The majority of children's feet bones finish solidifying around the age of 3 years old and their feet are usually flat under 18 months of age. The development of their longitudinal arch generally occurs before the age of six.
To help your infant, baby or toddler's feet develop naturally, avoid rigid shoes, keep informed of the proper footwear and choose accordingly. Remember that children's feet are very malleable and vulnerable to developing structural abnormalities when wearing the wrong pair of shoes.
Soft-soled shoes are the best option for your little one as they are the closest footwear to being barefoot. They are ideal as they do not constrict and conform the foot to the shape of the shoe. They protect from daily hazards (cold, uneven surfaces, etc.) while leaving the feet with enough freedom of movement.
When buying the right pair of shoes for your child, make sure to opt for:
- Lightweight shoes
- Natural material (respirable property)
- Soft and flexible shoes that are non-restrictive for baby's feet development
- Shoes that are easy to put on (elastic inserts are usually the best)
- Suede soles to prevent slippage
It is essential to opt for shoes that are very flexible and offer plenty of room for tiny toes to spread out and grow. When purchasing shoes for your kids, remember to leave 1 to 1.25 cm (width of a thumb) between the longest toe and the tip of the shoe. As mentioned previously, soft-soled shoes need to be lightweight and, ideally, have cushioned soles to help protect against overuse syndromes.
Timommii makes sure all these important requirements are met to promote healthy foot development all the while offering the most stylish moccasins on the market.