When it comes to putting shoes on a baby there are many schools of thought.
Some think the ideal time is when they start walking, while others believe you should get them used to wearing shoes from around six months old.
These pointers may help you to reach your decision.
Before their first steps
It must be said that baby seems to be happier barefoot. However, when they go outside for a walk, it can be a good idea to put some shoes on. There's no ideal age or rule here, so do what you feel is right! Nonetheless, remember that when it's cold, it's always a good idea to bundle them up, wrapping up their hands and feet so the heat doesn’t escape.
Get your baby used to wearing shoes or slippers – there's a whole range of options, some of which can look especially cute. Booties, non-slip socks and flexible little shoes… there’s a whole new shoe obsession to be had!
Build up muscles
From their first steps, babies start building up their muscles and the arch of their foot begins to develop. Letting them go barefoot or in light shoes can help them to find their balance. Get them to practice walking on sand or grass so that they learn how to contract the muscles of their feet. Babies love being in contact with the ground, and falling over on the soft surface shouldn’t be a problem!
One small step
Has your little one just taken their first steps? Are they swaying on the tips of their toes while holding on to you? Now is the time to get them their first proper pair of shoes. Ideally, choose a pair of leather shoes that are comfortable yet sturdy. These will give them the perfect stability to go and discover the world outside.