Even if babies are not walking yet, it is important to take care of the health of their feet and choose the most suitable footwear for them.
Caring for the baby is the main concern of parents, but often little attention is paid to the feet; something that is repeated throughout a person’s life and causes around 75% of adults to suffer from some podiatric pathology.
During the first year of life, a baby’s limbs are different from that of an older person in shape, narrower at the heel and wide at the front, and in flexibility, the bones of the foot of a newborn are not they are developed and have greater elasticity. For this reason, special attention must be paid to the quality of the footwear, which is made of materials that allow the feet to breathe while they are warm, and to their comfort, that protect and do not deform the feet. Each stage of growth demands a different type of shoe and as long as they do not start walking they have to wear a bootie or shoe without a sole.
WHAT SHOE SIZE IS RIGHT FOR A BABY
For a newborn, the smallest footwear is a size 16 and can reach up to 19 or 20. Size changes usually occur every trimester , although the constitution of each baby and their sex must be taken into account, because the A boy’s foot is usually larger than a girl’s.
To know if the size of the bootie is adequate, we will insert a finger into the heel of the newborn and the one of the shoe without fastening, taking into account that, since it does not walk, the important thing is that it is not too tight.
WHAT FUNCTION DO SHOES SERVE FOR A NEWBORN?
Shoes without soles have an aesthetic and warm use , although we should not pay less attention to them. The footwear has to prevent the baby’s feet from getting cold and, at the same time, combine with their clothes but respecting characteristics that allow correct mobility and good development of the feet.
FEATURES OF SHOES FOR A BABY
The most important is the flexibility of the sole, so it is convenient to look at several aspects. First of all, in the quality of the materials , since the footwear has to be soft and smooth to the touch so that you can move your foot and toes easily and that it does not hurt. Especially in summer that can be worn without socks.
Second, to the support of the foot . It is still too early to take the first steps but they can lose their shoes if they do not fit the foot. The closure must be buckle, button or velcro.
Last but not least, perspiration . Shoes must help the foot to “breathe” and limit sweating as much as possible. In the height of summer, some parents choose to take their children barefoot to beat the heat.
ASPECTS TO AVOID WHEN CHOOSING FOOTWEAR
On the one hand, the rigid materials that impede the mobility of the baby’s foot. In addition, synthetic materials, which promote sweating, are discouraged, and it is advisable to pay attention to the dyes and the buttons or ornaments that the footwear may wear, since the newborn can put the footwear in his mouth .
THE CHOICE OF SHOES IS VITAL FOR A BABY’S FEET.
Therefore, and because a newborn is in a very delicate development phase, we have to look carefully at the shoe manufacturing materials and their fit. The health of your feet will thank you in the short and long term.
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.