Should babies wear shoes when learning to walk?
It’s exciting to see your baby getting ready for his first steps, but hold off on that first pair of tiny shoes until he is walking. Shoes are mainly for protecting a baby’s feet, especially when walking outdoors. Putting shoes on sooner won’t help your baby learn to walk any faster or better.
Do babies learn to walk better barefoot?
Highlights: Research shows that it’s best for babies and toddlers to be barefoot as much as possible. Being barefoot allows for optimal foot development, improves agility, strengthens children’s awareness and balance on various surfaces, and boosts sensory-motor development.
What is the average age for baby to walk?
From a very young age, your baby strengthens their muscles, slowly preparing to take their first steps. Usually between 6 and 13 months, your baby will crawl. Between 9 and 12 months, they’ll pull themselves up. And between 8 and 18 months, they’ll walk for the first time.
Yee Wong, creator of SoftBaby organic baby clothing, says she advises clients not to rush the developmental process, but to wait until they have a skilled and confident walker on their hands before putting their baby in hard-soled shoes; which typically means waiting until she is at least 15 months of age or older.
Should babies feet be covered?
Babies develop muscles by kicking and wriggling, so never discourage this. Feet need to be free and active, not restricted by overly tight bedding, bootees, leggings or any other foot covering. When your baby begins to crawl, they can do so barefoot. This will help their feet and toes develop normally.
What shoes should babies wear when they start walking?
Try to get shoes with soft leather uppers for cool, comfortable feet. Choose shoes with lightweight, flexible soles to aid walking development. Most brands have pre-walkers, which are super-soft and actually fine for the first few walking months (according to parents we speak to).