There is something magical about baby booties. At every baby shower, they are guaranteed to evoke a chorus of oohs and aaahs from guests and the mom-to-be alike. Maybe it is the soft and cuddly feel of baby booties, but most likely it is the size. Baby booties are so tiny that it seems almost impossible that anyone's feet have ever been that small. It is harder still to believe that you are about to give birth to one whose feet are going to be that small.

Your newborn baby's feet are impossibly tiny and are easily chilled. Booties are perfectly sized to keep your baby's feet warm when body temperature is most important. They offer full coverage, protecting and warming your baby's entire foot and ankle.

Baby booties are sack-like socks, with elastic or ties around the ankles to keep the booties on your baby's feet. Babies have the cutest chubby ankles and infant socks can fit too tightly, slowing blood circulation and leaving indentations around your baby's ankles. You want the elastics on your baby booties to fit snugly, but not so tightly that they cut off circulation around your baby's ankles. If your booties use ties around the ankles, you can tie them as tight as needed to prevent your baby from kicking them off at playtime.

Many booties are made of soft cotton, fleece, or wool. Most booties are hand knit. There are hundreds of knit and crochet bootie patterns available for crafty moms who have the time and inclination to hand knit or crochet, or for the recruited crafty grandmother or friend. You can also run out and find some beautiful baby booties and satisfy that urge to shop for soft, cuddly baby clothes.

Many commercial baby booties are lined with a soft cotton or plush to keep your baby's feet wrapped in cozy, breathable warmth. Lined booties are perfect for moderate to cold temperatures, keeping your baby's feet warm during a cool fall day or a cold winter's evening.

Booties are not only a necessity for newborns and infants to keep their tiny feet warm and dry, they are recommended for your baby during those early walking stages of finger-tip walking and cruising the furniture. Medical experts recommend flexible, soft-soled booties and shoes for infants learning to walk and for toddlers who have found their legs but don't quite have the balance or coordination.

Soft booties are the next best thing to bare feet as they allow your baby to curl their toes, flex their feet, and grip the floor as they walk. These are essential foot movements for learning to walk and proper arch formation. Always make sure baby booties for older babies have a textured, skid-resistant bottom so your baby doesn't slip and slide all over your floors when first learning to walk and balance.

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