Guest Post: The Perfect Baby Shoes

I found the following guest post in my email today and thought I’d share it with you – enjoy!

There are few things more pleasurable in life than buying for a baby, whether it’s your own or someone else’s.  Baby shoes are especially cute, looking like miniature versions of grown up shoes, with sweet, soft soles.  While shopping for little ones is undoubtedly a joy, it can quickly become expensive.  The good news is that baby shoes and booties don’t have to cost a fortune.  Little shoes for pre-walkers are not designed to offer foot support, so there’s no need to worry about spending a lot on footwear at this stage.  A cute range of shoes and booties can always be found online at great prices.

Baby’s First Booties
When baby is really tiny you’re likely to find that a few pairs of soft ‘baby pop ons’ are all that’s needed.  Super soft and squishy, these sweet little booties are designed to keep baby’s tootsies warm and cozy, without restricting growth or causing any discomfort.  They’re so soft that baby won’t even notice that she has them on!  You can usually find these easy to put on baby pop ons in essential babywear colors of baby blue, pastel pink and classic white with sizes available from newborn to 6-9 months.

For Sitting, Shuffling and Crawling
When baby gets that little bit active, it’s important that you keep them in soft shoes so that they can explore and develop their physical capabilities unhindered. While it may be tempting to try to encourage walking with a pair of hard soles, these will prove cumbersome and uncomfortable for baby, and could even discourage him from exploring his world.
It is perfectly possible to find lots of lovely designs in a soft shoe, from pretty pink ballerina style shoes and sweet, soft sandals to squishy trainers and fur lined soft-soled boots. Your baby can look perfectly co-ordinated yet still feel comfortable, cosy and uninhibited.

Standing and First Steps
As baby starts to pull himself up on furniture, perhaps even showing signs of making those first tentative steps, you should still stick to soft shoes. This is because soft shoes will allow baby to ‘feel their feet’ on the ground and explore the concepts of balance and movement without throwing a pair of hard shoes into the mix.  Where possible, you should allow baby plenty of time to get to grips with the ground in nothing but bare feet, but if you want to keep little tootsies cosy, or are out and about with baby (at a playgroup for example) soft shoes are the next best thing.  When you find those great deals online,  it’s easy to kit your baby out with a wide range of cute, soft shoes to match all outfits. You can keep tiny feet warm and comfortable, while boasting the most stylish baby around, without breaking the bank!

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