Buying Shoes for Your Baby or Toddler

The baby and toddler shoe market can often be overwhelming and confusing for a new parent.  Tiny baby shoes are often given as gifts to newborns, yet parents are advised not to put shoes on children until they are walking.  Conflicting advice and advertising can make it hard to decide what is right for a child.

It is generally agreed that newborns will only need a foot covering for warmth.  Newborns are always lying down, being carried or being held.  Their feet do not touch the floor for the first few months and their legs and feet are not yet strong enough to bear their full weight.


Once children are crawling, they very often learn to stand at around the same time.  Pulling themselves up and moving from table to sofa whilst supporting themselves (known as cruising) usually follows quickly after crawling.


At this stage, parents may consider protecting the developing feet of their child with pre- walker baby shoes.  These usually have a soft sole, soft sides and back and often resemble a leather slipper rather than a rigid shoe.  These shoes are ideal to protect your baby’s foot on indoor surfaces, and even outside on gentle or yielding surfaces such as grass or sand.  Very often these baby shoes are made to fit a child from birth to ten months.  Some parents choose not to buy their children shoes at all until they are fully walking, but this is often a personal preference rather than a medical matter. Vertbaudet the online children’s specialist has a range of shoes for newborns and toddlers that are comfy, practical yet stylish to sure you little one’s feet are taken care of.  Pre-walking infant shoes are often lace-ups or a full shoe to cover the complete foot.  This ensures they stay on the foot.

Once children are fully weight bearing, that is able to stand fully on their own, they will not be far from talking their first steps.  First step shoes are an in-between shoe.  Firmer than soft crawling shoes, they are not as rigid as shoes for the busy walker.  Soft trainer-style shoes are the usual way forward, with firmer soles that can be worn outside on any surface and yet do not feel too hard against a child’s growing soft feet.  Laces are frequently used as a way of keeping the shoe on the foot.  A walking child just out of the crawling stage may still be spending time in a pushchair or even a sling, and so First Step baby shoes do not need to be as heavy duty as a shoe for a child who walks for the majority of the time.  However, it is still important to buy the right size and measuring is important.

Measuring service in stores

Many high street shoe shops offer a thorough measuring service and it is useful to remember that width is as important as length.  There is no obligation to buy in the store that measures your child’s foot if a better fitting pair can be found elsewhere.

Once a child is walking longer distances and spending less time in a pushchair, it is time to graduate to a walking shoe.  It is at this stage that measuring and re-measuring becomes essential.  Shoes for the walking child are more rigid and supportive both at the sides and at the back.  A child who is just walking is also still growing, so it is best to be prepared to buy new shoes with regularity when first starting out.  Feet should be measured every six to eight weeks.

Children’s shoes often need replacing frequently as their feet grow, but this does slow down in time.  From baby shoes to walking shoes, what could be more important than giving a child the best start in life as their adventures begin?

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Tunes for Toddler Tantrums

My daughter has the most amazing hair but it’s a freaking nightmare to brush.  It usually involves a lot of screaming and ducking and diving!  We’ve tried everything from special brushes to leave in conditioners.   I hate brushing it as much as she hates having it brushed.

Thanks to Tunes for Tantrums (songs about doing your teeth, brushing your hair, eating your good, getting into your buggy) we’re making some headway, excuse the pun!  Seriously check this out!

Note:  This was the first time we listened to this armed with a brush!!!  I wish I would have taken a before and after!

The Mountain Wins Again (Hemel Snow Centre)

Madame had her first ever ski lesson this morning courtesy of  The Snow Centre.  Even though I’m Canadian, I was secretly hoping she wouldn’t like it as it’s one of those sports, like horse riding, that may require a second mortgage!  However, she absolutely loved it!  At the end of her lesson she demanded more and tried to make a break for the big slope!

A special thanks to Ali Fischer, the Marketing Assistant, at the Snow Centre for such a warm welcome and to Nicole for being and ever so patient Instructor.

I can’t wait till she turns 4 so I can get her into lessons.  Shhh, don’t tell hubby!

The music is by Blues Traveller one of my favourite bands.

Toilet Roll Tick Tocks

Yesterday was a really loooooong day!  Madame has managed to pick up some infectious skin disease so I had to keep her in and away from other kids.  Plus, it was chucking it down!  It’s only a very small case of Impetigo but if it’s not treated properly it can spread and look quite nasty.  I’ll leave you to google image that one for yourself.  Ick!  Oh the joys of parenthood.

Luckily, I had a craft idea inspired by @redtedart up my sleeve.  Madame is obsessed with telling the time.  She is forever asking me what time it is, even though she really doesn’t have a clue.  She often tells me it’s twenty eighty or points at the clock saying it’s not bed time yet. So, these Toilet Paper Roll Tick Tocks were perfect and very easy to make.  Madame loves them and all the fashion conscious dolls and stuffed animals in our house are wearing them too.  She even went to bed wearing three!  Bless.

Travelling Just Got Easier Part 01

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of Toddler Tech.  I can’t justify buying an Ipad at the moment but I have no problem with letting my 3 year old loose on my Iphone.  Here are my Top 10 Iphone Apps for Toddlers.  However, the lovely Matt Big does have an Ipad and kindly wrote this post about his experience of travelling with two kids and an Ipad. I can’t wait to read part 2.

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I can remember holidays as a child, packed up in the back of the Volvo, with a packet of top trumps and a 6 hour journey to Cornwall. And for whatever reason, you always seemed to be sitting in traffic, hot, bored and not actually going anywhere. I think everyone has that type of travel tale to tell.

These days it is a lot different. The journey to Cornwall still might have its moments, but the time seems to pass a lot easier.

I have 2 boys, aged 2 and 7. As you can imagine keeping them entertained on our travels is no easy task. Car journeys seem to be ok, with pit stops etc., but airplanes, with their small spaces and no where to go. A nightmare! Or is it? Let me tell you about our last trip to Spain.

I always used to say that when travelling all you needed to remember was PMT. No wait, I am not mad. PMT. Passports, Money, Tickets.

However, I need to add in one more thing to my list. The iPad. Something I only normally use for work, is brilliant. The day before I clicked on to the App store and download a few games, movies, stories and apps. £20 was the approximate cost of my purchase, but compared to the games and books on offer at the airport shops, that seemed quite reasonable.

I will write a proper review on all the bits and pieces I brought and what was and wasn’t a success, but for those 2 x 3 hours plane journeys, the iPad was just brilliant. The 7 year old, like all 7 years knows his was round technology better than some adults and had no problems flicking between ‘Angry Birds’ and watching 500 best Premiership goals.

For the 2 year old, a little assistance was required. However, he loved looking at the shapes and colours as there appeared on the screen and enjoyed the 123 counting game. And even when the novelty of those educational games wore off, we still had an episode of Peppa Pig up our sleeve.

And I know using technology is not everyone’s cup of tea. But when you are packing up your carry on bag for the airplane, with the mountain of books, games and the DVD player, think if that could all be condensed down into one easy to update, easy to use, easy to carry iPad.

Travelling with children just got easier.

Matt Bigg