Baby Feet: The Facts about those Little Feet
For the love of those tiny feet, we have gathered 10 facts about baby feet (one for every toe, of course). There is a reason why we cherish our baby’s feet; they are only so soft and small for such a short time and before you know it they are walking around in their first pair of shoes!
- Growing Fast: Babies’ feet grow extremely fast; by the time your child is one their feet will be nearly half their adult size.
- How Fast Do They Grow? Every pair of feet is unique and can grow at different speeds, but on average in the first 12 months a baby can grow up to 4 shoe sizes! That’s at least 40mm in a year.
- The Shape of Your Baby’s Feet: Do those tiny feet look similar to yours or your partner’s? Well that’s because your baby has inherited them from Mum and Dad. Rounded, tapered or square, your baby will have inherited one of these characteristics; just compare those tiny toes to your own.
- Feet Looking Flat? Well that’s because they are going to be flat for the first few years. The arch of your child’s feet will start to develop when they are about two or three (do see your podiatrist for regular checks).
- Baby Feet Size: On average a newborn baby’s feet are 7.6cm long but they can be bigger or tinier so wait until your little one arrives before you buy their little socks.
- Bones: A baby will not have formed bones for at least 6 months. Babies are born with cartilage which is soft and flexible. Their bones will be fusing and growing for a while (until their late teens!).
- Growth and Development: Between 9-18 months old it is important that your children’s feet are allowed to grow naturally as there are 25 bones forming (no tight socks or shoes for those tootsies).
- The Value of Movement: Let your little one kick and wriggle those legs and feet; it all helps them develop the little muscles they’ll soon need for walking.
- First Shoes: Did you know that babies don’t actually need to wear structured shoes even when they have started to try to walk. In fact for those first 18 months it is recommended that to encourage their feet to grow freely, they shouldn’t be restricted (of course you can keep them warm with some loose little socks).
- Those First Steps: It will be in your child’s first 13-18 months that your child will take their first steps (on average, after all every child is unique).
Treasure your baby’s tiny feet while they fit in the palm of your hand.