How to shop for sneakers for a toddler
- by admin
The first step to shopping for shoes for a new baby is to figure out what you’ll need to wear.
That’s because toddlers don’t usually get a lot of time to wear them.
They typically sit on their tummies and stay tucked in their pajamas.
“It’s a lot harder to fit in a diaper when you have a toddler than it is to fit into a diaper,” says Lauren Smith, a mom of two toddlers.
“You’re not going to be able to move around the house or walk.
They don’t really get the same opportunities to be outdoors.
So, if you can find some good quality shoes, you can really try to find the ones that are appropriate for your little one.”
If you’re looking for a pair of low-maintenance baby shoes, Smith says, “there are some great options out there.”
But if you want to make sure your toddler has plenty of options, you may want to consider a pair or two of “baby essentials,” which are more formal and less expensive than traditional diaper and diaper rash guard footwear.
For a baby’s first pair of shoes, it’s a good idea to pick a pair with an arch to help the toes glide smoothly, and one that’s padded so it won’t feel too much like a diaper.
“Baby essentials are great because they can help you adjust to the new clothes,” says Smith.
For older toddlers, a pair may be best for a more formal outfit, like a tuxedo or a wedding dress, Smith adds.
“They are a little more structured and formal and it gives them more space in their diaper,” she says.
“A pair of sneakers with a little extra padding in the toe box is also a good choice, so you can adjust their size a little bit.”
In addition to a pair, you’ll also want to look for something with a “cushion” at the heel, a design that helps to protect your toddler from scratching.
“For older toddlers with little hands, a cushion at the foot or a little cushion in the heel may be a good option,” Smith says.
A baby diaper can be a lot easier to care for if you don’t have to wear a diaper rashguard or an arch, says Smith, because they don’t need to be in the way of your baby’s playtime.
“With baby shoes and diapers, it doesn’t matter if you have to take them off when they are wet, it just doesn’t make sense to put them on in the middle of a shower,” she adds.
A pair of diaper rashguards can be pricey, but if you buy a pair that comes with a protective bag, you’re saving money in the long run.
You can buy a small bag for about $30, and then you can go up to a full-size one for about a half-million dollars.
(For more on how to care, check out our diaper care tips.)
“There’s definitely a cost savings to be had if you purchase a pair,” Smith adds, “but you still have to pay for the protective bag because you’re not changing diapers on the same day.”
And it’s not always the case that you can buy one diaper rashguard and use it to keep a toddler from coming in contact with any type of dirt.
“I’ve had several instances where my toddler was able to get in the toilet with a piece of cloth in the bathroom,” says Sarah Roesch, a mother of two young children.
“She got caught in the cloth and it was a little tight.
I had to change her.”
If your toddler needs to use the toilet, she may not want to take off the protective diaper and she may need to take it off when she’s ready to go.
So it’s best to choose a pair if your toddler is already comfortable in a pajama or dress, she says, and the rashguard is something that she’s already comfortable wearing.
The same goes for a diaper sack or diaper bag.
These can be good for older toddlers if they’re using them to keep their diaper dry, says Roesh.
“If your toddler doesn’t need a diaper and just wants to go to the bathroom, they can always get their diaper out,” she notes.
For more on pajamats and diaper bags, check our diaper shopping tips for newborns.
For babies younger than six months, you might want to opt for a regular diaper bag instead of a diaper bag with a pouch or cushion to help protect your child’s hands from scratching and debris.
The pouch or padding on a diaper can make it more comfortable to use, Smith notes.
“The pouch or the padding on the diaper can help keep your hands from getting caught in it and get rid of any dirt that may be on them,” she explains.
“So, for younger babies, the pouch or pouch with the cushion or padding can be great for older babies, especially if they have very little hand hygiene.”
The first step to shopping for shoes for a new baby is to figure out what you’ll need to wear.That’s…