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Re shoes; podiatrists advise that babies not wear shoes until they have the balance to stand on the floor. Their muscles need to develop naturally to do this. Once they are walking, they can wear shoes, but they must have soft soles.
Prior to this, if it's cold, socks are all they need. otherwise, barefoot.
traditional all the way..there soft and so cozy for a small newborn..feck fashion i say when it comes to lil babies..there's lots of time for fashion outfits when there older.:-)
from 9-10mths my little girls have been the height of fashion but i have to say there are many fabulous soft baby clothes that are lovely.My girls got lots of attention from others on there soft cozy cute outfits.
Just because they were walking early, Sherri, doesn't exclude them from having different or various problems. I'm not saying your kids have problems but don't just disregard the recommendations.....they're there for a reason.
AND, you can put shoes on them when you're out and about but when they're indoors and practicing or learning to walk there is evidence to prove it is best done in socks, barefeet or soft soled "walking shoes"
Sharon - posted on 12/08/2010
What are "mini adult clothes"?
I didn't care for denim on infants. its just to stiff. But there are plenty of "denim appearing" items that aren't demin but look like it.
What are traditional baby clothes?
How would you know your infant or newborn loves the clothes you put on her?
My kids were mostly in onesies with sweat pants or skirts. Or sleepers. But we had a huge selection of outfits. Little baseball outfits were the cutest damned things. My daughter had the biggest collection of dresses. All were soft as could be though.
I just couldn't imagine that if "I" thought it was rough - what an infant would think of it - so I made sure all outfits were soft and pliable.
I ♥ jeans and mini me clothing for babies LOL, my kids have always been fashionable. I don't fault anyone's personal choice, I like to dress my babies up lol, that's my thing. And luckily my sisters and friends all had babies so I just gave them the clothing my sons grew out of :-) and then I do not feel they went to waste. Though I am waiting for someone to have a girl now, I went a little nuts with my last baby, a girl, and have a bunch of stuff I am going to either sell or give to someone I know personally.
Vegemite - posted on 12/07/2010
when they were babies they wore what was comfy and soft sole shoes when went out, just socks at home. My youngest was walking at 8 months so he had the early walker flexy hard soles to go out in. Now that they are older I don't like clothes with characters or silly baby motifs so I naturally get clothes that could be considered "mini adult" but not because I want to adultify them. That would be polo shirts, t-shirts, jeans, shorts, jackets and jumpers but I make sure they are comfortable like have elastic or adjustable waists and belts must have small buckles so they don't dig into their chubby little bellies. Also they have button down shirts for when we go somewhere special, with a close extended family we are often going to restaurants and that sort of thing for one occasion or another.
Hannah - posted on 12/07/2010
I get all my adjustable waist at either Old Navy, Target, Kohls and JC Penney.
I agree that Old Navy has the best jeans by far!!! You can usually get a 2/$20.00 deal which isn't bad. Nowadays you can't get jeans for less than that at Target or even Walmart now.
Shauna - posted on 12/07/2010
I live in United States and have heard everything Kathy was saying as well. My son is crawling and wears the Robeez soft soled shoes they bend and are perfect AND CUTE LOVE THEM www.robeez.com .... thats all i see babies wearing around here!!! otherwise he just has socks on and in summer was barefoot. It does get cold here ... right now its 12 Degrees outside ... but my son isnt walking around outside .... so im not too worried about it being too "fridged" a pair of socks keeps his feet just fine in the house, as it does mine too :)
Minnie - posted on 12/07/2010
Socks will not protect them in the frigid cold
Could care less whether you put your kids in shoes or not Sherri, but considering we both live in NH and neither of my girls have lost any toes from wearing only socks for their first year...
Kati, I've found the adjustable waistbands at Target too.
But we get tons of hand-me-downs from Eliza's cousin who is a heftier child (not fat, just much thicker than Eliza will ever be). Eliza has tons of jeans from her that are not elastic waist or adjustable. It was cheaper and more practical for me to buy one belt for all the jeans, instead of buying new jeans. Except the belt is too big...even though it's her size...lol!
Old Navy, The Gap, Please Mum (just in Canada), Guess, Joe (Superstore in Canada), The Children's Place.....the all have adjustable waistbands in MOST of the jeans/pants. I find that up to 24 monthsy they're just elastisized waistbands and then starting at 2T the have the adjustable ones.
Kathy, that's what I was told too. It may be an Aus thing though. Mind you, when my eldest was just starting to walk I got him a pair of hard soled, semi-high top shoes (from the podiatrist) and his walking improved 100%.
Sherri, we don't really have frigid cold areas in Aus. Not like you're talking about anyway.
Shauna - posted on 12/06/2010
depends on age. Neborn to about 4 mo i didnt do jeans they just were too hard to put on fragile little baby, and seemed uncomfortable. Now my son is 8 mo and he wears jeans and i guess you could say mini me outfits ... however i try to keep it simple for daycare i know he would be more comfy in one peices.
I have the problem with denim fitting my skinny child, too. I bought her a belt...aaaannnnddd it's too big! I'm going to see if my husband can puncture another hole it.
Funny story: my daughter's jeans were sagging a little more than normal today (and she was wearing her cute new belt!) A few minutes ago when I undressed her to put her pjs on, I discovered her pockets were full of coins. That child...now I need to figure out how she got into my purse!
Rosie - posted on 12/06/2010
denim rarely fits my children until they are big enough to get the kind that has adjustable waists, which is usually around age 5 (my skinny little twerps). i do have some denim, but it doesn't fit them right and always falls down. i prefer like little sweatpants, or cloth pants. for some reason they are always better fitting.
Whatever was cool/warm (appropriate to the weather) and easily washable. If I couldn't just throw it in the washing machine I wasn't interested.
People gave me a few frilly things (I have 3 girls) but they were rarely used - I have better things to do than ironing!
In my opinion, you want a doll to dress up, go get a doll.
Amanda - posted on 12/06/2010
Well I put jeans all on 4 of my babies when they were little. And my girls all wore cute denim skirts, leggings and long summer dresses as well, and still do when it's warm. The scarves are a big hit where we live and I put my oldest daughter in them all the time! I think it's cute to dress them "hip" if that's what ya wanna call it. There isn't much harm in it. They wouldn't make baby clothes to be uncomfortable or bother the baby, and if they did than they wouldn't be putting it on the shelves for us moms to buy... :)
Hannah - posted on 12/06/2010
I have always dressed my kids in outfits. I am the same way with baby clothes, I don't like them much. I refuse to buy either of my kids clothes with any disney/cartoon character on it. I always take their comfort into consideration, of course. That is why I buy the jeans with the adjustable waist band. You can loosen it if it feels to snug on the kiddos or tighten it if they are falling off.
I rarely put shoes on the kids until they were able to walk. I had tons of shoes that my SIL gave me and they were so adorable but I just never put them on.
Oh, and I always shop sale, consignment or my SIL's closet. I NEVER buy anything that isn't on sale and most of the time it i second hand. They grow way too fast for my money to keep up.
I think it's kind of silly to spend so much money on newborns' clothes. They're only going to wear it for a short time and then never again. It's not like they'll be able to fit in it again. So why bother with denim outfits on infants?
I think it's cute, but impractical with infants. But when they start getting bigger and their growth levels off, sure, let's be twinkies.
Jenn - posted on 12/06/2010
We range anywhere from running around in a diaper (the girls especially love doing that and will take off their clothes all the time), to wearing little outfits. Most of my kids clothes are hand-me-downs or gifts from people like at their birthday and stuff and that's when you get a lot of cute little outfits. I wouldn't put something on them that looked or felt uncomfortable though, like someone mentioned a shirt collar riding up - if I saw that then the shirt would come off.
Dawn - posted on 12/06/2010
I dress both my girls in little girl appropriate clothes. Some of them are similar to adult clothes, but never anything revealing or suggestive. With my youngest, more traditional baby clothes, sleepers, onesies, cute little dresses. With my 2 year old, anything that comes down at the waist as we're still pottytraining, but she prefers jeans and sweatshirts and "comfy clothes" as we call them.
I went to LSU and we have a large grassy Parade Ground. I would purposefully walk to class through it so I could take my shoes off and walk barefoot through the grass...ahhhh....felt so good. I'm not really keen on shoes. I like my flip flops almost year round. Eliza actually likes shoes, but I think it's because she likes to take them on and off. She can entertain herself by taking her shoes and socks on and off for half and hour. To my dismay, her favorite shoes at the moment are her "eye boots." They are cute little rubber boots that look like lady bugs and have eyes on the toes. They match nothing, and she'll wear them on the sunniest warm day...lol. Oh well, you're only young once.
Roxanne REFUSES to wear socks. She gets it from me. It could be - 40 outside and I'm wearing my flip flops. Roxanne's first pair of "shoes" were her Roxy flip flops. I've definitely created a "shoe" addict. She's got over 14 pairs of shoes, sandals, boots etc.
So you mean stuff like this: http://heelarious.com/stella.php
I think it's funny, but would never buy them myself. We must be odd Aussies then, because my boys wear shoes since they could walk... only when they are outside though! Our backyard is nothing but bindis and prickles, so it's painful for me to walk out there without shoes let alone a child. We don't ever wear shoes inside, so they have plenty of shoe-free time.
April - posted on 12/06/2010
same here on the shoe front...even at almost 2 my son likes the baby sling so shoes are kind of pointless unless he wants to get out (rare). when i do put shoes on him, he takes both shoes and socks off. the back seat of our car is littered with mismatched socks!!
Minnie - posted on 12/06/2010
My babies are pretty much in pajamas for the first year. If it's hot, just a diaper, or a onesie if we're out.
We like our comfort and I'm not out to impress anyone with my five month old's sense of fashion :P
They don't ever wear shoes until they're at an age when they don't want to be carried much. My two year old wears shoes only when necessary- the second we come home she's yanking her shoes and socks off.
Dana - posted on 12/06/2010
I've seen kids who freak out about wanting their shoes on and never taking them off outside, it's rather sad. There have been studies done about humans needing to have direct contact between the earth and their feet. I remember reading one, a few years back, that suggested people who live in cities should go to a park once a week, take their shoes off and put their feet in the grass for half an hour.
Jess - posted on 12/06/2010
Ava was so tiny that we dressed her anything we could find ! But when she did fit normal size baby clothes I dressed her as simply as I could and as comfortably as I could. Denim and new borns don't go hand in hand in my mind. So cuddly fabrics just seem the best to me.
Lady Heather - posted on 12/05/2010
She was born in June so she didn't wear much more than onesies and sleepers as a newborn. I found outfits and things too fussy when she was really small. I guess that was mainly because she was only 5 lb, so finding anything to fit was a problem. She had one pair of jeans prior to her first birthday and they were a gift. She also got a couple of fancy and I'm sure horribly over-priced dresses. She wore each one time for about five minutes because it was always too hot. Seriously - Mexx dress for a two month old? Glad I didn't buy it.
Now though - I do kind of dress her in things that I might wear sometimes. She has a mix really of more traditional stuff and trendier stuff and handmade stuff from my mum. I get most of her stuff from Superstore, which is a Canadian discount grocery and department store. They are really cheap and have tons of mini-me outfits that I just love, as well as some more little kid-type things. I find it pretty fun to pick out the adorable little outfits.
Also, on toddler boys I love little button up shirts and sweater vest and dress pants. I don't care that they don't appreciate it. It looks cute.
Ez - posted on 12/05/2010
I hate shoes. In fact, most Aussies I know hate shoes lol. I think my daughter wore her first pair of shoes for a special occasion at around 4 months old, but I didn't start dressing her in them regularly until she started crawling and cruising. Now, at almost 2, she always wears shoes when we go out, but if it's just for a play date to a friend's house they come straight off.
Nicole - posted on 12/05/2010
it depends what we're doing that day. I have a few of the cute trendy outfits and I dress her in those on days when I want us to look our best. The rest of the time she is in onsies or sleepers. If we are at home and it's warm she is happy to run around in just a diaper.
Sandra - posted on 12/05/2010
Ok, so a wondersuit is pretty much like a sleep 'n play.
I've had my son in shoes from the minute we left the hospital. My mom hates it. She's a "babies don't need shoes" type. In fact, the first thing I ever bought for him when I was pregnant was a pair of little black Chuck Taylors. As it is now he has 2 pairs of Chucks, a pair of Etnies, DC's, Puma's, Uggs, and a few random generic pairs. Personally, I hate walking around shoeless. Especially outside. And wearing just socks (like if I want to just run and grab the mail), eww. Wearing just socks outside bothers me. I'm also not a flip flop fan. You end up with dirty feet. Yucky.
I looooove cute little man-looking baby clothes! The style of "baby" actually really bothers me. I try really hard not to dress Elijah like that. Even when I have him in sweats, they'r super cute "man-looking" sweats with little pockets and all.
Personally, I don't think you're ever too young for style. Lol.
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