Is My Baby Ready for Shoes?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-QA-enHD-AR1.gifFind out what the experts have to say.shoes, baby, infant, toddler, socks, booties, bootie, booty, bootys, footwear, foot wear, baby shoes, learn to walk, learning to walk, shoe, sandals, walk, walking, stand, standing, cruise, cruising, crawl, crawling, army crawl, roll, rolling, foot, feet05/20/201110/16/201910/16/2019Mary L. Gavin, MD10/14/20198d938872-05e5-43a3-a8c0-56b58a318602https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/baby-shoes.html/<p><em>My baby is 8 months old and already likes to stand with a little help. Is now the right time to get him used to wearing shoes?</em><br /> &ndash; <em>Maria</em></p> <p>It's exciting to see your baby getting ready for his first steps, but hold off on that first pair of tiny shoes until he is walking. Shoes are mainly for protecting a baby's feet, especially when walking outdoors. Putting shoes on sooner won't help your baby learn to walk any faster or better. In fact, shoes that have hard, inflexible soles can make it harder for him to learn to walk because they restrict natural foot movement.</p> <p>For now, barefoot is still best for your baby's foot development. A pair of socks or booties with non-skid soles is also fine for chilly toes. When your baby starts walking, choose shoes that:</p> <ul> <li>are lightweight and flexible (remember to&nbsp;avoid hard, stiff shoes that restrict foot movement)</li> <li>fit well (aren't too loose or too tight)</li> <li>have non-skid soles</li> </ul>¿Mi bebé está listo para llevar zapatos?Averigüe qué tienen para decir los expertos.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/baby-shoes-esp.html/272394eb-63cb-4a4c-8034-388190c1c1cf
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Common Childhood Orthopedic ConditionsFlatfeet, toe walking, pigeon toes, bowlegs, and knock-knees. Lots of kids have these common orthopedic conditions, but are they medical problems that can and should be corrected?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/common-ortho.html/aad934f7-72ee-4997-a9e7-9a61a0b4332e
Household Safety: Preventing Injuries From Falling, Climbing, and GrabbingHere's how to help protect kids from a dangerous fall or a tumble into a sharp edge in your home.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-falls.html/c1e23edf-2e4f-4a10-8e62-d8ec57df568c
Learning, Play, and Your 8- to 12-Month-OldYour baby is learning more about the world through play and is beginning to use words. Keep those toys and games coming!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/learn812m.html/55bb6c92-9363-4394-924f-04470e0f1a72
Movement, Coordination, and Your 8- to 12-Month-OldFrom scooting to crawling to cruising, during these months, babies are learning how to get around.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/move812m.html/1222b2c2-6ba5-4c43-82df-ea77f479abd8
Your Baby's Growth: 8 MonthsYour baby is growing by leaps and bounds, and may even be crawling or cruising. Here's what to expect this month.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/grow812m.html/4603ee6b-f0be-40b9-ac97-c896622bbfec
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