Your kids feet grow fast. Really fast. Babies feet grow half a size every two months. From around a year old to two years old, your toddlers foot will grow half a size about every three months. From age two to four, you can expect foot growth at a rate of a half size every three to four months. The growth slows down a little as your child gets older, but their feet will continuing growing into their teens.
This can make buying shoes exhausting, not to mention expensive. Read on. Here are tips to make shopping for your child’s shoes easier and less costly without sacrificing the safety or style of your babe.
Buy the Right Size.
While shoes are cheaper and more accessible than they were a century ago — or even half a century ago — for many families, the cost of a good quality pair of shoes can seem too steep. The result is that parents often buy shoes that are size or two too big for their children, and while this makes good economic sense since it will take longer for a child to grow out of the shoes, it can be dangerous from biomechanical sense. Shoes that are too big can lead to accidents when walking, running, climbing and playing.
Shoes that are too small will impair proper foot development and result in chronic pain. Properly fitting shoes will not only spare them unnecessary accidents, but they will also support their growing feet.
Measure for Fit
Most shoe sizing is pretty standard. This said, if you’re looking for a pair of shoes for your daughter, for instance, measure her foot from heel to the tip of her longest toe (which will usually be the big toe). Measuring is particularly important because many of us shop online for shoes these days, so if you know her exact measurements when perusing girls shoes at Kido Store, you can refer to their size chart and spare yourself the return process.
Buy Quality Shoes!
Kids are tough on their kicks. If you buy poor quality shoes for your bairn, you’ll just end up replacing them two, three or even four times before they actually outgrow them. You don’t have to drop hundreds of dollars, but do buy a solid quality pair from the get-go and you’ll likely save money on not buying all the cheap replacements.
Buy Shoes They Love
Most kids — especially young kids — would rather go barefoot. (In fact, it’s better for babies and toddlers to be barefoot as much as possible.) Even older kids don’t always relish the idea of wearing shoes, so let them help you select their own shoes. If they love them, they’re more likely to wear them. Besides, it’s never too early to help them build confidence through expressing their own sense of style!