The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) love shoes about as much as your child does.
When possible, the AAP says to let your child go barefoot until they become upwardly mobile.
Bare feet better allow their toes and feet to grow and gain mobility during the pre-crawling, crawling, and early walking stages. As your baby begins to walk, going barefoot strengthens their feet and ankles, which supports movement, fast learning, and a reduction in injuries and sensitivity.
When it is time for shoes, the most important feature isn’t color or style but fit.
If your baby kicks their shoes off as soon as put them on, then it might be because they don’t fit. Young babies, in particular, can’t tell you when the shoes don’t fit their feet right, so you need to measure and assess carefully.
Typically, shoes come only with the length measurement, so you’ll want to read size charts before making any purchases. Additionally, it’s always better to size up when the measurements are very close. Their feet will grow soon enough anyway.
The length of the shoe only tells half the story. Any parents of babies with roly-poly feet (i.e., lots of baby fat) know that their children’s feet may not fit in the shoe just because of the heel to toe measurement tracks.
Check the shoe’s width by pulling at the material at the widest point. If you can’t grab any, then the shoe doesn’t fit.
Additionally, make sure there’s enough from between the shoe and their heel by putting your little finger into the boot.
If your child is already on their way to walking, have them take a few steps in the shoe before you commit. You’ll see them struggle if the shoe fits poorly. You’ll also see red marks when you take the shoe off, which means you either need to size up or choose another shoe.