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Time for Baby's First Shoes

Those tiny Mary Janes and sneakers are adorable, but are they necessary yet? Here's a guide:

When to buy shoes: Babies younger than 9 months don't need them at all. Keep those little feet barefoot or in nonskid socks until your baby starts pulling up and cruising.

Where to wear them: Your baby doesn't need shoes indoors  -- in fact, bare feet grip the floor better and help him learn to walk. Outside, of course, they help protect his feet.

What to look for: Flexible, nonskid soles are essential, but ankle or arch supports aren't yet.

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