When a baby starts walking for the first time, it can be joyous occasion not only for the parents but also for the child. However, if your little one is taking their first steps in the wrong type of shoes, serious consequences can come later in life to their feet.
According to author Rachel Murray, up until they are about 6 months old; babies do not have any bones in their feet but rather soft cartilage. As they grow in infancy and eventually become a toddler, as much as 25 bones are forming in each foot allowing a bit more support than cartilage for when they take that first step, states Murray. When your baby begins to walk, they should be wearing a shoe that tightly holds onto their heel but allows enough space for the free movement of toes. Additionally, the right fit for a baby’s shoe can be tested by placing one of your fingers in between the top of your baby's foot and inside of the shoe. If you can’t without getting your finger stuck, then the shoe is too tight.
Finding shoes for infants may be tricky for new parents because it is a new experience for everyone involved. If you are having trouble finding the right shoes for your baby, you can seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can help you with all your questions and foot care needs.
Fitting Shoes for Infants
Taking care of a baby to ensure proper development is highly important and necessary to make sure that they grow up to be healthy and happy. Finding shoes for infants may be tricky for new parents because it is a new experience for everyone involved. Also, since infants cannot speak, they cannot tell you which one feels best, which hurts, and which styles they like more. Although often crying is a signal for them being unhappy, it is still difficult to know what fits.
Since their feet are so tiny, it might be easier to go around a store and try to see which shoes fit them best. Most infant shoes are very soft and you will not have to worry about fancy laces or intricate shoe designs. For infants, all that matters is that they are warm, well-protected and comfortable so that they can grow properly.
Once a baby is able to stand or start walking after they pass their crawling phase, it is important to change their shoes as often as they grow, and since they tend to grow and change fast, it is best to keep up with them to ensure safety and comfort.
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