Advice

LET'S GET ACTIVE

At this stage your child is much more confident, walking independently and spending a lot of time on their feet.

You may want shoes for different occasions, but remember to get these correctly fitted too. Their feet are growing quickly, so don't simply buy the same size as the last pair.

'At this age, children's feet can grow incredibly quickly so you should plan to check the fit of the shoes every six - eight weeks.'

YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT

Some children love physical activity, while others tend to avoid it. Either way, it's good to encourage them to be active, because physical activity gives children the confidence to enjoy group situations.

You could try these activities to help your child develop:

  • Parent and child swimming classes
  • Play with sponge balls: throwing, catching and kicking are good for exercise and hand eye co-ordination.
  • Dance with your child, using different energy levels and musical styles.
  • Visit your local park or playground - great for large-muscle activity like climbing and balancing, and for observing others and trying new things.

Well designed first walking shoes have all the following features to make them suitable for toddlers:

  • Whole and half sizes in up to five width fittings from D to H, to ensure best fit.
  • Stylish designs in high quality leathers ensuring great looks and durability.
  • Breathable linings for maximum comfort, allowing perspiration to escape through the surface of the shoe.
  • Lightweight, flexible non-slip soles so walking feels natural to the toddler, because it's difficult enough getting around anyway!
  • Shoes especially designed for children, with a shape to match the form of a child's foot, and built-in growing room to allow for growth.

At this age, children's feet can grow incredibly quickly so you should plan to check the fit of the shoes every six - eight weeks.

Trainers might be softer and easy to wear, but these also need to fit properly and you should limit wear-time in order to give feet a chance to breathe.

Sandals are a great alternative for warmer weather, allowing fresh air to circulate around your child's feet, and Start-rite offer a range of styles with multiple adjustments, active soles and added toe protection.

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