Baby Feet and Footwear Facts

Healthy and happy feet from the beginning

 
  • Experts agree that barefoot is best. The reasons for babies to wear foot coverings are for warmth, to complement an outfit or for foot protection. If babies are to wear shoes, they should be appropriate for their developmental stage and activity level as below:
    • Crib Stage footwear is for newborn babies -- secure, comfortable and not too tight in breathable materials. This footwear is ideal for shower gifts and welcoming the new baby. Fabrics complement apparel making these the perfect final touch for any outfit for all occasions including christening.
    • Crawling Stage footwear provides protection for babies beginning to crawl and move around. These shoes are constructed of soft flexible materials for little ones who are starting to become active. This footwear is both fun, functional and most important of all -- comfortable.
    • Training Stage footwear bridges the crawling and walking stages. The entire shoe is soft and pliable and has gripper outsoles for baby’s safety. The outsole has also been engineered to provide balance for babies who are trying to stand and take those first unsure steps. The styling is colorful and fun and most importantly -- they can easily be put on little wiggly feet.
    • Walking Stage footwear is for toddlers up to 4 years. They are comfortable and lightweight to allow for natural movement, yet provide support for balance. An important feature includes non-skid flexible outer soles.
  • Footwear should always be comfortable from the start - flexible and fitting properly. No shoes should require "breaking in."
  • As a general rule, foot growth should be measured every month for babies under one year, every 2 months for one to two-year olds and every 3 months for two to three-year olds.
  • It is natural for babies to have flat feet. That's because there is a thick pad of fat in the soles of their feet. Once muscles begin to strengthen, arches will develop. Arches are not fully developed until age six or seven.
  • Most children usually outgrow the common foot problems, such as "duck feet" or "pigeon toes" without any corrective treatments. If you have valid concerns, always consult an expert to ease your mind.
  • Flat outer soled shoes are best for new toddlers. Thick or heavy outer soles can make your toddler unbalanced and clumsy. Avoid shoes with heels until your child is older.
  • Shoes made of natural fibers (such as cotton) or leather is best for baby feet since they typically perspire more than adult feet.
  • Do allow some room for growth when buying shoes. The Shoe Size Guide provided within our site has incorporated growth room in the sizing.