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Date Posted: 11 July 2017  

If your child experiences any of the following, a Podiatrist can help.

  • Clumsiness (trips and falls)
  • Doesn’t like playing sports
  • Trouble keeping up with peers
  • Muscle fatigue or soreness
  • Back, Hip, Knee, Arch or Heel pain
  • Ankle pain and sprains
  • Clawing toes

Some Simple Facts!

  • A child’s foot structure is composed mainly of relatively soft and flexible cartilage which gradually converts to bone over time – only fully hardening in the child’s mid to late teens
  • During this growing stage your kid’s feet are susceptible to injury, improper footwear, and poor developme...


Author: Natasha Barber   Date Posted: 5 July 2017  

Here are some tips that will help you be certain that your children's shoes fit properly, and remove some of the nightmare elements of shopping for kids' shoes.

When to Buy New Shoes for Your Child
Unless your child complains that they are uncomfortable, you may not know when it's time for a new pair of shoes. It's a good idea to periodically check your children's shoes to make sure what they're wearing is still working for them. Look for particularly worn areas, or stressed seams. If the sides are bulging or wearing out more quickly than the rest of the shoe, then they may not be wide enough. Toes that bend upwards are also a sign of shoes that don't fit prop...


Date Posted: 4 July 2017  

The first few months with your new baby are precious and challenging at the same time. This is the moment when you get to value the few minutes of sleep you can get when you have a chance to do so. It’s always ideal to pattern your sleep schedule with that of your baby’s, so if you want to enjoy the occasional shuteye with minimal interruptions, consider acquiring baby sleeping bags from uh-oh!, which are available at www.uh-oh.com.au.  

The baby sleeping bags from uh-oh! are available in six different sizes, plus three different weight ranges and tog ratings, a warmth measurement rating to ensure you get the right sleeping bag for...


Author: Lifestyle You   Date Posted: 3 July 2017  

Any parent will know how difficult it can be to get a baby to settle and into a regular sleeping pattern. Here are a few top tips to help!

Need some ideas to help get your baby to sleep? Natasha Barber, mother and owner of uh oh! Sleepwear, shares her top tips to encourage a healthy sleeping pattern:

1. Keep them Cosy- Snuggle up!
The startle reflex, a primitive survival reflex that produces spontaneous, jerky movements, even in sleep can be disturbing. uh-oh! baby sleeping bags celebrate THE TOG TEST- designs which prevent baby from experiencing sudden, jerky movements in the perfect temperature. Baby Sleeping bags are perfect for the summer m...


Author: Review Zoo   Date Posted: 19 June 2017  

Ships Ahoy! Babies will be sailing away to La La Land with these gorgeous nautical inspired sleeping bags and buggy bags from uh-oh!.

uh-oh! introduced their first range in 1994 and have gone from strength to strength since. All sleeping bags and buggy bags are designed by the experienced uh-oh! in-house team who really do know what works well for little ones and for parents.

uh-oh! believe correct sizing is important to ensure the safety of your children so they offer a variety of sizes from 0 -6.  All uh-oh sleeping bags and buggy bags comply & exceed the ‘Australian and New Zealand safety standard for children’s nightwear (AS/NZ ...


Author: The Mummy Adventure   Date Posted: 11 June 2017  

A babies foot is a very precious thing. They are a very different shape to an adults and ever so soft. They need to be cared for in the best possible way, and studies have shown that walking barefoot is the best thing for their development. Of course this is not always practical. Dylan is starting to try and pull himself up, and loves standing holding onto my hands. It won't be long until he is off and when we are outside I need to protect his little feet. SKEANIE baby shoes are leather with a suede sole, meaning they allow your child to walk naturally, as if they were barefoot whilst protecting them at the same time.

The Australian brand have an eco-approach to making shoes and...


Date Posted: 1 June 2017  

Kids grow up so fast. They shoot up into the air and their limbs expand at an unbelievable pace. This makes it difficult to keep them clothed for more than a few months and many parents struggle to find the right sizes for their children. This is even more difficult when it comes to shoes. But it doesn’t have to be. With a few steps from SKEANIE, an Australian online kids shoe shop, you can fit their feet without stress.
 
The first step is to understand how the shoes are sized. Most stores will offer infants shoes in sizes small, medium, large and extra-large. However, they do also offer European si...


Author: babyreview.com.au   Date Posted: 26 May 2017  

After an active day of play and discovery it is a relief when Baby goes down to sleep with ease. To make the transition to bed as simple as possible, we follow the same steps of bath, story, cuddles, sleeping bag and bed each night. So far, Baby has been easy to settle and I believe our uh-oh! sleeping bag is helping make bed time zippy in our household.

With summer upon us, Baby...


Author: Tracy Byrne   Date Posted: 17 May 2017  

Around 70 per cent of adult foot problems come from wearing the wrong type or size of footwear during childhood.

In my years of practising as a Podiatrist, I‘ve seen so many chronic foot-related problems that could have been prevented. Unfortunately, children today are headed for the same problems, as recent studies undertaken across Europe reveal that 70 per cent of children are wearing shoes too small. As a mother of two young daughters and a Podo-Paediatric Specialist (Infant Foot Specialist), I am passionate about improving our childrens’ foot health by sharing my knowledge with the local community.

There are two important issues currently affecting the f...


Author: Natasha Barber   Date Posted: 10 May 2017  

Foot Development
At birth the bones in the foot are mostly cartilage, the last bone doesn’t begin to form until children are about 3 years old. By 18 years of age, most of the bones are fully formed. Children’s feet are soft and pliable making them prone to damage from abnormal pressure, such as shoes which are too small or ill-fitting.

Walking
Children usually begin to walk any time between 10 and 24 months of age. Each child is unique and will move through the developmental states at their own pace. Each child follows a developmental sequence from lying to sitting, crawling, standing, cruising, walking to runn...


Author: http://www.mydr.com.au   Date Posted: 9 May 2017  

Children’s feet are not the same as adults’ feet. Babies' and toddlers' feet are soft and pliable because the bones are not yet completely formed. This means their feet can be more easily damaged than the feet of older children e.g. by shoes that are too tight. Here are some tips for taking care of your child’s feet.

Shoes and socks

  • Toddlers do not need shoes indoors when they first start to walk. Letting them go barefoot or wearing socks alone helps their feet grow normally and encourages their toes to develop a grasping action.
  • Feet grow rapidly during childhood. Check that your child’s shoes fit properly every one to 3 months up to the age of 3 ...


Author: Franki Hobson   Date Posted: 4 April 2017  

Well, not hard shoes, anyway. Here’s 10 baby feet facts (one for each toe!) you need to know about your wee one’s footsies before you fuel a mini shoe addiction…

  1. At six months of age, a baby’s foot is still mostly cartilage. In fact, some of the bones only start forming between 9-18 months. By 18 years of age, most of the bones are formed.
  2. Baby feet only need protection in cooler weather. Grow suits with feet, socks or small, soft natural fibre shoes should be used to keep twinkle toes warm and should always be loose around your baby’s feet.
  3. Making time for your baby to kick freely will help with the development of leg and feet muscles.
  4. C...


Author: Abby Stevens   Date Posted: 24 March 2017  

Sunny Coast Kids were asked to review a pair of SKEANIE Children’s sandals – we chose the ‘coast leather sandals’ in fuchsia colour.

Firstly, I was surprised by the softness and quality of the leather…. The leather was really, really, really soft!! They looked super comfy on and Miss 4 didn’t try and adjust them or fuss with them. This is definitely a first, because if there is any opportunity to take her shoes off, she will appear barefoot in the blink of an eye (as opposed to the 10 minutes it had taken to get them on!!) I get very frustrated with shoes, more often than not I end up carrying them! I was surprised when she kept these sandals on. I think the softness and flexibi...


Date Posted: 15 March 2017  

The summer rains have kicked in and are set to continue well into autumn. Days are filled with ominous grey clouds, which are finally broken by sun showers and pelting rain, resulting in big puddles and vibrant rainbows. As the gloomy skies descend, it is important you and your little one are wrapped up and prepared for the rainy weather.
 
Raingear for your child should be durable and long lasting. It needs to sustain jumps in puddles, rolls in the mud, trips and falls and other things that only children seem to do. It is important to buy something of a high quality, without breaking the bank, to ensure your little one can play safely and...


Author: Bubbablue's Blog   Date Posted: 1 March 2017  

So Nathaniel’s now been walking for almost 3 months and he loves it.  Crawling now only happens if he’s going through his play tunnel, and he’s even moved on to ‘dancing’ (little stomps left & right, occasional twirling, and sometimes stepping backwards).  All very cute.  He’s not mastered running yet, but that’s not far as he can be pretty quick when he wants to.

He’s now in walkers, but also has his first pair of wellies – funky blue with little yellow motorbikes on from a Joules end of season warehouse sale.

It’s unfortunate the timing of him needing to move from his cruisers to walkers as I’d just bought some Clarks walkers (thankfully in the sal...


Author: I'm Counting UFOs   Date Posted: 16 February 2017  

Looking after my children’s feet has always been important to me.  Their little feet are so soft andpliable when they are young, with the last bones not forming until approximately three years of age, so it’s vital you look after the things that are going to carry you around for your whole life.

So when we were approached by SKEANIE to ask if we’d like to try out a pair of their eco-leather, soft soled shoes, we jumped at the chance.

The soles on the SKEANIE shoes are incredibly thin, which helps develop balance, flexibility and foot strength, they are nice and wide at the front, so no little toes get squished.  This allows for plenty of wiggle room, again, i...


Author: White Lily Green   Date Posted: 12 February 2017  

Little One was lucky enough to be sent a beautiful pair of Skeanie shoes to review. As I've not been very well, we have had a few weeks to give them a proper test, and I have to say, I'm incredibly impressed. SKEANIE was founded by mum of two Natasha Barber. She commenced her soft soled shoe research shortly after her Cheeky Monkey, Hamish was born. Finding high quality soft leather shoes was a challenge. After 2 years of research and design and the birth of her Little Princess, Bella, she launched SKEANIE shoes for kids. All SKEANIE shoes and boots are hand-crafted from high quality super soft eco-leather,...


Author: Lilinha Espindula   Date Posted: 8 February 2017  

As you are aware, little man had feet surgery a few weeks ago for his overlapping toes and he was unable to wear shoes during recovery. When I read about SKEANIE, I was very keen on trying and it seemed a perfect pair of shoes after little man’s surgery. SKEANIE genuine leather shoes with flexible soles are preferred by podiatrists.

SKEANIE shoes and boots are designed to nurture and protect little feet, handcrafted from high quality eco-leather. As well as providing room for natural growth, SKEANIE’s soft soled shoes allow sensory feedback from the ground, which is especially important for little ones learning to walk and getting to know their surroundings. Research shows that ...


Author: Nursery Trader UK   Date Posted: 17 January 2017  

From the time your little ones start cruising around the furniture, shoes are something that are purchased on a regular basis, finding a pair that are comfortable and stylish whilst looking after their feet can sometimes prove difficult. Take a look at what SKEANIE shoes can offer your child's tootsies. "extremely soft, easy for little ones to put on themselves, flexible soles can be expensive if your child's feet grow quickly"
Our score = 4.5 stars

Nursery Product Review
SKEANIE is a company that started out down under in Australia, founded by mum of two, Natasha Barber. Endorsed by podiatrists and experts around the world, their shoe designs...


Author: Behind the News   Date Posted: 15 January 2017  

Often people try to change the way they look. It might be a new hair-style or trying to grow big muscles at the gym. But there's one part of your body that can also change shape depending on fashion. It's your feet. Experts are worried that kids cramming their toes into the wrong kind of footwear could lead to some big problems for their feet.

NATASHA THIELE, REPORTER: Choosing which shoe is right for you should take a bit more time and thought than this. But while we spend hours in shoe shops stressing over which shoes look the best, we spend far less time thinking about which ones are best for our feet.

Anna is a podiatrist, a ...



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