Babys, Pre Walkers and Infants
A baby's foot is not simply a smaller version of an adult's.
At birth the 26 bones that will eventually make up the adult foot are mostly cartilage making them pliable and therefore susceptible to damage.
To allow your baby's feet to develop naturally without being distorted always;
Keep bedclothes loose fitting and light so the feet are not restricted.
Encourage your baby to exercise its feet by kicking and similar actions as this will help develop their foot muscles.
Don't force a child into walking. They will start when ready, which can be anytime between 10 and 18 months.
Encourage your child to walk barefoot indoors as this allows the foot to develop and strengthen.
When your child is starting to get more active then pre walker shoes would be recommended, these will provide a gentle support and protection for your child when they are crawling and pulling themselves up. we would then advise a check 6 to 8 weeks later.
Once walking is established, children are ready for their first shoes. we will always ensure that the child's feet are measured and the fit of the shoes are checked by a trained Shoe Fitter.
Inspect your child's feet regularly, at least every bath time as children often can't feel any damage being done. Look for abnormalities such as cuts or breaks in the skin and any unusual changes in colour.
We are always happy to check the fit of your child's shoes at any time.