One of the most exciting milestones in your baby’s development is when they take their first steps. But once they take those first steps - look out! They will be off like lighting for the next several years! That’s why choosing the right shoes for your baby to learn in, is so important. First Walker Shoes are made for your baby’s first steps. They are designed specifically with your baby’s comfort in mind and are made to provide support to your baby’s feet as they continue to grow. But what should you look for in a first-walker shoe and how much should you spend?
Qualities of a Good First Walker Baby Shoe
It can be tempting to buy $10 hard sole shoes from discount department stores but there are so many reasons that you should invest in a good first walker baby shoe instead. The shoes you choose for your baby will play a huge role in their development. The right set of shoes can help your baby gain balance, can prevent falls, and can promote the growth and development of their little feet.
What qualifies as a “high quality” first-walker shoe?
A soft rubber sole
Soft rubber-soled baby shoes are recommended by Podiatrists around the world because they still allow your baby to feel the ground when they walk. Though we don’t think much about it when walking, our babies are constantly taking in sensory information from the soles of their feet. But if they are wearing hard soles, this sensory information is no longer available to them for learning. Soft soles ensure that your baby can still feel the ground on their feet and that they can still use the senses from their feet to learn about the world around them.
Babies do a lot of running, and what does running equate to? Sweat! It doesn’t take much for a baby's feet to sweat and overheat. For this reason, you want to choose a first walker shoe that allows for movement and breathability. Leather is a popular choice, as well as other breathable mesh materials.
When selecting a high-quality shoe for your baby’s first steps, you want to choose a shoe that is very flexible. A good first walker shoe should be able to bend over on itself. Flexible shoes allow for baby’s feet to form naturally and don’t restrict their movement. This is why we don’t recommend buying the first pair of $10 shoes you see at the department store. Most cheaper shoe brands are hard soles and don’t allow for the degree of movement and flexibility that your baby needs to develop.
How much should you spend on a pair of good first walkers?
Again, we understand that it can be tempting to buy a cute pair of cheaper shoes but buying a pair of hard sole shoes just because they’re cheap and cute can actually damage your baby's feet. In return, it's important that you invest in a good, high-quality pair of shoes. Remember, an investment in your baby's shoes is an investment in your baby's feet.
With that being said, we understand that parents don't want to spend a lot of money on baby shoes because they grow out of them so quickly. Fortunately, at Billycart Kids you can buy high-quality shoes at competitive and affordable pricing. Many shoe companies will charge anywhere between $60 and $120 for a pair of first walkers. But you don't need to spend that much to get a quality shoe and long-lasting wear. At Billycart Kids we have shoes that will support your baby's foot development for as low as $38.99.
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