Finding booties that stay on your little prince’s feet while giving him enough support to transition from crawler to waddler is a supreme pain in the ass.
So we figure any shoe that’s good enough for Holland’s royal family is good enough for us. (Yes, we are easily impressed by titles.)
Born in the Netherlands, Boumy is the latest baby shoe to make its stateside debut. The all-leather slippers are handcrafted with an elastic ankle band so they can be easily pulled on and off (by you, not them). Slightly textured bottoms also allow tiny toes to develop a natural gripping technique and ensure that your tot doesn’t go slip-sliding around.
After testing them on our own mini sovereigns, we deemed the booties (love the moccasins for fall) equally useful as slippers for the newly bipedal and house shoes for the more experienced toddler.
Crown not included.
Available online at boumy.com, $32.
What: Check out the steam locomotive and climb aboard the caboose located next to the restored B&O Railroad Station.
Why: Keep eyes peeled for real trains chugging by.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Gaithersburg Community Museum, 9 S. Summit Ave. Gaithersburg (301-258-6160). Admission is free.
Plantation Sleuth Family Program
What: Hunt for clues throughout Gunston Hall Plantation on the kid-friendly tour.
Why: Young detectives get a peek at 18th-century life.
When: Thru Aug. 30. Tues., Thurs. & Sat., 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: 10709 Gunston Rd., Mason Neck (703-550-9220). Adults, $9; children 6-12, $6; children 2-5, $2; under 2, free.
What: A clever spider saves Wilbur from a fateful end (ages 3 and up).
Why: Everyone’s a fan of E.B. White’s lovable pig.
When: Thru Sept. 5.
Where: Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo (301-634-2270). Tickets online at adventuretheatre.org. Adults and children, $17.
Photo: Courtesy of Boumy