To shoe or not to shoe?

Brandy - posted on 07/14/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )




My one year old is not walking by himself yet. He will walk holding on to hands or furniture. I don't normally put him in shoes because he won't keep them on longer than two minutes. Will it help him start walking if I keep shoes on him, or can he learn without shoes?


Jenn - posted on 07/14/2011




I didn't shoe my kids unless we went somewhere they might try walking around and then I used soft soles like Robeez (Target's brand is great too). Barefoot is best.

Rebekah - posted on 07/14/2011




I think it's easier and more natural for a baby to learn to walk without shoes. My kids are Florida babies so we hardly wear shoes to begin with, but they learned without. Plus that tiny bit of additional length added to the foot, I would think would give them that little bit more to trip on. He'll figure it out. :)
oh I do recommend, if you decide to keep him in shoes as he's learning to go to a store that sells shoes made for little ones. Proper support for their feet and the soles are flexible. A lot of shoes I've seen at regular stores have a hard non-flexible sole.


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Kate CP - posted on 07/14/2011




Nope, leave the shoes off. It's better for his balance and his developing feet and legs to learn to walk without shoes on.

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Shoes aren't needed to walk. My son took his first step at 9 months (early little man trying to keep up w/ his big sisters) and didn't own any shoes til around 18 months. Actually, he's still (at 3) never worn REAL shoes, but we live in Hawaii so slippers/flip flops it is. ;)

Brandy - posted on 07/14/2011




I think since I haven't put shoes on him yet, I'll just continue to let him learn to walk witout shoes. I just didn't know if not putting shoes on him was causing him not to walk yet. Thanks for all your input, I appreciate it :)

Amy - posted on 07/14/2011




Both my children regressed slightly when we put shoes on their feet because it's a different feeling and had to learn to adapt. I agree that if you do decide to give shoes a try go to a shoe store where they properly measure the foot and buy a walking shoe. I have to warn you though the walking shoes aren't the cute adorable ones you want they're usually just a basic white and when properly measured can be on the expensive side.

Firebird - posted on 07/14/2011




Maybe, maybe not. He'll start walking alone when he's ready (shoes aren't likely to help that). And then he'll start running... and then you'll wish he were still just moving slowly along the furniture again! lol

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