Though there are many different opinions on baby shoes and whether or not they help to protect and develop your baby as they learn to walk, some of the reasons why they're highly beneficial include protection against bacteria, added comfort, potentially improved circulation during cold weather periods provided they're made from breathable materials and that they form an effective barrier against scrapes and scuffs.
It's very important that your infant is able to adequately explore the world around them using their bare feet, but sometimes baby shoes won't only assist them, they'll actually be completely necessary for safety.
Let's take a closer look at why baby shoes can actually assist with baby walking (and even crawling).
THE 5 REASONS WHY BABY SHOES CAN HELP YOUR CHILD TO WALK AND PROTECT THEM WHEN CRAWLING
Here are 5 reasons why baby shoes could be incredibly beneficial for your infant.
#1-They Can Enhance Comfort On Hard Surfaces And Motivate Them To Want To Walk More
When your baby is learning to walk and stand on carpets it's great due to their feet being cushioned and comfortable, but when they're trying to make their first steps outside or on hard floors this can present issues due to them experiencing discomfort and sometimes even pain.
Under these circumstances, having a breathable protective layer on the underside of their feet will ensure that their bare skin doesn't come into contact with the lumps and bumps that often present themselves with hard flooring.
As long as the fabric used is breathable enough to allow them to maintain their connection with the floor and develop the appropriate cognitive and muscular areas involved with walking effectively, there's no reason why baby shoes aren't beneficial here.
In fact, they could even motivate your little one to want to carry on learning to walk in any environment and speed up their progress.
#2-They Offer Protection Against Bacteria
Parents have enough to worry about with their curious little ones wondering around already due to them seemingly managing to find lots of different critters, bugs and pieces of dirt to put into their mouth that it's easy to forget that our babies can pick up infections and illness through bacteria gathering in other areas of their body other than their mouths and stomachs.
It's for this reason that baby shoes offer a great barrier against bacteria whether they're crawling or walking that dramatically reduces the chances of them facing any unexpected illnesses, infections or diseases.
If they're learning to walk especially, getting poorly can be a huge blow to their confidence as they'll associate standing and walking with feeling unwell. Through offering protection from nasty unwanted elements like this, you'll allow them to develop in confidence and therefore much faster.
#3-They Can Promote Healthy Circulation During Cold Weather Periods
When we're cold, this can really hinder our ability to circulate blood around the body effectively which can lead to impeded functionality in our extremities including our toes and fingers.
For a baby that's learning to walk, this is going to dramatically reduce their effectiveness when it comes to developing the motor skills necessary to effectively operate and use their limbs including their legs.
As we lose a great deal of heat through the head, hands and feet. It's important that you seal it into these areas when the temperature gets a little chilly if you want to see your child master their baby walking skills. A good quality pair of baby shoes will allow you to do this provided they're made from lightweight, breathable material that isn't restrictive.
#4-They Offer A Great Barrier Against Skin Damage
Provided you maintain a clean household, it's not likely that your infant will encounter any damaging debris as they explore the world around them through their tiny toes indoors. This is the case when they're walking on carpets at least.
Whether outdoors or indoors though, walking on hard surfaces can expose their skin to small pieces of debris, whether its stones or unnoticed pieces of dried/hardened food that can be a real nuisance if your baby steps on them.
Baby shoes provide great protection under these circumstances against pain, discomfort scrapes and scuffs as a result of skin damage should they stand on any of the above.
#5-They Can Serve As A Form Of Positive Re Enforcement When Learning To Walk
Baby shoes can actually speed up your child's baby walking progress by serving as a form of positive re enforcement in their own right surplus to the comforting phrases you use to encourage them when they stand or walk.
This is a point that relates more to exploring outdoor spaces, but young kids generally love exploring the great outdoors.
If they associate their baby shoes with exploring this area more, they'll begin to ask for them so that they can get out there and develop their little muscles as they try to navigate their way around everything from outdoor chairs to plant pots in a standing position.
Eventually, they'll even be able to walk outside unassisted. Provided you're there to supervise them at this crucial stage of their development, then baby shoes can serve as a great incentive to get them moving more in areas that they otherwise might not have felt confident or happy in.
HAVE BABY SHOES HELPED YOUR CHILD TO WALK OR CRAWL MORE EFFECTIVELY?
How's your experience of baby shoes been so far? Have they helped your child to crawl or walk a little faster or safer? What are your favourite type of baby shoes and why? We'd love it if you could share this post and encourage other parents to explore the benefits of using good quality baby shoes during their child's early stages of development.
Always remember, we like to provide helpful tips and guidance when it comes to anything baby footwear related or anything about your babies development in general that relates to movement and activity, but for the most accurate advice you should always consult with a qualified paediatrician to ensure the optimum health and development of your child.