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Your ten month old baby - some common concerns which may be of interest to you.
  Why are some children fussier than others? My ten month old baby is proving to be such a fussy eater at this age and I am worried.
  Is my 10 month old baby ready for cow's milk?
  Please explain the importance of prebiotics and probiotics in my baby's diet. Should I be incorporating that into my ten month old baby's meals?
  I see a lot of books and even doctors seem to talk about percentile charts. What are these charts?
  How much sleep do babies generally need? I am curious to know if my ten month old baby is sleeping enough.
  When my ten month old baby has fever, how do I take her temperature and please advise me on the do's and don'ts when a child is has a temperature.
  While it is good to allow older babies to feed themselves, I am at my wits end when I see the mess my ten month old baby creates. Please, is there anything I can do to prevent messiness?
  My ten month old daughter has just started taking her first steps. Should she start wearing shoes, what kind of shoes should I be looking for?
  We are vegetarians. What kind of food is suitable for my baby?
  Is this a good time to introduce fish to my baby? She just turned 10 months old.

My ten month old daughter has just started taking her first steps. Should she start wearing shoes, what kind of shoes should I be looking for?

Your baby is walking but shoes should not become a concern so soon. Babies feet grow healthy and strong when they are left bare. Young children especially should be allowed to move around bare-footed so that their feet develop flexibility and strength. Don't get persuaded by shoe manufacturers into buying fancy foot wear with built in arch support for a new walker. They are useful for mature walkers when your child is older but not at this stage. When a young child shows signs of walking, let her learn to grip with her toes and build important muscles in the arch which can be achieved by walking without shoes. Babies and young children have fleshy plump feet and so the curve is not obvious. But the arches are very much there so let her walk shoe-less.

Of course you will be concerned about those unwanted accidents at home which can cause injury to your baby or when the weather is less than favourable meaning chilly, then cloth booties with non-skid soles is something your baby can wear. Inexpensive canvas sneakers are something you can consider when your baby is outside. When you do buy her footwear, there is little sense in investing in expensive shoes for a new walker. Since style becomes a priority much later, it is better to think 'value and not brand' when buying baby shoes - good fit, safety and comfort should top your list.


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