Many pediatricians tell parents the child should only start wearing shoes once they’ve started walking. Most babies, around this age, one year and three months, hit this important developmental milestone. It’s at home that the first few steps will be trained more often, given the child is in familiar territory, with full-time supervision and an environment as clean as you determine it should be. And, specifically because of that, you should allow your child to walk around your home barefoot as they please. Bare feet help maintain balance, perfect coordination and helps the formation of the foot arch. There’s more: the little toes can “hold onto” the ground and create their curvatures. Therefore, you should only put shoes on your child’s feet to protect their feet from cold or hard surfaces, and even then, it’s best to opt for socks with anti-skidding pads on the bottom, to avoid any falls.
With 15 months of age, walking straight is a question of confidence and equilibrium. In the beginning, the most common posture involves bigger and more staggered steps, with the tummy projected forward. Afterward, once your child gains enough experience in this ability, the distance between the two feet becomes smaller and the toes will point forward instead of tilting slightly outward. They will also be capable of doing things like carrying a toy in one arm while moving around, looking up while walking and even reaching for objects higher than their heads. Pushing toys such as trucks, doll strollers or a baby-sized shopping cart is a lot of fun during this stage, especially because the child has more fun putting things inside and moving them in these “modes of transportation”. Between one year and six months and eight months, walking will become easier.