When should I put my baby in his/her first pair of shoes?

When your child first begins to walk, shoes are not necessary indoors. Allowing your son or daughter to go barefoot or to wear only socks helps the foot to grow normally and to develop its musculature and strength, as well as the grasping action of toes. When walking outside or on rough surfaces, babies' feet should be protected in lightweight, flexible footwear made of natural materials.