Child Development, Putting on Shoes: For all the stamping goodness
When your baby was younger, you did everything for them. You changed their diapers, fed them, and took them everywhere they went. Now, as they get older, they become more independent or try to be. Part of a big step into your child’s development is putting on shoes themselves. This part of their life may be hard on you as it is your precious little one; however, it is crucial for their development.
25 to 30 Months
Starting around two years old, your child will want to undress and dress herself, including their shoes. At two years old, they are able to pull off their own shoes. To adults, this is a very easy task; however, for small children, it is not as easy. They are learning to grasp onto things and master their fine motor skills. Taking off shoes also requires your little one to balance as they take them off standing up.
31 to 36 Months
Starting at age three, this is when your child will begin to put on their shoes themselves. They can also start to buckle or velcro their shoes all by themselves. Tying their shoes does happen at a later stage though. This is a huge step for a child’s development putting on their shoes even if it takes a lot longer than you doing it. Allow your child that independence and schedule in more time for them to accomplish this task on their own.
Even though them may try to put on their shoes by themselves, at this stage, they may have trouble coordinating the left and right shoe correctly. There are a few options available to help them in this area. You can allow them to put them on, and then make it a teachable moment to allow them to learn the correct shoe. Another good option is to cut a sticker in half and put on side on the left and one side on the right. The child then knows which shoe goes on what foot due to matching up the sticker.
Benefits of Child Development Putting on Shoes
There are many psychological and emotional benefits of allowing your children
to put on their own shoes. It creates independence as mentioned earlier which then promotes confidence. The more
the child does things on their own the more confidence they gain. If you do everything for them, their confidence dwindles.
A child’s development of putting on shoes also affects them physically. They are able to further their gross motor skills by putting their shoes on and off. They also work their fine motor skills by using the zippers, buckles, and velcro on their shoes.
It also allows them to develop their thinking skills further. For instance, they will learn what shoes to wear in the summer versus the winter. Once they reach the age of five they should be able to learn and accomplish the technique of tying their own shoes as well.
Red Flags and How to Help
If your child is not reaching the development stages as described above, something could be wrong, or something in the environment might be to be changed. For instance, take thought about what happens during the time your child is getting dressed. Are you doing everything for them? Do you quickly intervene when they mess up?
If that is the case, try to let your child learn from their mistakes on their own. It is perfectly fine if they put their shoes on the wrong feet because everyone makes mistakes in the beginning. Without making those mistakes, they cannot grow.
If you allow that time of trial and error and things still aren’t working out, try talking to your pediatrician. Let them know your concerns and listen to their advice. In some cases, further help is needed. Other times it can be fixed with some extra motivation.
Sometimes kids like having everything done for them, so they lack the motivation to try. Try making it a game for them like using the sticker method above. See who can put their shoes on the fastest as this usually creates excitement for young children.
What Type of Shoes Should I Get?
Because there are so many different type of shoes, some are better options than others. For babies, typically softer shoes are better as their feet are still developing. As your child begins to walk,
find shoes that have a harder sole for them to be stable as they walk. Another important aspect of shoes for toddlers are ones that have straps or buckles to make sure the shoes stay secured onto your child.
After a while, your toddler will be able to wear whatever shoe is most comfortable. Once they are very accurate and stable with walking, they can get breathable runners that still have support for their feet. With any child, make sure the shoe fits them perfectly and is not too tight, or else it will hurt your toddler and they will not allow their feet to grow properly.
Every child develops on their own timetable. Some may take longer while others achieve the different stages according to the averages. If your child is struggling or hasn’t attempted to put on their shoes, relax. Some things take time. Work with your child and help them in the areas they are lacking. When the time comes, enjoy the freedom you have when your child is independent and thriving.
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