Buying Comfortable Toddler Shoes

Fitting your toddler with the most comfortable shoes is crucial to the long term health of their feet.

Finding comfortable, properly fitting shoes for your toddler is crucial to the long term health of their feet. Unfortunately, most parents are unknowingly mislead by their parent's advice for fitting their toddler with new shoes. Some myths include pressing on the toes, passing down shoes from other children, buying a larger size for room to grow, and buying for the future which can all cause severe health problems. By the age of five, some children are showing foot problems such as deformities, pain, or bone malformation. Purchasing shoes that do not fit properly is a main source of these problems. Replacing the myths with a new course of action for fitting your child's shoes will be of great benefit to the health of their little feet.

When to shop?

The best time to take a trip to the shoe store for your youngster is after a day of their usual activity. Try to shop in the late afternoon, or evening time. Their feet will be a little more swollen at the end of the day. This will make certain the best fit, so that when your child is playing and their feet become swollen, they will still fit properly.

What about size?

Finding the appropriate size is crucial for a great fit. Children may outgrow their shoes in as little as a month. It is important to have their feet measured each and every time they get new shoes, even if it appears that they haven't grown a bit. Do not let others buy your child new shoes. It's important to have them present to have their feet measured, and to try on several pairs of shoes to find the most comfortable pair. When a child's shoes do not fit correctly, or are uncomfortable your toddler probably can't yet let you know. However, there are signs to look for. Red marks may appear on their feet if their shoes are too tight. If they are constantly removing their shoes, that could also be a sign that they are uncomfortable. Also, toe imprints on the border of the insole could mean they are becoming too small and need a larger size.

You should also let your toddler try on both shoes in the store, and let them walk around with them on. Look for slipping heels, which can be a sign that they do not fit suitably.

Since one foot is usually slightly larger than the other, choose the larger size for the best fit.

Another myth is that toddlers need shoes to learn how to walk, or for the health of their feet. In reality, toddlers need shoes to protect them when outside if they will be walking around, or to simply keep their tootsies warm.

Stick by the guidelines above, and you will reduce the probability that your toddler will grow up with major problems with the health of their feet. Using these new strategies, you will greatly increase the chance that your child will have healthy, painless feet.

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