When your baby is at home or undercover, there is really no need to put footwear on her. However, if she is out in the sun or if it's cold, you might want to have something to protect the tender skin of her feet. Also, as she begins to crawl, you might prefer to have something to protect her feet from scuffing.
There are quite a few people making lovely soft shoes. Start-rite and Daisy Roots are both great companies who make soft shoes from breathable natural materials. And then there is Inch Blue, whose soft shoes are so delightful that you'll wish they did them for adults too.
Soft pinks are decorated with fruits, cakes and roses. White shoes - perfect for weddings - are topped with butterflies and spots. If your daughter loves fairy tales she can enjoy a spot of princess chic or even choose the dragon or frog prince look!
Brown patterned boots could suit boys or girls, while the bold patterns in blue indulge soccer-happy parents and fun-loving sons who often miss out on the more interesting clothing designs afforded to girls.
Although these kinds of shoes are usually thought of as baby shoes, Inch Blue sizes go up to 3-4 years. This makes them a fabulous choice for slippers round the house, for toddlers and pre-schoolers. And the ideal finishing touch to a pretty dress at a special event.
Inch Blue shoes have gently elasticated ankles so they are easy to get on and off, but don't come off too easily when your child is on the move.
The suede bottoms make them a preferable option to skidding socks on slippery surfaces and the soft fabrics allow for movement and growth.
They are also coloured with non-toxic dyes (environmentally friendly), so you don't have to worry if your toddler prefers to chew on them rather than walk in them!
Inch Blue shoes are also available as gift sets which are beautifully boxed and come with a matching baby-gro or T-shirt, suitable for birth to six months, or six to 12 months.
For more, check out www.inch-blue.com.