When to start wearing shoes?

Debbie - posted on 03/22/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hiya, my 1 year old son is just starting to learn to walk and I was wondering when would be a good time to get him into socks and shoes? I have noticed that when I put sandals on his feet, his balance seems to go waaaaay off...

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Elizabeth - posted on 03/23/2009

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What works best for your son will depend on his foot type. My oldest did learn barefoot becasue h learned in the summer and hated how the grass felt against his skin. With the second, I had tried soft soled and regular tennis shoes before the hightops but they didn't work. For me, I put my kids in shoes when it starts to get cold outside bcause it keeps their feet warmer and prevents them from pulling their socks off.

Debbie - posted on 03/22/2009

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Wow, thanks for all the advice - seems like I should try to get him into shoes. I guess the soft soled kind perhaps - is that a leather bottomed shoe?

Roxanne - posted on 03/22/2009

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I put Robeez on my son from 3 months- 1 because I hated him barefoot all the time and they were comfy for his feet. When he started walking I got him these cute lil walking shoes they were flexible on his feet and soft. I actually got them from walmart in the baby section by the socks. The bottom has gel type skid proof texture and they say great for walking. They were super cute too. It  all depends on what fits best for your child. My son hated bulky high top shoes. I hear they work well, but he wouldnt keep them on. Try a few pair out. I know stride right has some nice walking shoes too they are a little more pricey. I found a site online for all kinds of cute kid shoes and they have Free shipping on all shoes. They also have a Great Sale/Clerance selection. I just got my son some $69 shoes on sale for $12!!



http://www.endless.com/Kids-Shoes/b/2417...

Jen - posted on 03/22/2009

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We didn't start putting shoes on my daughter until she turned 1. She had to have shoes on at day care because they were going outside. We decided to get one pair of training shoes (because she wasn't walking fully until 13 months) and a pair of sneakers. I think she wore the training shoes once and we just put her sneakers on. My daughter will only keep shoes on if she's outside, but she has kept socks on since she was like 6 months of age. She's 15 months now and just outgrew her first pair of sneakers so she has a new pair and a pair of sandels (which I also notice affect balance). Go with sneakers and try to get him used to them by walking around outside and inside.

Deidre - posted on 03/22/2009

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I've heard from countless people that it's best to let them learn to walk barefoot or with socks only. There are soft soled shoes out there that are also good since it's just an extra thin layer on their feet that doesn't constrict their movement in any way. So I say until he's able to balance himself well to stick with soft soled shoes when away from home and no shoes at home. Besides, shoes are so expensive anyway hehe.

Rebecca - posted on 03/22/2009

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It is best too start to put him in shoes and socksnow the best place for walking shoe is clarks and then when his balance is better u can start to go other places for his shoes.

Shana - posted on 03/22/2009

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My daughter started walking when she was a year.  I got her a pair of soft canvase ones for the summer just to protect her feet at the park.  Once September hit, I got her a pair of regular buckle shoes.  The first shoes need to be sturdy, but not hightops since they restrict ankle movement.  A good pair of sneakers will do the trick.  When you are home, it is best to let him walk around barefoot, or in socks with treads.

Stephanie - posted on 03/22/2009

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i started puttin sneakers on ma son as soon as he was born, the crib sneakers, then around 7months i put regular sneakers, u can start puttin shoes on jus make sure they r comfy & not 2 big & not 2 little jus right cuz it can throw him off balance, nikes make good shoes for babies, they r comfy & have supportive sole 2 help them walk 

Jamie - posted on 03/22/2009

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Quoting Elizabeth:

My second son was like that with sandals. They are just not supportive enough when they are learning. My mother bought him a pair of hightop sneakers and he was walking within a couple days. The hightops supported his ankles giving him the support and confidence he needed.



We did the same thing and it worked well.

Katie - posted on 03/22/2009

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I don't think putting shoes on a 3 month is necessarily a good idea, but if you think it helped then good for you. Personally, I think bare footed is best as they can feel how it feels bearing their weight on their feet. But everyone is different and I don't know what the professionals recommend.

Victoria - posted on 03/22/2009

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my oldest learned to walk in shoes. i think that is the best way. i put shoes on my 3 month old and that way she knows what the weight of the shoe is. That way when she is learning how to stand and to walk it will be easier for her, since she is already use to the shoes. and they seem to transition back and forth a lot better and easier, if you start them this way. so i would get shoes on him as soon as possible. yeah baby shoes are expensice,b/c they do grow out of them so fast, but if you go to walmart, or target or payless and get them it is a lil better. my cousin learned that the hard way. they bought 2-5 pair of shoes in every size, name brand shoes. the spent anywhere for 20-50 on a single pair. she finally took my advise and went and got cheaper shoes.

Katie - posted on 03/22/2009

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When your toddler first starts to walk you need to get some well fitting comfortable shoes - sandals will not give enough support. Make sure you get his feet mesured properly too! I'd delay getting him shoes for as long as possible as they are so expensive and they grow out of them so quickly!!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/22/2009

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My second son was like that with sandals. They are just not supportive enough when they are learning. My mother bought him a pair of hightop sneakers and he was walking within a couple days. The hightops supported his ankles giving him the support and confidence he needed.

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