Is Wool Going To Be Scratchy?
The felting process involves applying warm water, soap and friction to the knit wool to have the wool fibers intertwine to create a material that has structural integrity and strength. The stray ends get tucked back into themselves which results in a soft and smooth surface that does not scratch or irritate the skin. If your child is very sensitive to wool fibers or suffers from eczema, it may be best to only wear our booties with socks.
Good For Babies Learning To Walk?
Yes! We created the first pair in response to a need for a stylish, comfortable and soft sole shoe that would be ideal for our baby to learn to walk in. There is a growing body of research in the international pediatrics community that supports having babies walk either barefoot or in soft sole shoes to encourage balance, posture and coordination. As children grow, they develop muscle strength through adapting to the changing contours of the ground they walk on.
Chubby Feet, Thick Ankles, Wide Feet?
One of the great things about using felted natural wool to make our booties is that they will stretch and relax to comfortably fit a very wide range of foot sizes and shapes. If you have manually stretched the wool and leather as we show in our instructional videos and there are still some tight spots, dampen the booties and have your little one wear them for an hour; the pressure and warmth of their foot will make them fit well.