Parenthood is a journey filled with countless unknowns, and one common concern we hear from many of you is the challenge of sizing your child's feet. It's natural to feel a bit uncertain, and that's ok! Understanding your child's shoe size is a learning curve, not a test of your parenting skills. Children grow at different rates, and their feet are no exception. Don't be too hard on yourself.

Bambino believes in fostering a supportive environment where every parent and grandparent feels empowered.

Sizing a child's feet should be a positive experience, free from shame or embarrassment. Remember, you're not alone in this journey. Our expert team is here to assist you, offering guidance and advice tailored to your child's specific requirements.

The goal with measuring your child’s feet is to ensure there is always enough room for comfort, balance, flexibility, and growth. ⁠Wearing shoes that are too small can negatively affect their foot health, and we only want the best for our babies. Wearing a size too large is also detrimental to their growth as the little developing muscles in their feet are strained when they have to battle a shoe that is not flexing at the correct critical points.

All you need is a piece of paper, a ruler or measuring tape, and a pencil. 

PRO TIP: It’s best to measure your child's feet before bedtime as this is when your child’s foot is most distended.
  1. Have your child stand on the piece of paper either barefoot or with comfortable socks.
  2. Using a pencil, trace around each foot.
  3. After you have drawn a rough outline of both feet, use a ruler or measuring tape to measure each foot from heel to toe. Remember to double check each measurement as feet are rarely symmetrical.
  4. Take the largest measurement and reference our Bambino Size Chart below to find their size.
  5. Remeasure every two months. 
PRO TIP: If your child is in between two sizes, it's better to choose the larger size. This will prevent their feet from being cramped, ensuring their motor skills develop properly.

Children’s feet grow incredibly fast, especially during the first few years - up 9 sizes in their first 3 years alone. ⁠⁠Once they hit 4 years old, their shoe size - on average - shouldn’t change more than once every 8 to 12 months. Although growth spurts always seem to strike right after you buy new shoes!⁠ That’s why it’s crucial to measure your child’s foot at least every 2 months, especially before you shop for new ones.