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Babies don't really need shoes. Although there are many cute baby shoes out there, it is better to let the baby go barefoot or with socks only until she starts to walk. Many doctors say that putting shoes on a baby's feet too early can affect their development. You can put shoes on the baby for a special occasion, but avoid doing so too often or for prolonged use. Wait until the baby is walking or cruising, then shoes can be worn to protect the baby's feet.
There are types of baby's booties that are made of leather all around, even the sole, these are okay for wear because they are flexible and don't constrict the foot. These booties are especially good for when the weather is colder and socks are not enough to keep the baby's feet warm.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|