Baby Care Today: Old Advice You Can Safely Ignore

Pigeon Toes & Dancing Feet

Lap Dancing

baby standing

Alexandra Grablewski

Old Advice: Don't let infants stand and bounce on your lap -- the activity may bend or bow their legs.

New Advice: Babies' legs are quite resilient. In fact, doctors often encourage assisted standing to strengthen your baby's legs, as long as he seems comfortable.

Treating Pigeon Toes

Old Advice: Corrective shoes, leg braces, or splints are needed to treat turned-in toes.

New Advice: It's perfectly normal for babies to have pigeon toes, because they've spent months cramped in the womb. In most cases, feet turn out on their own by the time children are 3 or 4.

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