How to Clean Your Baby Shoes

Unlike baby clothing, baby shoes can not be washed every day so you should consider this when making your purchase and buy accordingly. Babies have a habit of chewing their shoes so you need to buy a pair which can be kept clean with the minimum amount of effort from you.

Shoes for the youngest children tend to be made from softer leather than shoes for older kids. Because of this the usual cleaning materials, like polish are unsuitable.

The most common type of shoes which babies can wear with a degree of comfort and, which are very popular with parents are soft leather baby shoes with suede soles. The outer of this type of shoe should be cleaned using a soapy solution and warm water, or a very mild detergent and, a cloth. You could use a professional leather cleaner if you have some but, in most cases it is probably not worth the expense of buying some specifically for the purpose.

Take the damp cloth and gently rub the outer leather of the shoe with the soapy warm water to remove the dirt and grime. Allow the shoe to dry naturally as using an external heat source can cause shrinkage of soft leather shoes. Drying should not take long if you avoid submerging the shoes in the water.

Some manufactures do recommend machine washing for their shoes however, in our view this should be done only as a last resort as machine washing tends to reduce the overall shine of the shoe and will make the baby shoe look older, quicker.

Choosing Baby’s Clothes

Shopping for babies’ clothes is always an exciting time for mothers, especially first-time moms. Just seeing the cute little clothes can make a mom want to buy everything she lays her hands on. However, there are several things you must keep in mind buying baby clothes.

Avoid Buying Too Many Newborn Sizes

Babies grow a surprisingly fast rate in their first few weeks of life. Many babies outgrow their newborn size clothes after only a short while. There are even some infants who do not fit newborn sizes at all. If you receive a lot of newborn clothing, try exchanging some of them for larger sizes if possible. Consider keeping the tags on the clothes until you are sure whether your newborn will be able to wear that size at all.

Choose Easy To Wear Clothes

Babies are very flexible so it is easy to put on and take off clothes from them. But why put your baby through all that trouble jus to get dressed? Choose clothes that have a full snap at the bottom or a long zipper on the front. If the clothes are meant to be pulled over baby’s head, make sure the neck is very stretchy and soft so you don’t have to tug it over your baby’s head.

Pick Easy To Care For Clothes

Choose clothes that can be washed and dried by washing machine. Choose clothes that require special care (hand-wash-only or dry-clean-only) for special occasions only. Check the labels of clothes you are considering for your newborn.

Baby’s Comfort Is Key

A lot of baby’s clothes in the market today feature stuff that can be a source of discomfort for your baby. Snaps, zippers and elastics can all irritate your baby if placed in the wrong spot or are tight against baby’s skin. Look for clothes that have a layer of fabric between the zipper and your baby’s skin. If you’re going for clothes with elastics, make sure they are covered. Check for sharp edges in snaps that could be pushed against your baby’s skin.

Layering

Babies usually need an extra layer of clothing over what adults usually wear, unless it’s warm. Pick out clothes that let you layer without hassle, so you can easily add or remove clothes to keep your baby comfortable. If it gets cold in your location, you might want to consider getting your baby a fleece snowsuit instead of thicker, heavier alternatives. Such clothes are very uncomfortable for your baby. Do not use anything thicker than fleece in your baby’s car seat as well.

Choosing Socks and Shoes

Socks and shoes are an important part of a baby’s clothing ensemble, especially if your baby is born in cold weather. Since you can’t be sure yet of the size of your baby’s feet, you will have to go through some trial and error before you can find a pair that fits. Baby socks also tend to fall off so make sure you have plenty of replacements on hand. Newborns and infants do not need shoes just you. However, some parents opt for soft shoes to keep socks on or for style purposes. If you are considering buying baby shoes, make sure they are soft and have a wide top opening so you don’t have to struggle to get your baby’s foot inside.

Baby Clothing Hazards

Aside from zippers, snaps and elastics, there are other hazards in baby clothes that you need to watch out for. Check for loose buttons, zipper pulls that could detach, embellishments that could be chewed or pulled off, and long strings that could get caught on things. Federal safety standards for baby clothes prohibit full drawstrings that could get caught on things or strangle a baby.