Winter boots for early walkers

posted 2 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy bee

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@anev:  Kamiks! Also in Canada, and they are the only boots that worked for us to get on our child’s fat feet! They are easy to get on and off, and super warm for hours outside. We had them last year when he was just over 1, and again this year at 2. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I have heard good things about Stonz booties! 

I am not sure how your daycare works regarding time spent outside in the winter, but I will say my toddler was not into the snow at all until she was about 2, even though she was obviously walking way before that. And the same was true with most of her “peers” at that age. We live in the midwest and get a decent amount of snow, but before age 2-ish she would just kinda plop down in the snow looking shell shocked vs trying to walk around in it too much. So I think finding a boot that will keep his feet warm and stay on is probably the main thing.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Stonz have a line specific for toddlers who are newly walking and are recommended by podiatrists. Anecdotally, they’re also easy on/off.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

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@anev:  Also in Canada! Have you looked in to Jack and Lily? They are based on the west coast and deliver free after a certain $ amount (at least out to Ontario). I think I remember getting my first pair of J&L shoes for my older son at Kiddie Cobbler, so if you have one if those around it may be worth it to go and check it out. After that, I always ordered directly and only really their half price styles (they seem to rotate through them).

We used Jack and Lily almost exclusively for my two guys, but I know my DH wasn’t as much of a fan of the boots compared to shoes. But the boots I got from them seemed warm and were really fuzzy inside which I was happy with.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Our son walked at 9 months starting in December, so we wanted to get boots for him, too. However, we ended up ultimately not needing them.  He didn’t go outside in the winter at daycare at that point because he was still in the infant classroom. When we took him outside in the snow at home, we just put him in a fleece outfit with feet and he crawled around, or we put him in a snowsuit with regular shoes, because he was just walking around on our shoveled driveway. We did order a few snow boots, but it was impossible to get his chubby baby feet into them, so we ended up returning them. If you do need winter boots, hopefully some of the brands people have mentioned above will work!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My daughter isn’t an early walker but she has super tiny feet so I’m in a similar dilemma of trying to find boots for tiny feet. So far, See Kai Run has been our best bet for shoes for her. They also have boots. They sell directly from their site or Nordstrom. Not sure about shipping to Canada but worth a shot. My daughter is 21 months and is wearing size 4 in their shoes. 

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

Like any other baby tool/toy, as long as your kid isn’t in boots all day every day, it’s not going to cause damage. Ours were always barefoot at daycare and at home, shoes were just for the ride and outside play. I think you’ll find whatever you settle on will work just fine. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Also in Canada ! Our son was in daycare by 12 mo in the winter, he was walking by 9 mo. We found that basic outdoor winter boots from Walmart worked just fine ! They weren’t heavy, and warm enough for those -30 days! He walked in them no problem. He had indoor slippers for the daycare, the Robeez brand is good. Those are very soft sole. I also liked Pediped for shoes (not sure if they make winter boots).

Post # 10
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Busy bee

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@anev:  our winters aren’t as cold but when my son started walking we used boots from stride rite, they’re great early walker shoes and seemed warm enough for me when we ventured to the park. You can throw on wool socks underneath for extra warmth

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We have a December baby who was walking at 9 months. We live in a cold climate that is moderately snowy but also are big skiers so head to the mountains many weekends.

What we found:

– Significant time outside (e.g. in the stroller, carrier, or ski trailer): No boots, they stay warmest with feet tucked into their snow suits /bunting suits

– Time outside shifting between carried  and wanting to walk: Reima winter booties (I think very similar ot the Stonz) because they are super easy to slip on/off for when LO decides they want to walk, actually carry, actually walk, actually stroller plus when not being worn they can be tucked into the stroller bunting  or your coat to keep them toasty warm

– Short durations outside (e.g. playing in the snow in the yard) where LO is on their own feet the whole time: Bogs baby boots – warm but super light with a solid sole that is nice and flexible so they are relatively easy for early walkers to still navigate in

 

We’re very outdoorsy (LO turns 2 this weekend and goes to an outdoor full-year full-day  daycare) so we have ALL the gear. If I was only going to buy one, I’d buy the Bog boots, the Reimas were a convenient ‘middle ground’ nice-to-have.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I like the lined Bigs. A good compromise between warm but still fairly flexible and lightweight. 

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