I find that there are usually three types of parents when it comes to shopping for baby shoes:
- Those who would never consider buying baby shoes
- Those who might buy a pair or two
- Those that buy lots of pairs for lots of variety
If you are one of those that doesn’t buy baby shoes, this page is not for you. For the others of you, you might want to consider baby mocks or moccasins as part of your collection.
For parents that are consider baby mocks an item of interest, you are not alone in your curiosity. Moccasins have been around for centuries in North America. Native American tribes would use hides from common animals to make leather and then a simple but effect shoe to get around. Depending on the rigors of their tribe, they would build up several layers of hide to make a thicker sole, or if agility was needed, a single layer was worn.
Decorations of beads, bones and paint helped to separate not only different tribes from one another, but also duties within each tribe. Although we do not need these kinds of markings, many companies and even entrepreneurs have put their own signature touch to baby mocks to offer up variety and uniqueness.
Why Should My Baby Wear Mocks?
There is a plethora of information out on the internet, and sometimes within doctor’s offices about whether babies should wear shoes at all. The consensus is all but clear, so, for the most part, you get to make up your own mind. There isn’t anything wrong with a baby wearing shoes or mocks for short periods of time. This allows them to get used to the feel of shoes on their feet, even if their use isn’t much more than decoration.
Some people see baby mocks as a necessity when it comes to staying warm. Sometimes socks are not enough of in insulator during long, cold winters, and the use of something as thick, yet breathable as moccasins can be a simple solution.
It is not recommended that babies where shoes for extended periods of time due to the fact that bacteria and fungus can build up and cause significant foot problems, but while doing things outdoors, moccasins can be a perfect helper.
Is There A Difference Between Mocks and Shoes?
For the most part, there is a difference, although mocks and shoes can be used interchangeably. Mocks would refer more to a leather-type foot fitting, while a shoe can be made of any fabric or material. When you think of mocks, you are more likely to think of a creative and colorful footwear that not only can serve to cover the feet, but later on can act as a protective layer between the ground and baby’s foot.
Both the mocks and shoes can have textured bottoms that help when a baby is learning to stand up and later on with walking. The leathered bottom of a mock usually doesn’t have any rubber dots or patterns on them, but the shoes may contain them due to the lack of gripping material with cotton or other types of fabric.
In either case, don’t buy hard soled shoes for babies as these types of mocks or shoes may constrict or bind the foot in a way that can lead to long-term foot problems with your baby. Hard soled shoes are for toddlers who have mastered walking and are learning to run. These kids no longer need the complete flexibility and looseness that baby mocks and shoes give.
Can Mocks Be Passed Down?
Absolutely, they can be passed down from sibling to sibling or on to another family. Most likely there won’t be much wear and tear on them, especially the first couple pairs, as baby isn’t moving or crawling around in them much. But, it is important that you check every month to see that there is plenty of open space between the toes and the front of the mocks.
Babies’ feet grow very quickly, and the last thing that you want to do is scrunch their toes into something that is going to cause them pain. There should be a good thumb’s width from the toes to the tip of the mocks to ensure that there is room enough to curl and uncurl their toes, and that there is space for air to move around. If you think the mocks are getting too small, don’t hesitate to move up to the next size.
Can Mocks Cause Foot Problems?
Baby mocks are supposed to be loose fitting and comfortable, but some of them may not be good for your baby. Some babies are very chubby, and that includes their ankles. Many manufacturers of mocks add elastic at the top of the mocks to help them stay on the baby’s feet, however, that elastic could be cutting in on the ankle and cause unnecessary pain and discomfort.
If you see indentations around the ankle, or any other part of the foot, discontinue using those mocks or shoes. There is almost nothing worse than the cries of pain from a baby, so if you can avoid this, please do so.
Made For Babies
The openness and unstructured aspects of mocks may have not had babies in mind initially, but the fact is that they are perfect for babies. If this is something that you are interested in, please do a little bit of research and find what is best for your baby. Many DIYers have found and love to work on homemade baby mocks because they are so easy, and there is a level of satisfaction when it comes to making something with your own hands and providing something unique for your baby.
Whatever the case may be, you are well on your way to acquiring more awareness and being that great mom or dad that your baby needs.