Best Shoes for Toddlers: A Buying Guide

The best shoes for toddlers are all about fit, form, and function, not fashion. Of course, there are plenty of cute kicks out there for tots that will fit both bills, so you should be able to apply these rules for buying toddler shoes to just about any style that catches your eye and, of course, your tot’s. Here’s how to pick out this essential piece of toddler gear:

  1. Take a measured approach. Don’t order your child’s first shoes online: Go to a shoe store with a separate kids’ department, or to a store that specializes in children’s shoes, and have a professional measure both of your little one’s feet before buying toddler shoes (if there’s a big difference between feet, aim to fit the larger size). Toddler’s feet can vary by as much as a half size. Keep in mind, too, that kids’ feet grow quickly, so you should re-measure your pup’s paws every two or three months to account for toddler growth.
  2. Bring her to her feet. Your child should be standing while being measured for shoes. Keep an eye on her toes: Tots tend to curl theirs under, but that will throw off the measurement.
  3. Put a sock in it. Your child’s shoe, that is. When she tries on shoes, she should have on the same type of socks she’ll likely wear with the shoes. This way you’ll get the fit just right.
  4. Stick out your thumb, and use it to make sure your little one’s big toe isn’t bumping up against the inside of the shoe. The best shoes for toddlers should allow for a thumb’s width (about half an inch) between her toe and the tip of the shoe.
  5. If the shoe fits, buy it in that size. When buying toddler shoes, don’t be tempted to go a little larger to try to get a few extra months of wear out of it. Too-big shoes are hard to walk in and could even be unsafe. If one foot is markedly bigger than the other, however, buy to fit the larger one.
  6. Check that heel. Watch your toddler walk in the shoe and hone in on the back of the shoe. If it looks loose or slips up and down, the friction could lead to blisters.
  7. Buck the trends. Pointy boots, clogs, and other high-fashion footwear may be adorable, but they aren’t the best shoes for toddlers who are still learning to walk — they won’t provide the support and stability a newbie needs.
  8. Mind the material. Even when you have your eye out for toddler sandals, look for a shoe made of canvas, cloth, or leather (rather than rubber or plastic), all of which are porous and allow air to circulate in and out, and also are flexible. You should be able to bend a toddler’s shoe in your hand without much effort.
  9. Get in the groove. Steer clear of treads that are smooth and slick, so a wobbly tot is less likely to slip and slide. Likewise, avoid shoe soles with deep grooves that could easily “catch” on the edge of a rug or sidewalk and trip up your tyke.
  10. Say thanks but no thanks to hand-me-downs. Unless you’re positive a pair of pre-worn shoes haven’t been worn all that much, turn them down. Shoes conform to the wearer’s feet fairly quickly and won’t fit a second child’s foot correctly.
  11. Let her be picky. A one-year-old may not give a hoot about the shoes she wears — or she may care a lot. If so, try to find a couple of options that would be appropriate and let her choose from among those.

Impact of Cartoons on Kids

Children have become much more interested in cartoons over many years and it has become a primary action to some lives.  Typically, children begin watching cartoons on television at an early age of six months, and by the age two or three children become enthusiastic viewers.  This has become a problem because too many children are watching too much television and the shows that they are watching, that is,  cartoons have become violent and addictive.  The children who watch too much cartoons on television are more likely to have mental and emotional problems, along with brain and eye injuries and unexpectedly the risk of a physical problem increases.

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Education

According to a report titled “The Effects of Cartoon Characters as Motivators of Preschool Disadvantaged Children,” cartoon characters stimulate interpersonal behavior, learning and social growth. Children associate with cartoon characters more readily than adults in many cases and tend to retain the lessons imparted more readily. If a cartoon character conveys an educational or moral lesson, then it can help speed up the learning process in children.

Violence

Many cartoons depict scenes of violence or danger, yet whitewash the effects of that violence. For instance, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle may beat up a bad guy in one scene, only to see that bad guy appear unharmed in the next scene. Without proper lessons to counterbalance those effects, children may grow up aggressive and eager to engage in violence — unaware that the real world contains far more consequences than what a TV show depicts.

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Role Models

Because children identify readily with cartoon characters, such characters can be positive role models that encourage good moral behavior. Superman, for example, is honest and brave, constantly standing up for the rights of others. The characters in the “Toy Story” movies move heaven and earth for their friends, while Jimmy Neutron demonstrates the value of studying and intelligence. Even Popeye, who lives in a world where violence solves problems, can encourage children to eat their spinach.

Health Problems

Children who spend inordinate amounts of time in front of the television don’t always get as much exercise as they should and thus are more likely to be overweight.

CRAZY FOR CARTOONS

You know that piece of clothing with Cartoon patterns that every kid loves?

It’s now a trend in the children’s fashion world! Come check out the brands that bet on this idea!

Disney and Looney Tunes are two most famous brands which offer cartoon characters in their outfits. It is not only cartoons that they make our kids’ crazy about it, but this trend has also showed up with everything in fashion kids’ outfits too! Fun & Fun played and expanded the characters in T-shirts and sweatshirts.

The idea is that kids can identify with this trend and put together a stylish and personal look!

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