Whether due to the possibility of getting hurt or the fear of getting sick, families avoid leaving children walking with bare feet. We understand overzealousness, mom! But we have good news: letting the baby walk barefoot is very good for the baby’s health! Know more:
5 benefits of letting your baby walk barefoot:
1. Sensory development
Babies have more sensitivity in their feet than in their hands until they are nine months old. So if your feet are shod, your sensory impressions will be smaller.
Direct contact with the ground it helps to obtain information from the outside world and the feet allow the child to receive important stimuli for sensory development and recognize the environment around him.
2.Improved psychomotor development
Letting the baby walk barefoot allows the recognition of sensations related to temperatures and textures, which favor psychomotor development! So the baby becomes more aware of where he is stepping and feels more secure.
Surfaces such as sand, water, grass, dry leaves or carpets are perfect for stimulating the senses and helping you to improve your proprioception (awareness of the body in space).
Walking barefoot helps to form the plantar arch! The fact that the baby walks barefoot with the sole of the foot in direct contact with the floor helps to be more aware of each step.
That way, he has more resources to organize his movement patterns and stay in balance. Thus, the baby gains more confidence to walk!
4. Greater knowledge of the body
Without shoes, when he takes his feet up to his hands and performs other movements, the baby knows and experiences the limits of his body better. This discovery also influences your cognitive development.
5.Best position of strongest joints and muscles
When walking barefoot, the child comes into contact with uneven surfaces, stimulating his automatic reflexes, which will allow him to maintain good posture. This, consequently, stimulates the musculature of the feet, legs and shins, visuospatial orientation, balance and coordination.
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