How To Care For Your Cute Baby's Feet
Your baby's cute little feet are most likely very soft and pink. Their feet normally appear flat because they are born with a pad of fat in the arch area of their feet. Also, their foot and leg muscles aren't developed enough to support their arches when they first begin to stand. In fact, the arch doesn't usually become apparent until about age 2–3.
During the development phase of the baby’s feet and legs, it’s important to make sure we’re not doing anything that will impede or damage them. Parents are often super excited when they have their baby and start putting all kinds of shoes on their feet. It’s actually not wise to do that. Baby feet grow fast and they are so delicate that their growth can easily be restricted.
The other reason to not restrict your child’s feet with shoes is so you can easily see if any abnormal development is taking place. For example, many babies have a weak Achilles tendon, which means they will have trouble learning to walk. And in rarer cases, toe-walking can be seen, which is a symptom of a neurological problem.
Besides toe-walking, many other foot and leg problems that might not have been apparent at birth are often noticed by parents and doctors when a child starts to walk. This is a good time to visit a podiatrist if you have any concerns, especially if there's a family history of foot problems. The earlier foot and leg problems are diagnosed and treated, the better off your baby will be.
So, what should your baby wear?
It's hard to resist putting cute little shoes on your baby’s cute little feet, but, as stated above, it’s simple not a good idea— they can be an obstruction to growing feet. Shoes that are too restrictive don't allow for normal toe and foot motion.
Stick to non-restrictive socks that are not tight and have non-slip soles (make sure the sock and elastic around the top aren't too tight). Even when your baby is learning to walk, shoes should only be necessary for protection from slippery floors or the ground outside. Otherwise, let your child walk barefoot or with non-skid booties/socks. This will allow the baby’s toes to grip the floor and have better balance.
Please be sure to talk to your baby’s doctor for any health-related questions and/or concerns that you may have.