How do you get shoes on a 10 month old who curls her toes everytime u try?

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Karen - posted on 09/03/2009

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I work at Stride Rite so I deal with this all the time. The easiest ways are to distract them while you are putting shoes on their feet by redirecting their attention to something else, or tickle the bottoms of their feet. That sometimes works. If they aren't walking yet, keep them barefooted as much as you can because they learn to walk better if they are barefooted. Also, make sure the shoes are a correct fit. Curling their toes is one way of saying, "hey these don't really fit me right." I would take them somewhere to get their feet measured by a professional (and I may be biased but stride rite is the best place to do that. ) :)

Loretta - posted on 09/08/2009

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I have always used the sock trick. When you put the sock on pull a little at the tip where the toes are and fold under the toes. It will hold the toes flat until the show is all the way on and will loosen itself.

Minnie - posted on 09/01/2009

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We don't put our children in shoes until they're effectively walking everywhere. Under a year, they're pretty much carried wherever we go, or are inside. Outside, even when practicing walking, they've got bare feet.

Even when it's cold outside, shoes are uneccesary for a child who isn't a pro at walking.

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Corrine - posted on 09/08/2009

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If the shoes allow you to, put your index finger along the soul of her foot as you slide her foot into the shoe. This helped with my children and, by the way, this is normal for a 10 month old.

Jennifer - posted on 09/03/2009

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My daughter used to do the same exact thing at that age, it wasn't easy. I used to have to try to hold the top of her sock up as I put the shoes on so she couldn't curl her toes, and even then she managed most of the time! To make you feel a little better, my daughter got out of that phase fairly quickly, just try not to make a big deal about it, the more attention the behavior gets, the longer she'll do it!

Kate - posted on 09/03/2009

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Quoting Heather:

haha i never even bothered with shoes until they could walk.


I agree :)



It's easier to let them go barefoot as much as possible, and probably better for their feet in the long-run.

Kate CP - posted on 09/03/2009

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It's actually easier for kids to learn how to walk if they DON'T wear shoes. They make slipper-socks for babies that are nice and warm but have rubber traction on the bottom so baby doesn't slide all over. I never put my daughter in shoes until she could walk.

So my advice would be...don't make her wear shoes! :)

Gwen - posted on 09/03/2009

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I swear by Robeez crib shoes. They are soft leather w/ elastic around the ankle. They are a breeze to slip on because they aren't stiff and fitted like shoes. You can often find new ones on Ebay for about 1/2 the price of retail.

Fran - posted on 09/03/2009

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if she is walking then she is ready for shoes. if she is not walking than she is not ready for shoes. kids need to take 10 full steps on their own before putting on shoes. i let my kids walk for at least a month before putting shoes on them. think of it this way, our toes are like tires with traction. they need to grab the floor for balance and they help develop our core muscles from a young age. if you put shoes on too soon you may block that from happening. if you must put something on her feet than go for robeez or a soft style shoe that can be found at target in the baby aisle. stride rite outlet carries robeez at a discounted price. good luck. and once she feels comfortable in a shoe she will stop curling her toes.

Jenny - posted on 09/01/2009

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Hi! Unless your 10 month old is walking alot and needs protection for the feet from stuff on the ground, shoes are not recommended for under 1 yr. I'm a massage practitioner, shoes can hinder foot development, our feet effect everything up to our heads, every tisssue is connected to another and bones, a domino effect. There are those great leather like soft shoes for little ones, if you need something before 1-2 yrs old. They make those in all kids of cute designs and great colors to match any outfit.

Chyonda - posted on 09/01/2009

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Angie, I always liked the Robeez shoes at that age. They are soft and easy to put on. Not to mention so cute. Some department stores have cheaper versions. They last forever and are washable leather. I have passed every pair down to another child.

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I didn't buy my daughter any shoes until she was walking really well. And she hated her first shoes. But then, one day, we were shopping and I was trying on shoes and we happened to go by the baby shoes and I put a pair on her feet and she wouldn't let me take them off. She loved them then and she still loves them. She brings them to me and puts her foot in the air so I can put them on her. I think it's a matter of when they are ready they are ready and you will know.

Mandy - posted on 09/01/2009

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well my kids are 2 now and i just started having that problem idk if ur baby will understand cause he is still an infant but as he gets older if he still does it kinda bend his toes forward and show im they go straight in not curved .. my daughter had he toes curled in her shoe one day and i didnt know it and when i took her shoe off her foot was red and it was hurting her it fraked me out but i just explained to her that her foot gores in straight nor curled

Candice - posted on 09/01/2009

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at 10 months i only put my daughter in soft sole shoes. much easier to put on a baby who hates shoes and they were the only kind she wouldn't take off at that age.

Stacie - posted on 09/01/2009

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Try tapping the bottom of the shoe as you are placing it on. My son used to be bad about that no matter what size the shoe.

Theresa - posted on 09/01/2009

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Are you sure the shoes are big enough? Try soft sole shoes also. It just be that she does not like the shoes.

Chelsie - posted on 09/01/2009

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Yeah if you run your finger from the heal to the toes they should uncurl them and spread her toes.

Cathralynn - posted on 09/01/2009

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Make sure you have the right size. I always had a tough time getting shoes on my daughter. Then I took her to a shoe store and got her sized. Its quick, free, and you don't have to buy shoes there. But anyways my daughter wears a size and a half bigger than I thought. Her shoes are so easy to get on now. I also favor the velcro ones with big openings, my daughter is 15mo now and loves shoes. She is able to take them off and sort of put them back on herself this way! I think that babies shoes have to be a little big seeming since there is so much growth and since, especially infants who don't walk, there feet are not flat yet. And they need a new size every few months.I figured this out the hard way. My daughter had a really cranky day we thought due to dropping bottles at a year. But when we took her shoes off she absolutely stopped. I got her sized the next day!

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