How Fast Do Toddlers’ Feet Grow?

Most parents usually scratch their heads when they found out that the pairs of shoes they’ve recently bought for their kids do not fit their kids’ feet anymore. For some toddlers, the need to change to bigger shoes happens more quickly than expected. Wouldn’t it be nice to determine how fast toddlers’ feet grow? This can help parents find the best shoe size for their children while giving their kids the most out of their shoes before it’s time to change for a bigger size.

To determine how fast children’s feet grow, you need to understand that drastic growth of the body happens from the toddler stage up to the school-age stage. The human body usually reaches its full-grown potential at the later stage of adolescent. When the body develops, all parts grow along with it, even the feet.

Here are some facts that reveal the average growth of children’s feet from toddler to adolescent.

Toddler stage (1–3)Pre-school and School-age stage (4–11)Adolescent stage (12–17)
feet can grow approximately 0.15cm per month or 1.8cm each yearfeet grow consistently at 0.10cm each month or 1.2cm per yearfeet size of a male can grow up to 10% of its current size while feet size of a female can only grow as much as 2% of its current size

Based from the given facts, it is revealed that feet grow the fastest during the toddler stage. This suggests changing their shoes 2 to 3 times a year. Children’s feet grow slightly slower during the pre-school and school-age stages, which suggest changing their shoes 1 to 2 times a year.

Consider the following factor in determining the feet size of your toddler:

Growth varies on all children

Growth and development differ on all children. This means that your child may grow either faster or slower than other children. But don’t worry, it’s just normal.

Having feet bigger or smaller than average children normally happens. If this is the case for your toddler, you only need to adjust the shoe size depending on the current size of his feet.

You can go bigger

There is always a wise tactic when it comes to feet sizing.

Some parents are taking into consideration how fast toddler’s feet can grow in a few months.

When choosing a pair of shoes, they cleverly go slightly bigger than their toddlers’ actual feet size.

The reason behind is that, the pair of shoes that fits the current size of the toddler’s feet may become too small in the next few months. By allowing more space, bigger shoes can still fit for several months while the feet are growing.

But of course, you have to be careful in allowing bigger size on your kid’s shoes. If you add too much size, your toddler might find the shoes uncomfortable to wear. You have to make sure that your toddler feels comfortable with his shoes as much as possible, especially during this stage when he starts to learn how to walk and run.

Before buying a pair of shoes, let your toddler wear them and let him walk with his shoes on. If he feels comfortable with bigger shoes then go for it. Otherwise, the shoes might be too big for him and you’ll need to look for a smaller size.

Shoes for newborn

The feet of an infant (0–12 months) slowly grow throughout this stage so you don’t need to change the shoes for your newborn very often. Moreover, you don’t need to buy shoes for your infant for the first 6 months.

Why is that so? Shoes are designed to protect the feet from the wear and tear caused by walking and running. I suggest that you wait until your child starts to walk before buying him a pair of shoes. Furthermore, I suggest you let your infant go barefoot during the first year to allow his delicate feet to naturally develop. To provide protection for your baby’s feet, let him wear cozy socks or comfortable booties instead.

Alternative for shoes

Take note that your child’s feet are growing gradually each month. If you let him wear shoes all the time, the front seam might push against his toes.

This doesn’t only feel uncomfortable but it may also disrupt the growth of his feet. You can set his toes free by letting him wear an open-toe sandal instead. It would be great to allow his feet breathe while walking and to let your kid try other variations of footwear.

The main idea here is to prevent the feet from any types of constraint. A pair of open-toe sandals can also be a problem if the insteps are too narrow or your toddler’s toes are hanging over the sole’s edge. In choosing the best footwear for your child, comfort should be the biggest factor to consider.

Joscelyn Booker