My girl was 8 1/2 months, 55% for weight and 70+% for height, and she wore a size 2... I only put the shoes on to go with her cute dress when we went down to dinner... at this age they're really just for show. I'm bringing one pair size 2 and one of size when I visit again at age 10 mos.
Our little guy is almost 1 and he is in a size 4.5 shoe. You will get lots of different opinions on whether to put shoes on a baby or not. Jonathan is our 7th child and I've used the true hard bottom shoes for all of my babies. These used to be called walking shoes. I liked them, the babies did well in them. My oldest, now 25, walked at 11 months, my 22 year old walked at 10 months, my 17 year old walked at 9 months, our 13 year old walked at 8 months, the 5 year old walked at 11 months and our 4 year old walked a day before her 1st birthday. Jonathan has taken his first steps now at 11 months. They are all active, healthy, sports oriented kids. No foot problems. It is very hard to find hard sole shoes and the rubber soles are very easy to find...I just couldn't find a pair I liked for our new little guy so I hunted for a pair of what I call the true white baby shoes and finally found a pair. Do whatever feels right for you and your baby. Good luck with your sizes!!!
While I agree that no shoes are best, I have read time and time again that putting shoes on your baby while in Guatemala is a must. I have been told it is a sign of wealth and care for your baby. In every picture we have gotten of eli from FM he has been wearing shoes. I would take a pair and at least have him wear them when you send him back to the foster family. Don't forget also, however bundled up that baby comes to you, is how bundled up he needs to be when he is returned, regardless of weather.
I brought down slippers for my little one, two different sizes. and yes, definitely have their feet covered. At a minimum have socks on their feet. It is a cultural thing. Plus I think the pollution is pretty bad down there. I walked barefoot the first evening and had black feet. I think that is the true reason they put shoes on the kids feet...
I plan on buying those little angel wings just for pictures! Now that's silly! Oh, my 11 month old wears size 3, but I think I've only put them on her twice since I love her chubby little feet.
Lifessence, you can't forget the cute factor. Practical smactical. We are bringing shoes for pictures!!!! Hats, shoes, costumes, props etc.
At ten months (until about a year) our daughter wore size 2, she's still in 3's at 15 mos and she's 85% on height and weight. Since she's not yet walking it's more for the cute factor and now that she's taken to pulling off socks, it's to keep those on if we go out and I want them to remain on! In the winter I used them when we went on walks since the snow suit didn't have booties and cotton socks just didn't seem quite adequate. But now that it's summer and finally over 60 degrees in Seattle, she just mostly goes barefoot (except for the cute factor...:) ).
at 10 months, my daughter was also in the 50th percentile on the charts, all across the board. Her shoes were size 3 at that time. My podiatrist says it is important the shoes be able to FLEX and bend as the baby's toes do. I've tried hard to follow that rule, but it's everyone's own choice. Agree with the concept that it's important to cover the baby's feet while in Guatemala. My daughter's foster mother made sure she brought her to me wearing the shiny red Tommy Hilfiger crib shoes that I HAD SENT three months prior. It was funny, because I didn't think she was that small, but then I saw her feet smooshed into those size ZERO shoes, and she was well over 4 months old at the time. It's one of my most treasured pictures of her, and only includes her feet!! Jen Mommy to Addison, now age 2 and size 6 wide, shoes!
We can never forget the cute factor! Bryce is 13 months and wears a size 3. She is 29 1/2 in and 18 lb 10 oz.
Addison was probably clicking her heels together with those red shoes...saying "There is no place like home...." And look...it worked!! She is home!!! Good thing I am bringing Erick red Shoes!!!! They are way too cute!!!! And to the person who posted about the wings....don't feel weird....I bought them for my girls when they were little. For Erick I bought the following costumes for the visit trip.....Lion, Tiger, Bear (thinking of doing a scrapbook page called "Lions and tigers and Bears...Oh MY), a snowman. Do a websearch for Arma costumes. They are the cutest costumes ever!!!!!
OK everyone no need to attack my info - I"m all for cute shoes - just was answering EZ's question - which never said can I buy cute shoes? Trust me my girls had the cutest shoes ever for holidays and such. But their feet never touched the ground in hard shoes - they wore the cutest soft suede bottom shoes and got compliments everywhere we went. to this day both of my girls still go in my closest to wear my shoes. our almost 4 year old walks in high heels better than most women - you all know the ones i'm talking about princess shoes! SO GO FOR THE CUTE and THE COSTUMES - JUST DON"T FORGET THE PRACTICAL and what is BEST for them.
Nicholas just started wearing a 5.5 / 6.0 and he is almost 20 months old. At 9.5 months when we picked him up, he wore a size 3.0. A 4.0 will probably be too large! :) Good Luck!
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