What is it about children's feet that make them seem like the fastest-growing part of their body? With back-to-school shopping behind you for another year, you might hope you can stop spending on shoes - at least until flip-flop season arrives with spring. But kids' feet do grow year round, right along with the rest of them. In fact, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, a child's shoe and sock sizes may change every few months. We've got some tips to help you find the right shoes and save you money. Do you have any suggestions? How often do you have to buy shoes for your child? Let us know!
Tip of the Week
What is it about children's feet that make them seem like the fastest-growing part of their body? With back-to-school shopping behind you for another year, you might hope you can stop spending on shoes - at least until flip-flop season arrives with spring. But kids' feet do grow year round, right along with the rest of them. In fact, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, a child's shoe and sock sizes may change every few months.
APMA recommends parents perform a simple, three-step inspection on new shoes before buying:
1. Look for a stiff heel. The heel counter should not collapse when pressed from both sides.
2. Ensure the shoe bends at the toes, but nowhere else.
3. Finally, make sure the shoe does not twist in the middle.
In addition, keep these tips in mind to help ensure kids are wearing comfortable shoes and practicing good foot health:
- Take children with you when you buy their shoes and shop at the end of the day when feet are at their biggest. Every shoe fits differently, and allowing a child to have a say in the shoe-shopping process can help promote healthy foot care habits down the road.
- Always buy for the larger foot. Feet are rarely the exact same size, so buy a shoe that fits the slightly larger foot.
- Avoid shoes that require a "break-in" period to feel comfortable. Shoes should be comfortable immediately. Be sure your child tries on the shoe wearing whatever type of socks or tights they will use with it.
- Never hand down footwear. Just because a shoe fits one child comfortably doesn't mean it will fit another in the same way. Also, sharing shoes can spread athlete's foot and nail fungus.
- Whenever possible, purchase shoes at a shoe store staffed by well-trained shoe fitters. An experienced salesperson can help relieve worries over getting the proper fit.
- If your child's shoes show uneven wear or wear out on the heels quickly, it could indicate a problem that should be examined by a podiatrist.
Family Movie Night
This month we’re highlighting the top family-friendly Halloween movies.
Length: 105 minutes
Synopsis: A group of men - Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson – team up to fight ghosts. You know the story – it’s one of the most popular movies of all time! And it holds up well as a good and slightly scary family film.
“If You Give a Dog a Donut” by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Ages: 3 to 7
Synopsis: If you give a dog a donut, he’ll ask for some apple juice to go with it. When you give him the juice, he’ll drink it all up. Then, before you can say “Woof” … Dog is off on a backyard adventure! The exuberant dog who first appeared in “If You Give A Pig A Party” is now the star of his very own book. - Balzer and Bray
Did You Know
According to the journal Pediatrics, more than 1 in 10 parents don’t give their children the recommended vaccinations.
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