Mumpreneur Caroline Africh’s 5 tips on how to choose your baby’s first pair of shoes:

1. Decide when the time is right – Most children begin to walk anywhere between 8 and 18 months of age, and this is the perfect time to start looking for your baby’s first pair of shoes. Most toddlers are flat-footed when they first start walking because muscle strength and ligament stiffness needs to catch up to other development, which is why choosing the right pair of baby shoes is important.

2. Get measured – Get your baby’s feet measured at your local shoe store, or use our handy size guide here. Most baby shoes are sized in US sizing. Shoes that are too big are not comfortable for your toddler, and can be difficult to walk in. This will increase the risk of them tripping. Shoes that are too small will also cause blistering in some instances.

3. Pick the right pair – When a baby first learns to walk, traditional shoes can affect their feet by placing a barrier between the foot and the ground which can impair their ability to walk naturally, and may lead to problems later in life. Stiff and heavy shoes can train the feet to develop in ways that nature may not have intended. It is much better to have shoes that protect growing toddler’s feet without being too bulky or cumbersome. Flexible, lightweight baby shoes like Attipas tick all of the boxes because they protect the feet, don’t cramp the toes, or impair the feet from adapting to the ground.

4. Be price conscious – Buying your first pair of baby shoes can be a costly exercise, but it doesn’t have to be! Shoes can vary from $10 to well over $100, so choose wisely according to your budget. Don’t forget your baby will move up in size approximately every 6 months so it’s always best to buy economically as opposed to overspend.

5. Stay stylish – Picking a pair of baby shoes doesn’t have to be cumbersome! There are so many tots rocking their first pair of shoes. Pick a style that will go with multiple outfits. Pink, blue and grey are common colours however why not be edgy in brights or rainbow?

Caroline Africh is the founder and CEO of Attipas Australia, as seen on Shark Tank Australia and at the Oscars.