Are you worrying about how you’re going to keep those cute little piggy toes from turning blue this winter? Some of the most underrated, but essential, items a baby needs are socks.
Socks tend to be a necessity we seldom put much thought into. I base my personal sock buying technique solely on what looks cute and comfy.
But cute and comfy doesn’t always cut it. Do you know how diverse the baby sock market is? It’s a vast ocean!
We’re here to help you find the best baby socks for your little one.
Are Baby Socks Necessary?
When deciding whether or not to put socks on your baby, consider the surroundings. Small babies have a hard time controlling their body temperature and lose heat rather quickly in cool conditions.
You can check their temperature on the chest, stomach or back. Your baby’s skin should feel warm, but not hot or cold.
If this is still leaving you feeling unsure, you can instead look at the appearance of the skin. If your baby’s feet appear to be cold — looking blotchy or blue — cover them up.
Choosing the Best Baby Socks
A baby’s feet are, well yes, tiny, but you must be careful not to buy socks that are too small or tight. Ever heard of something called sock-line hyperpigmentation? Me neither, not until my baby’s ankle chub was clearly forming a muffin top over the socks.
Although this is still inconclusive, studies suggest it could lead to permanent scarring (2). Or loss of circulation, stay away from really tight socks.
The theory is that tight bands could cause inflammation of the underlying skin and fat. When it heals, it may result in raised, skin-colored scars. However, further and more prolonged research is necessary to verify this.
So, if you don’t want to buy socks that are too tight, does this mean you should stay away from elastic cuffs? No! Baby socks have a tendency to fall off if they are too loose.
And as any mom knows, it gets annoying having to replace the sock after it’s been kicked off for the 100th time.
The Best Baby Socks of 2020
1. Kakalu Non-Skid Ankle Socks
These knitted anti-slip socks from Kakalu are perfect for babies with active feet!
The material is a blend of cotton and nylon, making them super soft, but with good elasticity to stop them falling. This also makes for vast stretching potential, perfect to accommodate growing feet.
The comfort and warmth provided by the Kakalu socks make them a good winter essential. They’re also breathable, so you don’t have to worry so much about your baby overheating.
Non-skid socks are great as your baby is starting to stand, they topple easily, you don’t want it to be because of their socks.
2. Deluxe Baby Socks for Boys
The Deluxe baby socks for boys will add even more cuteness to your little dude’s look. Whether he’s into cars or space rockets, with four sizes available, there’s a pair to suit him perfectly. The material is mostly soft cotton, with some polyester for elasticity.
Most importantly, they are non-slip! Boys will be boys, always on the run for new adventures. But this feature provides some peace of mind that he won’t be sliding across the floor when he starts walking.
3. Trumpette Baby Socks For Girls
Cuteness alert! These tiny, ballerina-inspired socks from Trumpette will undoubtedly be a hit with your little princess.
The fabric is a mix of cotton, nylon, and spandex, with an elastic top to keep the socks from falling down. On the bottom, the non-slip features ensure your little girl can walk, dance, or run in safety.
A little heads up if you buy the pair with bows — make sure they are attached well. It might be worth sewing them again to ensure they don’t fall off. They offer a lot of different designs too for your adorable little lady’s personality.
4. TwinkleToes Quote Socks
If you’re a mom who likes to dress your baby in something other than “just cute,” these are the ones for you! These baby socks from TwinkleToes are hilarious and full of sass.
They are neutral in color, with four pairs in the pack, each featuring a funny phrase on the sole, printed in a rubberized, non-slip material.
The fabric is mostly combed cotton, which gives them a soft feel. Added, though, is a touch of spandex so they can grow with the tiny feet.
5. Jefferies Non-Slip Socks
If your baby is ready to crawl, stand against furniture or beginning to walk, these non-slip socks from Jefferies Socks are perfect.
The dominating material in these is cotton, mixed with polyester and spandex. They are excellent for the crawling, almost-walking age, where we tend to worry about slippery floors.
One downside is, however, that the sizes aren’t always accurate. So it’s better to buy one size larger.
6. Luxehome Baby Socks For Chubby Legs
It can be challenging to find a pair of socks for chubby ankles. Unless, of course, you buy a bigger size, but then the foot may not fit well.
However, the Luxehome socks are made of stretchy material, meaning they can comfortably accommodate some extra chub. The socks have a loose opening with good elasticity.
As they come in a pack of 16 different pairs, you’ll find a pair to match all baby’s outfits. And you won’t need to buy more until your baby grows out of them!
7. Gellwhu Knee-High Socks
The Gellwhu knee-high baby socks are to die for. They’ll keep your little one’s legs warm, and look super cute at the same time, with the different animal designs.
The material is a mix of polyester, cotton, and elastane. They stretch easily and reach just under the knee (depending on which size you get). The socks are available in two sizes, 0-2 years and 2-4 years, with anti-skid soles.
One of the biggest upsides to these is that your baby will have a tough time kicking them off.
8. Lovful Fuzzy Animal Winter Socks
These animal-inspired fuzzy winter socks from Lovful are perfect for keeping toes warm during the cold months.
They are soft and thick, made from a lovely fleece material. At the same time, they’re also quite breathable. They can be slippery, though, so if your baby is already walking, they might not be ideal. These are meant to be worn without shoes.
The design is simple, yet cute — it sure makes you wish you could get a pair for yourself. Your little one will love having these animals fitted on his or her toes.
9. Luvable Friends Newborn Socks
These newborn socks, from Luvable Friends, will be a good fit for your newborn’s feet. The terry fabric is a mixture of polyester, spandex, cotton, and nylon, with heel and toe reinforcement.
You can buy them in sets of six pairs, either neutral colors or gender-specific. But all the designs are adorable — whether for a girl or boy, they are simple, yet baby-chic.
The artwork is knitted into the design, which means you don’t have the disappointment of seeing the plastic transfers fall off.
10. Touched By Nature Organic Socks
Staying organic is the trend of the century. These socks from Touched By Nature are an excellent choice of organic baby wear.
They are soft and comfy, and did not disappoint at all, even after a machine wash. I love the neutral colors — the wide variety of styles available to choose from.
But I will say, if your little one has chunky legs, buy one size bigger than normal.
11. Yeapook Baby Christmas Socks
Christmas is the best time of year, especially when you have young children. And with these Christmas-inspired socks from Yeapook, your little one will be suitably dressed for the holidays.
The material is high-quality combed cotton, polyester, and nylon. The socks are so soft and comfy, perfect for Christmas morning. The designs are well made, plus they will hug baby’s small feet just right.
12. Gerber Unisex Baby Socks
For the moms out there who want their baby’s socks to be pure and white, these will probably be your favorite socks so far.
The Gerber unisex socks are soft and comfy. You can buy them in sets of six pairs — if you don’t want all white, they’re available in different color combos. They are made of cotton, polyester, nylon, and spandex, making a great fit.
The upside of unisex is that if you’ve got baby boys and girls, you can throw all the socks in one drawer. Now you don’t have to worry about sending your boy to daycare with butterflies on his feet.
One negative, however, is that they do run small, so buy a size bigger to make sure they will fit.
13. Gerber Preemie Baby Socks
Finding socks that fit your preemie can be a difficult task. However, these preemie socks from Gerber do come close to the ideal socks for smaller than small feet. They measure two inches from toe to heel.
The design is unisex — plain white and simple. The fabric is a blend of cotton, polyester, nylon, and a hint of rubber, so they’ll stay on your baby’s tiny tootsies.
Can Baby Wear Socks While Sleeping?
This depends on different factors. As we discussed above, younger babies lose heat quickly. And where is one of the places that heat is most likely to escape through? Yes, the feet.
Therefore, in colder months, it’s a good idea for your baby to wear socks (or a sleepsuit with covered feet).
However, make sure there isn’t a risk of overheating. Keep the room at a comfortable temperature. If it’s on the warmer side, avoid using socks (3).
How to Wash Baby Socks
Baby socks are easy to launder in the washing machine. Use a mild detergent to avoid any harsh chemicals coming into contact with your little one’s skin. Otherwise, just follow the washing instructions.
Depending on your munchkin’s size and age, though, the socks are pretty tiny. Have you ever tried washing a bunch, and then find you’re missing one or two at the end? Do the machines eat them?
From one sock-losing mom to another, my advice is to either:
- Wash them by hand — but who has time for that?
- Clip them together — a pair is always harder to lose.
- Place them in a washable laundry bag or similar, such as a nylon stocking.
How to Sew Baby Socks
If you’re feeling crafty, there are plenty of tutorials online on how to sew, crochet, or even knit, your own baby socks.
I found a super easy guide on how to transform old or unused socks into ones fit for tiny feet.
So without further ado, here’s what you need:
- An old or unused sock (adult size).
- Sewing machine, or needle and thread if sewing by hand.
Step 1. Grab your adult-sized sock and turn it inside out.
Step 2. Take the pen and draw a sock outline, starting from the top of the sock, going down the middle (see diagram). Use another baby sock as a guide, if needed.
Step 3. Sew along the lines.
Step 4. Separate the two socks using scissors to cut between the sewn panels. Turn them out again and you are done!
Alternatively, if you’re any good at crocheting, here is another great way to create some gorgeous little socks.
Or, to knit the cutest baby socks, watch this video.
Cozy Toes Make Happy Tots
Socks are a necessity for babies when the temperature drops. As parents, we need to make sure our little ones are comfy and warm, but not overheated. Always follow your instincts; if you’re feeling cold, your baby is likely colder.
Always make sure your baby’s socks aren’t too tight. There’s no need for close-fitting footwear on a baby who is not yet standing or walking. As long as they aren’t so loose that they constantly fall off, one size up won’t be too important.
One last option if you already have lots of baby socks from your baby shower to use, there are Socks Ons and these are little sock holders they slip on and hold the socks on their little feet.
Do you have any tips for buying the best baby socks? What did you think of our baby sock reviews? Let us know below.