You Need 1 Reason to Help Improve Your Little Ones Physical Development? Great.... Well We've Got 8!

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You Need 1 Reason to Help Improve Your Little Ones Physical Development? Great.... Well We've Got 8!

You Need 1 Reason to Help Improve Your Little Ones Physical Development? Great.... Well We've Got 8!

The 8 Main benefits of BareFoot Stimulation

We're passionate about our little ones physical development, after all thats why we started this business, and we sometimes take for granted that everyone knows why being barefoot is great for our little ones. We also know that we're bombarded with information these days and sometimes its hard to sort the wheat from the chaff so over the next moth we're really going to try and help through sharing our knowledge and the knowledge of some of the amazing experts we've had the privilege to work with or be advised by.Play Mats for Barefoot Stimulation

So here goes with 8 reason barefoot stimulation is awesome!

  • Sensory Stimulation: Walking barefoot allows a child to experience different textures, temperatures, and surfaces, such as grass, sand, and hardwood floors. This sensory input helps develop their sense of touch and spatial awareness.

  • Muscle Strength and Balance: Walking barefoot engages more muscles in the feet, ankles, and lower legs compared to wearing shoes. This can contribute to better muscle development and improved balance, which are crucial for proper motor skill development.

  • Foot Arch Development: Walking without shoes allows the foot's arches to naturally develop and strengthen. Arch support is important for maintaining proper foot alignment and distributing body weight effectively.

  • Proprioception: Proprioception refers to the body's ability to sense its position and movement in space. Walking barefoot enhances proprioception, which in turn improves coordination and body awareness.

  • Vestibular Stimulation: Walking on uneven surfaces or different textures stimulates the vestibular system, which helps with spatial orientation and balance. This stimulation is important for healthy sensory integration.

  • Foot Health: Allowing the feet to be free from the confinement of shoes can help prevent issues like ingrown toenails and fungal infections. It also lets the feet breathe and reduces the risk of developing foot deformities.

  • Connection to Nature: Walking barefoot outdoors (or on our Muffik play mats 😉) can provide a deeper connection to nature and the environment. Children can engage their senses and curiosity while exploring different natural surfaces.

  • Positive Impact on Gait: Walking without shoes encourages a more natural gait pattern, as children tend to use their feet and muscles more efficiently when barefoot.

Now as with anything in life balance is always good and it's important to strike a balance with being Barefoot as well. While there are benefits to barefoot stimulation, there are also situations where shoes are necessary for protection, such as when walking in areas with sharp objects or extremes of temperature. Additionally, as children grow and their bodies develop, their foot needs may change, so it's a good idea to consult with a paediatrician or a podiatrist to ensure that their footwear choices are appropriate for their stage of development.

We hope you enjoyed our first instalment from this months campaign called Everyday is a School Day!

As always is you have any specific questions we're always happy to hear from you. Drop us an email to info@happyfeetplaymats.co.uk