When preparing for a newborn, you have quite the list of items to purchase, but baby socks can be easily overlooked.
You may not place much importance in them, or they may not even make it onto the list at all.
You may think...
“If my baby is not walking or wearing shoes yet, why do I need socks? Why even bother if they are just going to get lost all the time?”
It is completely understandable to feel this way.
I remember going through the sock dilemma with my daughter when she was little.
She would always rub her feet together when she was playing at home or riding in the stroller, and those little socks would just fall off and get lost everywhere we went.
We always had to bring an extra pair, or just stop and buy new ones.
So, during the summer I would usually just leave her sockless to keep her cool and avoid the headache of losing socks.
During the winter, however, I did not have much of a choice. Her little feet needed to stay warm, and we would pray that the socks did not get lost.
Babies lose most of their body heat through their head and feet, and they lose it even faster when they are newborns.
Socks are a not only a necessity to keep them warm, but also protect those little feet from dirt and zippers that could scratch them, since babies cannot control their feet and leg movements consciously.
When choosing socks, you also need to make sure you have the right size.
Socks that are too big are a tripping hazard when your little one starts walking, and socks that are too small can cut off circulation and cause injury to her ankles and legs.
Which are your favorite socks?
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Everyone knows Gerber; they have been a reputable baby company for many years, known for their quality and affordable prices.
These socks are a great choice for young babies due to their soft, cushy material (75% cotton blended with nylon, polyester, and spandex), and their lack of elastic that can hurt baby’s circulation.
These socks from Wrapables offer adorable animal designs that you and your baby are sure to love.
They come in a couple of different sizes (for babies and toddlers) and have non-slip grip on the soles. Made of a cotton blend, these socks hold up well after washing, retaining their shape and color.
Your baby is sure to be stylish in these low cut ankle socks. Made of a cotton blend, they come in various animal designs, and are vibrantly colored, which is sure to catch your baby’s attention.
They are obviously foreign-made and shipped, which may cause the quality not to be as good as other well-known name brands.
Everyone loves Carter’s baby products. They offer cute, modern styles in soft colors and high-quality materials. The Simple Joys socks are a great addition to any baby’s wardrobe.
They fit like a normal crew sock and come in natural/neutral or soft colors that are sure to go with any of your baby’s outfits.
From bows to frills, ballet slippers to Mary Janes, these socks are all adorable and all girl.
The perfect gift for any expectant mother (comes in a cute gift box) these socks soft and durable, and offer non-slip grip on the soles to keep your baby comfortable and safe.
If you are looking for warmth, cushion, and comfort for your little one, these socks are great. Made with a brushed cotton blend, they are super soft and fluffy on your baby’s feet.
While they are most ideal for young babies, the rubber grip on the bottom is suitable for older babies and toddlers as well.
These socks from Kakalu are designed with your walking toddler in mind.
They boast one of the highest cotton-content blends (95%) among baby socks, come in gender neutral colors (grey and black designs and patterns), and grip on the soles to prevent unnecessary injury.
If you are looking for knee-high, animal print socks for your cute and stylish baby, look no further. These are great for dress-up or just for fun, everyday wear.
There are 3 sizes offered, which are advertised to fit your little one up until the age of 6 years (with the large size).
One glance at these booties will tell you that Goumikids is devoted to quality and style.
Of all the sock options on our list, this is the only one that offers organic fabric, with a cotton/bamboo blend, which is hypoallergenic, absorbent, and antimicrobial, keeping your baby safe and comfortable.
Another bootie on our list, the Zutano fleece bootie is a favorite among many parents.
Rather than a Velcro ankle strap, this bootie features a double snap closure, which keeps it on your baby’s foot better.
Very similar to Zutano, these booties from Luvable Friends are also fleece, which are great for keeping toes warm in the winter.
One of the main advantages that these booties have are that they are suitable for toddlers as well as babies.
These socks are very unique in their design. They look like ankle socks, but they are super low cut with an elastic strap over the foot that helps them stay on better.
They are great for older babies and toddlers who are running around in the house in their socks.
As we mentioned before, choosing the correct sock size is very important when it comes to keeping your baby safe. Improper sizing can cause injury or permanent damage/scarring, especially when they are too small.
Socks that are too tight on adults or babies can cause sock-line hyperpigmentation. It presents as thin rings around the ankle or lower leg where the band of the sock has been pressing into the skin.
You can see a similar reaction on your wrist (females) from wearing an elastic hair band (that is too small) for an extended period of time. The tightness of the socks causes inflammation in the lower layer of the skin or subcutaneous fat. This is not only bad for circulation, but it can also lead to permanent scarring.
Not only should you choose the appropriate band size for your baby’s socks, you also need to ensure the foot size is correct. If the sock is tight around your baby’s foot, it can hinder foot movement, delaying development of motor skills, and can stifle growth.
It is usually pretty easy to determine the correct size for baby socks since they are sized by age. However, as you know by your baby’s clothes, age is not always determinate of size. My daughter could still fit into her 6-12 months socks at close to 2 years (probably because they were stretched out), and her 12-24 month socks would still get loose and baggy around her feet after a day of wearing them.
If you do not want to rely on age sizing, you can ensure that your baby’s socks are not too small by placing your finger between the band and your baby’s leg. Sock-line hyperpigmentation can be avoided if your finger fits easily.
Baby socks can come in a lot of different materials and thicknesses, each changing factors in breathability, warmth, moisture retention, and durability. The features you are looking for and the purpose for your use of baby socks will determine what type of material you choose.
During the winter, you will likely want wool (or just thicker cotton) socks. These will keep your baby’s feet warm while remaining breathable.
During the summer, cotton or polyester blend (with cotton) will be your best choice. Cotton is lightweight, breathable, and easy on the skin, but it shrinks easily. If you machine dry your baby’s socks, having a polyester blend can prevent shrinking and improve durability.
Color can also be an important factor when choosing baby socks. Not only do you want something that matches your baby’s wardrobe and gender, you want something safe. Synthetic colors can irritate your baby’s skin.
If you purchase colored or patterned socks, be sure to wash them in baby-safe detergent before putting them on your baby.
It is easy to go for the cheapest pack of socks that comes with the most pairs, especially when you know that some will get lost within a week, but you should always choose quality over quantity.
Your baby’s skin is highly sensitive, so choosing natural and hypoallergenic materials can help prevent any adverse reactions.
High-quality socks will also help them last longer through several washes and will likely be more comfortable for your baby to wear.
Baby socks are essential for retaining your baby’s body heat and keeping her feet protected from dirt and irritants.
Choosing the correct type and size of sock can keep your baby safe, preventing injury from falls and poor circulation.
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