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Shoe Shopping for Tiny Feet

Once your baby starts taking their first steps the, “Yes! Now I can finally buy little shoes!” moment happens. Inevitably you'll venture into the kid’s shoe section of the store and become overwhelmed by the amount of cuteness. Before you know it you're splurging on tiny soles that look insanely cute, but may not help so much with their developing feet. It’s a dilemma we face with our everyday purchases too, right? Style versus function. Los Angeles Pediatrician, Dr. Monica Asnani "encourages toddlers to go barefoot while indoors whenever possible because they can grip the floor or carpet with their toes and achieve better balance than while wearing shoes.” So if your little is just starting to pull themselves up to stand, you don’t need shoes yet. You want to let their toes "curl, wiggle, bend, and spread to work the small muscles of their feet” - Natasha Burget, MD. Once they’ve started the cruising-the-furniture phase, things move pretty quickly from there. Soon they’ll be ready for short walks outside, and that’s when you want to protect the bottoms of their feet, thus shoe shopping begins! Keep in mind that not all shoes are made with your toddler’s developing feet in mind. So while those teeny Toms (that come in so many fun colors, sequins, and designs) look really cute, it’s not so fun for our little explorers when their feet start slipping out from the backs, or they’re tripping from a stiff sole. Our recommendation is to put those on the back burner for when they’ve become confident walkers! They’ll be there in no time. So let’s talk shoes, in stages... Cruising / First Walker: They’re going to be curious about their new shoes, so staying away from anything with laces, that they can untie, and velcro that they can quickly undo is best avoided. Elasticized backs are key at this stage too because they’ll help keep shoes on. At this stage you definitely want "a shoe with a soft, flexible sole (that you can bend easily back and forth) and a nonskid sole.” (Dr. Monica Asnani). The all leather moccasin type shoes are very popular during this stage because it’s the closest to being barefoot that they can be while still being protected. Check out just a few faves from the below that are perfect for this stage, and quite stylish! Style Picks: 1. stitches & soles, 2. Li'l Aussie Shoe Co., 3. hello moccs Confident / Exploring: During this stage, they’d rather be walking than sitting in a stroller. They’re not holding onto furniture much, and they’re going for it, smiling, giggling and almost running with every rapid step they’re taking. You can still keep them in leather sole shoes because they’ll still find them just as comfortable, just beware that they’re going to wear a lot quicker now that they’re more mobile. Now you can move onto rubber soles, which opens up a whole new variety of shoes to shop for. “When shopping for toddler shoes, bend the shoe in half. The shoe should bend in the middle. If the shoe bends at the “ball” of the foot, then there is some arch support in the shoe. A toddler will walk stiffly and unnaturally in a shoe with arch support, so look for a different shoe” - Natasha Burget, MD. P.S. Bobux has a great image below each of their shoes to show their sole’s flexibility which comes in handy. Style Picks: 4. Bobux, 5. Joojos, 6. Tip Toey Joey Running / Full time walker: There’s no particular age for this stage because everyone develops at their own rate, but you’ll know when they’ve reached it because you’ll hardly be able to catch up with them! You can buy those cute little Toms now, and pretty much every shoe you see out there. It’s always good to take your kids shoe shopping with you though. Have them try on a pair and walk around the store to see how comfortable they walk in them. Comfort should still be key! Last thing you want is for them to cry of blisters. Style Picks: 7. See Kai Run, 8. Camper, 9. Dr Marten's Happy shoe shopping!

Who says you have to wait for birthdays or holidays to give your bestie a great gift? A sweet surprise that tells her you've been thinking of her might be the pick-me-up she needs in these more-than-trying times. We've rounded up some of our favorite go-to gifts that are certain to be a bright spot in her week. But be warned, you may want to snag a few for yourself. (You deserve it, mama.)

Here are some our favorite "just because" gifts to give our hardworking mama friends.

New Mother face + body care duo

volition face + body care duo

This correcting oil and stretch mark minimizer is perfect for the pregnant mama looking to keep her pregnancy glow. The correcting oil brightens the skin while reducing dark spots, and the stretch mark minimizer works to smooth her ever-growing belly.

$70

Allover roller

esker allover roller

This jade roller goes beyond your typical face roller and can be used anywhere on the body. It works to increase stimulation and reduce puffiness and is perfect for applying any oils to the face or body. Plus, it feels like a mini spa treatment.

$65

Kombucha making kit

farmsteady kombucha making kit

What could be a more perfect gift for the health-obsessed friend? This kombucha making kit comes with everything you need to brew your own homemade green tea kombucha. They'll think this is the tastiest gift ever.

$45

Laetitia lipstick

cupid & psyche laetitia

This red lipstick is perfect for your makeup enthusiast bestie who is looking to spruce up her life in quarantine. Crafted in the United States, these bee and vegan-friendly and cruelty-free lipsticks are created to flatter all complexions. Cupid and Psyche Beauty makes finding the perfect red lip way too easy!

$23

Jigsaw puzzle

inner piecec jigsaw puzzle

Mamas need to destress now more than ever during quarantine. This adorable jigsaw puzzle is perfect for the mama who needs a brain break! The 500-piece puzzle designed by artist Ray Oranges features an abstract gradient design that fits a standard frame when completed. Bonus: It's printed on recycled paper and the company donates $1 from every puzzle sold to youth mindfulness programs.

$30

Matilda's Bloombox

matilda's bloombox

If we have to be stuck inside, we might as well have some gorgeous florals to brighten up the space. Matilda's Bloombox locally sources blooms, delivers them to her door and provides simple tips on how to arrange it into a beautiful bouquet.

$39

'I Am Enough' bracelet

I Am Enough bracelet

Let this dainty bracelet serve as a constant reminder to your bestie that she is enough. She'll wear this on her wrist and read this daily oath to herself, "I Am Enough."

$35

Glow assorted teas

vahdam low assorted teas

This tea gift box set covers the entire spectrum of flavors from sweet to spicy. Individually packaged in beautiful tins, your gal pal will feel like a queen sipping her morning tea. Originally $40, this set is currently on sale for just $24. We'll take two, please.

$24

Find your voice journal

find your voice journal

Journaling is a great way to ease anxiety and will slow your bestie's racing mind before bed. This gift is perfect for first time journalists and includes prompts, daily quotes and coloring pages to help her unlock her potential and find her voice.

$22

Premium frother

shore magic premium frother

This gift is fitting for your latte-sipping bestie who can't go a day without her coffee. All she has to do is add two scoops of collagen to her favorite drink, and she'll have a perfectly foamy drink ready in seconds. Skipping the drive-thru line has never been so easy!

$25

Bath soak infusion kit

maude bath soak infusion kit

Say hello to hydration! She'll be feeling smooth and relaxed as ever after a long bath soaking in these salts. This vegan + cruelty-free set incorporates dead sea salt and dehydrated coconut milk powder for an ultra hydrating experience.

$32

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

Tiny Tags 'mama' necklace

It's a hard-earned title she answers to a hundred times per day. Whether she's new to the club or a seasoned professional, this delicate script 'mama' necklace is guaranteed to be a perfect fit.

$105

Superfood honey

Beekeeper's Naturals B.Powered honey

With a lack of sleep and jam-packed days, getting through the afternoon can be a real challenge. Send her a powerful pick-me-up in the form of a therapeutic blend of royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis and raw honey. It makes the ideal companion for tea, smoothies, yogurt or even on its on.

$17

Calming midnight mask with melatonin

Who doesn't deserve a reminder to pamper themself every once in awhile? Even better, this mask does all its work at night while you're sleeping with no extra effort needed. It's an amazing plant-powered antioxidant-packed mask that has melatonin, wild dandelion leaf and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate, repair and reset facial skin. It's so good, you might want to gift it to yourself. We won't tell, mama.

$68

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