Last week, we took E shopping for his first pair of shoes.
I was really indecisive about when the best time to put shoes on a baby was, but I finally decided to go for it. I’ve read many times that there’s no reason to put shoes on your baby before they’ve established solid walking skills, which made sense to me. They should learn to walk on their bare feet first, right?
Well at the same time, I kept hearing that if you don’t start putting shoes on them early, it will take a lot of work to get them used to wearing them, which made me nervous.
So we went ahead and bought a pair of shoes suitable for a cruising, possibly walking soon baby. The employees at Stride Rite made it really easy to pick out a pair that we liked. It was pricier than I expected, but you get what you pay for right? I figured that his first pair of shoes was a little splurge-worthy.
Now whenever we leave the house, we put them on him. I usually sit next to him and put our shoes on together, explaining the importance of wearing shoes outside. He doesn’t much like the process of having his shoes put on, but he doesn’t seem to mind or even notice them once he’s wearing them, which is good.
I also took him on a trip to the playground this week to break them in. It was his first time actually playing on the equipment and he had a lot of fun. ♡
Yesterday and today, he’s been standing independently for short periods! He’ll pull up on something and then let go and balance on his own for several seconds. Sometimes he can even manage to clap while doing so, which makes me think he understands what an accomplishment it is, haha. This morning, he even took two steps between our couch and a baby gate which was exciting. We might have a walker soon…