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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it good for babies when they are first learning to walk to wear shoes?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Corey Fox
Foot Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Its more for protection than support at this stage, especially if they are walking outside.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
ABPM 25 years experience
Depends...: For learning to walk around the house it is best for a baby to be barefoot. The sensitivity of the bottom of the foot is important for balance. Once the baby is walking, it will be easier to transition to shoes. If the child is outside and mobile (walking or crawling) shoes are important for protection.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: Four decades ago shoe sellers convinced many that stiff shoes were needed to properly learn to walk.Evidence based research debunked this myth. Babies walk when ready and at most need rubber soled socks, unless outside where soft moccasins are fine. Kids forced into shoes at this stage fall more often.
Last updated Jul 6, 2016


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