Has the time come for my child to wear shoes?
Those who have been following us for some time know that a child’s first steps are a fundamental stage in his life. That is why it is important to know when the time has come for your child to wear his first shoes and how to prepare him for this novelty.
Remember that you should allow your child to take his first steps barefoot, but only at home of course.
The bare soles of your child’s feet make contact with the floor or ground, giving him the balance and security he needs.
Remember that initially your child will tend to pull off his shoes, so start gradually, getting him to wear non-slip socks first and then shoes. Socks protect your child’s feet and keep them warm, while leaving him free to learn to walk.
After an initial "training” session at home, using a walker or with the help of Mum and Dad, your child will have trained the soles of his feet to keep fairly stable. The time has now come to explore the outside world, and that's when your child’s first shoes are important.
Shoes are important, above all in children, to ensure correct posture and prevent back problems, above all in children who are taking their first steps, and they are fundamentally important for the correct development of feet, legs and, in general, for motor development.
So how do you choose your child’s first shoes?
Firstly, you must choose the right size carefully! And for the size to be right, you should allow an extra centimetre at the toe. Remember that children tend to pull back their toes, so before going out to buy his shoes, measure his foot with a foot measure.
Shoes soles are also very important: they should be flexible, with high and stiff reinforcements at the back of the foot (at the heel) to ensure greater stability to children who are taking their first steps.
Finally, remember to measure your child’s feet with the foot measure every 3 months or so to see how much they have grown, and if the time has come to buy new shoes.
Now you are ready to face the world, hand in hand with your child?