How often should you measure your child’s feet?

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Children grow up SO fast in many different ways. One of these, a more expensive growth habit, is their shoe size. As a parent you don’t want to over or underbuy shoes for your little one, this can be dangerous (both for your bank account and their feet). So, this guide will help you to know when your child’s feet need measuring so you can keep on top of their growth!

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Obviously growth changes at each stage, so this guide will cover each stage for your ease! We also have a guide on how to measure their feet so that you can do it from the comfort of your own home! Also, fear not, a child may not need new shoes every time you measure their feet, it is just to keep on top of their growth and to double check their current shoes are not too small!

Babies and toddlers, once they are in shoes, need their feet measured every 6 weeks. We recommend this because at this stage they are in a rapid period of growth, and crucially learning to walk. If their shoes do not fit correctly it can harm their development physically, as well as set them back in terms of walking. Don’t panic though as it is super easy to give their feet a quick measure to make sure you are on the right track!

Pre-schoolers need their feet measured every 8 weeks. Again, they are still going through rapid periods of growth and development, meaning one week their feet can be one size and the next week another size! Good quality shoes don’t have to break the bank, especially not from The Children’s Shoe Company, so fear not, you won’t need to take out a second mortgage to keep up!

Between the ages of 5-10 years the growth has slowed down. At this point they need their feet measured every 12 weeks. What we would recommend is once a year take them to your local shoe shop to get their feet measured professionally, but between that just measure them yourself! At The Children’s Shoe Company we offer free returns and exchanges so if the shoe doesn’t fit, you can just return it or exchange it for the correct size! At this stage you must be careful of sudden growth spurts, as this can cause their feet to need to be measured more frequently, but I’m sure your child would let you know if their shoes didn’t fit!

Finally, after the age of 10, you should measure their feet around twice a year. During puberty, feet grow even faster, but I’m sure your not-so-little one will let you know when they need new shoes! Feet don’t technically stop growing until the age of 20-21, but they plateau in growth at around 16 in girls, and 19 in boys, and by this point you’d hope their shoe fund wouldn’t be connected to your bank account!

We hope this was helpful for you to understand when you should measure your little ones feet and the differences between ages. If you need any more information, feel free to drop us a message on our Instagram @thechildrensshoecompany or even better drop into our shop, find the address here.

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