Our Wobbly Waddler — Walking Baby

One of the most exciting milestones Aiden has achieved, for us, is walking. I will never forget the day he took his first steps and then a few days later was walking around the room with a little push car (which had absolutely no support so he was walking on his own and didn’t know it  ?)!  It’s a milestone that is very exciting, but also a little bittersweet and scary too. He is growing up so quickly and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it. It’s funny, I remember thinking having a newborn was really hard, but it is nothing compared to a toddler who has new found freedom. This post is a little different as it serves several purposes — a celebration of Aiden’s milestone, some useful information about baby walking and shoes, and a giveaway from one of our favorite baby shoe companies, Wobbly Waddlers!

I have been planning for this post for a long time. We thought Aiden would be an early walker because he always liked to be on his feet and didn’t even really crawl. Of course, as with everything else we thought Aiden would be early with, he took his sweet time and did it when he was ready. There were several stages of waking.

  • Around six-months he liked us to hold his hands and walk him around.
  • A month or so later he was pulling himself
  • Shortly after that he would “cruise” along furniture
  • We got him a Dance Walker Activity Center walker to practice walking in
  • By nine months we had a sit-to-stand walker that he loved to walk around our townhouse and outside with

Aiden with his Wobbly Waddlers in action in the supermarket!

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As he became more and more mobile I realized his soft soled “crib” shoes were not going to cut it anymore. Inside wasn’t a problem because babies learn to walk barefoot, but when he was outside, we wanted something that would help keep his balance and his feet protected. I was so fortunate to happen upon Adriana from the company Wobbly Waddlers. She makes the most amazing baby shoes for little walkers. Coincidentally, she also lives in the DC metro area so we are practically neighbors!  I gave her shoes a try and I am hooked — you have probably seen them on Aiden’s little feet in many pictures since about seven months.

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Before babies are ready to walk, buying shoes is really easy because they don’t have to be functional. For pre-walkers, I love fabric booties and moccasins. I actually wrote a post about our favorite baby shoes before Aiden was walking here.  However, once the walking begins there are some things you need to keep in mind. The American Academy of Pediatrics gives the following guidance to buying shoes for toddlers:

  • Look for comfortable shoes with nonskid soles, such as sneakers, that will help keep your toddler steady.
  • Buy well-made shoes, but don’t spend a lot of money.
  • At this stage, your child’s feet grow so rapidly that the first pair of shoes won’t last more than 2 or 3 months.
  • You should check the fit about once a month; the top of your child’s big toe should be about a finger-width distance from the inside edge of the shoe. It’s better to have no shoes at all than shoes that are too tight.

The Wobbly Waddlers definitely meet these criteria. The shoes are made specifically for babies that are starting to walk and toddlers up to three years old.  The shape of the First Steps and Urban Models were designed in Spain by orthopedic pediatricians. The shoes provide the right arch and ankle support for developing feet. They are made with Nature Flex technology which is a flexible rubber sole that allows babies/toddlers to feel the ground under his or her feet.  The toes have rounded edges that mimic the natural shape of a child’s foot and help with heel stability. The shoes are all made with locally and sustainably sourced leather by artisans in Mexico which the Wobbly Waddler’s company is providing living wages and great work conditions to their employees which is always a great thing to know and support! There are many different styles and they are all really cute. The best thing is that they sell them on Amazon so if you are an Amazon Prime member you can get free two-day shipping.

The Family behind Wobbly Waddlers

The family behind Wobbly Waddlers

As this is a very exciting time for us I am really thankful that Adriana from Wobbly Waddlers has agreed to give TWO readers a $25 gift card to get their own pair of Wobbly Waddlers for your little walker. In addition, all readers can take 15% off online orders from the Wobbly Waddlers website with the code BabyCastanonBoard plus free shipping and free returns.  To enter the giveaway fill out the Rafflecopter link below. The deadline to enter is Friday, February 10, 2017 at 11:59pmEST.

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Resources:
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This post includes useful information about baby walking and baby shoes, and a giveaway from one of our favorite baby shoe companies, Wobbly Waddlers!

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About Melissa

Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Samantha MacCallum

    Those shoes are adorable, and I love functional shoes that are good for babies feet.

    • Melissa

      I agree! It’s so hard to find a good cute/functional combo in baby shoes.

    • Adriana Contreras

      Hi Samantha! Thank you for participating with Melissa, Aiden and us in this giveaway. Functionality in shoes is as important as quality and style. 🙂

  • Leah Bogdanovich

    I totally need these for my little!!

    • Melissa

      They are wonderful! You should definitely check them out.

    • Adriana Contreras

      That’s great 😀 you can stop by the online store and if you have any question you can contact me directly. Thank you for joining us in the giveaway.

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    Ah!! So cute!! He’s precious. These shoes sound great! Now I just need a niece or nephew…

    • Melissa

      Thank you Jessica! Definitely keep these in mind for any future nieces/nephews 🙂

    • Adriana Contreras

      Hi Jessica, your future nice and/or nephew are very lucky 😀

  • Hanna J Smith

    Well looks like you’ve got a wild one on your hands!! Oh the places he’ll go!! Love those little walking shoes!

    • Melissa

      I sure do Hanna. So full of energy. I can’t wait to watch him grow up! Thank you!

    • Adriana Contreras

      Hi Hanna! I’m sure Melissa is having her work out done running after Aiden. Thanks for participating on our givaway

  • renee walters

    These are so cute!

    • Melissa

      I think so too. Cute and functional!

    • Adriana Contreras

      Hi Renee. I’m glad you like the little shoes. Thanks for entering the giveaway.

  • Lori

    I have a little who’s ready for these!

    • Melissa

      It’s so exciting when they start to walk!

    • Hi Lori, enjoy this time when they are making their first steps. It’s so exciting isn’t it? Thank you for joining Melissa, Aiden and us in the giveaway.

  • So cute! My youngest just started walking so I might need to check these out!

    • Melissa

      You should Nicole! They are amazing for new walkers.

      • I’m going to check them out now! It’s been a crazy few days here.

    • Hi Nicole, you should definitely give them a try. Cero risk, warrantied. 😀 It’s not easy this kind of shoes with the right support out there, and at a great price 🙂 Let me know if you need any help.

  • Ashley Johns

    It’s so important to have good shoes for the outdoors when the little ones are wobbling around!

    • Melissa

      I agree! We had him in some crib shoes one day and he face planted 🙁 From now on if he is outside he wears these!

    • You are right Ashley. As important to let them walk inside barefoot and stimulating those little feet with different textures 😀

  • So exciting! My 9 month old just started walking so I definitely need to get some appropriate footwear. Our babies grow up too fast!

    • Melissa

      That is so exciting! You are so right, they do grow up too fast :-/

    • your baby is definitely an early walker. Good for you! Any time you want to try one of our Wobbly Waddlers Shoes, just click in one of the links Melissa has in this post.

  • Rachel Loza

    I’ve never heard of these before, but I’m so intrigued! Our little one is 12 months and refuses to walk 🙁

    • Melissa

      Aiden didn’t start walking until 13 months. It will happen Rachel! These shoes are amazing though.

    • Hi Rachel, we are a very small family company, that’s why you haven’t heard about our shoes before, but you should definitely give them a shot! We are sure you and your little one will love them when he decides to walk. And don’t worry about your baby not walking, it’s totally normal. When he starts walking he will be unstoppable!!

  • Such exciting times and especially when they learn they can get around and be so much more mobile! I still remember both my kids and those days of first steps! Quality shoes are so important. It is one thing I have always made sure they have and like you said being barefoot most of the time it is then important that outside they have something supportive and flexible in the sole. What a great company!
    #humpdayhype

    • Melissa

      Thank you Suzy! It is exciting and I am sure I won’t forget either 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    • Well done Suzy, I’m very glad you think this way. Sometimes people doesn’t realize how important it is to get quality and functional shoes for their babies. My girls, as your kids, spend most of the time in the house barefoot or with non-slip socks. Outside, they just use Wobbly Waddlers 😛 thank you for entering the giveaway.

  • Kristen

    So cute! I need to get a pair because Carter is taking steps and you always give the best recommendations!

    • Melissa

      Thanks Kristen!! These would be perfect for Carter 🙂

    • Hi Kristen, yes Melissa has very helpful recommendations. I really like her blog articles. Congratulations again on winning the giveaway on our store. We can’t wait to see Carter running around.

  • Twin Pickle

    I have twins ready to walk any day so am in the market for some shoes… entered 🙂

    • Melissa

      Oh, that’s going to be crazy when you have two of them to chase around! Good luck mama!!

    • Wow! That’s awesome, I always wanted to have twins, but now knowing the hard work that is just having one baby I don’t know if I would be able to survive two babies… but my two girls are 18 months apart, so I personally count it as having twins LOL! Thank you for participating in the giveaway.

  • Meghan

    My little babe, Lyla is just a few weeks younger than Aiden and totally ready for her first pair of real shoes! ??

    • Melissa

      Aww! She does need a pair of shoes <3 Good luck Meghan!

    • I’m so happy that you was one of the lucky winners of the store credit. Let me know if you need anything. We can’t wait to see Lyla on her Wobbly Waddlers.

    • I’m so happy that you was one of the lucky winners of the store credit. Let me know if you need anything. We can’t wait to see Lyla on her Wobbly Waddlers.

  • Fi Morrison

    Aww he’s gorgeous! What an exciting time for you – our little muffin is 6.5 months old and does some moving (mostly in the walker, no rolling yet haha). It looks like your boy made some steady to progress, so we might need to prepare for that too! Love the Wobbly Waddlers, what a great prize too! Definitely entering, and thanks for linking this up 🙂

    • Hi there! 6 months!! the real fun is starting then! Introducing solids, clapping, endless laughs. Having a baby is so much fun. Thank you for joining the giveaway.

    • 6.5 months! Well, the real fun is starting for you then. Giving solids, the baby clapping, and endless laughs. It’s so much fun having a baby. I love every moment of it. I hope you think about us when the time for your little muffin arrives. Thanks for entering the giveaway.

  • Kim S

    These are super cute! My daughter is just learning to walk now!

    • That’s wonderful Kim. Pushing toys are the best for the babies at this stage. They just need the confidence to feel that they are holding onto something. Thank you for participating in the giveaway.

  • Meredith

    Those are so cute! We’re almost to that walking stage!

  • those shoes look so great! We aren’t at walking yet because my baby is only almost 5 months, but if he is anything like my daughter was he will walk early… she was full on walking at 9 months

    • Wow! your daughter was an early walker! Both of my girls started to walk holding hands at 9 months and my youngest was fully walking (better say running) by month 11.

  • sara

    These shoes are adorable!! I love the name too.

    • Hi Sarah! Thank you! My husband was the one who came up with the name. Thank you for joining Melissa on our giveaway.

  • Tineke F

    These shoes are super cute! Thanks for linking up girl! Sharing

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