The baby is no longer satisfied with crawling around on the floor mat, he always grabs things and wants to stand up or even want to take two steps, it’s time to choose a suitable pair of toddler shoes for the baby. What kind of toddler shoes can not only protect the baby’s tender little feet, but also help him learn to stand and walk correctly?
When the baby was about 8 months old and was able to crawl all over the house, he began the process of “standing” and “falling” and “getting up” again. His feet, tens of millions of times lifted, fell, kicked away, retracted, lifted again, lowered… Slowly, he began to learn to walk. During the first month of learning to walk, the lovely fat layer on his feet began to slowly disappear, his feet began to stretch, and began to form the arch of the foot, a process that will continue for a long time. The arch of the foot is necessary to be able to move flexibly, and is a natural shock absorber for the human body, which can reduce the impact of the ground on the body during exercise, protect internal organs, especially protect the brain from concussion, and prevent injuries to the spine during sports. At this point, he needs his first pair of toddler shoes to protect him from the first part of his life.
7~14 months to wear toddler shoes
Generally speaking, babies learn to walk in the time period of 7~14 months after birth, after which babies can generally walk very steadily. But some babies will advance or delay this time period, which depends on the mother’s daily observation of the baby to distinguish.
Some babies begin to learn to walk at 7 months of birth, and walk very steadily at 12 months, so they do not need to wear toddler shoes at 12 months and change to children’s shoes.
The stage of this baby wearing toddler shoes is the period of 7~12 months;
But some babies may learn to walk at 9 months and walk steadily at 13 months
, the same time period for such babies to wear toddler shoes is 9~13 months.
Support is indispensable, soft and hard should be coordinated, and there are many tips for choosing toddler shoes for babies.
Light wide-toe shoes. Babies who have just learned to walk must wear light shoes.
Babies should wear wide-toe shoes, which are called “big-toed shoes”, so as not to squeeze each other between the toes in the shoes and affect growth and development.
The strength of the hook core should be appropriate.
The hook core at the bottom of the shoe needs to have just the right amount of stiffness and flexibility to support the arch of the foot. When choosing toddler shoes for your baby, hold the heel and toe with both hands, bend towards the sole, feel resistance in the natural curved soles of the feet when walking, and automatically spring back to the circle when released, indicating that the hook core of the shoes is just right.
The heel should be equipped with a main heel.
The main heel is the harder part of the heel, the ankle bone is also harder, the heel extension is best to add some sponge mouth, which can not only support the ankle joint, protect the ankle, but also facilitate the vertical growth of the bone. It is best to use buckles for shoes, not laces, so that they are easy to put on and take off, and they will not fall off due to laces.
The sole should not be too soft.
Many mothers think that the softer the sole, the better, but it is not. The sole is too soft and there is no pedaling force on the ground, it is difficult to walk, and it is very uncomfortable to wear and walk for a long time. Moreover, in general, soft soles are relatively thin, poor shock absorption, and easy to adversely affect the baby’s developing bones and joints. Therefore, the sole of toddler shoes should have a certain hardness, the first 1/3 of the best shoes can be bent, and the back 2/3 is slightly hard and not easy to bend.
Editor’s reminder: Try not to choose shoes with heels more than 15 mm and strange shapes, the baby’s bones and joints are soft, and the inappropriate shoe shape will compress the baby’s feet, resulting in deformation.
If the size of the toddler shoes is too small or just right, it may squeeze the baby’s feet, resulting in poor blood circulation in the footsteps, and even lead to abnormal foot shape, which will also affect the baby’s correct walking posture. If the size is too large, the baby’s shoes will fall off as soon as he walks, and it is easy to trip the baby and cause him to fall.
In general, the average size of a toddler shoe is 12 cm (size 14). When buying, you can ask an experienced salesperson for advice, the most suitable size of toddler shoes should be 6~10 mm longer than the baby’s feet, and the width is the distance between all toes lying flat.
The safe way to compare is to measure the size of your baby’s little foot and then compare the inner length of the shoe to choose the right size.
How do you measure your baby’s feet? Find white paper, pen and ruler first, preferably let your baby stand on the paper (this is the most accurate), draw 2 bars in front and back of the foot, and then use a ruler to measure how many centimeters.
Another way to choose shoes is to let the baby try it on, press the toe of the shoe (heel against the heel) after wearing, and leave half of the adult’s thumb in front of the toe.
The shoe material should be safe and breathable
Whether the material used to make the shoe is soft and breathable largely determines the comfort of the shoe.
When choosing toddler shoes for your baby, you must pay attention to the material, the sole should not be too soft, but the upper should be soft, and the breathability must be good. Baby’s metabolism is strong, it is easy to sweat feet, and if you often penetrate shoes with poor air, it will make your feet in a more humid environment. Over time, the foot ligaments tend to elongate and relax, affecting the formation of the foot arch. In addition, the humid and hot environment of the feet provides conditions for the reproduction of germs, causing skin infections of the feet.
You will need to change your shoes for at least two months
There are often mothers who want to apply the concept of buying a bigger size for their baby’s clothes to buying their baby’s toddlers, which is very wrong.
In Europe, toddler shoes have a nickname “weekly shoes”, which means that this kind of shoes are generally only worn for about 1 week, because the European custom is that toddler shoes will not be washed when they are dirty, and the toddler shoes are thrown away and bought again, so their toddler shoes are worn for about 1 week.
In fact, for the purpose of protecting the baby’s small and tender feet, it is decided that the material of toddler shoes cannot be too hard, and the baby’s feet grow fast, so the design life of toddler shoes is generally about 3 to 4 weeks.
Mothers can decide how often to change a new pair of shoes according to how much time their baby wears shoes, the environment in which they wear shoes, and the speed at which their baby’s own feet grow.
We generally recommend replacing a new pair of shoes in about 45 days, and a new pair of shoes after wearing them for two months at most.
Tip 1: Give your baby a massage on his feet
The baby is about to learn to walk, and when you use your little feet, you can massage the soles of your baby’s little fat feet. At the bottom of the little foot, there are blood vessels and nerves related to the organs of the body, as well as many acupuncture points, and massaging the soles of the feet can unblock the meridians and prevent diseases. You can give your little feet a massage after each bath. Here’s how:
1. Hold your baby’s heel with one hand and massage the soles of your feet with the thumb of the other.
2. Use the belly of the other four fingers to press along the heel towards the toe. Loop through several rounds.
3. Gently turn your baby’s toes in turn.
4. Repeat the above steps to massage your baby’s other foot.
Editor’s reminder: When massaging the soles of your baby’s feet, the pressure should be controlled and the technique should not be too heavy.
Between 3% and 4% of newborns develop defects in the shape of the feet, which are usually formed later in pregnancy when adapting to the shape of the uterus. Typical defects are the outer figure eight foot and the inner figure eight foot. These two harmless defects are usually naturally occurring and can be corrected under the guidance of a pediatrician.
There is also to pay attention to the baby’s sleeping position, and the child should be laid on his side as much as possible.
Babies have flat feet because the soles of the feet do not form arches at the age of two to three
。 If the condition is severe, it can be corrected with specific gymnastics. The most serious of foot defects is the deformed foot, which is rare and may require surgical correction.
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