My ten month old is starting to srand by himself and take steps when holding on, I've been told to keep shoes on him and told not to but he seems to do beter without, what do you guys think on or off.

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Ashleigh - posted on 11/27/2008

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You should keep the shoes off (unless they are soft bottoms, like robbies). The hard bottom shoes interfers with them learning to walk, and it makes it more difficult for them!

Lisa - posted on 11/26/2008

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When learning to walk it is easier for your little one to maintain his balance with his shoes off. He needs is little toes to help him work on his balance. My little guy will be turning one tomorrow and he stated trying to walk around 10 months also. We kept the shoes off unless it was cold outside and we were going somewhere.... Now he's practly running around our house. :)

Chrisandra - posted on 11/26/2008

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I don't like shoes and as a consequence neither do my twins. As much as possible I kept (&keep) them barefoot. But I am the one who says 'If you weren't born with it you don'y need it'.

Tiffany - posted on 11/26/2008

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Congrats on your beautiful baby boy! I have heard that their feet develop better if you keep them out of shoes as much as possible. And the soft soled shoes are the ones that are recommended when they have to wear shoes until they are walking really well on their own.

Emily - posted on 11/25/2008

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Barefooted is the best because they can feel the floor and understand where they foot is placed in space. If you want your child to walk around outside get the soft soled shoes. They are just like being barefooted, but the foot is a bit protected from the elements. Hard soled shoes should not be used until the child is able to walk steadily on their own with out support.

Dinnae - posted on 11/25/2008

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Congrats! What a fun milestone... and good for you for asking! Always trust your mother's instincts - you know best for your baby most of the time!

Chiros and Physios recommend OFF whenever possible... that way they learn how to balance on their own, their spines are able to develop normally, and don't have clunky shoes to worry about tripping them up. The leather slippers are a GREAT idea, even outside if it's dry out. My two year old didn't wear "normal" shoes until he was about 18 months, and then only when it was wet out until he was almost 2. A couple of brands to look for are Robeez, Cheeky Soles... and most department stores nowadays have their own version of these that have been copied (Robeez were the originals).

Rebekah - posted on 11/25/2008

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Congratulations! My son is 10 months old just like yours, and he is walking too, just like yours! Weird. I keep the shoes off when we're in the house, because feeling the floor underneath his feet really help him learn to balance, like which way to curve his toes and how to turn if he wants to go in a different direction. Whenever I go out, I make him wear shoes, so he gets used to walking with them, and so his feet don't get dirty or cold.

Juli - posted on 11/25/2008

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You know I am not a shoe fan on my own feet so I didn't put them on my boys too often. I did put them on for church though which was 3 hours on Sundays and that helped them to not hate it when they needed them...out in the yard, at a park or anywhere you want to be careful about whats on the ground when they are on the ground. I don't think it is a need though unless a doctor tells you to for pigeon toes or something else but hes probably to young for that stuff still. Either way don't sabotage yourself with always one or the other cause then your babe might become bias to one or the other.

Nichole - posted on 11/25/2008

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Target have these really cute leather slippers for like 12.99 and I bought those until they walked really good! Thos are more like shoes so there socks dont get dirty if you are worried about that!!

Tonya - posted on 11/25/2008

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I say shoes off in the house whenever possible. My son started walking when it was warm out, so he never really wore shoes. The pediatricians suggest that they go barefeet until they are able to walk well. So, I say- off...unless it is too chilly in the house for him to go without. Socks even have the cool slip proof bottoms which help out a lot.

Nichole - posted on 11/25/2008

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I have always heard dont put shoes on them until they are walking around really good. I think if he does better without than you should leave them off. He is just starting to learn. I think its good that he gets the hang of it and then you can put shoes on him later! I didnt put shoes on my kids till they were really good at walking.

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