shoes... Crawling... food...

Erica - posted on 03/08/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 10 months old she's not crawling yet... she rolls every where she wants to go she's healthy 21 lbs and 291/2in happy but not moving. We live in Ohio and it's starting to warm up here to where she can wear lighter jackets but she needs something covering her feet. are hand me down shoes ok until she starts walking? Also every one is pushing me to give her table food but I don't know where to start besides mashed potatoes and applesauce!



Also on the shoes do I have to go to places like Stride rite or is Walmart ok?!



yes I'm lost! Help!

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Jessica - posted on 03/08/2010

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Hand me downs are fine. My son wore hand me downs for his first shoes as well. I buy shoes from Walmart and Payless. My son walks just fine in either pair. As for table food, does she have teeth? My son ate everything no matter what. Even without teeth ha mashed things with his gums. Try cheerios they dissolve well, if you're worried about her choking.

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My daughter is almost 10 months old & although she now has 6 teeth, I was feeding her soft table foods when she only had 2 teeth. Soft, ripe avocados, bananas, pears. You just need to be sure to cut up in small pieces. Rice, noodles, toast, cheese. All these should be ok. They also make a baby mesh-bag type of thing where you put the soft food into, so baby doesn't choke. I don't know what it's called. But they're great.

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My daughter is also 10 Months and we don't put shoes on her at all. She goes barefoot in the house and wears warm socks when we're out. Technically- your baby won't need shoes until about 6-8 weeks AFTER she begins walking according to the American Pediatric Association. If you feel like you absolutely need shoes, try Robeez, or a brand like them. You can find them at places like Marshals or TJ Maxx for 1/4 the price. I found some for $12 bucks- they are just enough to give my baby protection for when we start going to the park now that it's getting a bit warmer. No matter what shoes you get- make sure they are flexible and the soles are cushioned to absorb shock.

As far as food- be careful of mashed potatoes unless you are not adding salt. Sodium is terrible for everyone, especially babies. I would start with avocado, or rice cereals, bananas, peaches, etc. My baby has 5 teeth and even eats small pieces of fish (low mercury fish of course). Tofu is also a nice option for babies. Your baby will let you know when she is ready to eat certain things- don't worry about rushing it. Formula or breastmilk should make up most of her nutrition for at least another 2 months.

Erica - posted on 03/08/2010

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Thank you guys soo much! Caroline actually crawled today only a couple of paces but it's progress. We put some tennis shoes on her to go to Grandma's and I guess as soon as she hit the floor she was crawling! (yes I missed it...) So I went out and bought some fisher price shoes for her that are just her's not handme downs they were only 9.99 so I thought what the heck!?

As for table food I'm soooo scared she's going to choke she has 2 teeth in and 3 coming in... She does the puffs and chrunchies and wheels she's had Macaroni and cheese but other than that I'm horrified!

C - posted on 03/08/2010

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I was raised and our pediatrician concurrs that bare feet is best when they first learn to walk. Then they master their body instead of depending on the shoes. Obviously, there are times of year when it is too chilly and Mynique brought up a good point of slippery socks. If it's not in your budget to buy socks with grip on the bottom consider a cheap bottle of puff paint and make your own :)

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my daughter is 8 months old and is crawling all over the place. Our pediatrician recommended putting her in a soft flexible soled shoe so she can get the concept of putting her feet on the floor and pushing herself up to a standing position without having the ridged sole under her feet. He said leaving them bare footed or in socks is not best because they can be slick and if there is anything on the floor, under the bare feet with tender skin...OUCH!!! but he said it didn't matter what we bought..just take the shoe and bend it to see if it's flexible..as long as it flexes relatively easily, it'll be fine...if you leave them shoeless, they can tend to walk on their tip toes and that can cause the Achilles tendons to shorten and our pediatrician said it's painful to do the heal stretches to get it back to normal. He also told us to limit time in a walker to 15 to 20 minutes twice a day so that she's not standing on her tip toes..I have a few pairs of hand me down shoes and it's fine..as long as the do what i described above but i found that the stride rite shoes at payless to be the best option..they are soft, flexible and not to expensive for our budget, but i have also bought some from walmart too that worked fine. As for crawling, mine just started crawling but our dr said some don't do it at all. Some kids roll, some combat crawl and some scoot. They may not crawl at all. He said if people try to tell us there is something wrong with her because she's not crawling to smile and nod and chalk it up to them being clueless..He said especially if it's a 1st child that they don't see others crawl, they see them walk so crawling isn't what they try to do, they just try to walk which btw can take up to 18 months and is completely normal. As for baby food...at 6 months wic started giving us checks for baby food at "stage 2" and told us to feed her that. Once they hit 6 months you can feed them baby food starting at once a day..usually start out with a very thin single grain baby rice cereal as it's easiest on the tummy and let them just get used to pushing it to the back of their mouth with their tongue..once they master that, add other food, one a week at a time so that if they have an allergy to something, you know what it is...and just let them eat...at 10 months they should be starting to get the concept of the "pinch and grasp" with their little fingers so you should be able to give them those little gerber puffs or the generic version of, and small bits of soft fruit and even a little bit of tiny bread cubes...about a 1/4 of a slice...she will be well on her way to eating everything in no time..and btw..it's okay to be lost...you never get answers to questions unless you ask them...Good luck!

Lindsay - posted on 03/08/2010

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I was told hand me downs are ok until they begin walking, after that only new, the sole of the show gets imprinted with the shape of the foot so it is not healthy for foot development to wear a shoe imprinted with another childs foot. She should not be wearing a rubber soled shoe until she is walking, they need to be standing flat footed before they wear these. Before she should only wear "crib shoes", my daughter wore PediPeds. Another good brand is Robeez, you can even find crib shoes at Target, don't know if Walmart has them. After my daughter started walking her primary shoes I always purchase at Stride Rite( in the malls), which allows her to be sized correctly. Her other pairs of shoes I have gotten from Target (dress shoes for Christmas). Kids tend to need new shoes every 3 months. My daughter was eating all table food starting at 9 months, she had 8 teeth by then. We gave her whatever we were eating just cut up smaller. She loved and still does pasta, chicken, waffles, grapes, strawberries, hamburgers, hotdogs, bananas, etc. Hope that helps!

C - posted on 03/08/2010

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I say handy me downs are great :) As for buying shoes, ignore the price and go for the fit. Just cause they cost more doesn't necessarily mean they are "better". My kids' first pair for walking tend to be striderite (spelling?) from Payless Shoes. They are affordable, soft sides, pliable soles, and they come in wide and narrow sizes.



Foods depends on teeth. If she has teeth she should be mastering chewing and be able to eat everything you do. If it is an item that is harder to bite or chew just cut it up small. Think pea size. Be mindful of chokers. Example: Hotdogs need cut lengthwise in quarters and then sliced. Just a slice can be a choker.

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