A 50-year-old member asked:
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why is it better for babies to learn to walk without shoes?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Protect if needed: Years ago parents were pushed into buying clunky, heavy shoes for a kid to learn to walk but we no now most will do better without. They often had more falls if they learned with shoes. Today we understand the feet firm up on their own & only need coverage for the environment they are in. Bare feet or rubberized socks are great indoors & simple flexible foot coverings are ok for outside.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013

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Check with MD: Your pediatrician is best suited to help with this concern.

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