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Questions Parents Ask Regarding Twelve Month Olds

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 06-11-2007

Question
What are the best shoes for my baby?
She is just beginning to walk.

Answer
Many experts suggest that the best
shoe is the bare foot. Unfortunately,
that is not practical. Children need shoes for protection and warmth. Use
these guidelines when shopping for shoes for your young toddler:

  • Make sure the shoe fits. A shoe that is too large will make your child
    trip and fall. A shoe that is too small will cause sores and be painful
    to wear.
  • Get help checking the fit. Test the length and width of your baby’s foot
    while your baby is standing.
  • Buy shoes that protect the feet. The shoes don’t need special features
    like wedges, inserts, high tops or arches unless your baby’s doctor
    recommends them.
  • Buy lightweight shoes with flexible, nonslip soles. These features will
    make it easier for your baby to learn to walk.
  • Don’t shop when your baby is tired or hungry. Bring along a favorite
    toy or book and a snack in case you have to wait for sales help.
  • Compare prices and look for the best value. Your baby will probably
    outgrow her shoes several times a year. Check the fit regularly. Don’t
    buy ahead. Avoid hand-me-down shoes.

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