They may not come into use until your little bub reaches 10-20 months, but baby feet are still plenty fascinating – not to mention aww-inducingly cute, as you’ll no doubt have seen. Here are some of the most interesting morsels of knowledge to do with toddlers’ twinkle toes…
An adult foot contains 26 bones, but the majority of a baby’s foot is made of soft cartilage, which fuses together over time to form a more solid skeletal structure. By the time they reach two years old they’ll have a firm network of bones running through their tootsies – though it won’t fully harden until they reach 18! This makes it crucial to invest in good footwear throughout their formative years which will allow their feet to develop healthily.
Little ones’ feet contain a thick pad of fat where the arch is normally found in adults, making them appear flat and adorably chubby. The arch won’t appear until they reach two years old, before which it’s also normal for their feet and legs to bow inwards because of their curled-up foetal position in the womb.
This may come as a shock to you – but little ones like to move around. A lot. Given the incredible number of sweat glands found in our feet – 250,000 – it’s no wonder kids’ feet sweat around 2-3 times more than an adult’s, which can easily wear down their shoes if proper care isn’t applied. Be sure to dress them in clean cotton socks (which can be changed twice a day if they’re especially active), and invest in a good pair of breathable canvas or leather shoes which will stretch and soften as they grow.
A Perfect Fit
Ill fitting shoes are not only uncomfortable, but they can cause serious health defects later on in life, so be sure to get their feet measured accurately and leave around 10mm of wiggle room between their toes and the end of the shoe. Our tootsies are tasked with supporting our entire body weight from when we’re young, so it’s usually best to treat them with respect.
Solid Growth Plan
On average, a child’s feet will grow up to 12 sizes in just their first three years, so consider getting them measured every three months or so to ensure their shoes are fitting comfortably.