Toddler Tips #51: Stubborn Baby Shoes Solved

With each passing day, I find myself trying to solve some new challenge with raising four toddlers, aka “quaddlers”. They are a cunning lot who inspires a little ingenuity on my part (and George’s) just to manage day to day life. While my ideas are born from being surrounded by four toddlers, I think many of them could be helpful to any parents of little ones so I'm sharing.

With each passing day, I find myself trying to solve some new challenge with raising four toddlers, aka “quaddlers”. They are a cunning lot who inspires a little ingenuity on my part (and George’s) just to manage day to day life. While my ideas are born from being surrounded by four toddlers, I think many of them could be helpful to any parent of little ones so I’m sharing.

Before the quads could walk, I rarely bothered putting shoes on them.  I figured that shoes at that age were primarily for admiration.  Once they began walking, we did start going out more often, but the weather was warm then.  I had no problems whatsoever putting sandals on their tiny feet.

The game changed with cooler weather and different shoes like boots and tennis shoes.  My favorite baby shoes are the magenta Converse given to us by my cousin, Jennifer.  However, cramming baby feet into them is an all out Olympic sport.  I typically unlace them to the first row of eyes and try to cajole their feet inside.  It’s absolutely frustrating.  I know what you’re probably thinking…don’t put high top shoes on a baby because it’s not practical.  BUT- I LOVE these shoes and I like enjoying things gifted to us.  I knew there had to be a better way, and joked about getting a baby shoe horn.  I didn’t expect they actually existed, but they do!  Day after day, I forgot to search Amazon for one (Amazon is almost the sole provider of stuff in our house these days).  There isn’t technically a “baby” shoe horn, but I did find a small one and we tried it today.  It worked like a charm!  It took a little convincing to get it to work, but it was a vast improvement over the other times Rylin wore these shoes.   I think I’ll add “small shoe horn” to my list of baby gear suggestions.

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hugs!

Amber