Why Soft Sole Shoes are Best for Baby

Why Soft Sole Shoes are Best for Baby

When choosing your baby's first shoes, there is a lot to consider.  Not only are you looking for cute and unique shoes to complement your baby's style, but you also need to be thinking about comfort and your baby's overall foot development.  

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) has several recommendations for choosing your new walker's perfect first shoes.  

1. Soft, flexible shoes   Constricting, hard shoes don't allow for the kicking, stretching movements that strengthen your baby's feet.  Choosing a soft shoe, with ample space to wriggle toes and flex the foot will enable your child to develop the muscle strength for walking.  

2. Lightweight Soles  Barefoot is best when it comes to new walkers, but it's certainly not feasible for all day.  Babies grip the floor with their toes when walking to gain balance.  With a lightweight, protective sole, babies can mimic the same movements they would if they were barefoot.  Plus, heavy soles are harder to lift for little ones who are just learning the mechanics of walking.

3. Breathable  The AAP suggests a baby's first shoes be made of leather, mesh or lightweight fabric.  The key is to get a shoe that breathes well and keeps your baby comfortable.

4. Non Skid Soles or Skid Resistant Soles Choosing shoes with non skid soles will decrease the chances of your baby tripping and falling.  But let's face it, new walkers are definitely going to fall!  

Our soft sole baby booties not only fit the recommendations set by the AAP, but they will also showcase your baby's unique style (and yours)!  

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Featured Product - Dolly Lana Bandana Bibs

Dolly Lana bandana bibs were made with a few goals in mind.  We needed them to be functional, stylish and durable.  Without these three key features, our product wouldn't be one we would be happy selling.

1. FUNCTIONALITY

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Dolly Lana bibs are not made with the traditional quilting cotton that most baby bibs on the market are made of.  Our bibs are made with premium knit fabric fronts which are more supple and soft than quilting cotton.  Knit fabric has a softness to it that allows for the folds and creases as seen in our one of a kind design.  

The backing is made from micro fleece which provides excellent absorbability and naturally wicks moisture away from skin.  Since we don't use the thick polyester fleece backing, it dries quickly and won't saturate your babies' clothes.  

Another key feature, is our plastic snap closure.  The plastic is more appealing to the eye and also keeps the bib in place.  Velcro closures tend to become weaker with prolonged use and babies tend to pull them off when they grow.  

 

2. STYLE

Most people are familiar with these traditional, boring baby bibs.  They are one layer of looped terry cloth fabric.  Pretty plain and unappealing.  These may be ok for eating but no one wants their baby to wear this all day long.

There is no reason why your baby can't look adorable while they're teething!

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With so many different designs, you can mix and match our bibs with your baby's outfit. We also offer holiday themes and unisex patterns.  The choices are endless!

 

3. DURABILITY

We wanted our bibs to last, which is why we chose our classic design.  Companies that produce bibs with stitching on the exterior edges are made in that way because it's quicker and they can produce large amounts in their overseas factories.  These bibs are prone to unraveling and don't look as finished.

We chose to keep the seams hidden within the two layers of fabric and also added topstitching which finishes the look and provides an extra level of durability.  Moms also love that they are machine washable and won't fray or come apart.

Another bonus? Our items are all handmade in the USA!

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Come back soon for features on our other products........

 

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Skinny harems for babies

Skinny harems for babies

We've been experimenting with some new designs that will be added to our shop and we'd like to showcase one of the newest items.  Introducing the skinny harem.  Made from super soft french terry, they will come in a variety of colors and sizes.  Perfect for keeping your baby cozy this winter.

 

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Christmas with a baby

I remember watching this video last year when I had a one year old.  The struggle is real and it's not much better with a two year old!  This video is from the blog, Story of This Life, which if you're not already following, you must!  Enjoy!

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Pregnancy & Newborn Article

We are so excited that we can finally share the news!  Our shop was included in the Born in the USA feature in the July issue of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine.  We are honored to be featured with an amazing group of American made artisans.
We've been on the lookout for this issue in stores, and on a trip to Kansas City this weekend, we were able to find copies at a Barnes and Noble.  Hopefully, no one else wanted copies because we took them all!
We're so glad we could share one of our many exciting adventures. It was a hard secret to keep :)  As our business continues to grow, new opportunities continuously arise.  We are so grateful to our loyal customers.  Thank you!!
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New Logo

We have been working on re branding our shop and we are super excited to showcase our brand new logo!

We worked with the Etsy shop, Autumns Creek, to help us design our logo and we couldn't be happier.  If you ever need creative help with branding, Marie is your go to woman!  I love how she incorporated our popular bandana bibs into the logo.  

We have so many things happening, so check back often to see what we're working on and we'll have some exciting news to share soon!  Thanks to all of our loyal customers!

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Loyalty program

Loyalty program

We have created an amazing opportunity for our customers.  Introducing our loyalty program.  We appreciate all of our shoppers and want to reward YOU!  It's easy to begin earning points, just click on the floating pink Loyalty tab at the bottom of our page.  There are so many ways to earn and if you refer a friend, they'll receive 10% off their first order.  So what are you waiting for?  Sign up and start earning today!
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Filming yourself is scary stuff....

Filming yourself is scary stuff....

I was filming today for something extremely exciting.  I can't wait to share so I took a still frame from the video.  There are lots of new adventures happening with Dolly Lana Designs so check back here for updates!

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Instagram giveaway!!

In celebration of the Fourth of July and also the launch of our brand new e-commerce site, we are hosting a giveaway on our Instagram page.  Follow us @dollylanadesigns to find out all of the details!  Contest will run until July 2nd.  

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Welcome!

Welcome to Dolly Lana Designs' brand new e-commerce website!  This new venture is extremely exciting!  Check back here often to be the first to find out about giveaways, sales and new releases.
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