How can I get my 2 year old to wear shoes?
October 17, 2010 3:53 PM Subscribe
My 2-year-old will not wear socks or shoes. What can we do/buy to work with him on this?
posted by k8t to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (42 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My kid is a Southern California native. He's NEVER liked wearing shoes or socks and rips them off the moment that they go on. This is especially true in the car and in the stroller.
He does understand that he will not be allowed to go outside/walk around without shoes on, so he'll put them on to go outside and run around.
What will he wear? Crocs and sandals (like Keens.) He'll occasionally wear velcro Vans-type shoes, but it isn't consistent. When he was littler, soft soled Nikes or Stride Rites were okay with him if we really kept an eye on him not taking them off. (We do own a variety of shoes already -- velcro low-top Chucks, soft soled Nikes.)
His lack of interest in wearing shoes hasn't been a problem until now. We're about to move to a colder climate and he's going to need to wear shoes out and about strolling around. We lost a Croc last night because he threw it out of the stroller without anyone noticing.
Suggestions for what we can do?
- I've heard to do high-top Chuck Taylors (with laces) so that he cannot rip them off.
- Maybe go back to soft soled shoes (he is 2 and has size 7 or so feet though.)
- Put him in tights so that he is at least wearing socks?
- Find some magical socks that he can't take off (We tried Nix... no luck.)