Author: Bethany Pawlak

You have just become used to the idea of your baby crawling all over the place, pulling himself up on the furniture, opening cupboards and drawers, and maybe even attempting to scale the staircase. While these are exciting milestones in your infant's development, they can also be stressful for parents and caregivers. You have had to invest time and money into baby-proofing the house and always keep an extra watchful eye wherever your little one might venture to. Just when you get a routine down and feel like you may be able to breathe a sigh of relief, your child progresses to the next stage of growth: walking.

Walking is a milestone that varies among babies. While most begin walking between 9 and 12 months, some do so a bit later. Not to worry, though. Each baby develops at their own pace. It is important to be prepared for your baby's first steps, such as utilizing safety gates, having a camera ready, and purchasing the proper baby shoes.

The topic of baby shoes can present quite a discussion among parents. When do they need to start wearing them? What materials are best for growing feet? "Barefoot is best" before babies can walk seems to be the consensus among pediatricians and medical advisories. I'll admit, I kept my infant barefoot (or in socks if was cool) most of the time. However, there will be times when your child will wear shoes (even if they're not walking yet). I've purchased baby shoes for my infant daughter to complete a special outfit. Since she's started creeping and crawling I've put shoes on her outside of the home to protect her little feet. She's now officially cruising around furniture (and whatever else she can pull herself up on), so when we are out of the house I want baby shoes that will protect her feet. Here are five things to consider when purchasing baby shoes:

1. Soft - Soft leather instead of synthetic will allow tiny feet to breathe instead of causing them to sweat

2. Flexible- Again soft leather will allow the shoe to bend with your baby's foot; Baby shoes should be roomy enough to allow toes some wiggle room

3. Non-skid - Soles should be gripping, not smooth, to provide traction.

4. Supportive - Padded bottoms and a secure, but comfortable fit around the ankles, that stay on the feet.

5. Protective - A thick enough sole to guard little feet against outdoor elements like rocks and pebbles better than socks.

A wonderful collection of baby shoes for boys and girls is manufactured by JEMOS™ footwear. JEMOS shoes are soft, flexible, non-skid, supportive, and protective. In addition, they come in a variety of colors and styles that will fit in well with any infant or toddler wardrobe of trendy baby clothes. These baby shoes have a Velcro closure to make dressing easy. As an added bonus, JEMOS shoes are environmentally friendly. They are created using leather furniture remnants and recycled materials are even used in the packaging. Not only are you providing your crawling or walking child with excellent footwear, you are giving Mother Nature a reason to smile.

Bethany Pawlak is a mom to one toddler and is expecting baby #2. She owns and operates Posh Infant Style an online baby boutique featuring trendy baby clothes and accessories, including baby shoes, infant pettiskirts, hats, blankets, baby carriers, and more.

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