Guide to Baby’s First Shoes
Burdening questions accompany the arrival of the little ones into the family, and it seems that in every phase they only multiply to become more complex and challenging. And so, without even noticing time’s passage, one’s query of “how many times a day are they supposed to eat?” is replaced by a multitude of questions concerning their first steps and walking development. So without further ado, allow us to be of assistance. We have assembled all the questions that really plague you and let the “elefanten” experts answer.
At what age is it recommended to buy the child his first shoe?
As implicit in their name, First-step shoes purpose is rather simple – they are especially tailored for toddlers who have already made their first steps and are able to stand. Studies show that children start walking at the average age of 10-18 months, and needless to say what every parent knows: that it is statistical data only. Each child is a universe unto him/herself, not to be compared with anyone else (including their siblings, as much as they have any).
Is there any relevance to the material the shoe is made of?
First-step shoes are mainly manufactured of leather or fabric and the choice between the two mainly depends upon the child’s preference while ensuring that the shoe is neither too heavy nor too bulky, what might result in interference with proper walking and foot health.
Should the child walk barefoot or wear shoes at home?
It is true that many adults say that “They arrive home and forget to change shoes” since the pair they are wearing is extremely comfortable, but the rules concerning toddlers are a bit different. Barefoot walking helps the child in his first developmental years – it boosts posture and balance and is critical to the natural development of the feet. It is therefore that, as much as possible, it is recommended to take off shoes at home, achieving the dual goal of nurturing the foot while airing the shoe.
“Sweat absorbent” is a popular term in the child-shoe business in general and in First-step shoes in particular. How relevant is it?
Sweat absorbent or better yet “Drifit” is an important term as children’s feet tend to sweat much more than grown ups. It is thus crucial to equip the shoes with special airing openings or a drifit technology. Leather veg tanned insole is one of the ways to ensure dry feet while walking. No less important is to care for the feet everyday: to take the shoes off the minute one arrives home, to wash the feet and dry them well.
Are Lace-up Shoes recommended?
Since we are dealing with First-step shoes, the answer is unequivocal: no laces, or more accurately: Velcro. Much like laces, it is possible these days to adjust the Velcro and modify it in the utmost way to the size and structure of the foot. Important no less, it is easy to close and undo it (encouraging independence in the tot) and the danger of the Velcro becoming undone during the day is practically null.
As much as the child has more than one pair of shoes – is it possible to render choice of next pairs to appearance only?
This is the time to refute a few misconceptions and dreams (sorry about that): even the tenth pair of shoes, should the child have such an abundance, must be purchased according to strictest parameters of quality and comfort. As the foot is shaped in the first formative childhood years, it is crucial to support it in the best way possible.
When are we supposed to change shoes?
Shoes are supposed to be changed only when they are shabby or when the child has outgrown them, usually every four to six months. And how will you know that the size has changed?
By pulling out the insole and positioning the child feet on it to measure the suitability.
Meeting all the requirements for over 90 years are the First-Step shoes of the well-established German brand elefanten.
Elefanten shoes are manufactured of especially fine materials, with flexible soles, and boast the exact right thickness. These shoes provide the tot with a sense of confidence and steadiness – and give you peace of mind. Also, the shoes are beautifully designed and you enjoy the look of your child as he/she wears delightful and impressive shoes.
It is important to understand that the shoes help encourage and support natural movement. They assist the child in the important and formative experience of his first steps – a matter that should not be taken lightly. All these aspects need to be factored in, therefore it is worthwhile investing in the most suitable and excellent shoes possible.