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Picking the Perfect 1st Shoes

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Picking the Perfect 1st Shoes

Two words most of us love to hear? Shoe shopping! But it's quite a different story when you're buying footwear for your antsy 1-year-old. Most of the time you'll be hard-pressed to get him/her to try on a pair without wiggling out of your lap or having a kicking-and-screaming tantrum. And even if you can get them on his/her feet without a fuss, it can be tricky to figure out whether they're actually the right size. A toddler can't use words to tell you that s/he doesn't like the way something feels. "To make matters worse, it's really important to...


Children's Foot Health - What you need to know!

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Children's Foot Health - What you need to know!

Foot Development At birth the bones in the foot are mostly cartilage, the last bone doesn’t begin to form until children are about 3 years old. By 18 years of age, most of the bones are fully formed. Children’s feet are soft and pliable making them prone to damage from abnormal pressure, such as shoes which are too small or ill-fitting.  Walking Children usually begin to walk any time between 10 and 24 months of age. Each child is unique and will move through the developmental states at their own pace. Each child follows a developmental sequence from lying to sitting, crawling,...


Socks, Socks and more Socks!

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Socks? Yes, socks. I’m talking baby socks, toddler socks, preschool socks, and all manner of little kid socks from infant on up. I realize in confessing this, I might sound a little crazy. But the truth is that I only buy certain makes, models, and colors of socks and I’ve come to have very strong opinions about them. It’s the fashionista in me; I can’t help it. It all started innocently enough with my only daughter. We lucked into a dozen or so super awesome socks along with a mixed bag of other varieties. Babies:Trumpette socks are the very best....


5 Things to know when your baby starts crawling

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Each stage of baby's development is so exciting, but the moment your baby starts crawling – the real fun begins! This phase of your baby's life is a learning experience for both of you, so be prepared! Here are five things you should know when your baby starts crawling. Baby-proof early Crawling is preceded by rolling over. It is evident that all babies develop at different paces; however, note that "Typically, your baby starts to roll over and back and forth around four months of age, then most start crawling after that stage." You should start baby-proofing your home at this...


Unsupported Walking & Independence

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When will s/he walk unsupported? depending on temperament, body build, gender, and family environment, babies vary from taking just a few days to several weeks as they transform into true bipeds. For instance, more cautious children may rely on this supported cruising for weeks or even months: occasionally a sudden fall or unexpected change in daily routine my even cause them to revert to crawling again as they reconsider their moves. (Don't worry: the sequence from standing to cruising to walking take less time on his/her second go-round.) "Overall, we'd want to refer a baby for evaluation if s/he isn't...

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