As you may have noticed, I have a problem. And that problem is an addiction to baby clothes, shoes, and accessories. But hey, at least I can find her a pair of mint jeggings for $7, as opposed to the $70 GAP ones I could have bought for myself, right?! Right?!
Well, regardless of whether or not I can justify my issues, the fact is that when I spotted these little gold baby ballet shoes at BabyGAP I knew she must have them. I was pregnant at the time, but I knew she needed them to go with her baby blessing outfit. I love the way the outfit came together. Isn’t she precious? I can’t believe how quickly she is growing up! Waaaaah!
You may notice (if you look really closely) that in picture of her baby blessing outfit her shoes don’t have straps. They are just open. Listen, BabyGAP, I adore you with all of my heart and soul (as my credit card bill can prove…), but COME NOW! Why would anyone not put straps on baby shoes?! How is that realistic? It’s not. Those precious little ballet flats were driving me crazy slipping off of her chubby little feet every few minutes. So I decided to fix them. The whole process seemed like such a simple, no-brainer that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it sooner!
For this quick-fix you will need your baby ballet shoes, some scissors, a yarn needle, and beading/jewelry making elastic.
Yank on the elastic a bit to pre-stretch it, and then thread it through the needle.
Figure out the exact spot where you want your straps and use the needle to thread the elastic through the baby ballet shoe. You can tie off ONE side.
Thread the elastic through the second side of the shoe with the needle, but leave a nice long end and do not tie it off yet.
Put the shoe onto your baby’s scrumptious little foot and tighten it to be as tight as you would like. Tie it off. (You will need either someone to hold the baby while you do this or somewhere to sit your baby where they are “trapped.” I used a Bumbo.)
Remove the shoe from the baby and snip off the excess elastic. You can put a tiny dot of super glue on the knot if you would like added security. Repeat on the other side.
Voila! Now the shoes will be nice and secure on those yummy little tootsies!
I had so much fun doing a photo shoot of her in these shoes and this unreal dress that I found on clearance at Janie and Jack. Except I just wanted pictures of her silly faces, not her tiny feet! Ack! STOP GROWING UP YOU PRECIOUS LITTLE RASCAL!!!!