The sandals you buy for your baby or toddler are important because they can shape the way your little girl or boy walks. Toddlers can wear flip flops, but what they need is different than what adults need. When you’re looking for baby sandals, there are a few things to take into consideration. We’ll walk through them here, while you’re shopping the KicksUSA collection of sandals, slides and flip flops for babies and toddlers.
Boys and Girls Toddler Sandals Size
This is more important than you probably realize. A lot of people think of sandals and flip flops as something you just throw on before heading out the door. It doesn’t matter if they’re a little big or a little small, right?
Wrong. Babies and toddlers need support from their sandals. Footwear is especially important at these ages because it is such a formative time in a baby’s development. The best thing you can do for your baby is to pay attention to the size of his or her footwear.
It’s important to note that sandals, especially those that are open toe, don’t have to adhere to the same sizing as shoes, but there are generally a few guidelines to follow. You want to make sure that the heel or toes are not touching any stitching or hanging over the edges of the sandals.
For babies and toddlers, it may actually be better to go with sandals with straps and heel support. This way, their feet can be more secure. The best fit is about a thumbnail of space between the child’s longest toe and the front of the sandal. The heel, if there are supports, should fit firmly against the back of the flip flops. This way, the fit is similar to a pair of shoes, and will support their feet and ankles.
Shape of Toddler & Infant Sandals & Flip Flops
Shape is a little more tricky than size when it comes to sandals for little boys and girls. The best way to judge shape is to pick flip flops that align most directly to the shape your baby or toddler’s foot.
This way, it can facilitate his or her natural walking motion without requiring unnecessary adjustments. This can go a long way with helping your child have a more fluid, controlled walking motion. The sandals will not affect what has already been established because you picked a pair that does not disturb that natural motion.
This is ideal when shopping for toddler and baby sandals and flip flops.
Adjustable velcro sandals
The ultimate goal here is safety. That’s why sandals with straps or velcro are probably a better option for babies than slides or flip flops. Toddlers can have more flexibility for what they wear, though. As kids get older, they can wear anything from Nike slides to more open flip flops.
Whatever you’re looking for, KicksUSA can help you find it. Shop our selection of sandals, flip flops and slides for babies and toddlers, and find supportive, safe footwear for your kids.