should my 8 month old baby be wearing shoes

Jelissa - posted on 10/15/2010 ( 58 moms have responded )

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ok when i dress my 8 month old i usually just put him on some socks but a lot of poeple are telling me that i need to get him some shoes i donrt really see the harm in not having shoes its not like he's walking or anything any advice?

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Amanda - posted on 10/15/2010

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Shoes can affect the way the foot forms. I read a good article that explained how the foot, which is cartilage until the teens, can be shaped incorrectly from wearing shoes when it is unnecessary.
My son is 21 months old, so he is walking now. He only wears shoes when we leave the house. Before he started walking though, I would leave him in his socks, even when we left the house.

Jen - posted on 02/12/2012

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Our doctor told us that even once our son started walking, he only needed shoes if he was going to be out of the house - that if he was home or before he was walking, that he was better off not wearing shoes.

Chrissy - posted on 10/19/2010

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I don't think it's really that big of a deal to stress your self out over. One thing I do wanna share with you is I went with my niece to a foot specialist for children and this Doc has been a Doc for over 25 years. He told us no way! Children should be bare foot as much as possible. Putting shoes on them can form their little feet wrong. Bare foot is best when ever possible. He said the old style of having walking boots or shoes on their feet as soon as possible can and has caused more problems later in many children. With both my children I had alot of people telling me to put shoes on them but I took the Docs advise and let them be free. My kids are 10 and 5 now and so far so good :) No issues! Hope this helps

Schyla - posted on 10/18/2010

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JUST to add a thought IF you have an issue with socks falling off your little one when it's cold out use tights boy or girl (for a boy buy them in white blue red and black) under pants no one will know the difference but you. and they can't pull them off either! as for the shoes I have always heard that it's better to learn bare footed if you can afford to buy your child shoes every few weeks and you like how cute they look then go with the soft soles ones unless of course it's for developmental issues. We used slippers with our girls till they were big enough to run and then they got some sturdy shoes.

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Most doctors will tell you not to put shoes on your child until they are walking on their own outside. If you want to help your child gain a little more traction than just socks provide. I suggest purchasing moccasins. They still allow your child's feet to grow properly but allow they to gain traction when standing. But most importantly you are your little ones mother and you are the only one who can make the right decisions for him/her.

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Nicole - posted on 10/21/2010

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I don't see any harm in him not wearing shoes. I do believe you should put them on every so often so that his feet won't spread out. Not I wouldn't worry about anything. If it isn't cold, no need to worry

Tara - posted on 10/21/2010

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it is actually a myth about putting shoes on your child to help them. My daughter is 13 months old and rarely do I put shoes on her. Some doctors say that no shoes actually help them out more so they can learn what they are feeling better. I guess its just what you prefer.

Maria - posted on 10/21/2010

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Hey. First of all, hes your child, and its your desion, weather to put him in shoes or not. You shouldnt feel pressured either way! My little girl is now eighteen months and has only just started walking unaided at 16 months. I had her in socks or bare feet the all the time. Shoes apparently do stunt the growth of your childs foot. It may not support in the correct spot etc. And do more damage than good. Once my daughter did start walking i put shoes on her, it was then she didnt want to walk anymore. I thought that was odd ( as she was walking reasonably well, and then when wearing shoes suddenly didnt want to anymore). So i decided to stop putting shoes on her and see if that made a difference. It did! She started walking again. and much more stable then when she was in shoes too. So my advice, dont put shoes on your son untill he is much older! Hes going to be wearing shoes for the rest of his life, so why start now? But ultimately it is your descion! and again dont feel pressured! Do what you are comfortable with! O and another thing, she loves wearing shoes now, so not putting shoes on her hasnt made her hate wearing them. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 10/20/2010

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It may be an old wives tale, but I've been told that putting shoes on them helps them learn how to turn thier fee straight front instead of being pigion toed or having too much of a turn out. My mom always told me she wished she had with me, I had turned out feet until a few years ago when I taught myself to concentrate on turning my feet straight when I walked.

Lindsay - posted on 10/20/2010

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I never put shoes on my son, as long as he wasnt walking, I really didnt see any point in them. I had little crib shoes that i would put on him in the winter when i would leave the house. I bought his first pair of shoes at around 9 months or so, only because I knew he would be walking soon and I wanted him to get used to wearing them.

Tiffany - posted on 10/20/2010

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I had this same issue. He does not need shoes yet. It's better to let their tootsies breath! I only put shoes on my daughter when we leave the house, and that is because she walks now. Before she started walking though, she did not wear them. You do what is best for your child and pay no attention to everyone telling you he needs shoes. =)

Christine - posted on 10/20/2010

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I heard that it is not good for the child's feet to have shoes on all the time at that age. If you want to do it for an outfit or something, that is fine. I would just put booties on if it is cold, or socks are fine. If he isn't walking he doesn't need shoes. My son didn't start wearing shoes consistently until he started walking and he had no problem getting used to it

Elizabeth - posted on 10/20/2010

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i just got my son his first pair of shoes at 10 months because its getting cold out

Keshia - posted on 10/19/2010

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I have always had shoes on my son since he was born only out in public I think it looks trashy if kids dont

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In my opinion, I think it is beneficial to put 'walking shoes' on babies once they learn to start pulling themselves up. The walking shoes are ugly, but it gives them the support they need in their ankles and keeps their feet straight. Just about all the kids i see on a daily basis have been in cute sandals and stuff since they learned to walk but their toes point towards each other. Ive mentioned the walking shoes to straighten them out but nothing much has changed. my sons feet did that and i put them on him and in a few months he was fine. also, my mom put bells on my shoes when i was a baby and i did that for both my kids when they were little and i could hear them wherever they were, it was cute!

Hope - posted on 10/18/2010

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My son is only four months old and never wears shoes even though he is close to standing on his own. And I know my sibblings never did until they 18 plus months.
Since I think the shoes are adorable but I think for this age they are too pricy and impratical I found sock that look like shoes. There are one that look like dress shoes, the original converse, tennis shoes, etc. I think they are just as cute and some of them even have ribbons at the top so they look like they are tied from a distance.
Its always an option but I'd say just go with what ever you are comfortable with. =)

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I used to work in a shoe store. I think it's a waste of money because they grow out of them so quickly and sometimes they like to kick them off a lot, which means oops, you lost a shoe in the store somewhere. I was told you had to buy shoes because it molds their feet but...I didn't get that info from a reliable source so I'm not really worried about it. If your boy's not even walking it shouldn't be a big deal. If you feel self-conscious about it, though, get him some relatively inexpensive hard-bottomed socks or something like the slippers a few people have already mentioned. I think I've seen something like that in Walmart so they shouldn't be too hard to find. My daughter won't be getting shoes until she's walking, and before that it's just going to be socks and slippers. No one's going to be able to convince me that shoes on infants before they're walking is practical and should be done. It's your preference, and your child, not theirs.

So no, IMO you don't need to worry about shoes until he's up and walking. Slippers and socks should be all you worry about with him for now.

Jelissa - posted on 10/18/2010

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I didn't start putting shoes on my son till he started walking steadily. I feel if you put shoes on them to early they are going to have a harder time learning how to use there toes to balance. but in the end it is ultimately your choise.. good luck.

Kerrie - posted on 10/18/2010

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my 10 month old daughter doesnt wear shoes yet either i dont see a problem with that untill they start walking

Sherry - posted on 10/18/2010

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That's mainly up to you its always your decision but at 8 months my girls didn't wear shoes because I couldn't find regular baby shoes for them to wear. I've always bought those socks that have that resemblence to shoes. Also just depends on the weather if its winter i would put shoes on him. If its hot out who cares. he doesn't need to wear shoes at all.

Lindsay - posted on 10/18/2010

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Babies should not wear shoes until they stand flat footed on the ground, an 8 month old will still be standing on tip toes, the shoes can impair proper foot development. You can use crib shoes (Robeez or Pedipeds) if you think he would like more warmth in the winter. The crib shoes will also serve the purpose of holding his socks on. Please don't put regular shoes on him this young!

Jessica - posted on 10/18/2010

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This is completely up to you! Babies who wear shoes can become bow legged. I didn't believe it b/c my son had slippers and mockasins when he was a baby but I knew a couple who put shoe like you or I would wear on our feet on their infant soon like 2 months old and he was definatly bow legged! I can't say for sure that is why but it could have been. I would say that he doesn't need shoes and who care what people say. he is your kid and you can do as you wish. You know what is right for your child before ne one else does. They do have soft shoes that are hard or rubber bottoms that bend and contort with the foot. ALSO at Target they have these shoes that are called Skidders. They didn't have them when my son was little but I wanted to try after my daughter starts walking. They are like a sock but that bottom is bendy, rubbery stuff...and it is suppose to help them get around...but sock that have the skid pads on the bottom are great b/c my son is 5 and a half and he still slips on his socks

Ashley - posted on 10/18/2010

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My son never wore shoes until he was walking. They say that learning how to walk is easier without shoes...My son is now 21 months and LOVES shoes! He has to wear shoes almost all the time! There's even been a few times when he wouldn't let me take them off & he's slept in them!! I don't see any harm in it and it obviously didn't have an adverse effect on my son! You do what you feel is right! Good luck!

Cari - posted on 10/18/2010

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Feet are healthier when they're bare, it also helps with the development of the foot as it's growing. That doesn't mean it's detrimental to put him or her in shoes (or socks), but they certainly don't need them all of the time. I usually only put shoes on my son when we're going out somewhere public, like the mall or a playground, etc.

Mary - posted on 10/17/2010

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socks & booties? lol blankets, full body blanket sleepers? baby wearing helps keeps babies warmer because they soak in mommy's heat & if he's not walking then someone will be holding him OR he'll be in a car seat carrier

(if you still use one of those?-- beware though, DO NOT adjust the car seat straps to fit around a coat or snow suit this can cause serious injuries in a car accident due to fabric compression. its better to put baby in car seat with straps at the normal tightness-you know not being able to pinch slack at the shoulder with chest clip aligned with the armpit- then tuck blankets in around him/jackets on backwards etc.)

so then he can be bundled all up

there are other options than just shoes.

How often will you be outside & how long do you plan on staying out there?

Kenyetta - posted on 10/17/2010

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I understand what they're saying becasue its starting to get cold outside.

Alexis - posted on 10/17/2010

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I didn't want to put my son in shoes. My understanding was that it was better for them to learn how to walk without shoes, that it is better for them. However the daycare he went to at the time required shoes even before he could walk. I got him some very flexible leather shoes that were not much different than socks, but the daycare accepted it. I would say socks to keep them warm and shoes when you want. If your going to have him walk on rocks then maybe, but I see nothing wrong with no shoes. The only issue I had was that my son didn't like shoes when I did start putting them on.

Mary - posted on 10/17/2010

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If he's not walking wearing shoes can slow down his walking development. having foot to floor contact helps him keep his balance when he pulls up

http://www.healthychildren.org/English/a...

"As your child begins to walk outside, she’ll need shoes to protect her feet." This is a quote from the above website. HealthyChildren.org is funded and support by the American Academy of Pediatrics which all American Pediatricians are supposed to follow. If you need an easy way to tell these people that your child doesn't need shoes you can blame it on your ped using that statement.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2...

the second article is also helpful

i personally never put my infant in shoes (other than for pictures) until she could walk at 7.5 months then it was only soft soles until she was walking outside well at 8.5-9 months
you are doing right mama keep it up

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i NEVER put shoes on my daughter until she was walking. When she started to walk I made a BIG deal about her shoes. I told her how pretty she looked in them. Now she knows when were going out she needs to wear shoes. She will walk up to me holding her shoes when she wants to go outside and play.

Jessie - posted on 10/16/2010

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I think it's a personal thing. my son is 15 months and walking and we pretty much only put them on to leave the house and that is only because it is starting to get colder here, especially in the early morning. my mother has been nagging me (and still does, even earlier today) to put shoes on him. his doctor doesnt think they are necessary at this point, except outside, and neither do his father or I. personally I dont see how it can be natural to learn to walk wearing shoes. we certainly weren't wearing them as our species developed right? of course humans were probably naked too, LOL

Lin - posted on 10/16/2010

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My oldest never had a big problem keeping socks off, so we didn't put shoes on him until he started walking (to everyone's dismay - people even bought him shoes and they were put on for 5 minutes so we could say that they've been used). My 8-month-old, however, loves to chew on his socks, so if they last 3 minutes on his feet we're doing good. As it has gotten colder, when we go out we really need him to keep his socks on, so we put on soft-soled shoes when he's outside (if only they made tape safe for baby feet LOL). For the most part, though, we want to encourage them to learn how to move, to get used to learning how foot should hit ground, then add how to walk in shoes later.

Good luck, and I hope this helps!

Miranda - posted on 10/16/2010

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I think this is right....I have read that when learning to walk they shouldn't be wearing shoes!!! I put should on my daughter only because it does look cute....but did I go out and buy her some shoes, NO!!! Grandma did!!! But it does keep their feet a little more warm and it keeps their sock from falling off! or being pulled of!!!!

Letitia - posted on 10/16/2010

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From day 1 my daughter has had on booties from
3 months she had booties and baby shoes now she is now 10 months and is wearing trainers size 2 soo cute , + keeps babys feet warm

Rebecca - posted on 10/16/2010

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my youngest is 8 moths and i do not put shoes on her. when it gets a little cooler i will but ONLY soft sole shoes (they are better for the feet, helps them to grow properly). i did the same with my oldest.
its your choice. if you dont want to do shoes, don't!

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It can actually hurt their feet to wear shoes before walking. Even when they begin walking they should wear soft soled shoes or moccasins.

My daughter does have one pair of hard soled shoes... but she only wears those out in the park where is is muddy.

I have a pair of fuzzy boot for her as well but they certainly wont keep out the water from her feet. I'm using them for the winter snow to help keep her poor feet warm.

Kristy - posted on 10/16/2010

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Latest studies show that it is better not to wear shoes... being barefoot is better for the formation or their feet. For a better explanation it is on paragraph 5 of
http://www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/baby...

shoes also can effect balance and delay proper walking... but it you choose shoes, then you do. Your the mommy :)

Janelly - posted on 10/16/2010

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it totally ur choice my kids dont wear shoes all the time although when its cold pitside and i take my two monthpld baby with me i usually put shoes on cauyse his feet get cold fast even with socks and a blanket

Angela - posted on 10/16/2010

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I only put shoes on my daughter when she was a baby for special occasions when she was all dressed up, and even then they were the soft-soled shoes. I didn't get her any real shoes until around her first birthday when she started walking. She was either in socks or barefoot if it was warm out.

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as i always say "if you do not walk you do not need shoes" quite frankly baby shoes are a waste of money cos their feet grow so fast, my 11 month old has just started wearing shoes as hes started walking and he loves his shoes, but he also has a size AUS6 foot and growing

Jordan - posted on 10/16/2010

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i guess it all boils down to personal choice, if you prefer baby not having them on, its ok. i doubt in this case that there's a wrong or right answer.

Brittany - posted on 10/15/2010

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i do shoes only when going out somewhere she could possibly want to stand and i dont trust the floor. she makes me help her stand or throws a fit if we are out for a good length of time. at friends houses i only use socks and playmats, but its your child you make the final say no matter what anyone else may try to say what they feel is better. trust your gutt

Ashley - posted on 10/15/2010

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There is nothing wrong with your baby not wearing shoes. A few people commented on my daughter not wearing shoes at 4 months. There is absolutely no reason a baby that small or even before they are walking should have to wear shoes. People always think they know what is best for your kids, but you are their mommy so go with what you feel comfortable with.

Autumn - posted on 10/15/2010

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I never put shoes my son when he was that age...i figured it was a waste of money. I just put him in socks...thats it..So if your ok with just putting him in socks...then do that :)...I just started buying shoes for my boy...becasue hes walking lol. Thats what shoes are used for :)

Ricky - posted on 10/15/2010

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Its fine not having shoes. If its cold out than you may want to think about slippers or soft soled shoes. When your son does start walking let him do it barefoot/ in socks/ or soft soled shoes. This helps there feet developed properly. I only put hard soled shoes on my son when we would walk in places that would hurt his feet (ex on gravel road, rocky trails etc...). People may tell you to put shoes on him so his feet dont get cold, so maybe you can double his socks or buy a cute pair of slippers.

Rebekah - posted on 10/15/2010

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I think that if he isnt walking or anything like that yet, dont bother! It is a pain to get them on in the first place and then when one falls off, its even more annoying! lol.. dont bother!

Danni - posted on 10/15/2010

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sshoes are a good idea as they get use to the feel and when they do start walking they wont be trying to take there shoes off all the time

Tiffany - posted on 10/15/2010

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I put soft sole shoes on my son, who is now 2 1/2, from the day after he was born. But at about 3 months old, i quit. He started sitting up on his own at 2 1/2 months old, which was kinda freaky to see one that young sitting up lol, so I figured he would start moving around soon also, and most of the family has hard wood floors so solf sole shoes would slip so I left him barefooted so he could get better grip. Sure enough he started being mobile at 4 months old. When he started walking, we realized he was flat footed VERY bad. So shoes would bother him. He loves shoes now though. My daughter on the other hand is 13 months old now, and has a small case of spina bifida and her legs are weak. So I put heavy shoes on her alot to help build up the muscle in her legs. It is working great. Since I started putting them on her, she is using her legs way more than she use to. Shoes are no big deal to me. It may sound a bit weird, but even now, if we go somewhere where I dont want my son getting down and running off, I will just put socks on him and put shoes in the diaper bag and when he asks to get down, I tell him he cant cuz he dont have any shoes on lol. I dont hardly ever wear shoes myself. I cant stand them. I am ALWAYS just in socks or flip flops. Even in the winter, I wear flip flops cuz I dont like shoes. So I feel a bit guilty when I make my kids wear shoes all the time if Im not going to. But I also had feet problems growing up so im sure that contributes alot to me not wearing them as well. My bones grow together in my feet and I was always breaking them or having surgery so i never wore shoes cuz I always had a cast or something. lol. But it is totaly up to you. There is no need for a baby to have shoes on unless they just want them.

Megan - posted on 10/15/2010

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My son is 4 and he still only wears shoes if he is going to be walking around outside. When he was starting to walk I read something that said they will have better balance through life if they start in their bare feet or socks and I have to say, he has way better balance than his cousins who we see every few months. He is 2 years younger than his cousin and able to do a lot more physically than she can.

Nikki - posted on 10/15/2010

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i dont believe babies should be wearing shoes until they are walking... slippers in the winter but thats it... Its so much better for a baby to learn how to walk barefoot so they walk properly

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I don't think you need to put shoes on him! I would only do it when you go out because baby shoes are adorable. There is no real point in babies wearing shoes other than that.

Lisa - posted on 10/15/2010

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U do not need to put ur 8 mth old in shoes. Is is ur choice. Do what u feel comfortable doing. Ppl are always judgemental we just got to learn to ignore ppl and do what we feel is best for our children.

Sarh - posted on 10/15/2010

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I agree w/Emmi, I also want to find slippers for him for when he is in his walker or exersaucer, I noticed the other night the skin was peeling off of his big toe. I felt so horrible!! :(

EMMI - posted on 10/15/2010

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I agree that 4 months is too young for shoes. My kids are much older now. i did use soft sole slippers alot until i couldnt find any to fit. I mainly put them on if i went to other peoples houses due the fact of them not keeping their house as clean i as i do. My kids seemed to like wearing their shoes is was like giving them a new toy lol Like i said my kids are 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 so its been awhile since ive had to worry about it. I really like shoes when they were in their walkers or bouncy saucers. I dont mean to affend anyone i only say what i did for my girls.

Sarh - posted on 10/15/2010

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I never put shoes on my daughter unless they were the soft sole shoes as other wise they are too heavy for their little ankles and other then decoration I see no purpose! You are mom and you do as you feel is right. My son is 4 months and w/winter coming up I do plan to get slippers (if I can find them) or very flexible, just cloth soled shoes. Amanda brought up a VERY good point!

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