Here is the first fact about baby’s feet that you might not know. ALL babies have flat feet. Yep those little feet are flat as pancakes. As you may know, feet are really amazing and have a large number of bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and joints. With so much going on there, it takes feet awhile to develop completely. Usually about the time that babies turn into toddlers, their feet are developing and forming into non-flat feet. (except for about 20 percent of the population, which have flat feet) In fact, children’s feet will not be fully formed until about the age of 5.
|The way baby shoes looked back in the day.|
Now a very flexible shoe is recommended.
In the olden days, it was felt that baby’s feet needed to have hard soled structured shoes. The thoughts on this have changed over the years. When a toddler starts walking indoors, they should be walking in their bare feet or no slip socks. Why? Walking in their bare feet lets the child’s feet develop muscles and strength in their foot. It also lets the toes develop the grasping motion that they need to have as the child grows. If the toddler is outside, then they should have shoes as protection. The shoes should be lightweight and fully flexible.
It is important from the very start that you have your child’s shoes fit correctly. As your child starts walking, their feet will grow quickly and it will be important to watch that they have not outgrown their shoes. We also urge that you take your child to a shoe store that knows how to fit children’s shoes and that your child’s foot be measured (length and width) each time you buy shoes. The Stride Rite Company offers an iPad app for measuring your child’s foot.