There is something magical about the first time your child sees snow!
Have you been looking for a pair of snow boots to keep your baby’s feet and legs warm during the winter season? Are you looking for a snow boot that is waterproof but lightweight and flexible at the same time?
Whether your baby is already walking or learning how to walk, a snow boot will allow your baby to get out and play in the snow.
I have been working for a specialized children’s shoe store for the last ten years. We specialize in children with foot and leg problems, but we also provide regular shoe fittings as well. I have fitted hundreds of babies who were already walking or learning how to walk find the correct pair of shoes.
One of the many things that I have learned throughout all these years from fitting children’s shoes is that MOST babies have wide or extra wide feet, and this makes it really challenging specially when looking for seasonal footwear.
I am familiar with which snow boots will fit a baby with wide or extra wide feet and I will describe them in this article.
The best snow boots for babies will keep your babies’ feet warm, dry, and comfortable!
Stay away from snow boots that are…
NOT LABELED WATERPROOF…
Any type of shoes that you provide for your baby must be lightweight and flexible, since most babies lack the step thrust to bend a harder sole. Even if your baby is already walking with confidence, we need flexible and lightweight shoes.
It’s hard to find a pair of snow boots that are lightweight and flexible since they tend to be bulkier and heavier due to the material they are made of. However, there are certain snow boot styles that I have fitted before made by the shoe company Bogs that are waterproof, insulated, lightweight, and flexible!
These are my to-go snow boots for babies who are learning how to walk or are already walking. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
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Shoes can run short, long, narrow, or wide, and depending on how they run you need to adjust what shoe size you provide for your child.
These snow boot styles fit “true to size”, meaning that you need to provide your baby with a “half a size longer” of the size that he or she measures in the shoe measuring scale (Brannock device) in order to allow for growing room.
Keep in mind that you should always round up when purchasing snow boots (since most of them are not available in half sizes). For instance, if your child’s foo size measures a size 5 1/2 you should get a size 6. If your child’s foot size measures a size 6, then you should get a size 7.
One of the features that I love the most about these snow boots is how they will fit a baby with wide or extra wide feet. I would say that 80% of the babies that I have fitted before have wide or extra wide feet (and trust me I have fitted hundreds of babies for their first pair of shoes).
Another awesome feature about these snow boots is how they come with a velcro strap in the back that will hug your babies legs and prevent the boots from falling off. I have spoken with several parents that complained about how their babies’ snow boots were always falling off.
Most parents contact me asking why they have such a hard time putting their babies’ shoes on and they keep insisting how their babies’ feet won’t fit inside the shoes. If you are having trouble fitting your babies’ feet inside a pair of shoes, this usually means that the shoes are too narrow for your babies’ feet.
Please keep in mind that the boots I will describe below will fit a baby with medium, wide, or extra wide feet, but they WON’T fit a baby with narrow feet.
Even though these snow boots are lightweight and flexible, they are meant to be worn for a very short period of time (5 hours a day maximum). Snow boots are meant to be used when your child plays in the snow, or for a short walk in the snow.
The best snow boots for babies will provide the following features:
- Waterproof: This feature will keep your babies’ feet dry and warm.
- Insulated: This feature will keep your babies’ feet warm.
- Lightweight and flexible: These features will prevent your babies’ feet and legs from getting tired.
- Traction: This feature will prevent your baby from slipping and falling down.
- These boots come with a temperature rated to -30 Fahrenheit in order to keep your babies’ feet warm.
- Anti-microbial insole: this feature will provide odor protection to keep your babies feet feeling fresh and healthy.
Here is a list of the must-haves that these snow boots provide:
- Easy on and easy off: The snow boot must be deep in order for you to be able to easily slide your babies’ feet inside them.
- Perfect fit: We don’t want the snow boots to be too short or too long, since this can create several foot issues to your baby’s feet such as blisters, calluses, and corns. If you are not sure whether your baby is wearing the correct shoe size, take a look at an article I wrote where I describe the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:
Important Tip: Take off the inner sole out of the snow boot and have your baby stand on it. Is there’s a finger- or finger-and-a-half width of space at the end of the boot? Then it’s a good fit!
Keep in mind that your baby will be wearing thicker socks with these boots, so we will have to leave a little of extra growing room.
What Are The Best Winter Socks For Babies?
Socks play a key role in keeping your babies’ feet healthy, since they act as a barrier between your babies’ feet and the shoes. Socks prevent the formation and the build up of bacteria inside the shoes.
The socks I will describe below are made of high quality materials such as cotton and hey are ultra soft and comfortable to wear. These socks will keep your baby’s foot warm and cozy in cold weather.
I put together a selection of the best babies socks for the winter season and you can find them here. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
Most parents that I have talked to were not aware that buying snow boots for babies requires more consideration than they anticipated. Remember to stay away from heavy clunky snow boots and please REMEMBER that snow boots are not meant for long distance walking, they are meant for your baby to play with them for a short of period of time.