I was very kindly sent a pair of Shoebee baby shoes for my 4 month old by the lovely Louise from Shobees. I will admit I was already a fan of Shoobees having bought them for my now 3 year old when he was at the cruising phase, following a fall against the coffee table which still gives me the shivers!
I’ll be honest I picked them up in Mothercare in a rush on my lunch break and once we began using them I totally loved the concept. They are made from super soft leather with brushed leather non slip soles. They are really easy to clean and being made from such soft leather they sit snugly around the babies feet. Prices wise they are great value at €15.99 as they last ages due to the soft leather and the elasticated ankle. Size wise they go from small (0-6 months) to extra large (18-24 months). My 4 month old’s pair are size small and they are ideal for him with plenty room still for his growing feet.
There is a lot of published research in this area with the consensus being that soft shoes are recommended especially in the very early stages of walking to allow for the development of the muscles.
What I personally like about them is that they are both trendy and functional. For my 4 month old, they keep his feet nice and toasty out and about as I find most other types of baby shoes slip off or he kicks them off and invariably I end up home minus one on a good day more often minus both!! As he moves into the crawling and cruising phase they will help him with gripping the wooden floors.
Shoobees now are my staple for a new born gift as for me they are one of those products that you didn’t realise you needed until you had them. They come in a great selection of colours and designs too.
Shoobees are available on line at www.shoobees.ie, a list of stockists is also available on the site. My older sons first pair were purchased in Mothercare St Stephens Green.