The benefits of wearing Leather soft sole footwear for Babies and toddlers
Date Posted:18 January 2023
Choosing the right footwear for babies and toddlers is crucial for their healthy foot development. At Two Little Steps, we understand the importance of providing the best for your little ones, which is why we offer a wide range of soft sole all-leather shoes for babies aged 0-2 years. Here are some key benefits of choosing soft sole leather footwear for your baby and toddler:
- Support for developing feet:
- Soft sole leather shoes provide support for developing feet by allowing natural movement and muscle development.
- According to the Australian Podiatrist Association, barefoot or only wearing very soft sole shoes helps children's feet to develop and strengthens the muscles. You can find more information on this topic at the Australian Podiatry Association
- Protection from the elements:
- Soft sole leather shoes provide protection for little feet from heat and cold, as well as unpleasant surfaces.
- They are perfect for outdoor use, especially when the weather is cooler, or your child is crawling in public areas.
- Leather shoes also allow your child's feet to breathe and stay cool.
- Learning to walk:
- As your baby starts to learn how to walk, podiatrists recommend keeping them in soft soled shoes. https://www.twolittlesteps.com/baby-soft-soles/
- Shoes with thick soles can make it more difficult for your child to walk as they are too rigid or heavy.
- Soft sole, flexible shoes allow your child to feel the ground, which will help them grip and improve their balance and coordination, enabling them to walk more confidently. You can find more information about this topic on Australian Podiatry Council
- Growing feet:
- As your child's feet grow, it's important to choose shoes that accommodate for that growth.
- Our range of soft sole baby shoes are designed with a wider toe area and extra room around the top of the foot to allow for growing feet and wriggly toes.
- As your child becomes more confident in their walking, a slightly more rigid sole can be introduced with our range of kid’s shoes with a flexible rubber sole, to aid in the transition from soft soles to shoes.
Guide of what to expect in terms of foot growth and development:
- At two months, the leg movements will be less jerky and instinctive and become smoother.
- Around four months, your baby may start pressing his or her legs against a chair or your lap when you hold him or her up straight.
- At six months, your child will start to put weight on the legs and may bounce up and down. Some crawling motions in the legs may begin at this stage as well.
- Most nine-month-old babies will be crawling around, sitting without support, and standing while holding on to something.
- Around your baby’s first birthday, he or she will likely be able to pull up to stand by furniture and start cruising around it.
- Under age 16-18 months: Grow more than half a foot size every two months
- 16-24 months: Grow an average of half a foot size every three months
- 24-36 months: Grow an approximately half a foot size every four months
- Over age 3: Increase half a foot size every four to six months
In conclusion, the Australian Podiatry Association states "Shoes should, above all, protect your children's feet." At Two Little Steps, we strive to provide the best in protection, comfort, and style for your little ones' growing feet. Please note that these links are not affiliated with Two Little Steps and are included as a reference.