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Contrary to appearances, the answer to this question is really simple. The first shoes for your toddler should be purchased only after he or she starts taking his first steps outdoors. The direct contact of the foot with the home floor stimulates both its development and muscles. What's more, such action has a very positive effect on the entire body of our child, so we should do everything to enable the toddler to exercise his motor skills in this way. Of course, in stores we can find hundreds of beautiful shoes for babies, which attract us with their appearance. However, the truth is that these solutions are very impractical and work only as protective footwear during walks. Therefore, the first shoes for our child should protect them primarily from the cold and be used outside the home. In turn, whenever we have such an opportunity, it is worth allowing your child to move without shoes, because it has a very positive effect on his health, and this is the most important thing.
The popular grandma's method, which used a tape or a stick to measure a child's foot, has long since passed away. Why? First of all, because the size of the child's feet and it's not the same length, and a lot of people about it just forgets. Therefore, when the moment of buying the first footwear for our child comes, take it with you to the store. When the child takes part in the selection of shoes, we will be able to buy perfectly matched shoes for his foot. Under no circumstances should you buy too large shoes. A lot of people say that a child's leg will grow anyway, and we will save a bit. However, we all know that both tight and too large shoes are extremely uncomfortable, so it is worth avoiding this action. Each of us should remember that there must be about 9 mm of space in the shoe, because the growth of the child's foot is very large, and the movement and extension of the leg while walking is important, so you should take care of the appropriate space. However, the situation is slightly different when we are dealing with open shoes. Sandals should be about 5 mm longer than the toddler's foot. However, the truth is that covered shoes are a much better solution for the youngest. Otherwise, the child's fingers may be badly bruised, which is something every parent would like to avoid.
Some time ago, stiff children's shoes were very popular. Why? This was due to a misconception that a child would learn to straighten his feet much faster with stiff shoes. Currently, however, the situation is completely different and everyone knows that footwear for children simply has to be flexible. A shoe has to give our little one freedom, and rigid solutions do not. Moreover, the wearing of hard-soled shoes by children may result in them starting to walk like a duck, and should therefore be avoided. How to check if the sole is soft enough? All you need to do is take the shoe in your hand and check that the sole is so soft that it will break about 1/3 of its length without any problem. If that's the case, then we can be sure that she's okay.
Choosing the right shoes for the first time can be really difficult. What is worth paying attention to? The broad and rounded tip is very important. During learning, children most often spread their toes wide, and the shoes are to enable them to do so. Footwear for toddlers should also be made of materials that easily allow air to pass through. We also cannot fail to mention that buckles or Velcro are very good solutions. Thanks to them, fitting the shoes to the child's leg is really easy.