Does your baby wear shoes?

Jenelle - posted on 08/30/2010 ( 50 moms have responded )

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I have always heard that it is better for babies to go barefoot for the most part. I almost never put shoes on my daughter and she is 14 months old and walking. Sometimes I feel like other moms judge me because I dont put shoes on her. I will if it is unsanitary or dangerous for her to go barefoot, but for the most part her little piggies are free. What are other moms out there practicing?

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Sarh - posted on 09/02/2010

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Alsol, by letting your child go barefoot, you are encouraging her foot and leg muscles to strength naturally. While baby's walk may look funny to you, his waddle is normal and natural.
The only reason you should place baby shoes on your child's feet is to protect them from injury, such as rocks; hard, rough surfaces; and sticker-laden yards; or from the cold or wet ground. Other than that, your child is much better off barefoot.

Yolanda - posted on 09/04/2010

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hey how are u doing jenell. i am responding to ur comment. My son dont never have shoes on his feet and he's 9 months going on 10 months he even took pictures barefoot, lol, thats cause we forgot his shoe, but ur baby is good, long as she's in the house, :) Thats what i think.

JACKIE - posted on 09/03/2010

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i put soft shoes on my 4 month old so he gets use to them when he starts walkin it is mini tennies for him

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Erin - posted on 06/20/2014

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I am the same. I did it will both Cece and Bella and am planning on doing it with Aiden.

Ashley - posted on 06/17/2014

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One of my friends just had a little baby boy and i was searching for something to get her and little Tony, just a little something to help them out and i ran across these "First Cleats" for toddlers, they are absolutely adorable. They come in black and white, and also pink and white for girls. They're soft, one size fit all crawling shoe for babies six months or younger. They are so cute and he absolutely loves them! They are very soft and very safe for babies. They're designed after older kids sports cleats for little babies. i definitely recommend these, they are a perfect cute gift for a baby shower. They keep his little piggies safe and protected, but they are also soft and would be comfortable for her.

Eva - posted on 01/05/2014

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Babies are born flat-footed, and stuffing their tender little feet into hard shoes won't create arches; only time and normal development can do that. As far as shoes helping them learn to walk goes, they don't. Anyone who has ever watched a baby learning to toddle knows that they balance by "gripping" the walking surface with their toes; that can't do that in stiff shoes, so common sense dictates that the easiest way for them to learn to walk is barefoot or in soft shoes. My kids wore leather slipper shoes called Robeez until they were well over a year old, and accomplished walkers; they were sturdy and kept their feet warm and protected, indoors or out, but they were also super flexy, so they could use their feet the way nature intended.

Sally - posted on 12/30/2013

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It's easier (and healthier) to learn to walk barefoot, but my kids still wore shoes outside. In public areas you just never know what they could step on. When we went out, they wore soft soled shoes so their shoes didn't get in the way of their walking.

Carol - posted on 09/08/2010

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my son takes them off. No matter what. He has had sneakers, sandals and boots and some hw he wiggles out of them off. He has even lost a sandal before, I will put socks on hi and its the same problem, he takes them off.

Jenelle - posted on 09/08/2010

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Thank you all for your comments, i appreciate all the input. We actually just went and bought a pair of soft bottom shoes and she cant get enough of them. She brings them to me all the time and always wants to wear them. I never put them on her before because there really wasnt a need. We live in a warm climate and usually stay home.

Brianna - posted on 09/04/2010

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My daughter goes barefoot at home all the time. but always wears shoes or at least slippers when we leave the house. Actually if your baby walks on its tip toes alot your supposed to make sure they were sturdy shoes alot so it corrects there walking

Jacqueline - posted on 09/04/2010

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my 8 month old daughter wont even keep socks on never mind shoes lol, i would not worry about what other people think as it is your child you make the right decision for your child :-)

Elysia - posted on 09/03/2010

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when we are out my son always wears shoes. there have been times when he has just continued to take them off and ive given in and left them off as long as he is sitting in his pram. At home it is barefoot all the time unless he is outside as it is winter at the moment. U can buy soft soled pre walker shoes still in larger sizes. They do recomend these as they dont tend to compress the childs foot and because their bones are soft and still growing shouldnt do any damage where as hard shoes if worn all the time can compress their little feet and they arent big enough to tell u that they are uncomfortable. I read this in one of my many baby/child related books lol

JohnCourtney - posted on 09/03/2010

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my little girl goes bare foot. they say shoes are good for hard surfaces while out of the home but while at home let baby be bare foot so their feet develope properly...Thats what i have learned at least...

Megan - posted on 09/02/2010

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not wearing shoes will NOT affect the development of their feet unless they already have some kind of problem that needs help. It will not make them flat footed cause if it did then everyone born before the invention of baby shoes would be flat footed. Shoeless is natural- hence why babies hate shoes... and clothes lol. My only concern would be if she's walkin outside or in a store, their floors might be nasty but you can always was her feet. I wouldn't worry about it if i were you. Ur her momma and u can decide whats best. :)

Tiffany - posted on 09/02/2010

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I know what you mean feeling as if people judge you. My son is also 14 months old and I don't put shoes on him either. I would if I could but I am having the most difficult time finding shoes for him and CUTE ones at that. My son wears a size 7-7 &1/2 XXW (extra extra wide). I have gone to every store looking for them, but REALLY $30 for a pair of shoes he'll wear just a few times!? *sigh. So back on subject from my issue, I don't ever put shoes on him either and I don't let him walk if we are in a public store. If it's just outside, fine by me:)

Mayma - posted on 09/02/2010

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Only when we leave the house

Im not sure why but people sent me more booties than onesies! i think they just love how cute tiny shoes look

Bernadette - posted on 09/02/2010

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I actually had to start putting them on my daughter when we went places, as I realised that she just would not walk on dirt, sand, grass, etc. She didn't like the feel of it and if I put her down she would cry. Then at day care where she only goes once a week they mentioned that during outside time she would just stand there and not play with anything. They thought it was due to her only going once a week and being shy but it was that she wouldn't walk on the ground outside! Turns out she really doesn't like to get dirty! So I put shoes on her and she was fine, although still had a bit of trouble with the uneven surfaces in sandpits, etc and would land on her bottom quite a bit. She would then sit there and rock until she managed to rock herself back to her feet without putting her hands down as she refused to get them dirty too. She is fine with these things now that she is used to them, but it was quite funny to watch. She seems to have issues with getting dirty though. The other night I decided to let her try a piece of pizza, and I took her shirt off so she wouldn't get too messy. She ended up getting pizza sauce on her tummy and refused to eat until it was cleaned up. She sat in her chair and just went "Oh no! Oh no! Oh no!" for ages until I cleaned it off her. Don't know where she gets it from, as I was one of those kids who was always barefoot and didn't mind getting dirty at all, and so was her father. It's funny the little quirks that they have.

Kathy - posted on 09/02/2010

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i do the same , he walks better without shoes, so i only put them on when we go where it my hurt his feet or is unsanitary as you said , i think we are doing, okay.

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i didn't while he was learning to walk plus we live in florida so it's hot almost year round they weren't necessary. once he started walking i started putting shoes on him when we go places they are called his "bye bye shoes" that case i can set him dowm if i need to concrete is hot bathrooms are dirty etc. i think in public places shoes or sandals are good to at least put in the diaper bag when you go out..

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unless we are at the shops or similar my son (21 months) doesn't wear shoes. there is no need, and he likes to go bare foot most of the time. it's good for their development to have shoeless feet.

Kathy - posted on 09/02/2010

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at home Fay-Lynne is barefoot, we can't even get her to keep socks on her feet. We keep blankets in the car and cover her feet up when we go out, and if its cold put socks on or try to, and yes have tried to get her to keep her shoes on. BUT at daycare they have no problems getting her to keep her socks and her shoes on. I don't get it, but they laugh because as soon as Daddy picks her up the shoes are off. Usually she pulls the first sock off while we put the second one on, if we get the shoes on she uses her toes to push them off at the heel...

Morgan - posted on 09/02/2010

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My daughter is 8 months and not walking yet, but she always has shoes if we leave the house, ugg it grosses me out to see kids in public with no shoes on.

Karen - posted on 09/02/2010

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when we're out of the house my son always wears shoes (and has since the day he was born). nothing against not wearing shoes out, i just figure if we're in public where adults are supposed to wear shoes (ie, stores, restaurants) then my little guy should be wearing them too...that being said, it certainly doesn't "offend" me to see kids going bare foot in these places either - i personally just like the look of a little one in some cute shoes :)

Jenee - posted on 09/02/2010

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My son is 21 months and his feet are free most of the time. For one he always takes off his shoes and socks. Though it really depends on where we are going also. If we go to the store and I know that he isn't going to be walking then he doesn't have to wear shoes. I keep them in the car though at all times.

Kisun - posted on 09/02/2010

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My daughter is 15 months and she's been wearing shoes since she started to walk at 12months.
she is size 4. I don't put anything fancy shoes on her. just trainers. she is loving it. why don't you go to Clarks and measure her feet? ;)

Renae - posted on 09/02/2010

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Bare feet at home only. Shoes on if we are leaving the house (backyard included). Just how I was brought up - actually my mum insists shoes are on all the time, even at home.

Doctors say kids should go barefoot for at least the first 3 months they are walking. But our generation were usually all put in shoes as soon as we could walk as it was the done thing then. My baby wears shoes designed as "first walkers".

Going barefoot does not make kids flat footed, bare foot is the best for the natural development of the foot muscles (apparently). Besides all kids are flat footed until they are about 3, its part of natural development.

Karen-Jo - posted on 09/02/2010

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my daughter goes barefoot all the time because she has 2 diffrent size feet..so i have to buy 2 diffrent shoes if i want her to wear them. and it doesnt help she rips them off and throws them

Rocio - posted on 09/02/2010

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I always wondered if shoes were best. My daughter is 9 months now and learning to walk. I didn't think about putting shoes on her but i noticed every time she'd try to get up her feet would turn in. She also started walking with her foot turned in. Once i had the shoes on her i noticed a big difference!

Sarh - posted on 09/01/2010

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I think babies that are NOT walking should not wear shoes as they are point less, but your little one is walking so I don't see why shoes would not be a good thing! Anywhere other than inside your clean home is actually unsanitary! The one thing I made sure of when my daughter started to walk is to get VERY LIGHT weight shoes! And I guess you could say thinner shoes... i will do this same thing for my son... because you want then to have some sort of support on their ankles!

Kyla - posted on 09/01/2010

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My son is a year old and walking and has NO idea how to walk in shoes, first of all he will pull them off the first chance he gets and secondly I can't find proper soled shoes to fit his feet. He's usually in a stroller when we go out so I'm not too worried seems how he just learned to walk, and as soon as I find shoes that fit his feet and he will keep on I will try to teach him to walk in them.

Nikki - posted on 09/01/2010

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My son never wore shoes until the he started walking, yes in the winter I put socks and knit slippers on, but other then that he was always barefoot, always been told its better for them to learn to walk barefoot. Now that he is walking he wears shoes, baby crocs mostly, he LOVES them, so much so he spends hours trying to put them on himself at home or brings them to me and lifts his foot, its hilarious, hes not so mucha fan of sandals, likes some runners, but when we go out he walk everywhere he's been walking since 10 months and hes a pro, he runs most of the time, so yes he wears shoes. At home tho or at a friends house hes usually barefoot

Brittany - posted on 09/01/2010

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I let my son go barefoot or have socks on at home or in people's houses but when it comes to going out in public I put shoes on him just because I don't know what kind of nastiness other people have stepped in and spread around. I'm also one of those moms that stops and grabs 1 or 2 of the sanitary wipes and wipes down my shopping cart throughly wherever my son may touch. Lol, I don't know...I just don't want him getting sick or picking up something gross...I worry quite a bit about him stepping in gum too...if its on his shoe that's one thing but I would prefer it's not on his bare foot.

Bernadette - posted on 09/01/2010

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my little girl wears shoes most of the time, but that's because we are just coming out of winter and it was just too cold not too. Now that we are heading towards summer she will not wear them most of the time, although I do put them on her to go out.

Melissa - posted on 09/01/2010

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I've always read that when babies are learning to walk they should go barefoot as much as possible because it helps them learn balance and builds their muscles. I'm alway into it with my MIL because she says babies need the ankle support. I disagree, babies all over the world and for thousands of years have run around without shoes and they don't have weak ankles, if anything they are stronger because the muscles are being used. Anyway, that's my opinion and I get a little riled ONLY because of my mother in law. Has nothing to do with all the fine ladies posting here. To each his own.

Olivia - posted on 09/01/2010

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My baby does not like shoes or socks. She takes them off as soon as I put them on. I will not worry until she learns to walk.

L - posted on 09/01/2010

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We do shoes outside and no shoes inside. We find shoes on in the house is a waste of money. If we leave them on in the house, he destroys them with his teeth. On the other hand, the stores are so dirty. They walk around for like 5 minutes and their socks or feet are soiled. It's easy enough to put shoes on when they're locked into their car seat, so that's what we do.

Alyssa - posted on 09/01/2010

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My son is 15 months and I think I didn't start putting shoes on him until he started pulling himself to standing. After that he wore shoes when we left the house (park, store, doctor) simply so he could get a feel for what they felt like while he was standing and starting to take steps. But at home, he goes barefoot! LOL! I don't even like having socks on and I know he doesn't unless his feet are cold. But when we're out he gets shoes especially now with him walking.

Nicole - posted on 09/01/2010

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My son is only three months old and I only put shoes on him for decoration, I guess you could call it!!! Other than that he is barefoot or has socks on, though he usually kicks socks off!! When he does start walking, he will wear them while outside and either be barefoot or wear socks in the house, unless he wants shoes on!!!!

Ashley - posted on 09/01/2010

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Kelsey, my mom told me that I never wore shoes when i was a baby/toddler..and to this day i hate wearing shoes and i'm not flat footed..maybe its true for some but I don't think that plays a part in being flat footed as I am walking proof of that! =)

Ashley - posted on 09/01/2010

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My son is 17 months old and he doesn't wear shoes..he doesn't like them if we put them on him he takes them back off! :( i don't know how to get him over that bc we live in michigan and it'll be winter soon!!! but no ur not alone in the shoe department

Vicki - posted on 08/31/2010

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I believe that humans were made to be barefoot, we use more muscles that way and develop how our body was designed to. That said, I don't think we were designed to walk on concrete paths and broken glass so while out I usually wear shoes! At home I'm barefoot or socks all the time. My boy is 14 months and has only been walking for three weeks. At home he is barefoot. It's winter at the moment so I put socks on him. I've made some pre-walker shoes out of very soft leather because otherwise he pulls his socks off! I plan to keep him in pre-walkers or barefoot until he is walking long distances and walking most of the time. I don't believe the crap about it making you flat foot, I've been a barefooter most of my life, especially when running around as a kid and my feet are beautiful if I do say so myself.

Denise - posted on 08/30/2010

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my son is only 7mths but he came home in shoes. he wears then as long as we go out.

Kelsey - posted on 08/30/2010

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i always have my daughter is shoes. i think that if they are not in shoes they will go flat footed. my daughter hardly goes barefoot at home even. she goes barefoot but not all day long if we are at home. i think its better for them also because when they do need to wear them they are already use to them on the feet and doesn't want to take them off all the time especially when they start going to daycare or preschool.

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He wears shoes, when I can keep them on him, but prefers not to. Because we live in a major city and there is alot of garbage and glass on the ground it isn't really safe for him to go barefoot. I'll let him go barefoot around the house and also at the water park behind our house because I know there's no glass, but apart from that he is in shoes. Just as long as the soles are flexible and there is lots of room (but not too much) then it's ok to put shoes on sometimes

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When babies are walking the soft shoes are not suitable - those are specifically made for non-walking babies and do not offer the support they need. My son's 9 months old so I don't have this to think about just yet but I will let him go barefoot in the house but when going out will dress him in shoes so that a) he gets used to wearing them and b) he can do some wlaking if he wants.

Catherine - posted on 08/30/2010

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At home, free piggies. Socks maybe if it's cold, but she just slips. When we go out it's socks or shoes, but I had a hard time finding her shoes. She's technically a size 3, but I put her in 4's because I CANNOT get her little feet in shoes. lol, she just curls them into balls. If you want her to be barefoot, you could buy soft shoes(they're the only shoes my girl doesn't yank off). They're like socks, but technically shoes. I think you can do however you feel is best, unless you're doctor tells you otherwise :) I wouldn't judge a mom with a shoeless baby, but I do know what you mean. I sometimes feel like that. In the end, you're taking great care of her, and she has the rest of her life to wear shoes :D

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