Buying your child’s first shoes can be an emotional experience, either fraught or magical. From the moment they are born your only concern is to ensure their health and happiness. The desire to do the best for your child should also apply to ensuring your children’s feet are protected as they grow and develop. We have written this guide so you have a wonderful experience buying your baby’s first shoes.
Ask The Expert
At Begg Shoes all our staff have been extensively trained both in-house and by outside bodies to ensure the greatest possible expertise. All our store managers are accredited members of the Society of Shoe Fitters and can bring extensive knowledge to assist with fitting children’s shoes. Begg Shoes is a member of the Children’s Foot Health Register too.
Frequently Asked Questions
Don’t worry if things don’t go to plan the first time you try to buy your baby their first shoes. It can be easy to get carried away by the adorable cuteness of baby shoes. Remember that babies often don’t like strangers or strange environments, especially when that stranger is trying to attach a measuring gauge to their foot, so they may react differently to normal. Our advice should ensure you have a happy experience buying your child’s first shoes.
Your Baby’s Feet
Many adults neglect their foot health and therefore the feet of children are often given the same careless treatment. In fact from birth to early teenage years is when the feet are at their most vulnerable and therefore need the most care to prevent any problems later on. Properly fitting shoes can prevent and even help with existing foot problems. Babies’ feet are made up of cartilage and protected with a layer of fat to protect the developing bones. This layer of fat will remain for around 2 years or so and then you will start to see the natural shape of their foot develop.
Did you know?
- Babies feet are roughly triangular in shape with a narrow heel and wide front
- Children don’t feel pain in their feet in the same way as adults so don’t rely on them to tell you when they feel discomfort when wearing shoes
- Children’s feet grow erratically – they can grow up to half a size in a matter of weeks
- The foot keeps growing and developing with bones fusing together until you are 18 years old
- There are 26 bones in an adult foot
Stages of Learning to Walk
Once your child can sit up independently they will soon take a keen interest in the world around and will want to start exploring it. There are several different styles of crawling and your child may discover any one of them or use a combination of them to get about. There’s the traditional arms and legs propulsion, bottom shuffle, sideways crab, or sliding on their tummy. The variety is endless and all are perfectly fine and not to mention adorable to watch.
Once they have mastered crawling (and drive you to distraction trying to keep track of their speedy mobility) they will be on to their next challenge, standing up. To facilitate this little children will hold on to objects around them for support – a chair, sofa, table, you. Once they have that support they will start to take tentative steps as their legs gain the strength, balance and stability they need to start walking on their own.
It can take a while to master the skill of walking on their own, and you may have a few ups and downs along the way. Children tend to start with a very stiff gait, legs and arms sticking out and wobbling about. Keep encouraging them and they will soon learn the balance and coordination required to walk and run on their own.