Elastic bottom gowns
Halo swaddle sleep sack
Wide leg pants
Foot jammies a size larger
Rock and Play
Bumbo/Mamas and Papas Activity chair
White noise machine
Floor space heater
Summer Infant Baby Bather or Munchkin Cradle Tub
Boppy Lounger/Bean bag
Baby carrier (Mei Tai or Beco Gemini)
Sock Recommendations for BNB
Gap: Triple roll socks, in store & online
Hank and JoJo: online only
KeepingPace: online only
MD Orthopaedics: Black Robin socks-1-877-ponseti, www.mdorthopaedics.com
Old Navy: Triple Roll socks, online only
Smart Knit: online only
Target: Cat & Jack (formally Circo) brand bobby socks, in store & online
Wal Mart: Garanimals brand bobby socks, in store & online
Children’s Place: Basic Triple Roll Socks, in store & online
Hanes Infant/Toddler Turn Cuff Socks: online and in stores
Stiff-soled options of the past were based on the thought that new walkers needed support. While this holds true for adults, babies’ and toddlers’ feet are different. At the time of birth, at least six bones are still cartilage. These growing feet need to be allowed to develop appropriately.
Research suggests that barefoot is best for these new walkers. It enables the child’s toes to grip the ground, and in turn helps to develop the small muscles of the foot. Being barefoot also allows the child to develop proprioception or the ability of the foot to tell where it is in space. However, walking barefoot is not always practical.
Toddler shoes that mimic barefoot condition are known as ultra-flex shoes. For a guide on how to fit shoes visit: https://fittingchildrenshoes.com/
When buying shoes look for:
Flexibility: Shoes should bend both up and down as well as be able to twist.
Appropriate fit: Seeing a trained professional at a children’s shoe store may be the best option and allow for the most accurate shoe measurement.
Shoes should be wide enough at the front of the foot. This is particularly important in young children because the front of the foot is much wider than the heel.
Shoes should be a thumb width longer than the big toe. Make sure your child is not curling up his or her toes in the shoe.
It is important that the child tries on both shoes and walks around in them. A child that is crying immediately after shoes are placed on his or her feet or is refusing to walk with the shoes may be experiencing pain from the shoes.
Size: It is tempting to buy the next size up, but that’s not always the right thing to do. Children age 12 to 30 months will require shoe size change every two to three months. After that time, foot growth slows over the next four years.
Shoes that are too big can serve as tripping hazards and lead to injuries. These new walkers will have enough bumps and bruises without the shoes adding to their difficulty.
Large shoes will alter a child’s developing gait pattern and subsequently influence long-term walking.
When should my child wear shoes?
Newborns do not need shoes. At this age, shoes can restrict the developing foot.
Crawlers may wear soft leather shoes as needed. These can serve as an additional layer of protection between the infant and the outside world.
Early walkers should wear shoes to protect the feet from hot, cold, rocky, or uneven surfaces. Shoes should be lightweight and flexible. Barefoot walking is encouraged when in the home.
As the walker matures and balance improves, shoes can become stiffer. This typically occurs after the child has been walking for 6 months.
*It is very common for clubfoot children to have different sized feet.
Split Shoe Size Programs
Nordstrom Department Stores
*Criteria for the Nordstrom Split Size Shoe Program
1 of the following criteria needs to be met:
-at least 1.5 sizes different (example: a size 4 and a size 5.5) OR
-at least one size and one width different (example: a size 4 and a size 5W) OR
-two width differences (example: a size 4 and a size 4WW)
*This can be done online as well. You will order the shoes you need (2 pairs), then return the ones you do not need. Write “split shoes” on the return packing slip.
Nordstrom Rack stores: It is recommended that you contact your local Nordstrom Rack to see if this service is something they'd be able to accommodate.
Split Shoe Websites
Asics(kayano, cumulus, nimbus)
Nike Free Runners 5.0
Nike Air Max
New Balance (900 series)
Soft Star Shoes
Tough Little Piggies
See Kai Run
Tough Little Piggies
AFO Compatible Shoes (look for shoes with extended shoe tongues, toe boxes and removable insoles)
Converse “easy slip” Chuck Taylors
DC shoes in wide
Markell Shoe Company
New Balance XW
Wal Mart wide
Zappos (orthotic friendly option)
The information compiled is from clubfoot family experiences, and the medical community. Doctors and those in the medical field have opinions that may differ. This document is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Consult your doctor with questions. Every clubfoot situation and every clubfoot child's treatment plan may differ slightly.