Although you may be tempted to wait until the last possible minute to buy shoes, to save your child growing out of them before school starts, try to fight the urge and go shoe shopping sooner rather than later. The later you leave it, the longer the queues and you’ll be faced with dwindled stock and fewer options.
The best laid plans can also be foiled by the absence of a pair of matching socks. If your school asks for a particular colour of sock, try to buy all (or most) of your child’s socks in that colour and style. That way you’ll save valuable time matching socks.
TIP: If you have a choice between white and any other colour sock, always choose the other colour! Even if white socks look smart, they are almost impossible to keep clean.