“Who walks barefoot in the snow – Rafael, of course”

So we were warmly welcomed in the crèche this morning.

Indeed: children’s feet in slippers and socks wherever you look. Although the heating here is very good, floor heating, and I am convinced that barefoot is the best – I question myself a little. And I see “bad mother” and “poor child” criticism in my mind’s eye, although I am not at all met like this in the crèche here.

I even consider getting new winter boots for him in March (i.e.: in the snow and outside I put on Rafael shoes), and in search of them I finally meet a pediatrician who underlines my opinion:

“25.02.2011 | There are only three things that are important when learning to walk: firstly: walking barefoot, secondly: walking barefoot and thirdly: walking barefoot”, summarizes pediatrician and ECO-TEST consultant Dr. Falko Panzer. Walking barefoot, children learn to roll properly, and the muscles of the feet develop in such a way that they can carry the person upright through life. This process is programmed into the child and takes place all by itself. (continued below).”

In the day nursery that my daughter visited in Japan, the children were consistently taken off their socks, although there was no floor heating and not good heating: for health and safety reasons. Also in the garden of the crèche the children went barefoot and washed their feet every time they went back inside.

Not everywhere it was done this way, but in Japan it was easier and more natural, less questioned by the society, to be barefoot and leave it barefoot. Rather the socking, shoeing and packing of the feet.

it grows and learns and forms itself, the baby foot, in walking and moving. The numerous nerve endings learn to perceive and feel, enjoyable, exciting, stimulating

So: at least when it is warm: I can only support you in letting your child – and maybe yourself – go barefoot.

(Continuation of the article quoted above) “From a scientific point of view, the term ‘baby walker’ is therefore a contradiction in terms,” says Professor Markus Maier, lecturer in orthopaedics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Even socks should be omitted whenever possible, because feeling the environment through the skin is of immense importance for the development of fine motor skills, among other things.

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