On Tuesday we took Marianna to get her first 'proper' pair of shoes. It's goodbye slipper soft pram shoes, and hello first pre-walkers!
This was mostly my mum's idea because a) Marianna is still mostly cruising rather than walking, b), pre-walkers tend to be unspeakably ugly, and c) holy cow, baby shoes are expensive. Still, with nanny paying, I was willing to at least give it a go.
It's really important that children get their feet measured before you start putting them in shoes - the bones in their feet are not yet fully formed so you could unintentionally be setting them up for problems in later life. We went to Clarks where Marianna squirmed, wriggled, but ultimately kept still long enough for us to determine both her feet are size 3G.
My favourite shoes on display were the pair of navy blue patent Mary Janes, mini versions of the pair you can see on the top shelf in the picture above. As my mum's preferred choice of the smaller grey mouse shoes weren't in stock, these were the ones we went for:
They're called Little Jam, and cost £26. Baby feet grow very quickly so the shoes' expected lifespan is 6 - 8 weeks. (*sigh*) Marianna seems to have taken to them pretty well though, and her balance is noticeably better with them on. Plus they look absolutely adorable!
How old was your baby when you got them their first pair of 'proper' shoes?