Children benefit great deals by spending most of their time barefoot. Helps them develop fine motor skills and makes them better at jumping and balancing.
Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk/Avi Arya: This study, published in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, talks about the relevance of growing up shod vs barefoot on jumping, balancing and sprinting motor performance during different stages of childhood and adolescence and also shows that habitually barefoot children are noticeably better at jumping and balancing compared to habitually shod children, particularly from 6-10 years of age.
There are many benefits to going barefoot apart from motor skills:
1) Prevents germs: Turns out more germs live in those shoes than outside. Bacteria and fungus thrive in dark, moist and warm environment, such as your little one’s shoes.
2) Develop body awareness: Going barefoot helps children develop body awareness as they come in direct contact with the environment. They can move more freely and it also helps build spacial orientation.
3) Prevent injury: Going barefoot also helps children avoid injuries as spending too much time in shoes may make them feel restricted. It helps strengthen arches and ankles.