All parents want the absolute best for their child, which is why parents spend a fortune on baby clothes and all the accessories that accompany them. Parents doll up their little ones with the perfect pair of shoes to complete look. Now, however, this may end up being a thing of the past, as new research has shown that babies are better off not wearing shoes at all due to developmental reasons.
As a child learns to walk, their sensory system is in the phase of fast development, and experts have found that walking barefoot helps improve their balance, coordination, and spatial orientation skills.
Experts are now saying that not having your baby wear shoes helps them to develop a stronger sense of touch and receive important sensory information from the soles of their feet touching the ground. Dr. Kacie Flegal, a vitalistic chiropractor, said that walking barefoot greatly helps the vestibular system and the proprioceptive system. While the vestibular system helps a person’s center of gravity, the proprioceptive system gives someone the ability to understand the motion and also the positioning of the human body.
Tracy Birne, a podiatrist specializing in podopaediatrics, explained that wearing shoes as a baby can hamper a child’s walking and cerebral development.
Other research has shown that children become more intelligent when they do not wear shoes. Though they should wear shoes when they are outside, parents should minimize the amount of time they wear shoes as much as possible.
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