Does Your Baby Need to Wear Shoes?

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Does Your Baby Need to Wear Shoes?

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Does Your Baby Need to Wear Shoes?

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Shoes protect feet from rough or sharp surfaces. They don't help baby stand or walk. Until he starts walking in places that might hurt his feet, baby doesn't need to wear shoes. Socks, booties or clothes with feet are enough. Bare feet are fine unless it's cold in your home. When baby starts to walk, going barefoot around the house or in sand or grass is good exercise.

When baby does need shoes, be sure they are well-fitted. There should be 1/2 inch of room in front of his toes. Shoes that are too big can cause falls, while shoes that are too small can cramp growing feet. Buy the cheapest shoes that fit. A 1-year-old will outgrow them every 6 to 8 weeks. Remember to get larger socks when you change shoe sizes. Soft, flexible shoes are best for walking. The sole should bend easily. High-topped shoes are not needed to support his ankles. Hand-me-downs are fine except in the case of shoes. Because shoes, as they are worn, mold to a child's foot, it's unlikely that hand-me-down shoes will fit your child's foot properly. This can cause walking problems for your child.

Source: Nebraska Extension NuFacts

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