As the nights draw in, the temperature drops and Jack Frost starts nipping at every extremity, it's a parent's top priority to keep their little one cosy and warm. Baby socks can often fall off your precious bundle's tiny toes and once walking and toddling is on the cards, slipping over is another risk in the wrong footwear. That's why we at mybest have come up with a comprehensive list of the loveliest baby socks we could find to buy online this year.
John Lewis offers some gorgeous, ultra-soft baby socks, while brands like Frugi have organic cotton options and Amazon offer stacks of choice, from knee-highs to non-slip rubber grips and even Christmas and animal designs. Though it can be tricky to select the perfect pair for your newborn's twinkle toes that actually stay on, our list helps speed up your decision by ranking baby socks based on value for money, comfort and cuteness!
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While grabbing the first baby socks you see is perfectly acceptable in the short term, you may soon find the products you plumped for so hastily don't really do the job as well as you'd hoped. Read our buying guide for useful tips on buying exactly the right pair that'll last and last.
Picking the right fabric shouldn't be too hard as the majority of baby socks are made of cotton, which is thick, warming and comfortingly soft on babies' sensitive toes. Socks with 60% cotton or more will be beautifully silky and feel higher in quality but can be at the higher end of the price bracket.
Polyester is another synthetic fibre common in baby clothing that does a similar job to cotton in terms of durability, but is a little cheaper to produce so will make for a more affordable sock.
On top of these base fabrics, the material that gives them their stretchiness - vital for pulling on and off with ease - will vary from sock to sock. Look out for spandex (also referred to as elastane), as it provides a springy tightness that stretches seamlessly over your baby's foot, and stays firmly in place without too much slippage.
Picking the design and colour of your baby's socks is obviously a matter of taste; you may prefer patterned, plain, covered in cute animals or super-fast cars, and it's entirely up to you whether you stick to gender stereotypes, challenge them or ignore them completely.
There is some evidence to suggest simple colours and shapes can be stimulating to older babies, that socks shaped like animals could provide as you get them dressed. Whether or not your child knows the fox on her left foot from the puppy on her right, who can say, but where's the harm in turning your tot's outfit into a source of education? The colourful creatures look pretty cute, too.
A third design option is a set of baby socks adorned with charming or silly messages which may well be more fun for the adults than for the babies themselves! They can also make for a lovely gift.
There are pros and cons to both ankle-length and knee-high baby socks. Standard baby socks are usually ankle length or above, but may slip off unless they contain a decent quantity of elasticated fibre for stretch. This shorter length of sock keeps your baby's feet cosy and warm without being too bulky – great for warming up in cooler weather without overheating or itchiness.
Knee-high socks are a popular search online, probably down to the chillier temperatures this autumn and the fact that longer socks keep children's knees nice and toasty and tend to stay on babies' feet much more securely. However, they are less likely to fit as well as shorter socks.
Now you've got the basics down there are one or two extras to look for in a pair of baby socks that make them more than just run-of-the-mill footwear. Here we'll introduce three cheeky additions that take standard socks to the next level.
A particularly practical addition to baby socks, especially when your little one is just beginning to toddle, are anti-slip dots or patterns painted onto the soles of each foot.
Usually made of a sticky, gum-like form of rubber or plastic, the grip patterns allow tots to explore their surrounding without slipping – even on polished stone or parquet flooring!
Baby socks come with a few different ankle types, each of which can be practical for different needs and will have its own aesthetic appeal. If you want an extra-chunky winter baby sock that stays on securely, a roll-top sock with a warm fleecy lining that folds down around the ankle is a good choice.
Some baby socks come with a special 'pull heel' tab, which makes it easy to rescue lost socks that have slipped down into your newborn's shoes. Regular elasticated or scalloped ankle tops are the simplest to pull on, but may not feel as secure on your baby's feet as some other options.
For a pretty final touch, you could go for baby socks with silky bows or ribbons at the ankle. Or, just as lovely but a bit more fun are socks with a raised design, say of an animal or character you can actually touch, stroke... and maybe even name!
Finally, some varieties even come with little beads hidden inside, which your cutie pie won't feel but will hear as they rattle with her movements. They can be joyful, cheerful and add an extra splash of stimulation, if their colourful design wasn't enough.
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Baby Fox Anti-Slip Socks｜Pack of 2
A Little Fox for Some Little Socks
Grip Ankle Baby & Toddler Socks｜Pack of 6
Easy to Pull on and Plenty of Staying Power
Polarn O. Pyret
Baby Stripe Anti-Slip Socks｜Pack of 2
These Thick Socks Will Keep Tiny Toes Toasty
Knee-High Long Baby Socks｜Pack of 6
Breathable, Non-Slip, and Super Cute
Bring Me Socks
Baby Socks Gift Set｜Pack of 4
These Slogan Socks Make for Funny Feet
John Lewis & Partners
Baby Layette Llama Socks｜Pack of 5
Bring the Warmth of the Jungle to Cold Days
John Lewis & Partners
Cotton Rich Roll-Top Baby Socks｜Pack of 5
A Customer Favourite in Block Colours
Animal Themed Baby Socks｜Pack of 8
In These Socks, Your Baby Is Free to Monkey Around
Car Design Baby Socks｜Pack of 5
Start Life's Journey in Style
John Lewis & Partners
Baby Animal Socks｜Pack of 5
Cute Animals Adorn These Cotton Socks
These socks are everything you could want them to be. They're thick and warming, but with their high cotton percentage, they are also breathable. They are snug with a perky design in a choice of bright and muted colours.
Not only does the splendidly thick elasticated band design add extra cosiness, it also means there is far less risk of them slipping off. Brilliant socks for both genders, parents and babies will both adore these.
These fantastic socks really do have it all, almost! They come in a multi-pack with a fabulous range of candy-store bright colours, and they're soft, stretchy and very decent value for money, too.
As well as having a helpful pattern of grippy dots all over the soles for seriously sturdy stepping, they also have an endlessly useful grab-able heel so you can yank them on easily and rescue them from the insides of shoes if they slip.
A fine choice for a Christmas gift or just as an update to your baby's winter wardrobe, these socks balance luxurious 82% cotton with flexible elastane for a truly snug fit.
In a versatile grey colour, these socks have no gender rules! Plus, with their soles adorned with text made from anti-slip grips, they're perfect for newly-initiated toddlers on a mission to cross the living room.
These cute knee socks are perhaps better suited to girls – but who are we to stop boys getting in on the woodland-themed fun? The point is they're lovely, long and will be very warming on your baby's chilly knees and toes this winter.
In greys and browns they will look wonderful with dressed-up wintry outfits, and will also work pretty well as a thermal under-layer on frostier days.
A really wonderful gift for any expecting parents, these darling little socks have cheeky messages printed on the bottom, which double up as non-slip grips on the soles of the baby's feet.
In shades of pale blue, white and grey, these neutral socks have a touch of Mrs. Hinch about them, don't you think? Encourage your baby's sense of humour early we say!
What better way to decorate your baby's feet (while keeping them cosy of course!) than to wriggle them into some lovely jungle-themed baby socks? This pack of 5 is very reasonably priced and decorated with a grey and mustard colour theme.
Machine washable and with a good cotton percentage, this touchably-soft set of socks is an affordable way to refresh your baby's wardrobe just in time for winter.
One of John Lewis's most popular and well-reviewed baby socks, with these simple items you have a choice of five different colours, a tasteful blend of blues, yellow and green, excellent for outfit coordination.
With a chunky roll-top ankle these socks look great and remain secured tightly to your little 'un's feet, plus they also have grip pads. A simple but very highly-regarded customer's choice.
A bumper-pack of cheerful socks, each pair sporting the design of a different farmyard friend or woodland creature. With bright colours and 93% cotton, these socks are a treat for both the eyes and the skin.
These socks claim to be sweat-wicking as well as cosy and warm, and even have anti-slip grips on their soles to allow baby to learn to walk without as much risk of skidding and sliding.
Bring some shape and colour to baby's everyday wardrobe with these gorgeous socks, which are decorated with all manner of charming modes of transport from buses to trucks.
As well as being silky-soft to the touch, they also have an elasticated ankle-top with ribbing for an extra layer of grip on your child's leg. No accidental slipping from the pram for these snuggly items! The downside is they are not as warm and insulating as other options, and don't have grippy bottoms either.
Though they have no grips, meaning they might not suit toddlers as well as others on our list, these sweet little socks are ideal for the nature lover in your life. With elastane in the fabric mix, they have a nice stretch and will stay put on even the wriggliest of toes.
Offered in a lovely, subtle palette of brown, grey and white, these socks are adorned with either horizontal stripes or cute images of a bear, sheep or fox. Whilst these socks are sweet, they don't have any extra features that make them particularly stand out.
Shopping for the right anything when you're a new parent can be a trial to say the least, so let us lend a hand with our other baby-tastic online buying guides. Check them out below!
And they all lived happily ever after... We hope thanks to our guide you've now found a pair (or two, or three) of comfortable and safe-to-explore-in socks to keep your baby's toes wrapped up warm. Whether they're Christmas gifts for a baby you love or simply a wardrobe staple this wintertime, our selection guarantees happy feet all year round!
Author: Annie Hopkins
No. 1: Estwell｜Baby Fox Anti-Slip Socks｜Pack of 2
No. 2: LA Active｜Grip Ankle Baby & Toddler Socks｜Pack of 6
No. 3: Polarn O. Pyret｜Baby Stripe Anti-Slip Socks｜Pack of 2
No. 4: Lacofia｜Knee-High Long Baby Socks｜Pack of 6
No. 5: Bring Me Socks｜Baby Socks Gift Set｜Pack of 4
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