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What If Baby Walks Before Crawling
It's important: It depends on the baby's age, a new walker can have a 'funny walk' But it can be related to some congenital foot problem what should be evaluated by some professional who specializes in young children's gait. If there is a problem, the earlier the treatment starts the faster the resolution. ...Read more
Seldom if ever: Babies all over the world learn to walk on their bare feet.Most in aboriginal cultures that never use shoes have less foot problems than we do.A good set of rubberized sox provide adequate foot protection for toddlers around the house, soft, well fitting and pliable shoeware that breathe is best for show.Kids with true foot deformities may need special shoes, most don't. ...Read more
Not necessarily!: Chubby babies tend to, for the most part, reach their developmental milestones within a similar timeframe as their "thinner" counterparts. If excessively overweight, it may be a little more difficult for a baby to learn to sit or stand, but the delays should not be significant. If you have concerns , discuss with your pediatrician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Is it right or wrong to use walkers for infants ? Does it help infant to walk or harmful? I have eight months infant , can I use it?
Avoiding falls: Years ago parents put kids in "walking shoes" which bypassed some of the natural toe-walking in toddlers & was thought to support their feet.The shoes were heavy & kids often tripped when not in the shoes. Later studies have shown that kids who learn to walk barefoot, have less foot problems in life & fall less. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good question!: A newborn can see, hear, taste, smell, kick! If a baby horse can walk within hours of birth, why can't we?! Turns out, this has actually been studied & one hypothesis is that it's our big brains that are the culprit. Turns out 9 months is all mom can take before the head gets too large to deliver, but at 9 months we're just not neurologically ready for the BALANCE & COORDINATION needed for walking ...Read more
I have a 6 day old infant, when is the best time to walk them outside to get some sun? concerned that her immune system is still too low...
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