But What About Baby Shoes?
Since baby feet are growing, developing, and generally squishy, they don’t really need shoes. However, the “cute rule” is in effect.
What do we mean? For babies 6 months and younger, putting them in shoes should be fine. They aren’t walking in them at that time, after all; it’s mostly foot covering. So matching boat shoes or Timberlines with the parents is too cute and OK.
However, please be sure that whatever shoes you use are not tight, constricting, or otherwise uncomfortable against baby’s feet. Knitted shoes are a great choice, as they’re soft, comfortable, and perfectly suited for events both casual and formal.
“Real” shoes are important when children are learning to walk, but walking is not something you should be in too much of a hurry to make happen.
We understand there can be societal pressure toward seeing your child make milestones, but starting to walk within 12-14 months is perfectly fine and normal. If you are trying to get your child to walk at 9 months, that is too early.
Another tidbit about shoes: don’t feel like you must get “high top” shoes to improve your child’s ankle stability. The high tops are there more to make it harder for kids to kick the shoes off in the middle of downtown, leaving an unsolved mystery of a missing shoe when you get home.
Dr. Leibovitz talked more about infant feet and shoes in a recent Facebook Live broadcast. Click here to check it out!