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We know that any parent wants to give the best to their children, a task that becomes difficult when they are babies because we can not know clearly how they feel. This is the case of shoes for babies that will accompany them from their first steps.

We must be cautious about the products we use with newborns, as they could cause pain to the little one or cause a bigger problem in the long term. In the following article we will tell you all about this product, its advantages, places where you can buy them and all the key factors to choose the best one.




Summary

  • We will be solving the most frequent doubts about baby shoes as many would like to know from what age it is appropriate to use them, the benefits for the baby, where to buy them in any part of Mexico and much more.
  • We can distinguish two types of baby shoes according to their structure: soft and rigid. Both cannot be worn at all times, but soft shoes are for warmth and protection, while rigid shoes are better for improving stability and muscle development.
  • To know which is the best baby shoe, you should consider factors such as size, posture, sole and design. All are relevant to give your child a safe product that suits their physiological characteristics and the environment in which they develop. Good luck!

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Buying Guide: what you need to know about baby shoes

What's promised is promised! Next, we'll be talking all about baby shoes. It's not enough just to have references of their designs, but you should also evaluate factors that are transcendental for your little one to feel comfortable and develop properly. Learn them in the following buying guide.

The purchase of the first baby shoes should be made based on your baby's personal growth (Photo: Olesia Bilkei / 123rf.com)

What are baby training shoes?

Babies have an accumulation of fat located in the arch, therefore, in the early stages of life they all have flat feet. The baby training shoe, in the sole or insole, incorporates a small relief to start training the arch in a natural way. For this reason, it is important that they are only used when they have already taken their first firm steps.

"That is, from about 12 - 14 months, depending on the baby's level of development. Otherwise, it could be very harmful to the development of their foot.“

Soft or stiff baby shoes - what should you look out for?

A good way to group the types of baby shoes is by their general construction. These are indicated for a specific stage and have distinctions that are worth mentioning. Remember that choosing the right baby shoes will determine their future development.

Soft. Generally made of fabric, they are mainly for warmth, protection from contact with objects and surfaces that could damage them. Soft shoes can be used from birth to crawling. You just need to make sure they are soft, warm and light.

Stiff. They should not be totally rigid, you can check this by bending the shoe in your hand. They are characterised by having reinforcements in the heel and toe area, flexible soles that adapt to the shape of the foot and breathable linings so as not to accumulate moisture. They are used when the baby is walking more firmly.

Soft Stiff
Ideal material Wool and cotton Natural or synthetic leather
Type of lining Soft and cushioned Breathable
Sole No or only antibacterial insole Flexible and non-slip
Stage 0 - 12 months 14 months - 3 years

From what age should baby shoes be worn?

According to the College of Chiropodists of the Valencian Community, care should be taken between the ages of 12 months and 3 years. This is a stage in which the baby's foot is susceptible to many physical changes as it adapts and learns to walk.

The wrong one can lead to long-term problems

Between the first and third year, the arch begins to form and the right shoe should be used for this stage. The wrong baby shoes can lead to skin problems, deformed nails and toes, and long-term problems such as walking disorders and other conditions.

Where to buy baby shoes in Mexico?

You should know that there is a wide variety of options where you can buy the right shoes for your baby. You can go directly to shops specialising in baby products, such as Coqueta y Audaz, Pachus, Georgie Boy, Calzados Andy, Coloso, Adidas or Liverpool.

It is getting easier and easier to buy online, the best thing is that you receive it at your doorstep, no matter if you are in Tijuana or Guadalajara, anywhere in Mexico! The most reliable shops are Amazon, Rilo, Zara, Mickey Calzado or Mercado Libre.

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of baby shoes

Remember that all babies have unique measurements and shapes, however, we can establish certain criteria that will help us to easily identify the baby shoe we are looking for. Get ready to learn about materials, sizes and much more!

  • Size
  • Posture
  • Sole
  • Design

Size

This is the point that causes most problems for parents. All babies have different measurements, but in any case, it is useful to have a guide to show you where to start. In addition to measuring your baby's foot from the longest toe to the heel, consider the following size references.

Length (Cm) Size (cm)
1-6 months 9.5 - 10.5 16 - 18
6 - 12 months 10.5 - 11.5 18 - 19
12 - 15 months 11.5 - 12.3 20
15 - 24 months 13 - 14.9 21 - 24

Posture

It is very difficult to consider these aspects, as we cannot communicate directly with the baby to know what he/she is feeling. There are several techniques to ensure that the fit of the shoe is consistent with the baby's measurements - check them out below!

Width. On the outside, try pinching the fabric a little. If you can't pinch it, it's because the shoe is too tight and could cause tears on the instep and sides. It is recommended that it does not touch in any area, but the space should be no more than 1 cm.

Length. The best test is to feel your thumb on the toe of the shoe. It is recommended that it should be at least 0.5 cm larger. To avoid the shoe constantly falling off, squeezing or damaging the nails and toes.

Sole

If the shoe does not have a sole that is suitable for the level of development of the instep and sole of the foot, constant rubbing can cause wounds and internal malformation. On the outside, the wrong sole can cause constant falls.

Ergonomic. Recommended for when the baby is crawling and shows signs of wanting to stand up. Ergonomic soles adapt to the shape of the foot in a natural way, avoiding a bad arch formation.

Flexible. The semi-rigid sole can be easily bent through 90°. These are recommended for when the baby is already stable and takes firm steps. In addition, you can prefer soles with relief to avoid some falls.

Shock absorption. The name varies depending on the brand, but it refers to the fact that the sole should have technology in the insole to cushion the heel. Especially in stages when developing balance and stability.

Did you know? It is not correct to inherit shoes from an older sibling or relative because each baby will wear the sole according to their own foot shape

Design

In addition to finding the ideal personal presentation for your child, choosing the right style goes hand in hand with the climate and environment in which your baby lives. Finally, we want to introduce you to the most popular styles of baby shoes.

Moccasins. They adapt very well to the foot as they have a very light, flexible and thin sole. In addition, they can give a more elegant or adult-like appearance. They are recommended for baby shoes for christenings, special occasions and sporadic use.

Sandals. They are ideal for summer and to keep the air flowing between your feet. This is necessary to achieve stability in their body temperature. It is recommended that they have the heel and toe covered to avoid bumps.

Tennis shoes. They are the favourite at all stages, although the most important is when they are able to walk. They are perfect for keeping the foot cool, moving freely and absorbing impacts. They are recommended for children who are more physically active, safe and mobile.

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