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The best ways to measure your child’s feet

Friday, 20 September 2019  |  Admin

Knowing the exact shoe size that your child should be wearing is crucial to the healthy development of not only their feet but posture and mobility too. That said, we know that having the little ones sitting still long enough to endure a measuring is a rarity, making it easy for parents to avoid at all costs!

There are plenty of ways in which you can properly measure your children’s feet to suit you and your little one. From professional measuring in-store to knowing how to do it correctly from the comfort of your own home, this blog is here to help!

How important is it really?

We may be sounding biased here, but VERY! Toddlers feet grow on average up to two sizes a year until the age of four. Imagine wearing a pair of shoes two sizes too small for you - it certainly wouldn’t be comfortable! More importantly, wearing the wrong style and size of shoe as a child is proven to have a large influence over future foot problems, posture, and issues in mobility.

Knowing the size of your little one’s feet will mean that a professional shoe fitter will be able to advise you on the best style of shoe and keep your child as comfortable and healthy as they can be!

How often should you have your child’s feet measured?

Most professionals would suggest that you have your little ones measured once every six to eight weeks. That may sound frequent, but the rate that young children’s feet grow at means that any longer and your child could be a whole size bigger!

At the age of four the growth rate tends to slow down to around one size every year. At that point, you’ll be okay with measuring them once every 3 or so months.

How and where can I get my child’s feet professionally measured?

We would always recommend having your little one’s feet measured professionally where possible. Having access to higher quality apparatus will mean a more accurate measurement, as well as advice on what style of shoe would fit best.

If you come to visit us in our Lindfield store, we will be more than happy to do it free of charge! Click here to see us on the map.

How can I measure my child’s feet myself?

  • Babies

Baby's feet can be measured when they are laid down. Make sure they are wearing socks and their toes are not curled in. Use a ruler or measuring tape and measure from the heel to the longest toe in millimeter or centimeter. Please measure both feet as each foot can be different. Then add 0.7cm to 1cm for growing room and refer to the size chart for the right size.

  • Children

Put a piece of paper on the floor, make sure that the paper is lined up with the wall. Let the child stand on the piece of paper with their heels against the wall. Make sure that the child wears socks and the toes are not curled up. Draw a line where the longest toe is on the paper. Use a measuring tape and measure from the heel to the longest toe in millimeter or centimeter. Please measure both feet as each foot can be different. Then add 0.7cm to 1cm for growing room and refer to the size chart for the right size.

Click https://www.facebook.com/Happyfeetboutique/videos/2595829000705921/ to see a video of how you can measure at home.

Click https://www.happyfeetboutique.co.uk/faqs.html to see our size chart.

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