How to choose baby shoes?

How to choose baby shoes?

Your baby is ready to take his first steps? He took his departure but with a not very insecure? He walks with a rather resolute step? Whatever step he goes through, here's how to choose his shoes to get off to a good start.

When to put on baby?

  • Until the age of 6 months, your baby does not know that his feet have any other function than to play the little puppets when he shakes them before his eyes and to enjoy the tactile sensations which appear under their plant: softness of A fabric, tickling mom ... And when he feels on all fours, his primary motivation will be to feel under his feet the different reliefs of the ground. Discoveries that he can do only barefoot or in socks! Only a pair of soft leather boots will help him ... to protect him from the cold during his outings.
  • In the early days of learning to walk, do not rush to put on your baby. The practice of barefoot walking, at home or at the beach, will allow him to become familiar and stabilize his balance and muscle his little feet. As soon as he leans more and more on his legs and really embarks on the great adventure of walking, it is at this moment that one must think of putting it on. Usually between 12 and 18 months.

How to put it on?

  • His tiny feet are not yet completely finished, since their skeleton is a mosaic of cartilaginous pieces of which only 25% are ossified at birth. Yet they must bravely endure the heavy burden of the weight of his body. His shoes are there to give him a serious "hand": they must be slightly up and laced so that his ankle is safe and not likely to shirk. It also requires a good buttress to hold the heel and a sole with a shank: small metal rod incorporated in the sole prevents the ankle from turning.

  • But when he walks home between room and living room, let his barefoot plants rediscover the "accidents" of his career. The proprioceptors lining the underside of his feet teach his brain how to handle the mini obstacles that can stand in his way, keeping his head up ... and balance.
  • The shoes must bring him maximum comfort and adapt best to the physiology of his little baby feet, flat and chubby, not always easy to put on. This is why podiatrists recommend wearing shoes called "first steps" between 12 and 36 months.

Baby shoes: the points to check

  • Leather and buttresses. Your baby's shoes should be leather and lined with leather and have a high enough to hold the foot. Their buttresses must respect the anatomy of the foot.
  • The outer soles must be rubber to prevent slipping. For the right size, the toes must have enough space at the end to move. Do not hesitate to go to a shop specializing in children's shoes.

How to buy your first shoes

  • At the time of fitting, make sure your young walker is standing upright, feet flat. To be sure that the size is good, use the good old method of passing your index between the back of his foot and the upper of his shoe.
  • Choose a model whose heel does not exceed 1 centimeter.
  • A semi-soft piece of tip-toe protection will help the novice walker.
  • A leather zipper at the back makes it easy to put on.
  • At this age, the foot grows very fast. The shoes change on average every 3 or 4 months. To make sure you do not hurt your baby with shoes that are too small, you can use a measuring board to measure your feet.
  • Even if they have hardly been used, the shoes of an older child should not be used again for another child.

Frédérique Odasso


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