by Kate Wharmby Seldman
With so many cute baby shoes available, you might be wondering which are the best for toddlers learning to walk. Toddlers need shoes that will support their feet and help them balance as they learn to walk and run, so it is important to choose the right shoes for your little one. Our tips will help you select quality baby shoes that will keep your toddler on her feet and meeting her developmental milestones.
Flexible shoes: When your toddler is learning to walk, he needs to be able to feel the floor in order to learn how to balance. Toddlers can learn balance best when they have bare feet, but bare feet are only practical in limited situations and venues. Keeping your child's feet safe while he's learning to walk is important. For this reason, flexible baby shoes are great for toddlers learning to walk. Children's shoes with flexible soles are a good choice for toddlers because they move with the child's feet and let her feel the floor or ground. Look for flexible baby shoes with soft leather or fabric soles to help your little one take her first steps.
Shoes with secure closures: When your child is learning to walk, shoes can often feel like they are just getting in the way. If you choose children's sandals or slippers for your child, make sure they have good closures to help keep the shoe on and help your toddler maintain her balance as she's learning to walk. Cute baby sneakers and baby dress shoes should also have good closures, and there are even toddler shoes with elastic around the ankle to help keep the shoe on.
Booties or socks: In many situations, booties or socks will be plenty of shoe for your toddler. Booties and socks are perfect for toddlers because they allow for optimum foot flexibility and help the child to feel the floor or ground as he walks. Choose toddler shoes and booties that are soft, comfortable and easy for your child to maneuver in. There are booties and socks available that look like baby sneakers and other popular shoe styles, so your child can be balanced and stylish at the same time.