While visiting a nursery this morning, I observed that only one child out of the 18 present wore suitable shoes !!! All the others were decked out in shoes, each one more abusive than the other for their small bodies in full psychomotor development… And yes, the shoes influence the statics of the foot and therefore all the motor skills of your child. Hence the importance of choosing them well, and especially the first ones! But how do you know if a pair of shoes is a good fit? So I rush to my keyboard to take stock of the issue😉
“ You need little boots that support the ankle! Tight. This is what Grandpa and Grandpa will no doubt tell you, as well as the shoe dealers. “ It's to avoid sprains. "And then also:" a rigid sole to be very stable on your little feet. Well NO, NO, NO and NO!
Your children's ankles do not need external support. They must support themselves… thanks to the active work of muscles and ligaments! And to strengthen the muscles of the ankle, it needs to move with toddler boy sandals for wide feet. So there was no question of locking her in a high, tight boot that would deprive her of her freedom of movement.
To stabilize when standing and walking, your child needs to feel his foot supports. It is thanks to all the information that his arch and his toes will send to his brain that he will be able to adjust his body to stabilize himself. He will thus refine his proprioception and his sense of balance. His plantar arch will gradually form.
To do this, the sole must allow the sensitive receptors of the feet to do their work. It must be sufficiently flexible and malleable so that they can capture all the information concerning the support on which your child is moving: texture, temperature, unevenness, obstacles, etc.
The Characteristics Of The Right Pair Of Shoes
Baby shoes make us all crack so cute. So, you are free to make a keychain or hang them on your rearview mirror to decorate. But the beauty of the shoe is absolutely not a criterion of choice!
First, the edge of the shoe must stop under the malleolus so that the ankle is free to move. This will allow him to strengthen properly. And on the other hand, the child needs to be able to use the maximum amplitudes of his ankle! In particular, when he goes from sitting to standing. So watch this little boy's ankles as they are bent! With a boot above the ankle, this movement would not have been possible.
Second check to do before buying the shoe: try to bend the sole between your fingers to test its flexibility. Does the sole fold in half? This is a necessary condition so that the sensitive receptors of the foot can pick up all the information coming from the ground. But the flexibility of the sole will also allow your child to use all of their little toes for movement. He will thus be able to take support on his toes and propel himself to change position of Best Shoes For Toe Room For Women, get up, walk on legs and then stand up.
Last precision: make sure to choose new shoes or very little worn if they are used . Each child will deform their shoes in their own way, depending on how their feet and ankles develop. Everyone's plantar supports and ankle alignment will be different and impact the shoe. And a shoe that has been deformed beforehand will influence the statics of the foot and the ankle, the loop is closed!
When Will Your Child Need Shoes?
As long as your child doesn't walk on their own, they don't need shoes. And if he walks but only with help, he doesn't need shoes either, 🙂 because he's just not ready to walk yet. He therefore needs to continue to prepare for the walk… on the ground !!!
Watch how well this baby uses his little toes to propel himself!
If the ground is too cold, you can put on non-slip socks . There are also soft AND non-slip slippers . The non-slip aspect is really important so that your child can use his supports to push himself back without slipping!
When your child takes his first steps, there is also no need to rush out and buy him shoes. Walking barefoot remains important for a good perception and a good use of its supports to balance while standing.
It’s only when your child is walking outside that shoes become really necessary!
Where can we find suitable shoes?
Good news: you will save money Avoid the classic shoe stores because you will find (almost) only boots.
Following the many comments and shares generated by this article, you will find below various references of slippers and adapted shoes. Do not hesitate to share yours with me, I keep the article up to date
1) Soft slippers
You will find small flexible slippers with low shank and non-slip soles at different suppliers.
For small budgets and ease of access, go to Decathlon . And go for it in the “baby gym” department: your little non-slip slippers without soles for the inside or with flexible soles for the first steps outside.
You will also find good quality non-slip socks with gums resistant to time and washing.
And for Converse fans , the brand has thought of everything while adding soft-soled slippers, such as these to their line-up.
2) The first steps shoes for beginners walkers
These are shoes that allow your little beginner walker to venture outside, without getting their feet wet and without damaging their beautiful leather slippers.
Besides the thick-soled slippers that you can find at Decathlon , there is a collection of first-step shoes at Bobux . This is the Step Up range in which you will find shoes halfway between the slipper and the real shoe. These first-step shoes have a thicker sole suitable for the outdoors but still just as flexible.
3) Shoes for experienced walkers
When the real fun begins, it's time to switch to a bit thicker shoes. Indeed, your child will need shoes adapted to all his acrobatics outdoors, whether on macadam or on grass. 😉His motor skills develop, he runs, he jumps, he climbs ...
You will also find different models in the Softly range of first steps shoes at Clarx . These are the ones that currently equip my daughter's little feet.