Babies: 6 - 9 Months

Walking on Tip Toes

LO uses her tip toes to walk around in her walker. When we stand her up to get her some practice walking or just working on strengthening her legs, she tends to do that as well. A friend of mine suggested having her wear hard soled shoes while she's standing or in her walker.

Does anyone know if that helps? I've never heard of it, but it's definitely worth a try. I'm going to buy her some tomorrow, because she's outgrown all of her other ones. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this or if it's normal. 

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Re: Walking on Tip Toes

  • DS will "walk" on his tip toes...it is from the jumperoo. I've been told that it's because he's in it too much....how often is your LO in the walker?
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  • It's normal. And I've heard hard soled shoes were bad for learning to walk and that babies should mostly be barefoot. Nothing to worry about, don't bind those tiny feet!
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    It's very normal for babies to walk on tip toes when they're learning. She will stop eventually. I wouldn't recommend shoes until she's actually walking.
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  • It's completely normal.  She'll outgrow it on her own as she actually starts walking.

    And a big fat no on the hard soled shoes.  Bad for the feet. And especially when they're learning to walk, they need to be able to flex their feet well for muscle control and learning to maintain balance.  She doesn't need shoes at all at this age.  If you want some anyway, I'd suggest Robeez or something similar.  They look cute and cover the feet but LO still has full range of motion.

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  • DD does this too, and she's rarely in the walker.  I think it's normal at this age!
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  • image ChristyML:
    DS will "walk" on his tip toes...it is from the jumperoo. I've been told that it's because he's in it too much....how often is your LO in the walker?

    Between her walker, jumper, and exersaucer (also a jumper), she's maybe in them a total of 45 minutes a day (if that). She's usually just playing on the floor with her toys or practicing standing/walking with help. 

    I usually just use the walker when I'm cooking or putting things away, so she can follow me around. 

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  • DD does that too and i heard from a lot of STMs that it's completely normal. i guess babies just don't know what they're doing right now, haha. they get it eventually!
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  • It's normal to walk on their toes.  My DD does it sometimes to.  Walking barefoot in the beginning helps strengthen their muscles in their feet so def. no shoes until they can walk fine with no help.
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