When Should Babies Start Wearing Shoes?

For generations, baby shoes and baby's first steps carried a such significant emotional value, that parents would treasure and preserve them for long years.

As the foot doctors and pediatricians are getting more educated how human body works,  turns out, these baby shoes are not the best choice, regardless how cute and adorable they look.

 When should babies start wearing shoes?

When my son started to crawl at 8 months and taking the first steps at 9, we asked our pediatrician, this same question. 
She said "NOT up to the age of 2!"

While the old believes stated that the hard sole, arch support, heel and ankle need to be held in place, so a child's foot is offered stability. Nowadays doctors say, that as soon as they start to pull themselves up or stand alone, babies need to be either barefoot or in very flexible shoes so the muscles in their foot can develop properly. The flexibility of the foot is the most important aspect as they are developing their arch.

The bones in a baby's foot don't finish hardening until around 5 years old, and if forcing the tiny feet into hard and rigid shoes, they can alter these soft bones into an unhealthy foot. Human foot will keep growing into their teenage years and it is recommended to stay barefoot as much as possible. 

Hard soles restrict the roll movement in the foot and makes it harder to take steps and often. They are also heavy that makes it easy to trip.
Have you ever worn a wooden sole shoe? Try once and see how much work it is for your foot. 

Before the baby starts to walk, socks, bare foot or any shoes (if Little One will tolerate anything) is fine, as long as they aren't uncomfortable or tight.  
Once they are taking the first step barefoot is the best way to go. Barefoot will help to stay balanced, not to slip and use muscles and toes to grip to offer more stability. 

Unfortunately barefoot isn't always very practical. Hard surfaces like hardwood floor or tile can cool babies tiny toes quickly and catch a cold. Also try to avoid the barefoot playdates at the playground or even leaving them at the daycare without anything on. 

What to do?
Choose a pair of baby shoes they are easy to bend in half and twist and they grip to the floor. 

Here is my favorite bending method: hold them between your thumb and your pointer finger and bend them. If it is an effort for your fingers or if you can not bend it, don't put it on your infant's foot. 
Here is my favorite twisting method: pinch the front with one hand and pinch the back with the other. Can you twist it 180 degrees? If you can't don't pot it on your infant's foot.

Grippy, doesn't mean non-slip. Non-slip will slide unless there is enough pressure applied. Grippy will grip to and hard surface. It is a big and very important difference, that can physically hurt your baby. 

One more thing. Your barely walking baby is normally non-verbal. She can't tell you that it is too tight, too big, too warm ore too cold. If you see red spot, marks on the skin, blister or anything unusual, make sure to remove the shoes and don't wear them again. 

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