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We all wear flip flops down here, but I think it's been bad for my kid's feet, especially my daughter who is 6 and her feet still turn in a little bit (normally wouldn't be a big deal, but could lead to injuries if it doesn't improve because she is in sports--thankfully it's not too bad and has improved a lot over the last year).
I'm switching her to better shoes now, but those shoes only start in bigger sizes. I want to make sure I choose better shoes for the baby from the start. Any idea? I've only heard of Stride Rite, but I've heard a lot of complaints about how clunky they are.
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no shoes when possible. if we went out somewhere, i had some merrell brand shoes for him. he still wears merrells. i'm excited for his feet to grow because there are some awesome shoes out there...my husband cant wait to buy him a pair of running shoes
Same here. Claire had some foot issues when she was a baby (she was footling breech, so they were squished from being down by my cervix) and we were told by numerous specialists that the best thing we could do was to NOT put shoes on kids. If we wear shoes, they are supportive tennis shoes...no crocs or flip-flops. The one exception we make is that Claire has water shoes to wear while in the canoe with us. The bottom is slippery so she needs something, and soggy tennis shoes are not fun.
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IVF babies Claire (4), Abigail (2) and George (2)
Avery only wears shoes when we go somewhere, right now she is wearing super cute reeboks. I usually buy shoes used as long as they are in great condition. I'm not picky I just like to make sure they have lots of support
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We do no shoes as often as possible too. Kieran had (i guess still has?) a minor hip dysplasia, likely from his position in the womb (he turned breech late and the doc thinks it may have been because if his hip). The ortho guy recommended no shoes whenever possible, so that he could self-correct his hip/feet when learning to walk. If we put shoes on him in the early walking days, we went with robeez...so he could still feel he ground beneath him. He did ruin several pair But then, once he was walking well, we had him fitted for Stride Rites. I don't find them "bulky" really. No more than any other shoe I have seen. But he had pretty big feet (and is a big kid) so maybe that helped? More recently we have branched out to other brands. But his hip is in the process of naturally correcting (you can still tell it turns outward, but not as strong as before), so its not as imparitive for him to have specific brands of shoes