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Health Tip: Choosing Shoes for Your Busy Toddler

Pay attention to fit and function

(HealthDay News) -- Finding the right shoe for a growing toddler is important, since your little one is learning to navigate the world on his own two feet.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  • Let babies be barefoot as long as possible to help improve balance. Opt for shoes once your toddler starts to walk outside.
  • Choose comfortable footwear, such as sneakers, that will feel good on your toddler's feet.
  • Look for shoes that have non-skid soles to prevent slipping.
  • Opt for shoes that are well made, but don't spend a ton of money. They'll be outgrown quickly!
  • Make sure shoes aren't too tight. A proper fit is about a finger's width between the end of the longest toe and the tip of the shoe.
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