How (Not) To Buy Shoes for your Toddler – 10 tips

1.    Plan: Set aside a day and time to get this done.
2.    Prepare: Either take the kid with you to get a shoe fitting or measure the foot to be sure of the sizing
3.    Peruse: The list of brands recommended by the American Podiatric Medical Association(APAM) for kids. Most of the brands are pricy but worth it for new walkers
4.    Pick:  The brand that most fits your budget and the store where it can be found
5.    Pinch: the front to make sure there’s enough room for your toddler’s delicate feet to grow
6.    Don’t make an impromptu dash to a store during lunch break and take the scenic route out of the store via the baby clearance aisle
7.    Don’t but laceups for toddlers who are squirmy when getting dressed and just learning to walk
8.    Don’t buy shoes that have cute Seasame Street characters on the soles instead of non-skid soles
9.    Don’t check the fit of said shoes on your baby’s bare feet when the baby always wears thick winter socks
10.Don’t wait two days to discover the blisters L
Enough said. A picture’s worth a thousand words they say, or in this case 10 bullet points.
Tip sheets from APAM


  1. Enjoying your blog!! Sorry about the blister..poor baby!

  2. Aww, poor baby!! Baby shoes are so hard to buy!

  3. Glad to be a new follower. U can follow me back at
    Sorry about the blisters-no fun. I recently found a bad blister on my daughter's heel from new boots- and I couldn't believe she never complained once- I would have been miserable!

  4. I am guilty of SEVERAL violations on this Bullet always make me want to do better and I appreciate that! :)

    Happy Wednesday!

  5. Ah, I needed this! I've been having a shoe dilemma - the shoes we have are too big and I've been thinking about making a trip to the mall. Those Sesame shoes are cute! Too bad they're not non-skid. I need to check out the APAM list - thanks! I have no idea what brands are out there. Although, I did see the cutest pair of Vans that were pink and white checkered, but so expensive!

  6. Okay, seriously, you posted this THE DAY AFTER I bought the girls new shoes! I took them with and they tried on several different shoes until I found some that I liked and thought fit the best. I didn't know that I could have figured out the fit and brand that I liked ahead of time! I just went to Target and bought what fit the best! Strangely enough (or not), the shoes that fit each girl are totally different!
    I hope we don't get any blisters...ouch!

  7. I came across your blog by accident really. I was trying to figure out what to do with my old baby clothes.

    Neat blog! Some great tips :) Feel free to drop by mine if you get a chance!


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