What Are Robeez And What Is Their Main Purpose?
Robeez are a leather covering for a child’s foot. The covering allows children to feel the floor with their toes through the leather sole, helping them gain their balance. When a child starts to learn how to walk and stand, he uses his toes to get his balance. Robeez shoes carry the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) seal of approval and are recommended by most pediatricians.
Most pediatricians and shoe fitters recommend having your child walk barefoot or with a pair of Robeez inside the house. This is the best thing we can do to promote healthy foot and leg development. Using a pair of Robeez is the closest thing to being barefoot, since your child will still be able to feel the floor.
Before moving further with this post, I want to clarify that Robeez are great shoes for pre-walkers. When a baby starts walking, it is time to provide them with a more substantial shoe that has a thicker sole. Did you know that Robeez baby shoes are one of the most popular pre-walker shoes in the market? Throughout this post, I will describe the best shoes for babies that are learning how to walk!
When To Start Wearing Robeez? – Barefoot Is Always Best!
There is a common question among parents when it comes to baby shoes: Are firm, semi-flexible or soft-flexible shoes best for my baby?
This is a really common question I get at the store and parents often hear competing suggestions. Physical therapists and pediatricians tend to agree that soft sole shoes are most appropriate for children in their first few years of life. Flexibility is the most important feature of the shoe when children are developing their arch and they don’t have the strength to bend a harder sole.
If babies are not walking on their own, they should wear Robeez or go barefoot. Robeez imitates bare feet by supporting, not restricting, tiny growing feet. The foot needs to be unrestricted so it can function properly.
Robeez are soft, flexible soled shoes, which is exactly what your children need when they are crawling and learning how to walk. Keep in mind that babies, unlike older children, lack the body weight and step-thrust power to bend a firmer sole. Hence, the importance of a lightweight, flexible shoe.
Since babies feet tend to sweat a lot, several parents at the shoe store I work for have asked me if shoes should be machine washable at this stage. A baby shoe needs to be breathable, not necessarily washable. Leather baby shoes are best, as leather is breathable and durable.
Should Robeez Be Worn Inside Or Outside The House?
Robeez state that their shoes are appropriate not only for cruising inside the house, but also for outdoor activities. I strongly disagree with that statement since the sole only has a single layer of leather that will not offer enough foot protection for your child when walking on asphalt, small pebbles, mulch, sticks, or other type of objects.
If your child is going to be crawling outside the house, then you must provide him/her with a lightweight and flexible shoe that has a thicker sole. The shoe should be flexible enough that your children will be able to bend it with every step he/she takes. I wrote a post where I describe the best first walking shoes for children. The post is called:
If your child is going to be outside, but in the stroller, then Robeez are great because they will keep his/her feet warm!
Should Robeez Have Grippers On The Bottom?
Yes! Grippers will help your child feel more stable when walking on hardwood or tile floors. A non-skid bottom may cause the first walker to stop short and fall forward, while a smooth sole will slide and cause the child to slip and fall backwards. The suede outsole prevents slipping!
Please REMEMBER this: As soon as your child starts learning how to walk and is wearing shoes, DON’T get him/her socks with grippers. Did you know that babies tend to move and wiggle their toes a lot? This is their way of strengthening their feet.
That is why is it so IMPORTANT that the shoes and the socks don’t restrict this toe movement. Socks play a huge role for our babies’ feet, getting the right sock size has the same importance as getting the correct shoe size. Did you know that seamless socks are best for growing babies?
I wrote a post where I describe the best socks for children and why it is important to get them the right size. The post is called:
How Can I Tell What Size of Robeez My Child Needs?
This season, the Robeez leather shoes assortment has expanded. They come in sizes by months. Remember that is important for the shoe to be fitted with ample room in order to allow for the free movement of the foot and the toes inside the shoe.
If you have read my previous post, you should know by now that every child’s feet grow at a different rate.
It is always harder to purchase shoes that only go by the age of the child, since your child’s feet could be larger or smaller than the average babies. That is the main reason I always recommend going to your local children’s shoe store to measure your child’s feet. However, if you do not have a shoe store that you trust in the area, Robeez developed a an easy-to-use Foot Sizing Chart which is explained below.
My Baby Keeps Trying To Take His Shoes Off!
This can be due to the shoe being too small, or too big. It can also be that the child is not happy with the idea of having something on their feet. Most of the time I fit a baby for their first pair of walking shoes, they immediately try to pull them off either with their hands or with their feet. This is totally normal. Oh, and they will scream too!
Parents always seem to struggle when it comes to their babies keeping their shoes on. The good news is that Robeez are easy to put on and have elastic at the ankle so the child can’t get them off easily. The elasticized ankle cord keeps them on no matter how much your little one tries to pull them off! I have heard from several different parents how their child was kicking off their booties or socks and this stopped as soon as they put Robeez on their baby’s feet!
Popular Question Parents Ask: Is My Child Flat-Footed?
When parents bring their babies to the store to have their feet measured for a pair of Robeez, they always seem to ask the same question: Are my babies feet flat? They might appear to be flat because MOST babies have a fat pad for protection, where the arch area is, on the foot.
Children’s arches start to develop around 18 months of age. In order to allow your baby’s feet to develop as naturally as possible, do NOT put shoes on the baby until they can stand and balance on their own to take a few steps around the house. Barefoot is best for the first year of life.
Below you can find a selection of the best Robeez shoes for babies!
Your child’s foot development is extremely important, especially at an early age. You can trust Robeez shoes to not only be fashion oriented, but appropriate for your baby’s healthy foot development!
Is your child starting to stand and trying to take his first steps? Were you thinking of providing him with a a pair of Robeez? Does he already own a pair? Please share your thoughts and experiences so we can all benefit from them! I will continue to post informative articles penned by me that address important topics such as this one.