Our collaboration with Start-Rite shoes is finally here and we can’t wait to see our designs on those tiny feet. The collection features much-loved JoJo designs on Start-Rite’s bestselling baby and toddler shoes, specially designed to support growing feet and promote the development of healthy feet. Getting fitted for Start-Rite shoes is a great place to start, and we’ve also rounded up some tips to help you look after your baby’s feet before they learn how to walk.
Babies don’t need ‘proper’ shoes until they start walking, and it’s beneficial for them to spend plenty of time with bare feet. However, if your little one starts cruising (usually at around 10-18 months), you might want to protect their feet with a soft, flexible shoe such as Start-Rite Pre-Walkers, which are specially designed not to compress the feet, and offer a little grip to help your baby feel more secure on their feet.
Allow your baby plenty of barefoot time, which allows the muscles in the feet to strengthen and helps to develop the grasping action of the toes. Your baby will also enjoy feeling the different sensations of a variety of surfaces on their feet.
When it is time to introduce your little one to shoes, it’s important that they are wearing shoes that are neither too big nor too small, so it’s a good idea to get their feet professionally measured before buying shoes. Avoid handing down shoes from older siblings as the shoes will have moulded to their own feet and no two pairs of feet are the same!
Baby nails are much softer than adults, so you need to be extra careful when trimming. Cut them when they look like they could snag on a blanket or piece of clothing; how often will vary from baby to baby. Cut toenails straight across (rather than curved), leaving about a millimetre free, and don’t go down in the corners. Try doing this after a bath when nails are even softer.
Babies’ feet are growing rapidly, so make sure you measure their feet regularly. Start-Rite recommend every 6-8 weeks to ensure your child is always wearing the right size.
While babies’ feet don’t get particularly dirty, it’s still important to wash them thoroughly at bath time. Make sure you dry them well, paying careful attention between those tiny toes!
Get into the habit of giving your baby’s feet the once-over at every nappy change. Look for any little breaks in the skin that might require attention and keep an eye for those dreaded rogue hairs that have wrapped around toes.
Babies lose quite a lot of body heat from their feet so it’s important to keep tiny toes warm, especially in cooler weather. Choose soft, breathable fabrics such as cotton and make sure socks aren’t too small, which can hinder foot growth.
When you start using SPF on your baby, don’t forget to apply it all the way down to their toes! The tops of feet are especially susceptible to painful sunburn, so keep this in mind during the hotter months when your baby’s feet are exposed.
Most foot conditions aren’t apparent until after your child starts to walk, but if you’re concerned about their feet, speak to your GP who can refer you to a podiatrist or chiropractor for specialist advice.