You don't need to buy your baby her first shoes until he/she is confidently walking around outside. While your baby is learning to walk around the house, let her go barefoot. She will be able to balance and coordinate her steps better if she can feel the ground beneath her feet.
Most children begin walking between 8 and 18 months of age. Some are physically and emotionally ready for that first step well before others, but don’t rush it — legs and feet develop best when babies learn to walk at their own pace.
When your child first starts to walk, they may have a tendency to walk up on their toes, or with their toes pointing inwards or outwards. This is quite common.
You should seek advice from your doctor or community health nurse if your child displays any of the following:
Most children are naturally active. Let your child walk at their own pace, and only for distances that they can cover without becoming too tired. If your child complains of pains in their legs and feet, it may be that they have done enough for the day. However, if they complain of pain every time they walk, it may be a good idea to have their feet examined.
Choosing the right shoes is extremely important.
Once your child starts walking outside the home, they will need shoes to protect their feet. Poor fitting shoes can lead to foot deformities, so it’s important that you get shoes that fit properly right from the very start.
Here are some pointers for making sure your child has the right shoes:
Children don’t always complain when shoes start feeling tight, so it’s important you check regularly that your child’s shoes still fit properly.
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