At first they will crawl when confronted with a gap between furniture. But as they grow they learn to cross by moving their feet into the gap and letting go to totter to the next support.

Time for first shoes: Most children learn to walk aged between 9 and 18 months, depending on the development of the required muscular strength. But don’t hurry them or become anxious - your child is an individual and will walk when they are ready. After all, these are just the first steps on a very long road.

First shoes: Once your child can take a few steps unaided then he or she is ready for that first pair of real shoes. When choosing your child’s first shoes the first thing to look for is a trained fitter. Then make sure the shoes have these features:

* Close cropped soles to prevent tripping
* Room for movement and growth built in
* Soft leather uppers for cool comfortable feet
* Lightweight, flexible sole to aid walking development
* Whole and half sizes and a choice of widths to find the right fit
* Fully adjustable fastenings
* Padded ankle for protection and support

Up and running

At this age most kids learn to run and do little standing jumps. Once they reach this stage watch out, as you’ll need shoes that can take some punishment and still look good.

Our recommendations for infant shoes:

* Room to grown built in without sacrificing fit
* Made to follow the unique shape of children’s feet
* Whole and half sizes and a choice of widths
* Quality leather uppers for comfort and protection
* Lightweight, flexible sole for comfort and grip

Running and Jumping

As your child grows, you will pass many other milestones together, first birthday, first words, and many others. But while all this is happening your child’s feet and their walking will be developing all the time.

By the time your child is a fully-fledged toddler they will walk very differently from when they took those first steps.

* Arms are no longer used for balance so they can be used to pick up (and throw down!) things that catch the eye
* Knees and feet now point forward as the hip joints are fully in place
* Ankles and knees are now being flexed, reducing the shock that leads to head movement and, in turn, tumbles
* Walking is still flat footed (which is what can make can make toddlers look clumsy) so light, flexible soles are still vital

Source: SCPOD Website.