Learning to Walk Shoes

Does a baby learn to walk sooner by wearing shoes? No, parents await anxiously for their baby’s first steps and buy the perfect new pair of shoes for their little one. Everyone says that wearing shoes helps the baby to walk sooner. Pediatricians from many years have believed this.

Old Beliefs.

Twenty years ago, it was believed by pediatricians and parents that babies had trembling ankles and used to take flat-footed steps. For years, they believed this until a scientific study was done. The study confirmed that stiff flat footed shoes were not good for babies.

Bare facts.

Foot is a complex structure made of 26 bones and 35 joints, held together and supported by ligaments. The baby’s foot is extremely flexible because it is padded with fat. When babies start with their first steps they have weak ligaments and poor muscle growth in their feet, which improves while your baby starts walking.

Experts say babies feet strengthens more naturally as they walk barefoot. Then their bones, joints and the ligaments provide the sufficient support for their daily activities. It is important for parents to know that shoes are meant only for warmth and protection.

First step.

Most toddlers walk their first steps between 11 and 14 months, but the range is very broad. Some babies take their first steps as early as 8 months and others may take 17 months. If your child is crawling late then they’ll need some extra months to walk. There’s no need to worry as long as your child shows some progression in learning new things.

When to consult a pediatrician.

It is important to know that if your baby have been born immaturely (premature birth) or those who are heavier often learn to take their steps and walk a little later. Every child develop skills differently. During the child’s physical examination, your pediatrician may ask you about your child’s ability to move. Consult child’s specialist if your child doesn’t walk:

  • After 18 months.
  • After several months of practice.
  • Or move with any other way than on the toes.

Change shoes regularly.

To protect your child’s feet from injuries when outdoors, make them wear shoes. Keep these few things in mind while buying shoes for your child:

  • Buy only the correct size shoes for you baby.
  • As the children’s feet grows very quickly change their shoes every few months.
  • See that the shoes are not tight for your child as it may cause swelling or ingrown toenails which may change your child’s walking.
  • Buy a soft, skid-proof sole which helps your child’s muscles and arches to develop naturally and provides control over their movements.
  • The shoes should have laces or something which do not allow your child’s foot to slide out.

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