I advise to invest in little feet

I am very passionate about shoes, and especially about shoes for children – this interest has grown especially over the past couple of years on my career path.

A couple of weeks ago I went to buy new shoes for the little princess which inspired me to write a couple words on this topic.
It is very important to remember that you need to get the shoes according to the current size of their feet. This means that you should not buy shoes that are a couple of numbers bigger to save money, or because you like a specific design that does not have the size you need. You also should not get smaller shoes.

Q: What to keep in mind when choosing shoes?
Remember: size, model, quality.
Some children’s feet are quite high and then you should look for models meant for higher feet. I advise to stick to quality brands where the company does take this into consideration. Most children seem to be flat-footed but there are no reasons for worrying, as feet develop with time and it’s hard to tell anything when they are small. Now many say that flat feet are hereditary and this cannot be avoided, but actually this is not that bad and you can always make it easier or even avoid it in many cases. For this, you need to ensure that the shoes you get have a proper strong sole (not soft slippers), with support inside and around the heel. I am very well aware that everyone has different opinions on this and I respect these as well.

Q: When should children start wearing shoes?
This depends on the child as some run around as soon as they reach 8 months, and others when they are a year and half. My recommendation is that you should start thinking about shoes when the child starts propping themselves up. Of course with this I advise to seek advice from a doctor or orthopedic.
But which shoes to select and what kind of shoes to get depends on the parent.

Another note to keep in mind – if the children start propping themselves up and try to walk around on their toes, then this means that their bottom muscles are not strong enough, so their body weight falls on the chest area. How to understand that the bottom muscles are strong enough? If the child walks around and falls on their butt instead falling on their stomach, and they do not try to walk around on their toes, you know that their muscles are strong enough.

Q: How to get the baby to have strong bottom muscles?
Take a seat on the floor and place the child to stand between your feet. Hold their body (not arms) and let them stand up and sit down while the child’s feet are fixated between your legs and they cannot stand on their toes.

I can tell from my own experience that I probably did not have strong muscles on my own as I was always on my stomach – even on a smooth asphalt road (even when I was attending school). My knees and hands were always scratched (still have scars to prove it!) and even though I knew to place a leaf of a hen plant on it, who knows how many pairs of stockings I ruined by falling on my knees!

I can remember my first shoes were closed-toe shoes, light brown and probably made from leather. But I liked these a lot and probably used these until these could physically not be worn any longer. When I was young, no one really looked at whether shoes were too big or had become too small. But I’m afraid due to wearing smaller shoes my smallest toes are slightly deformed.

My favourite children’s shoe brands are Jacadi and Dpam.

Have a lovely Tuesday,
Kadi

Tillukestesse jalgadesse soovitan investeerida.

Minu üks suur kirg jalanõude- ja eelkõige väikelaste jalatsite vastu on eriti kasvanud viimaste aastatega- seoses tööga.

Mõni nädal tagasi käisin ostmas aastasele preilile jalatseid.
On äärmiselt oluline silmas pidada, et jalatsid vastaksid lapse jala suurusele, ehk ei ostetaks mitu numbrit suuremaid raha kokkuhoiu eesmärgil või kuna meeldib mõni disain rohkem, kuid suurusi pole saadaval. Kindlasti ei tohiks muretseda ka väikeseid jalanõusid.

Mida silmas pidada jalatsi valikul?
Märksõnadeks: suurus/mudel/kvaliteet.
Kuna osadel lastel on jalg väga kõrge, siis tuleks vaadata selliseid mudeleid mis on mõeldud kõrgemale jalale. Soovitan valida kvaliteetseid lastejalatseid valmistava firma tooteid, kus on silmas peetud just väikelaste jalgade eripära. Enamus väikelaste jalad paistavad kui lampjalad ja on tötsakad, kuid muretsemiseks pole põhjust, lapse jalg areneb ja ei jää selliseks. Nüüd tahavad palju öelda, et lampjalgsus on päritav ja see on paratamatus, millega on lepitud juba raseduse ajal, kuid tegelikult pole asi üldse nii hull ja seda saab siiski leevendada- või mõningatel juhtudel ka vältida, kui juba esimesed jalatsid on soetada korralikud tugeva tallaga (mitte pehmed sussid), kanna- ja sisemise toestusega. (Ma tean, et ka siinkohal on paljudel eriarvamused)

Millal peaks hakkama jalanõusid kandma?
See oleneb täitsa lapsest, mõni jookseb ringi juba 8 kuuselt teine aga pooleteise aastaselt. Siin soovitaksin vaadata last, et kui ajab ennast tugede najal kõndima, siis oleks aeg jalatsite peale mõelda. Muidugi oskavad siin parema suuna kätte anda arstid või ortopeedid.
Kuid see, millised jalatsid, kui suured/väiksed/kvaliteetsed jne valitakse on iga lapsevanema enda otsustada. 🙂
Veel üks tähelepanek, kui lapsed hakkavad tugede najal püsti ajama või kõndima ning käivad kikivarvul, siis see tähendab, et tagumiku lihased pole tugevad ja kogu keha raskus läheb rindkerele. Kuidas aru saada, et tagumiku lihased on tugevad? Kui laps hakkab käima ja potsatab tagumikule mitte kõhuli ja seistes/kõndides ei aja ennast kikivarvukile.

Kuidas saada tugevad tagumiku lihased?
Istu põrandale, pane laps oma kahe jala vahele seisma. Hoia kehast (mitte kätest) ja lase tal tõusta püsti ja istuda tagasi reie peale (samal ajal lapse jalad on sinu jalgade vahel fikseeritud ja kikivarvukile tõusta ei saa).

Võin omast kogemusest öelda, et ilmselt polnud mul kõige tugevamad tagumiku lihased, sest alalõpmata olin ma kõhuli maas- ka täiesti siledal asfaltiga kaetud teel (seda veel ka juba koolis käies) Põlved ja käed olid kogu aeg marraskil/verised (armid on siiani alles), suvel teadsin, et teeleht tuleb peale panna, aga kui palju sukkpükse ma puruks kukkusin- seda teab ainult vanajumal ise. 😁
Minu esimesed jalatsid mida mäletan, olid kinnise ninaga, heledamat pruuni värvi kingad, ilmselt nahast, kuid kuna mulle need väga meeldisid ja võimalik, et käisin need räbalateks, siis ei osatud sel ajal tähelepanu pöörata kas jalatsid mitte väikseks pole jäänud. Väikeste jalatsite kandmisest on mul kahjuks mõlema jala väikese varba küüned defektiga.

Mulle on armsaks saanud lastejalatsite brändid Jacadi ja Dpam.

Toredat teisipäeva,
Kadi

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