Baby shoes are adorable, no doubt about that. Whether knitted from cozy yarn, made of adorable leather uppers or structured like an adult shoe, there’s nothing cuter than seeing tiny little kicks on tiny little feet.
But what’s the real deal with baby shoes? Do they actually help your kiddo learn to walk, and are they necessary at home and in the real world? Here’s the lowdown on baby shoes, and the best approach for your family.
Baby Shoes: What Does Science Say?
First and foremost, it’s important to understand the research. The mechanics of the developing human body are actually rather simple: We evolved to walk without shoes, so babies don’t need them to learn this basic, million-year-old human skill.
Baby’s feet are actually comprised mostly of cartilage, and build bone over time. In order to develop properly, they need lots of practice using the fine, flexible tissues of their feet. Shoes get in the way. Thus, you should avoid wearing shoes at home while baby is learning to crawl, cruise and walk.
Definitely Useful: Shoes Out in the World
Of course, shoes still have their place. Even babies need foot protection from the cold, from sharp objects and splinters, and from very hot surfaces. In this case, it’s important to supply your child with the safeguarding they need while learning to navigate in the world.
The best shoes to buy are those that combine the flexibility needed for developing feet with the protection that will ensure they don’t get insured. For tots at the very earliest ages of walking, soft leather booties are best. As they gain control and prowess, go ahead and transition to a thick-soled shoe that will give them real footing when running and playing.
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