Should Little Girls Wear High Heels?

"I think it is growing up too fast. Childhood is for running and playing, it's not for having to walk daintily. We have plenty of years for that," she said. "We as adults wear heels and they're sexy and they make you feel good and we wear them when we dress up, when we go to work or when we go out on a date. And I think to see a child trying to embody that is just a little premature."

Kingloff said there are plenty of brands that make flat shoes that young girls will wear, and she advised that parents involve the girls in the shopping process and emphasize the features -- colors, glitter and bows -- that may make flat shoes fun and appealing.

"Your child will look adorable in any shoe. … And there's tons of brands out there now that are making really adorable things. I don't think a heel is what takes it over the top," she said.

Tips for Parents on High Heels for Little Girls

Limit heel-wearing to 2 to 3 hours a day, and never during athletic activity
Keep grown-up clothes in the dress-up pile
Just say no

"GMA" parenting contributor Ann Pleshette-Murphy says high-heels should be part of playing dress-up or special occasions for little girls, not part of their everyday wardrobe.

If it's dress up, that's great," she said on "GMA" today. They should be relegated to the dress-up pile... You're not a grown up, you can pretend to be a grown-up."

And although parents can try to keep their girls from wearing heels during physical activity, Pleshette-Murphy points out, "When are your girls not physical? They run around all the time."

Pleshette-Murphy is primarily concerned with the psychological message high heels send to little girls, saying they can "push a child to grow up faster than she's really ready to."

"I think it is a sexualizing thing," she said. "It really is not ok."

At the end of the day, it's up to parents to make the decisions about their children's wardrobes.

"When they're clamoring for it, just say no," she said. "Stick by it if you feel this is important."

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