For some par­ents, get­ting a tod­dler to wear shoes is a real strug­gle. Many chil­dren refuse to put on new shoes and arrange real “con­certs”. How­ev­er, chil­dren should learn to wear shoes, at least for safe­ty and hygiene rea­sons. In this arti­cle, we will talk about sev­er­al use­ful meth­ods that will help con­vince your baby to wear shoes.

In the pho­to, SHOESLELE shoe mod­el, art. 1829

1. Let your baby walk barefoot at home

  • Tod­dlers learn best to walk when their feet are bare, which helps them feel the ground and devel­op leg mus­cles. If your child has just start­ed walk­ing, let him walk bare­foot indoors as often as pos­si­ble.

2. Put thick socks on baby when he walks indoors

  • You can also try putting a thick pair of socks on your baby as a tran­si­tion to shoes. This can help them feel more com­fort­able with the feel­ing of “some­thing” on their feet. Make sure that your socks do not slip on the floor, oth­er­wise such walk­ing may be unsafe.

3. Choose shoes with soft soles so your little one can still feel the ground

  • If your child is ready to wear shoes, try grad­u­al­ly increas­ing the thick­ness of the shoes. Start putting slip­pers or shoes on your child while they play at home.

4. Make sure your shoes are roomy enough

  • It is impor­tant that the shoes are spa­cious enough for your lit­tle one, oth­er­wise the pair can squeeze the toes too hard and your lit­tle one will sim­ply refuse to put them on. Since your lit­tle one’s feet will grow rapid­ly, it’s best to choose shoes that are a bit large rather than ones that are snug.

5. Explain to your child the importance of wearing shoes

  • Take the time to explain to your tod­dler why they should wear shoes, such as explain­ing that shoes pro­tect their feet and keep them clean.

6. Praise your baby when he puts on his shoes.

  • Imag­ine wear­ing shoes as a big event in a child’s life. Tell him that he should be proud of tak­ing good care of his feet. Your child will be much more like­ly to wear shoes if they see them as a fun, pos­i­tive thing that “earns” them praise.

7. Show your child that you wear shoes too.

  • It is no secret that young chil­dren copy the actions and deeds of their par­ents. When going for a walk, show off your shoe col­lec­tion and show how you put on your pair, and when you come from the street, put on slip­pers.
  • So the child will remem­ber that shoes must be worn not only by him, but also by adults. Then, the hos­tile atti­tude towards wear­ing shoes will dis­ap­pear.

8. Distract your baby while you put shoes on.

  • If your tod­dler tends to throw a tantrum when you put shoes on him, get in the habit of dis­tract­ing him.
  • Sing a song to your baby, give him a favorite toy to play with, or just talk to him.
  • Try to make putting on your shoes fun.

9. Set shoe rules and stick to them.

  • Once your child gets a lit­tle used to shoes, you should set some ground rules. For exam­ple, tell your child that he will wear shoes in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions: when he goes to the park, to the mall, or for a walk out­side.

10. Let your child have a say in choosing their own shoes.

  • A sim­ple psy­cho­log­i­cal tech­nique (which, by the way, applies not only to shoes) will help you eas­i­ly nego­ti­ate with your child. Choose two pairs that suit you and then give your child the choice of which pair he wants to wear.
  • Thus, you will choose high-qual­i­ty and com­fort­able shoes that you and your baby will like.

11. Choose light shoes to make your baby feel more comfortable.

  • Often babies refuse to wear shoes because they are heavy and uncom­fort­able. There­fore, choos­ing light, com­fort­able shoes made of soft mate­r­i­al is the best choice for the first steps.

12. Choose shoes according to the season

  • Buy shoes made of breath­able, nat­ur­al and light­weight mate­ri­als for warmer times so that your baby’s feet are ven­ti­lat­ed and he is com­fort­able play­ing all day.
  • Give pref­er­ence only to gen­uine leather or tex­tile pairs. Shoes made of leatherette and oth­er arti­fi­cial mate­ri­als can adverse­ly affect the health of the baby.
  • For win­ter, choose shoes lined with nat­ur­al fur or wool (these mate­ri­als are hypoal­ler­genic and retain heat well). These tips will help you teach your child to walk in shoes, and to make the process as com­fort­able as pos­si­ble, choose high-qual­i­ty gen­uine leather shoes from the SHOESLEL brand