The first pair of shoes
It is truly a proud moment: your baby is finally upright and toddling around like mad. And so now it's also time to buying your baby's first pair of shoes.
We're guiding you to buying your baby's first pair of 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?
Baby's first shoes
Once your little cherub can take several steps without help from mum or dad, and are on their feet more than on all fours, then it's about time to buy a pair of real shoes. For the shoes to fit your child as well as possible, it is important that you go for proper footwear suitable for little, sensitive feet. In practice this means:
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.
For this reason, 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.
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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.
How fast do children's feet grow?
Most kids' feet grow in spurts of about 1.5cm a year until they are well into their school years. Therefore we recommend that you regularly check the size of your child's feet. We suggest every other month until the age of two, then every three months when they are between three and six years, and from then on every six months.
In other words, this means that the youngsters need new shoes every season. Shoes, boots and sandals – depending on the season and the weather. A pair of wellies are also pretty essential in spring and autumn.
Ready for active play and climbing
When your child gets a bit older, the whole world opens up to be discovered. There will be swinging. Balancing along ledges. And clambering up and down the slide. And this is where shoes with rubber soles enter the picture. Rubber soles often give a little more resistance, and therefore give your child grip for climbing, running and letting loose. And they are extremely durable!