• Jackie

These are the best slippers for toddlers

Shoes for babies and toddlers are incredibly expensive. I was shocked at the price of many of the most popular brands. I knew that buying shoes too early for my daughter could be detrimental to her feet, but also thought buying expensive meant buying the best.

When it began to get cold coming up to winter I went on the hunt for something that could keep her feet warm and cosy in the pram. I also wanted something that could be suitably supportive when she began attempting to walk.

We'd already been gifted some of the moccasin slipper socks, but they were a little too big for her still, although fine for popping on in the pram. They have an anti-slip suede sole so useful for new walkers, especially if you are like us and have wooden floors at home. The sock is well designed so they do stay put. JoJo Maman Bébé has a lovely range with several designs to choose from that are not too expensive and seem durable.

In the run-up to Christmas, I decided to support a small, handmade brand by ordering some cute, festive slippers, but I ordered the complete wrong size and I didn't trust myself to order another pair that would fit. So when my sister of three girls asked me what she could get her niece for Christmas... well, slippers it was!

She knew exactly what to get and they did not fail to live up to her rave reviews! She got me a pair from Dotty Fish, a company who specialise in soft leather toddler and baby shoes. They are affordable and supported by expert podiatrists.

We have the 'Silver Stars Grey Slippers' and plan to buy many more pair from this company. They are cosy and warm with a snug fleece lining. The suede base means she grips well on the wooden floor and the size was a perfect fit with a little room to grow, but not enough to make it difficult for her to walk. They have a unique elastic ankle trim which means they are incredibly easy to pop on but remain in place despite a lot of snuffling, tumbling, crawling and climbing!

I will definitely be looking at their wider range going forward. Their affordability is key. Kids go through shoes so quickly, so knowing you have an honest and expert-tested brand to turn to is reassuring. They are also available from Amazon (not affiliated).

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