As Ned Stark would say: “Winter is coming”.
It really is getting cooler around here. The leaves are no longer a multitude of colors (in fact, most of them are on the ground now) and each morning feels cooler than the last.
Yep, winter is definitely coming.
My daycare provider actually asked me the other day if I had any footwear for the little guy. You see, she goes out for a stroll with the kids each day and though my son is dressed warmly enough, he lacks protection from the cold on his feet.
Yep, I still bring my son outside sans shoes. My mother-in-law had actually bought some shoes when Charles was four months old and I returned them because…well…hang on, I am getting ahead of myself.
I thought the sitter’s question/request was a very logical one. I mean, Little Dude is definitely cruising with ease now and he has taken a couple of steps on his own here and there (mostly when he thinks we’re not looking). I suppose it’s a question of time before he decides to adopt walking as his new means of transportation. And, of course, it definitely is getting colder outside. Of course, the cold wouldn’t be a problem at all if the little guy would stop kicking the blanket off his feet when he’s in the stroller.
Anyways, I figured it was time.
So today, when I finished working, I drove out to Panda shoe store, a shop that specializes in children’s footwear. Since I had no idea of what size my son needed, or how much room his toes needed or other important stuff like that, I figured that a specialized shop was the place to go. I really enjoyed my experience there. The lady that helped me really took the time to explain a bit about the foot, measure my son’s feet properly and explain what she was doing and why. The little guy tried on quite a bit of footwear before I settled on some cute little booties to keep his tootsies warm when he’s outside.
I was very happy with my choice and was ready to pay, but then the saleslady started talking about how he needed shoes while he was indoors. My expression must have changed, because she immediately launched into an explanation about why it was so darned important for Little Dude to have shoes indoors. I politely listened to her explanation, but my brain just couldn’t understand; everything I have read so far has indicated that wearing footwear too young was a bad thing for the foot.
I ended up purchasing just the boots and explained that I would have to think about the indoor shoes. Then, when I got home, I jumped on the Internet and started to search for sources that would support both sides of the shoe debate. Next week, I am planning an informative post regarding baby footwear where I will explore the pros and the cons.
Meanwhile, I would love your insight on the subject. Do you think babies need shoes indoors?
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