The baby’s first shoes can be made of wool or fabric, but when the baby starts walking, around 10-15 months, you need to invest in a good shoe that can protect your feet without causing damage or deformity and that can even help the baby to walk. Wearing inappropriate shoes may be more economical at the moment, but it can hinder the development of all the curvatures of the baby’s foot, and may favor flat feet, also known as flat feet, or cause blisters and calluses, for example.
Characteristics of the ideal footwear for the baby to learn to walk
The characteristics of a good shoe for the baby who is already standing and learning to walk are:
- Be malleable and comfortable;
- Have non-slip sole;
- Preferably have velcro closure instead of laces that can be untied more easily;
- It must allow ventilation in the child’s feet;
- It should cover the back of the ankle;
- The back of the shoe should be very firm.
Shoes are really necessary when the baby starts to walk and last an average of two to three months, and should be replaced soon after by a slightly larger number, but it cannot be much larger, as these do not accommodate the baby’s foot well and can facilitate the fall.
Ideal footwear to aid the development of the curve of the foot
To buy shoes for the child, parents should check if the shoes are comfortable, making sure that when placing the shoe closed and with socks, there are still 1 to 2 cm left in front of the big toe. Another precaution is to check the quality of the fabric because children run, jump and drag their feet on the floor and therefore the fabric must be resistant so that it lasts longer.
One of the most important characteristics of the child’s shoe is that the insole has a curved upward to help the formation of the arch of the child’s foot. Every baby has a flat foot since birth and around the age of 3-4 years, the arch of the foot is forming, and buying semi-orthopedic shoes and sandals is an excellent strategy to prevent the child from having a flat foot, requiring treatment in the future.
Velcro shoes and sneakers help children to put on their own and don’t accidentally untie them, avoiding falls. If the insole of the shoes has cushioning, even better to provide more comfort. Having all these precautions avoids the formation of bubbles and ensures the proper development of the baby’s foot.