One of the most exciting milestones for a parent is when your baby takes those first steps! Once that happens, it's time to evaluate the running shoes - theirs and yours. My boys started crawling/climbing when they were six months, so I feel like I have been on the chase since that epic day four years ago.
Back to those first shoes! Of course the very first shoes are super cute, tiny shoes you could not resist buying. Then, you were later disappointed when they fell off, or even worse, when you got back home only one shoe made it! However, I like to think of the true first shoe as the ones they get comfortable becoming walkers in. Since we are currently in the early walking stage, I have been quickly reminded of how much the shoes can help keep your baby on two feet, as we have one pair of extra-firm sandals that make my daughter tip over or easily trip. For that reason, I would always recommend something with a softer sole that has a bit of flexibility, if it is too firm you are asking for falls. In the summer months, I'm also a big fan of anything that covers the toes since they tend to still crawl quite a bit or fall easily.
My two favorite baby shoe picks:
- Puma Cats
I had these for my boys and my daughter. These have it all: adorable and practical. They open easily, so I never have any challenges getting them on or losing them! They cover the entire foot and will protect their sweet little toes. And most importantly, they are really easy for kids to walk in.
- Baby Crocs
I can't believe I am recommending these! This is certainly a style you either love or hate. I'm not really a huge fan of the look, but you have to admit in a size 3, they can be cute. These too go on with ease and are really easy for kids to walk in. And the best part about crocs is they can walk through mud and all you need to do is wash them down with the hose. No stress over your little one ruining their shoes - as the crocs are indestructible. For this reason, they make great summer shoes for your toddler as well.
I have quickly found shoes are much different for little girls than little boys. It seems with my boys, we generally have one pair of shoes and either winter boots or sandals. With girls, the Pumas and Crocs just don't finish the dress off. That is what my daughter often ends up wearing, but I'm sure most little girls have cute sandals to go with each shade of dresses. I have a feeling we will be investing much more into these shoes over the next 17 years.
I couldn't help but buy these fun little girl shoes, and they actually worked out great for the early walking days.
And I must leave you with a shoe warning: VELCRO is your friend, avoid the strings!
My boys have been begging for shoes with strings. We tried it...we tried it ONCE! If you have an extra 20 minutes every morning, give it a try, but I'm sticking to VELCRO and flip flops until they go to kindergarten.