Emotional. Financial. Physical. There's no end to the type of support you provide your child. Well, we're here to give you a break: When it comes to footwear, you don't have to offer your child any support.
Here's the dirt on baby shoes:
There used to be a school of thought that said little babies needed carefully designed orthopedic wonders to aid in foot development (you know, those white, clunky numbers Mom's couldn't wait to get bronzed back in the day). These days, however, almost everyone agrees—and research confirms—that babies are perfectly capable of growing on their own without a lot of help
. In fact, the best baby shoes
are no shoes at all, which allows baby to figure out exactly how those feet work! So don't feel badly about having a barefoot baby!
This doesn't mean your little one needs to be barefoot 24/7 like a Flintstone. Sometimes he'll need the warmth and protection of some good footwear. When that's the case, choose shoes that are soft, simple, and most resemble the "barefoot experience." Look for shoes that are lightweight, flexible and shaped like the foot itself.
When shoes aren't necessary, but socks are nice, there are about a bajillion adorable baby socks to choose from.report abuse
Of course, he'll just pull them off when you put them on, but if buying them helps you to feel a little less like "the parent with the barefoot baby," as far as we're concerned, that's what they're made for.
Bottom line? Don't stress yourself out feeling like you need to buy that $40 pair of running shoes for your tot. He simply doesn't need them now. (And, trust us, there will be plenty of time for that later.)