible to buy their first pair. This reduces pressure and gives the feet space to develop naturally.
Another reason to wait a little longer for the first pair of shoes is that small adventurers need to feel firm ground under their feet when they are starting to learn how to balance and walk. Babies use their toes to grip the floor, and therefore just bare toes, a pair of non-slip tights or a pre-walker style are more ideal choices than a pair of 'proper' shoes in the beginning.