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My son 10.5 months, is starting to stand and walk around the furniture. Should he be wearing shoes or is bare feet best?
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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Barefoot
He may trip wearing shoes.
And he'll have have better control barefoot.

In brief: Barefoot
He may trip wearing shoes.
And he'll have have better control barefoot.
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Keep him barefoot
Keep him barefoot for him to develop balance and for his feet to learn how to "grip" properly.
This is the most natural way for his feet to develop. Keep in mind that babies/toddler feet are still developing. Shoes should be worn if you go outside in order to protect from injury. In the house keep him barefoot or wear socks.

In brief: Keep him barefoot
Keep him barefoot for him to develop balance and for his feet to learn how to "grip" properly.
This is the most natural way for his feet to develop. Keep in mind that babies/toddler feet are still developing. Shoes should be worn if you go outside in order to protect from injury. In the house keep him barefoot or wear socks.
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
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In brief: Shoes
In my opinion he should be wearing shoes to protect his feet from injury.

In brief: Shoes
In my opinion he should be wearing shoes to protect his feet from injury.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Skids
There are rubber soled socks available for any of these kids that protect the feet from the cold but do not add weight/restrict the feet as it grows.
Simple soft moccasins or something similar can be used outdoors. Barefoot is fine also if it is warm.SHoes do not help a kid learn to walk & may increase their risk of falls/head injury.

In brief: Skids
There are rubber soled socks available for any of these kids that protect the feet from the cold but do not add weight/restrict the feet as it grows.
Simple soft moccasins or something similar can be used outdoors. Barefoot is fine also if it is warm.SHoes do not help a kid learn to walk & may increase their risk of falls/head injury.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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