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Tips For Keeping Lil Feet Out of High Heels

Is trendy tot Suri Cruise causing problems for moms other than her own? Though mamas may envy the precarious preschooler's designer duds, her love of mini high heels has other lil girls asking for a pair of their own, and is drawing the ire of doctors and parenting experts alike.

On a recent appearance on The Early Show, Parents magazine editor Dana Points advised parents to steer their lil ones away from the grown-up footwear until their pre-teen years:

"At the age of 5 and on up until 10, 12, the bones are still forming. The print is forming. You can get some shortening of the tendons in the heels. So you really don't want to let them spend more than a little time every week in some kind of heel."

Though 56 percent of LilSugar readers have kept their wee ones' feet planted firmly on the ground, keeping budding royalty away from the heels that their adored princesses wear isn't easy. Points recommends pre-shopping at shoe stores in order to offer little girls a few more sensible options and then provide them with tools for accessorizing their kicks like clip-on flowers, rhinestones and fabric markers.

How have you combated the high heel dilemma in your home?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
Marian, you're right! The fact that we all agree that toddlers should not be wearing heels is a good sign. I like your outlook. Now, if only I could convince my toddler that I shouldn't be wearing heels all the time. It's cute and hilarious and just a little annoying to hear, "Mom, you have to don't wear your sneakers because they are yucky. You have to wear your brown shoes with the bows on them! Or you can wear your fabulous shoes, because they are shiny."
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I'm not a mum, but I wouldn't buy my daughter high heels until she's 12. The damage that can be done is just too great! I'd buy her spangly ballet flats though. :)
KrisB KrisB 7 years
I don't buy that Suri's "love of mini high heels has other lil girls asking for a pair of their own". How do other little girls even know who Suri is? Like everyone else has said be the parent and make the healthy choices for your children. That is the whole purpose of having parents, we're supposed to know best.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
I did read somewhere that Suri's heals are all special posture-pedic dance shoes, something like that. No heels for my little one, for now at least, though she hasn't asked.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
Yes, my son uses the computer. My hubby's a computer geek, and I used to do some programming. In my opinion, computers are a big part of the future and I want my son to be able to use it well. I don't allow him to just sit on it all day though. It's a treat, and the first thing to go if he is having trouble listening that day! I think you just need to be aware of what your kids limits are, and be 'present' as a parent.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Amanda, I'm trying not to be judgemental here, but you let your 4-year old use the computer all by himself? Seems strange to me, my daughter is only 5 months old though, so I might have to wait some time to actually have an opinion on that, right? I have to agree, though, how do kids that age actually know what Suri is wearing? And like everyone else says, I don't really see the problem here either. Yes, your kid might beg and have a tantrum, but it's called parenting, it's not supposed to be easy. I am not jeopardizing my daughters health like that. I've not seen Zahara wear heels, but if she did (even if only briefly) they were wrong for letting her, too. But it seems to be a one-time-only thing whereas Suri wears them on regular basis. I might send them a picture of my grandmothers feet to show them what high-heels can do to your toes!
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
amandachalyn, I don't think the main issue in the article is that your girls are going to see Suri Cruise is and want to imitate her, it's how to deal with your little girl wanting to wear heels as shoes they wear on a regular basis.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 7 years
Who lets their kids read gossip sites or read the magazines? How is a 4 year old going to know who Suri Cruise is? My son is 4 and loves the computer, but I got a kidzui browser so I can block certain things and they send me status reports on what he's doing. It's easy to control what kids see and hear from ages 2-5.
FrankiLee FrankiLee 7 years
I agree with those who said that you're the parent, so you buy the shoes, obviously. My daughter will not be wearing high heels anytime soon. Of course, playing at home in my high heels or wearing those little plastic ones for play is fine. But to wear while out walking? That won't be happening for a while. It's kind of along the same lines as those who get mad at Miley Cyrus or Lady Gaga or whomever for not being good "role models" for their daughters. Well, it's not up to Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus to be the parent, it's up to you.
zoorph zoorph 7 years
*Thank* you Anonymous! It's like this is some sort of mystery that can only be solved with professional help. I would tell my kid the same thing my mom told me: If I'm the one paying, I get to say what goes. When you are able to support yourself - rent, groceries, etc., and move out into your own home - then you get to say exactly what you do, wear or say and when you get to do it, wear it or say it. Until then...
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Zhara doesn't wear heels all the time like Suri. I haven't seen her in anything but heels.
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