Nursery shoes - what are they and what else should my child wear to daycare?

 

Nursery or daycare as it is often called in Australia is where people send their babies and toddlers to be looked after by professional carers when they are either working or have other activities that they need to carry out. However, for many first time parents, this can be a nerve-wracking experience.  We thought that we would publish a simple guide on what to wear and bring:

Baby and Toddler Clothing

In general, children are encouraced to wear comfortable clothes and shoes allow them a great degree of movement and are suitable for the weather during that time of year. A simple tracksuit or jumper with a t-shirt underneath is best on most days as we can layer clothes as needed to suit the weather at the time. However that doesn’t mean that you can’t dress them up in pretty clothes.  It is important to remember that they will engage in  as much outdoor and exploratory play as possible, so clothes will often get dirty (but then again when do the not? Packing along a spare set of clothing along is a really good idea as there is a really good chance that they will get their clothes and shoes too mucky through the day! Also, make sure that they have clothes that they know how to quickly remove for potty time so no intricate and complicated knots to confused little baby and toddler fingers! Another thing to consider is to dress them in layers so that they can be removed or added on to make them more comfortable.

Nursery Shoes for Babies and Toddlers

What on earth are nursery shoes? We did a bit of reading and they are generally shoes which are suitable for little children such as toddlers and babies. People have many different names for them including baby moccs, loafers, indoor shoes and nursery shoes. They generally suit children between the ages of 6 months to 2 and a half years old (so it includes 1 and 2 year olds). Most of them have soft soles and are fully enclosed, soft and comfortable. The ideal shoes for children who are taking their first steps (first walkers). There are three things that we recommend when looking at Nursery shoes, shape, texture and size.

Baby Shoe Size Shape and Fit

It is important that you choose shoes that are made for babies and toddlers who are at that critical nursery age. Children’s feet are different from adults feet in their proportions. This means that they are no just miniature adult feet. Their overall proportions should be wider  than your typical adults’s shoe to fit their chubby little feet.

Nursery shoe Materials and Texture

It is no secret, we love natural materials and try as best we can to make as much of our shoes from genuine natural leather. Why? Because it breathes well, looks beautiful and is ultimately biodegradable so that we don’t add any more to the world’s troubles. They also need to be soft as baby’s feet are quite delicate. It is important to look at the inside of the shoes to make sure that they are sufficiently lined and soft to suit babies and toddlers. Sometimes though, even the softest leathers (or when it is very cold) won’t do. That’s when we recommend having some nice cotton socks to help protect their little feet as they learn their first steps. (Check our range of beautiful Condor socks made in Spain)

Toddler Shoe Style

At one point, most of the soft soled shoes that you could find were fairly generic looking ones. These days there are a wide range of them starting with easy to find ones in K-Mart and BigW all the way to designer, hand made ones such as the ones that we sell in our online store (Kit & Kate Baby, Toddler and Nursery Shoes). It is important though to remember that they are still babies. This means no hard soles and no no no heels! Look for designers who care about your child’s foot as much as they do about making snazzy designs and selling shoes. One of the things to remember is that very young children often don’t complain until their feet are really really sore and full of blisters. Do check their feet regularly. It is also a good idea to resist the temptation to go up a few sizes to make them last longer as it just tends to result in more trips and falls.

During the summer, parents often change to a sandal style shoe which tend to be a bit cooler. Alternatively, a t-bar style shoe such as our Paris Baby T-barsis a good option as they are like wearing a pair of ballet flats, and don’t we all just love wearing them in the summer? Alternatively, loafer style shoes such as our Loafer and Lacey shoes are a good alternative as they breathe well and sometimes help keep those little toes a little cleaner!

Coolest styles for baby girl and baby boy shoes

Some cool baby shoe styles which might be of interest to parents who want their children to look the best:

Popular baby boy shoe styles include:

Well that’s all that we have for now about what to wear to the nursery. Please do follow us on Instagram and comment below if there are any other things that you would like to see!

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Jane

Jane said:

I never knew what nursery shoes were!

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