When should I buy my child’s first pair of shoes?
After your toddler has taken its first steps, it is important to let the child walk barefoot for a while so that they can discover the environment with their feet and strengthen the arch of the foot.
The child should be able to feel and wiggle their toes on tiles, carpet, parquet or grass. Shoes will only create an unnecessary barrier between their feet and the ground. It will be easier to grasp and learn to balance with bare feet.
This means waiting for your child to walk unaided for most of the day. This is when their feet will start to need the extra support that the first walking shoes can provide.
How to choose the right shoes?
Once your child is ready, you can start to choose their first shoes. What are the different criteria?
Make sure you have your baby’s feet measured before you start your search. You need to know the width and length. And, if you can, try to measure their feet in the afternoon.
Most children’s feet swell during the day, so if you measure them in the morning, you may get a slightly different size from what your child needs.
It is important to choose the right fit. When it comes to a child’s feet, a poor fit may not be obvious. At this stage, your toddler’s nerve endings may not be fully developed. This means that if the shoes are uncomfortable, they may not feel it.
And even if your child does, they may find it difficult to tell you what is wrong.
Their toes should have enough room, and the child should be able to crawl around without being hindered by their shoes.
The first pair of walking shoes should be lightweight. The sole should be able to bend at the toe to allow natural foot movement. It is important that the sole is non-slip to prevent your child from slipping and hurting themself. It should also be slightly thicker in the heels.
Your child’s feet should be able to “breathe”. Therefore, choose a leather or synthetic material and wear socks for ventilation and to prevent perspiration accumulating. Finally, check the inside of the shoes to make sure there are no seams that will trouble the child’s feet.
We advise you to go to a specialised shop to receive advice from professionals. They will be able to analyse your child’s feet and suggest the right shoes for their development.
Remember to keep your child’s shoes on.
Remember that the bones in your child’s feet are still developing. You will need to get new shoes regularly (about every 4 months).
Nail problems and reddening of the skin can be signs that your child’s shoes are not suitable. So, check regularly to make sure that skin and posture problems do not develop in the first few weeks.
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