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What kind of shoes can my 12-month-old wear?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Several points
Babies feet develop well when barefoot.
If they are going into an area where their feet need protection, you follow basic needs:1.Sturdy enough for the terrain, 2. Flexible to cradle & move with the feet 3.A proper fit to avoid calluses or confining the foot 4. A material that will breathe enough for the skin to remain healthy.

In brief: Several points
Babies feet develop well when barefoot.
If they are going into an area where their feet need protection, you follow basic needs:1.Sturdy enough for the terrain, 2. Flexible to cradle & move with the feet 3.A proper fit to avoid calluses or confining the foot 4. A material that will breathe enough for the skin to remain healthy.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: I
Suggest stride rite or tennis shoes.

In brief: I
Suggest stride rite or tennis shoes.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Dr. Alan Ettinger
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In brief: Choices
You can either wear a hard soled shoe such as by stride rite or a soft shoe.

In brief: Choices
You can either wear a hard soled shoe such as by stride rite or a soft shoe.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Pediatrics
In brief: Flexible sole.
Shoes protect your child's feet, but are not necessary when your child is learning to walk inside.
When your child finally needs shoes, choose shoes with a flexible sole.

In brief: Flexible sole.
Shoes protect your child's feet, but are not necessary when your child is learning to walk inside.
When your child finally needs shoes, choose shoes with a flexible sole.
Dr. Jeanne Beymer
Dr. Jeanne Beymer
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