And They're Off
Ahhhh! This is where the fun starts for baby - and the exercise starts for you! You're sat down for two minutes and before you know it, you're up chasing after your child! At this stage, barefoot is still best, as with each step your little one takes, messages are sent from sensors on the bottom of the foot to the brain - helping your child balance and gain confidence to walk. However, we know (we're parents too) you'll want to ensure your child's feet are protected, especially when you're outside. This is where 'pre-walkers' are an option as the materials are very soft and flexible - but they are no substitute for bare feet.
Top Tips for Cruising Kids
Once your child is cruising and it's time to buy that first pair of shoes:
- Always ensure a trained fitter measures, fits and checks your child's shoes.
- Foot growth is sporadic so regular checks are important (at this stage we would recommend every 6-8 weeks). If you're unsure, pop in - we'll never try to sell you a pair of shoes if your child doesn't need them.
- Every shoe is different - there's no standard fitting - our trained fitters at SoleLution use a gauge as a guide and then in-depth knowledge of the stock to ensure a perfect fit.
- Never let your child wear the shoes as soon as they leave the shop. It's far better to let them try them out at home with socks and on carpet. Inspect their feet afterwards. If you're not happy with the fit, you can return the shoes to us for an exchange or refund (you'll need proof of purchase and the original box).