- In This Feature
- So Many Questions, So Little Time
- Is it OK to buy a used breast pump?
- What’s the best sleeping arrangement for my newborn?
- Can I use an heirloom crib?
- Do imported car seats sold in the US meet federal safety standards?
- Can I use my baby’s play yard as a crib when we travel?
- How soon can we travel with our newborn?
- If walkers aren't safe, why are they in stores?
- Can my baby play with toys for slightly older children?
- Can I hold my baby on my lap in taxi cabs?
- What makes one stroller worth $100 and another $750?
- What kind of baby thermometer should I buy?
- My baby just started walking. Is it time for shoes?
- Is it OK to use a hand-me-down car seat?
My baby just started walking. Is it time for shoes?
You'll want to give your baby a chance to get the hang of walking, so wait a few months until he's confident on his feet before taking him first-shoe shopping, says Jane Andersen, DPM, a spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Look for a shoe you can easily bend in half. "At that age, babies don't need support. They need flexibility to help their balance," says Andersen. Check for traction on the bottom, too, which can reduce your baby's risk of slipping.