Here’s Why Everyone is Hating On CoCo Austin

I don't care how much Chanel's outfit cost...but her high heels are ridiculous!It’s no secret that CoCo Austin (one-half of Ice-T and CoCo, in case you didn’t know) is kind of out there, but ever since she became a mom to baby Chanel, people hve been paying a lot more attention to every choice she makes.

Just last week, CoCo shared a pic on Instagram of 14-week-old Chanel sleeping soundly…and the haters came out of the woodworks!

People tore apart the tiny tot’s outfit, claiming her diamond earrings and designer duds were an over-the-top extravagance for such a little lady. They also complained that CoCo treats her daughter more like a doll than like a real human being.

Now, I’m not one to jump into the mommy wars (and frankly I think how parents choose to spend money on their children is their very own business!) but there was one detail in that photo that I simply have to discuss.

That 14-week-old baby was wearing high heels—from the looks of them, at least 3 inches! There is so much to say on this one, starting with:

Babies don’t need shoes of any kind, and actually do best when allowed to go barefoot. Tiny babies don’t walk, of course, so putting them in shoes is unnecessary—and may actually change the way their foot develops, especially in oddly-shaped shoes like the ones Chanel is seen sporting. The benefits of going barefoot only increase  as a child begins to take steps—studies show that children fall less when allowed to go barefoot. They get more sensory feedback from the floor, allowing them to keep their eyes and heads up in order to avoid obstacles and pitfalls. Additionally, walking barefoot allows little feet to get stronger, building up muscles and ligaments and strengthening the emerging arch.

So, not only is it unnecessary and silly for a 14-month-old to rock stilettos, it’s also setting a bad precedent, in my humble opinion. High heels hurt your feet, plain and simple. Why start your baby girl on a path of bunions, hammer toes and heel pain? But hey, that’s just my 2 cents…

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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