Your baby’s first pair of shoes is a major milestone. So much so that some parents even get them bronzed.
But you can’t just rush out and buy any old shoe.
In order to ensure a proper and comfortable fit, you are going to have to measure your little ones feet first.
And today I am going to show you how to do exactly that. Baby or toddler, you will be able to get the most accurate measurement possible using the following tricks.
How to measure your baby’s foot for shoe sizing
If your baby is a pre-walker, it will be easiest to measure the length of his foot while he sleeps. This way you won’t put have to put up with a wriggling baby while trying to measure his foot.
Wait until your baby is in a deep sleep. You will recognize this because your baby’s limbs will dangle limply and his hands will be wide open. In this state your baby shouldn’t move if touched.
Now all that’s left to do is place a ruler and measure your baby’s foot from the back of the heel to the tip of the longest toe. This is the length of your baby’s foot.
If the shoe you want to size for also requires the width, wrap a ribbon or piece of string around the widest part of your baby’s foot and make a mark where it meets. Then measure this length against a ruler to get the width of your baby’s foot. However, most baby shoes typically list the size by length only.
Now all that’s left to do is take these measurements and use them to find the perfect sized shoe for your baby. Be sure to leave 5 to 10 mm of room for your baby’s developing feet to grow into. Be sure to check out our guide to finding the best shoe for your baby for more tips!
How to measure your toddlers foot for shoe sizing
Once your little one starts walking, your baby will be placing his entire body weight on his feet. Because of this, it is important that you take your new walkers measurements while he is standing.
Simply stand your toddler on a blank piece of paper, making sure the feet is straight and toes are not curled. Put a mark at the heel and another at the big toe. Now you measure the distance between the two points, be sure to measure straight and not at an angle.
Now that takes care of the length but some kids shoe brands also use the width of the foot in sizing. To get the width, simple wrap a piece of ribbon or string around the widest part of your baby’s foot and mark where it crosses over. Now measure this against a ruler to determine the width of your toddlers foot.
Be sure to measure both feet. It is not uncommon for young kids to have different sized feet. You can then buy whatever size comfortably fits the larger foot. Be sure to leave 8mm to 12mm of room to allow for little toes to wiggle and room to grow. For more tips, check out our guide to buying the best shoe for your baby.
If you can’t get your wobbly walker to stand still enough to take a measurement then why not make a game of it? Paint your toddlers foot and press down on a piece of paper. You can then measure the print (after it dries of course) without having to hold your toddler in place.
International Sizing Chart
Just when you thought measuring your baby’s foot couldn’t be any more difficult, shoes made in different countries will use different sizing. This means that you can’t take your baby’s existing shoe and use it to find a perfect match. Britain, America Europe all have their own shoe sizing system, which can make finding a comparable shoe difficult.
Fortunately you can use the international size chart below to find the rough size of your baby’s shoe.
Australian shoe sizing for children uses UK measurements.
Please note that the above sizes are general guidelines, sizing can and will vary from brand to brand. The only way to guarantee a perfect fit is to measure the inside of the shoe from toe-to-heel and use that to find a similarly sized shoe.
Now all that’s left is to choose a style of baby shoe that looks good on your little one. My personal favorite are baby moccasins.
Got any tricks you use when sizing your baby for shoes? Let us know in the comments below!