There is a general belief that babies should wear shoes, which are often hard, uncomfortable and limit the normal development of the foot.
During the first months of life, bare feet provide the baby with even more information than hands. This special tactile sensitivity, the perception of movement and position of the feet favors psychomotor development, so it is not advisable to use pre-walking shoes because they annul this contact with the environment. Except logically if the ground where the baby crawls can cause harm. Likewise, if the baby is outdoors in cold temperatures, the use of socks is recommended to keep the feet warm. In the summer season, it is best for babies to go barefoot when they are at home.
First Steps in Babies
Walking shoes for babies
Shoes are for walking babies, until babies take their first steps, shoes should not be worn, so that the senses can be organized and get the most information from the environment. Enabling maturation, intellectual development and proprioceptive development. For these reasons, the baby’s feet must feel the pressure, forces, textures and temperature of the environment.
When the baby begins to take its first firm steps, it is advisable to use a flat shoe, with a very flexible, non-slip sole that allows complete freedom of movement. The ankle should not be restricted, i.e., the shoe should not cover the ankle.
Article prepared by Clínica San Román
Date of publication: 17-01-2018
Date of revision: 9-02-2020