What are the ideal first shoes for babies?

A mother and father’s happiness is their baby’s healthy growth and smile. It is the same for us here at MIKI HOUSE. Each and every cute and little shoe has been packed with love and attention for healthy development. Doing everything we can for children’s happiness. Let’s begin with correctly choosing shoes.
However, what are the ideal first shoes for babies?

Babies can roll over, sit up, and crawl on their own without being taught. As they learn to stand on two legs and walk, they will probably have more opportunities to go to the park with parents or play outside with friends and teachers at kindergarten. We asked Dr. Takashi Kawabata of the Faculty of Human Health at Kansai University, who is also a shoe expert, and researches walking from a scientific point of view, about the first shoes for babies who have started walking outside. Babies’ shoes may affect their skeletal structure and body movements as they grow older, so let’s think about the suitable way of choosing the best shoes based on some advice from Dr. Kawabata.

The difference between “Pre-shoes” and “First-shoes”

“It is preferable to wear pre-shoes if your baby is just starting to stand up or walking a short distance. The best time to change to first-shoes is when your baby starts to walk on their own to some extent and starts walking outside more.” (Dr. Kawabata)

Many pre-shoes have thin and soft soles made of synthetic leather, so if your child is just practicing walking in your room or the backyard of your house, the pre-shoes they are used to wearing will be easy to walk in. When your child is ready to walk outside, it’s time for first-shoes.

Pre-shoes are made mainly for indoor use. However, when your child wants to walk outside, you may want to let them walk in a safe place such as in the backyard of your house or a park. In such a situation, it is safer to use pre-shoes that your child is used to wearing. It is not too late for your child who just starts walking outside with their parents to get the first pair of shoes made of durable materials such as rubber soles.

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Your baby’s “shoe life.” Check your baby’s foot size every three months

Dr. Kawabata says, “check the measurement every three months” because the sizing and fit are very important in babies’ shoes. There are also shoes with insoles that prevent feet from floating, so if you have any concerns about your child’s feet type, you may want to try them.

Some babies have slender feet, whereas others have wide and strong feet with high insteps. Taking footprints not only at birth, but also other milestones such as the first birthday to compare your child’s foot type and how it is changing may be useful in selecting shoes in the future.

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