We followed the AAP recommendations to find the best baby shoes for your beginning walker.
What is more exciting than watching your baby take her first steps? Now that she's on the move, you may want to consider purchasing her first pair of baby shoes. With so many styles of baby shoes on the market, which ones are the best choice for a new walker?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises that children learn to walk by gripping their toes on the ground, and they don't need arch support. At home, go ahead and leave your little one barefoot to promote natural foot development. The AAP does warn however, that when surfaces are uneven, rocky, hot or cold, shoes should be worn to protect your child’s sensitive feet. Also, when choosing shoes, the AAP recommends styles that are lightweight and flexible to support natural foot movement, made of leather or mesh so your child’s feet can breathe.
One safe bet for cute and healthy baby shoes is pediped®. Developed by a mom looking for the healthiest footwear for her child, pediped® shoes are designed to AAP and American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) standards. Plus, they come in over 120 styles from infant to big kid sizes.