How to Measure Baby Shoe Size?
The most essential factors when choosing shoes for your kid are size and comfort. Even though pre-walkers only wear their shoes for comfortable purposes, it's still important that parents do not buy shoes that are too small for their rapidly developing feet.
Once your little one can walk, being fit becomes even more important. Poorly fitted shoes can lead to a variety of issues in children, according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Tight shoes can result in ingrown toenails, blisters, and calluses, whereas a shoe that is too wide can cause the foot to slide forwards and put too much pressure on the toes.
By taking a quick, accurate measurement of your baby's feet to ensure you're purchasing the correct size, you may avoid these problems.
Step-by-Step Guide to Measuring Baby's Feet:
- Extend your baby's barefoot on a flat surface, making sure their toes are not curled under.
- Lay a tape measure or ruler beside their foot and measure from the back of the heel to the longest toe.
- Measure both feet in this way and use the longer of the two measurements. ((If one foot is bigger than the other, don't panic; this is totally normal for people of all ages)
- With your baby's shoes on, gently press down on the toe of the shoe. There should be about 1/2 inch of space between their toes and the end of the shoe.
- You should be able to place your pinkie finger between the heel and the back of the shoe.
- Your pinkie finger should fit between the heel and the back of the shoe. Make sure you measure the shoe width.
Never skip the measurements and simply choose a shoe size for your child based on age especially buying shoes online. While sizing by age provides a general guide, babies' feet grow at different rates. Your little one could easily have feet that are larger or smaller than other babies their age.