Small child

Children's slippers - buy?

Opinions among doctors are divided. Orthopedists and pediatricians choose two extreme positions - some recommend wearing slippers to children, others stand on the belief that at home socks with non-slip soles are enough. Who's right? Should I buy baby shoes and then a one-year-old child's slippers? What to do if your child refuses to wear them? Be consistent? Forgive? What brands should you choose? Expensive orthopedic shoes for children or maybe slippers for babies for several dozen zlotys?

Do not save on footwear!

At the beginning it is worth writing about something that is obvious to one person and meaningless to another. When buying children's shoes, it is worth resigning from buying a used pair in advance. While the use of second-hand clothes makes sense (because a child, especially the smallest one, will grow faster than he uses clothes), deciding to use used shoes, even if they are in "perfect (at first glance) form" is apparent savings. Why?

The answer is simple: each footwear adapts to its owner, shaping the sole and interior in the right way. This is especially important for the youngest children who are just starting to learn to walk. In shoes "after someone" they have a difficult task ... Used shoes can promote the formation of various defects, apart from the fact that for a baby they can be simply uncomfortable.

Anti-slip socks

Before the child starts to walk confidently and crawls more than he walks, socks with a special sole will be enough: either elements that prevent slipping, or with a sole completely covered with leather.

Such slippers (understood as children's footwear for the home) have the plus that they are flexible, do not block the work of the foot and allow comfortable movement from place to place. Just put on the crawling toddler's classic slippers to see how tired he is trying to move from the "handle" position on two legs. And it's probably not the point to make it difficult for your child to learn to walk, on the contrary - to facilitate it!

Anti-slip socks are cheap and comfortable. Babies and younger children can wear them.

When are the first slippers?

The answer seems obvious - if we intend to put slippers on our child's feet (and this has as many advantages as disadvantages - about which below), it is worth doing as soon as possible when the child learns to walk well, i.e. have more than two to four months after the first step (depending on how fast your child is making).

Buying slippers is not a hurry. Some specialists believe that it is worth buying them only when the child turns three years old. On the other hand, so late proposing to your child slippers will most likely end up so that the toddler is very accustomed to freedom, he will not want to have "trapped" feet ... He will simply refuse to wear shoes at home. And probably our attempts to convince him to home footwear will end in failure ...

Befado slippers

People going shopping with the intention of buying slippers for a child, sooner or later they will go to the shoes of the Polish manufacturer Befado, called opponents by sneakers, and by supporters - good quality textile shoes for children.

These shoes resemble other footwear with the "healthy foot" sign: footwear that protects the proper development and functioning of a child's foot. (Remember that this designation is given to a specific pair of shoes, not all of your company's slippers!). For example: Zetpol, Lemigo and Vi-GGa-Mi, whose top is made of material and the rubber sole.

Unfortunately, I have a lot to complain about, that the foot in such shoes sweats a lot. Even the breathing system (special holes in the sole) does not significantly reduce the problem.

If your toddler loves to play with Velcro on his slippers, this can be remedied - on sale with the Befado brand there are slippers with a special latch that is not such a big attraction for a baby unfastening with a smile on the Velcro face.

Sandals as slippers

Some mothers put on sandals on the feet of children. For example, Ecco, which can knock down at a cost (about PLN 150 per pair) or light summer shoes available at Deichmann or CCC stores. However, beware: when choosing the second type of footwear you need to be very vigilant, checking that the selected sandals have a flexible sole and a good quality insole.

Prophylactic and orthopedic slippers

This footwear is designed to protect the toddler from defects in the formation of a small foot. Such slippers are the "heaviest" figuratively and figuratively. They weigh and cost the most of the types listed above. They are also the most built-up: they have a high upper stiffening the ankle joint. Many have a heel to help longitudinal arch.