Common Shoe Sizing Mistakes to Avoid
If you follow the tips above, and make sure to use a size chart from the brand you're shopping with, you shouldn't have any problems selecting the perfect size shoes for your baby's feet. Here are a few "gotchas" to make sure to avoid...
Try to avoid hand-me-downs while your little one is still mastering motor skills. Shoes mold to the child's foot through use, and hand-me-down shoes will be molded to the original wearer's foot. This could cause irritation in places where the shoe rubs against the foot, and might even cause them to shift their weight incorrectly while walking.
Keeping an eye on foot size
They grow up so fast, and in the blink of an eye they will need to size-up about every 3-4 months. Monitor that growth with regular checks every couple months to make sure they don't start to outgrow the shoes. It helps to set a reminder on your phone so you remember to check.
If your little starts taking shoes off, hobbling around, or rubbing their feet, those are late signs that they've outgrown their shoes and need a new pair quickly!
If you have done all the calculations and find your baby between sizes, go with the larger size. A little extra room to grow is a good thing.
Why does it seem like baby shoes are always too big?
When we had our first daughter, we were always surprised with how large the baby shoes we bought were. It seemed like they were always at least one size larger than advertised! After starting BirdRock Baby, and learning the ins-and-outs of the shoe business, we learned why: this is a sneaky industry trick to prevent returns.
Many companies don't trust their customers to choose the correct size shoe, so they make all of their shoes artificially large. They figure "our sizing might not be accurate, but the child will grow into them so the parents won't return them!"
At BirdRock Baby, we pride ourselves in running our business with honesty and transparency. It's no fun getting a pair of shoes that isn't the size you expected, and that's why our shoes are true-to-size, with accurate size charts on all of our product pages.
Any questions? We're here to help!
We hope you've found our guide on sizing baby shoes helpful, and that when the time comes you'll pick out a pair of our moccasins or booties. If you still have any questions on how to find the right size for your little one, our friendly San Diego based support team is here to help: Click Here to Contact Us.