Today's post is a bit more of a knowledge based and talks about baby's feet development and what to look for when choosing first shoes for your little ones. I have found some good information on the government's websites.
Most children begin to walk anywhere between 9 and 18 months . Most toddlers are flat-footed when they first start walking, or tend to turn their feet inwards, because muscle strength and ligament stiffness needs to catch up to other development. The flat-footedness nearly always improves as the bones develop and as the feet strengthen.
When toddlers are learning to walk, they should be in bare feet or a soft soled shoe as much as possible so they can feel what they touch with their feet and develop muscle strength.When toddlers have been walking on their own confidently for a period of time, they can progress to a firmer soled shoe. Toddlers feet grow very quickly and their shoe size may need updating every few months. Shoes that are too tight can hamper your child’s walking and cause problems, such as ingrown toenails.
Shoes for your toddler should ideally have:
If you are concerned about your child's walking seek professional help - see your GP, Peadtrician, Maternal and child health nurse or Podiatrist.
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