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Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays – 11/12/12 – Soft Soled Shoes

Soft Soled Baby Shoes via @chgdiapers

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Amii wonders:

What are the benefits of soft soles like Bobux and Robeez?

Pediatricians and podiatrists recommend soft soled shoes for new walkers because they mimic barefoot walking, and allow for proper foot development. I also found that my children had an easier time walking in them, since stiff, rubbery soled shoes caused them to clomp along and often they would trip when they “shuffled” and their foot was caught. Soft soled shoes allowed them to walk normally, and when they shuffled a bit, the shoes slid right along with them.

When my daughter was a baby, we almost exclusively used Robeez. They were almost like a leather slipper, and came in lots of cute designs. They allowed her to grip the floor as she was learning to walk, were flexible, and didn’t slip off.

When my son was little, I discovered Pediped originals (I did write about them too if you’re interested.) I liked Pediped better than Robeez as he got older and walked independently more, and on different surfaces. They are more shoe-like than slipper like, and while they are still flexible, they are more supportive with a padded insole & heel, and are fine to walk on any surface. My son wore these until he outgrew the originals!

Have you used soft sole shoes?

I paid normal retail price for all products mentioned. This post contains affiliate links.

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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.

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