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Unlike summer babies who can get by with bare feet, winter babies will need some type of foot protection if you plan on leaving the house with them. Sure there are lots of footed onesie outfits, but they’re usually little more than a thin layer of cotton and they can be slippery if your baby already likes to practice standing or walking. Ok, that’s the logical reason to shop for fall and winter baby footwear. The real reason (for me, at least) is because these booties are seriously adorable!

Luckily you can find tons of soft sole shoes for infants with faux fur, fleece or shearling to keep little toes toasty. Babies love to kick, so try booties with velcro straps, ties, or internal elastic that help keep the shoes from ending up abandoned on a sidewalk… unless you want to use that as a convenient excuse to buy more baby shoes 😉  And remember to check size charts for each brand you’re trying, just like in adult shoes, not all size 1’s or “newborn” shoes are the same size.

Now your baby will probably only wear these booties for a few months tops. And since your child won’t really be walking in them (and their spit up probably won’t reach that far, although some babies are more talented than others), these shoes will likely still be in near perfect condition by the time you can’t use them anymore. No, I’m not trying to talk you out of the buying, geez! Instead, and especially if you’re short on money, for all the reasons above, baby shoes are a great thing to buy used.

Try searching on eBay, Craigslist, at local consignment stores or even garage sales. Chances are 1 in 3 that you’ll be able to find some great, not-too-used baby shoes near you for under $5. Just be sure to return the favor to the world when your baby outgrows their pairs (I always think it’s best to keep the karma scales up, even if you don’t believe in it).

Here’s one other great idea: If you received some baby shoes as gifts and the weather decided to make those into not-quite-warm-enough wear, you may want to try pairing the shoes with baby legwarmers! Pull the end of the legwarmer over the heel of the shoe to protect little ankles as well as a boot would – since new babies aren’t walking on the shoes, you won’t have to worry about the legwarmers getting ruined either. Plus many legwarmers last from birth to toddlerhood so it’s a great option to get  a little extra mileage out of the stuff you already own.

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Hello again! As you may be able to tell from the not-so-subtle shoe collection featured here, I have a good reason for not updating in so long… I had a baby! (Her picture is at the bottom of this post, since all new moms get a free bragging pass ;))

So I know it’s been almost a year since I updated, but I seriously felt like I was two steps from death until my 3rd trimester and just when I finally felt like a real person again, there was just so much to do to get ready for her and not enough time. Of course, after she was born, life was nothing but insanity for a while. But we’re all getting a little more sleep now and our family is finally getting a bit of a workable routine back in place, albeit modified. So I’m back to blogging! And in honor of new babies everywhere, I wanted to start out with a post about baby shoes.

I didn’t know this until I began researching it, but here are actually a few different types of baby shoes: crib shoes or soft-soles, pre-walker or crawling shoes, first steps shoes, and toddler shoes. Crib shoes have super soft, flexible soles and are simply meant to keep little feet warm, clean and stylish. I admit they seem kind of silly and unnecessary for summer babies who would probably be fine barefoot, but I still have a few pairs in the closet for my daughter – they’re just way too cute! (And when hasn’t fashion been a little silly?)

Pre-walker shoes often have a split sole for flexibility and just a little reinforcement in the heels and toes where crawlers push. They also usually have a slip-resistant coating. First Step shoes usually feature a thicker, but still flexible, full rubber sole and sometimes padded insoles too. But many companies make shoes marketed towards both crawlers and walkers since these milestones can happen within a very short time of one another. Toddler shoes are like miniature versions of adult shoes with sturdy indoor/outdoor soles.

Then we have faux baby shoes (actually socks) which are printed to look like anything from sneakers to ballet slippers. I can’t even tell you how in love I am with these sock shoes below! Especially for babies that aren’t using their feet all that much (and are going to grow out of those adorable crib shoes faster than you can blink an eye) – these are such a great option! And with an average price of $3-$6 a sock (usually sold in sets), you won’t even worry when she figures out how to pull them off every 6 seconds.

And finally, the most adorable excuse for not posting for so long, my new baby…

Baby Olyla

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