There is something about baby feet. Unlike adult feet, they are cute, cuddly and irresistibly kissable.
But they are also odd. And today I am going to share with you 7 facts that you probably didn’t know about baby feet.
1. Your baby does not need to wear shoes.
Going barefoot allows your toddler to naturally grip the floor, spreading and griping with the toes and muscles found in their feet.
Walking barefoot helps your little one develop proper balance, coordination and posture.
But going barefoot is not always practical. Your little ones feet may need protection from the cold or rough surfaces, which leads me to the next fact…
2. For babies and toddlers, soft soled shoes are best
When shoes are needed, it should mimic going barefoot. And thick, heavy hard soled shoes (like those super cute baby Nike or Converse shoes) are the exact opposite.
For this reason, the Australian Podiatry Association recommends choosing a flexible, soft soled shoe for babies and toddlers.
Baby moccasins are my personal favorite – they are the next best thing to going barefoot. With the sole of the shoe being made from a layer of leather, suede or thing and flexible rubber, your child will be able to walk naturally while still having his feet protected.
Check out our baby shoe buying guide for more tips on choosing the right shoe for your baby.
3. Your baby’s foot is more cartilage than bone.
Feel your ear. Feels soft and flexible, right? That’s cartilage. And your baby’s foot contains more of it than bone.
This is what makes baby feet look so cute, their lack of structure makes them appear flat and cutely chubby.
As your baby grows, the 26 bones inside will grow and muscle will form into the structure of a foot at around the age of 2. However, the foot will not be fully developed until around the age of 18.
4. Your baby’s feet grow fast.
Really fast. In fact by 12 months you can expect your baby’s foot size to be roughly half the size of their adult foot.>
Until the age of two, you can expect your little ones feet to grow half a shoe size or more every two months.
Measure your little ones foot once every 6-8 weeks to ensure that their shoes still fit comfortably and are not too tight. Use our handy shoe sizing
guide to learn the best way to measure baby and toddler feet.
As you can imagine, your baby is going to outgrow a lot of shoes and socks in his early years.
5. Your baby will suck on his foot
If anyone else sucked on their toes it would be creepy. But if your baby does it, it’s adorable.
Mouthing (putting something in the mouth) is a considered to be a milestone in your baby’s development. It helps your baby learn about different sensations and textures.
Toys like rattles and teething rings might not be nearby, but feet are always within reach and readily available to suck on. Allowing your baby to mouth at any time.
Most children outgrow sucking on their feet by the time they are walking around.
6. Babies can walk by the time they are 18 months old
Although often it’s quite sooner. Most babies take their first steps sometime between the age of 9 and 12 months.
Yep, in less than a year your brand new bundle of joy will be standing on his own two feet. When parents say that their kid grows up fast, they mean it!,
7. Babies can have blue feet.
Your newborn baby’s hands and feet can look blue and feel cold.
This is a result of immature circulation and does not necessarily mean that your baby is freezing cold.
Do you have a fun fact about baby feet that you want to share? Let me know in the comments below!