babies and shoes
when should they start wearing them.
, Mar 27 2012 02:02 AM
14 replies to this topic
Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:02 AM
What age do you think a baby/toddler should start wearing shoes in public ??
Is it just once they start walking...?
Do you think a baby should always wear shoes no matter the age?
i actually don't know!
Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:18 AM
Shoes aren't very good for the feet of small babies. They have far more bones as they haven't yet fused togehter. Even when they start to walk bare feet are much better. I understand it is considered tackly to have them barefoot but seriously I am not puttings shoes on a tiny baby when it's not good for them just because people think babies should wear shoes. We had some soft leather shoes for walkers but avoided real shoes for as long as possible. We also tried to give some outside play in bare feet as well where safe and appropriate my eldest got more because of the time of year though.It's not just the shoes for walking/playing bare foot it's also the sensory stuff they miss out on.
ETA even now at two my youngest is bare foot a lot of time when in the pram, theirs no need for her to wear shoes for warmth and she has been known to take them off and throw them away. I don't want to lose another pair of shoes particuarly at the price I paid for them. And if she is more comfortable with them off then I have no problem. The shoes sit under the pram and are put on when she gets out. At the weather cools down I'll have to start insiting on at least socks but I see no need to force shoes on her atm when she is not walking around.
Edited by Majeix, 27 March 2012 - 02:37 AM.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:37 AM
I read that you are best off not putting them in shoes until 6 weeks after they start walking.
I followed that advise and even now, at 20 months, I only put shoes on ds if I have to. He's barefeet most of the time. In fact, he only owns one pair of shoes.
I also made sure I went to a kids shoe shop for his shoes. I'd read how important it is for them to wear supportive shoes, not thongs etc.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:29 AM
In Tas is a different story. At the moment it isnt very warm and we have our wet days too, so theres no use having a youngster in just warm socks. Theyd get wet. I imagine being barefoot would work in places like WA most of the year.
It also depends on the environment you live too, our place is full of bees, wasps and occasional bullants in the non-grassy areas. Shoes are definitely a requirement outside when the child is walking.
I am very much into 4wding, so any future kiddies of ours will be in hiking boots at around 2 if we have bbqs and social get togethers and they cant stay in the 4wd.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:54 AM
only when they are confidently walking they need shoes! DS2 is 16mths old and only just started walking and has never had a pair of shoes not going to rush out and buy a pair his still not confident..my older 2 barely wore them till 2
Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:14 AM
OK OP, what kind of shoes are you talking about? hard soled/structured shoes? not until after they're walking, and only when necessary. those fabric type 'shoes' (that really aren't anything more then fabric)? whenever. DD used to have a pair of the fabric type she couldn't get off, so they used to go on over socks whenever we left the house.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:25 AM
I have only ever put shoes on when we are out and about. I advise parents to get shoes 6-8wks after walking starts but to stick to bare feet as much as possible..
Look out for good quality early/pre walker shoes that are very flexible, ask around for a good shoe store that will fit and advise correctly on size..
Keep an eye on the fit as little feet can grow quickly.
IMHO crocs are NOT suitable shoes for little feet, yes they are easy to put on, but the number of small children I see struggling to walk/play in them properly makes me sad...
Also more for summer though get sandels that cover the toes as it saves them getting grazed...
Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:31 AM
I think when your child starts to walk that you should buy proper structured walking shoes. Yes, they are expensive but much better for their feet. Before that, I think soft soled shoes are ok for crawling if there are any hazards, otherwise no shoes is fine. DS is 2.6 and barefoot most of the day.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:52 AM
OK OP, what kind of shoes are you talking about?
was just wondering when it becomes "tacky" to have babies out with no shoes on.
learnt lots already!! i didn't know kids shoe shops sold shoes so small (that must sound so stupid! haha) i'll be checking them out!
thanks for the advice
Edited by bringit, 27 March 2012 - 10:52 AM.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:50 PM
Mine got their first pair of shoes 6-8wks after they could walk. Their first shoes were Tip Toey Joey's
Before that (if I knew they would be crawling outside) they would have some soft leather covering like Baby Paws
Oh yeah. My kids were late walkers at 16.5-19.5m so we were 'no shoes' for a LONG time.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 04:59 PM
was just wondering when it becomes "tacky" to have babies out with no shoes on.
Is it ever 'tacky' for a baby to have no shoes on? My kids don't wear shoes until they're walking confidently. I don't bother putting soft shoes/pre-walkers on because they don't serve any purpose (maybe in cold climates it would be different).
Edited by Xiola, 27 March 2012 - 04:59 PM.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:08 PM
I only ever used the soft shoes when DS2 decided he wanted to crawl everywhere when out. He was getting grazed feet (and would not keep socks on). So some soft leather coverings were what we purchased.
DD on the other hand (who LOVES shoes and had a tanty because I said she couldn't have the size 9 patent red heels at nine west she was holding) for some unknown reason likes to go all tribal and take her pretty shoes off when out and about.
The toddler running around without shoes at Chadstone is mine.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:42 PM
DD only started wearing shoes when she started walking on surfaces that weren't appropriate for her to remain barefoot. So she would've been around 2 I think from memory. At home we all go barefoot, shoes get left at the front door as we come in. If feet get cold, we wear socks.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 09:02 PM
looks like my DD can still go shoe free for a little longer!
Posted 27 March 2012 - 09:09 PM
In Tas is a different story
I have 3 kids who have grown up in Tas. None of them have worn shoes until they were walking properly for at least 6 months. They wore socks, bare feet or soft leather pre walkers (ie babypaws). If their socks got dirty or wet, they were changed. Kids need to walk around bare fot for proper arch development. Rigid shoes too early can cause all sorts of problems later on.
2 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 2 guests, 0 anonymous users
All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.
Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.
The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.
A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.
While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.
When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.
Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.
We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.
The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.
It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.
With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.
Essential Baby attended the launch and it got messy!
A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.
Singer follows up success of Hello with new belting ballad When We Were Young.
Coles and Woolworths have imposed tighter buying bans on baby formula amid a shortage blamed on Chinese consumers.
If you are three-years-old and an only child, then news doesn't get much bigger than this.
A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.
I knew having a third child would alter our lives, but it's had so many impacts - both tiny and enormous.
What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.
They are stunning photos that the parents of these beautiful no doubt feared they may never see.
Experts are urging pregnant women not to do exactly as Michelle Bridges does when exercising, or they risk developing rectus abdominus diastasis.
Half of Australia thinks it can get cheaper groceries by switching supermarkets, and about one in four of us have already switched.
A newborn baby has been breastfed by a stranger after a NSW hospital bungled the identities of two newborns, devastating one mother and potentially exposing the newborn to health risks.
The determination of three US nurses to provide immediate skin to skin contact to mothers delivering their babies by caesarean section has led to the invention of a unique surgical drape.
You can always be sure of a few things not entirely going to plan during a newborn shoot – little accidents are almost par for the course – but this shoot was memorable for a whole other reason.
Kids have a way of presenting a completely inaccurate impression of you, as parents, and as a family.
Experts believe many children diagnosed with ADHD might actually have FASD and that the number of people suffering from the condition across the country could be as high as 500,000.
An anaesthetist could be punished after telling a woman enduring an "excruciating" painful C-section that she was not actually in pain.
Our daughters are finally home after spending nearly four weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Wellington hospital.
As hard as it sounds, it is possible to save money when you rent, and certain things can be done to build a deposit faster.
There are actually very few medications that must be absolutely avoided during pregnancy.
Eight months out from the due date of the government's PPL cut, some expectant parents are facing an uncertain time.
What you need is careful, objective and repeatable science. Not anecdotes or old wives' tales, but data.
With new guidelines being developed, the discouragement of use below two years of age is being revised.
It's on those crazy days that I must remember to stop and let her know some things she needs to hear.
The number of sudden and unexpected deaths in infancy has decreased in NSW for the past 15 years but the most recent report into child deaths reveals the decline has plateaued.
Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration