Family Photo: The Hannigan-Denisofs’ Barefoot Babe

08/23/2010 at 03:00 PM ET
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Look who’s walking!

Satyana Marie Denisof takes a few sidewalk steps — with the help of parents Alexis Denisof and Alyson Hannigan — on Friday in Brentwood, Calif.

The 17-month-old is the first child for the How I Met Your Mother actress, 36, and her husband, who met on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and wed in 2003.

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klutzy_girl on

Awww, yay! I’m so happy she’s walking!

jessicad on

17 months?? Time flies.

tilly on

She is so cute! I love Alyson’s jeans too!

alice jane on

Oh man, that look on her face is way too sweet. I love this family!

Allegra on

I cannot believe Satyana is 17 months old already! Seems like last week that we were all waiting for the announcement that she was here! She gets more and more gorgeous each time I see her.

SAR on

My nephew walked at about that age…he almost skipped crawling and went straight to walking.

Satyana is the cutest thing! A perfect mix of both her parents. And it’s obvious how much they both adore her.

Barbi on

She is totally adorable! What a cute baby! I hope they wash her feet when she’s back in the house though. At 17 months of age, they still like to touch and play with their feet quite often. What a cutie!

Sarah on

Er… no baby walking shoes? Gotta protect the little doll’s tootsies!

CelebBabyLover on

Well, this photo should put an end to all those pregnancy rumors. Alyson is definitely not pregnant unless it just happened within the last few days or weeks or something….because that is one flat stomach!🙂

CelebBabyLover on

Oh, and Satyana is adorable!

CelebBabyLover on

Sorry for the triple-post, but I also want to say that I love how Alexis, who is holding onto his bike, is wearing a helmet! Bravo to him for being a safe rider!

JM on

aren’t most kids already walking at 17 months? i was just wondering, i’d be interested in the average age. i know my 5 kids were all walking before their 1st birthdays apart from one who took three months longer, but he has dyspraxia. and i was walking by 11 months. it’s interesting to see what kids learn faster or slower, shows how different they are from birth.

Dazzle on

OMG!!! she is almost 2.What a beautiful family🙂

Mel on

I just love this little family. They look so happy, and so committed to each other. Really sweet picture.

Hea on

JM – Yes, most kids walk at 17 months. At least in the western parts of the world.

Tess on

Most kids are walking by that age. And she should have shoes on, as there could be glass or rocks or bugs on that sidewalk.

It was refreshing, however, to read an article where the phrase “Baby [insert child’s name]” wasn’t used.

Me on


Jen on

She’s such an adorable child. Like a little doll.

But I have to lol at the ‘no shoes?’ comments. Yes, I’m sure her loving parents are about to walk her through broken glass.

Tess on

Jen – no one is saying they would intentionally “let” her, just that there could be anything on that sidewalk which could harm her. If nothing else, the sidewalk could be too hot for the kid. I wouldn’t go out without shoes, and I certainly wouldn’t let my non-existant child do so either.

Hea on

Walking barefoot is very cool at that age. I don’t see a problem but, then again, I’m no searching for problems either.

Caroline on

I’m not trying to start a conflict, but if this were a Suri Cruise post, and she was the one walking with no shoes on, everyone would start posting negative things about Tom and Katie and their parenting skills.

On the other hand, Satyana is one gorgeous baby!

meghan on

Why can’t we all just say “awwwww” and move on instead of being a buzzkill and bitching about cleaning her feet and glass? I’m sure Alexis and Alyson have eyes and would avoid anything dangerous. They both have their hands on her, and Satyana is at an age were she needs their support to walk steady. They have a few months to go before they have to worry about her running off ahead of them into danger.

Suri won’t take her high heels off long enough to walk barefoot so that point is moot.

Jen on

Tess- You’re right. No human should ever walk around without shoes on. Forget the whole pleasure of tactile touch as part of the learning process for children. You should live in a constant state of fear (or know-it-all mothering) and never let your infant FEEL or experience anything.

Satyana is a beautiful child and she is blessed with parents who clearly love and protect her.

torgster on

Tess – maybe when your child is no longer “non-existant” you will be in a better position to dish out parenting advice.

Tess on

Jen – I never said she should always wear shoes. Of course there are times when it’s fine to be barefoot. This is not one of those times, IMO.

torgster – 1) I don’t think you have to be a parent to know when kids should wear shoes. And 2) if I had a kid, I would put shoes on it when it’s walking down the street, so I’m not sure how you think my opinion would change.

And Caroline is exactly right – if this was Suri Cruise, then people would be ripping her parents to shreds.

meghan on

There are places in the world were children don’t even own shoes and live in conditions that are a lot more filthy and dangerous than Satyana on that sidewalk under the watchful eye of her parents for all of what, a 20 minute walk, if that. Perspective people.

ecl on

Kids learn to walk best without shoes on. All the books recommend it. Also, who knows? Maybe she has been walking for awhile and the site just posted this pic as though she was just starting.

CelebBabyLover on

Jen- I agree with you. I LOVE to be barefoot, and I HATE wearing shoes. I don’t exactly love wearing socks, either. I am barefoot whenever I can be….and that includes when I’m walking around outside in my backyard or, in the past, on the sidewalk in front of my house (there is no sidewalk in front of the house I live in now, hence why I no longer do that!).

And guess what? The worst that’s ever happened is that I’ve accidentally stepped on a pebble, twig, or even- OUCH!- a thistle. But usually I wind up with nothing more than slightly dirty feet!

I agree that shoes are neccesary if you’re going to go for a long walk around the neighborhood, and certainly if you’re going to a public place. However, looking at that picture, it’s very possible that Satyana was only walking for a few seconds. For all we know, Alyson or Alexis picked her up and carried her right after this photo was taken.

If that is the case, then I see nothing wrong with her being barefoot!

Anna on

I don’t know where you live but where I’m from the sidewalks aren’t covered in glass and it’s not dangerous to walk barefoot for a few meters.

Some people just like to be afraid of everything while others like to take a more carefree approach at life.

Jaedyn on

This looks so normal and adorable!!!

Tess on

“However, looking at that picture, it’s very possible that Satyana was only walking for a few seconds. For all we know, Alyson or Alexis picked her up and carried her right after this photo was taken.”

CelebBabyLover – and for all we know, they didn’t. The point is, we don’t know.

Anna – I didn’t say the sidewalk was “covered in glass,” so there’s no need to exaggerate. I said there may be glass on the sidewalk. Twigs, branches, rocks, metal, anything can hurt a kid (or an adult) and that’s why the kid should have shoes on, IMO.

meghan on

“However, looking at that picture, it’s very possible that Satyana was only walking for a few seconds. For all we know, Alyson or Alexis picked her up and carried her right after this photo was taken.”

CelebBabyLover – and for all we know, they didn’t. The point is, we don’t know.


The point is she’s not our daughter. And it’s not anyones place to lecture other parents. I’m with Anna, some people are afraid of everything and won’t relax until their kids are walking bundles of nerouses. I applaud Alexis and Alyson for their more carefree approach. Odds are nothing is going to happen to her and if it does, what’s the worst that can happen? “Oh god! Not a cut! We may need to put on a bandaid!!!” Get real.

alice jane on

Have we ever seen a photo of Satyana where she doesn’t look happy? Forget happy, in most photos of her she looks thrilled with life. I’m thinking, that whatever Alyson and Alexis are doing, such as letting her walk on her own in barefeet on the sidewalk, is working. I’ve never seen such a happy little girl, or such happy parents.

CelebBabyLover on

meghan- That’s exactly what I was trying to say! I also like that you pointed out that, really, what’s the worst that can happen. Cutting yourself on glass can certainly be serious, and even result to a trip to the ER for stitches (as my dad learned the hard way a few months ago!). However, I’m sure Alyson and Alexis checked the area of sidewalk they were walking on throughly for glass or anything else that could cause a serious injury before they put Satayana down.

I also want to add that, when I was a child, it was a very rare occurence for me to be without a scrape, bump, or bruise of some type. I was a very adventurous kid and was always falling and getting scrapes, bruises, and bumps. But that never bothered me. I would just get up, take care of the injury if neccesary (obviously there isn’t much you can do for a bump or bruise!), and then go right back to playing!

Point being, I think kids should be allowed to be kids! A little bruise or scrape never hurt anyone!🙂

MiB on

Point being, I think kids should be allowed to be kids! A little bruise or scrape never hurt anyone!

I agree wholeheartedly with you CelebBabyLover! I too always sported a scrape or a bruise and it was seen as a normal part of being a kid (so much in fact that scraped knees are called “summer knees” wehre I come from). I know I grew up in “another world”, but I did walk barefoot in parks, in the neighbourhood and in the back yard and the worst thing that ever happened was that I once walked on a loose nail on a decking! By the end of the summer the soles on my feet would be as thick as leather. Fact is, it is recommended that children walk barefoot as much as possible, especially when they are young. Anyone who has seen my posts regarding cars and bikes know I’m a stickler for carseat and bike security, but I also believe that cuts, and scrapes, and bruises are, and should be a part of childhood (just like crazy, mismatched clothes, odd accessories and grass stains).

Lola on

Sometimes glass and other sharp objects cannot be seen until this poor little shoeless baby walks on it. Why aren’t the parents shoeless? I just don’t get it!! Leave the shoeless walking for safety of your own home.

CelebBabyLover on

Lola- Guess what? You can hurt yourself by walking in the “safety” of your own home, too. For example, just as people can drop things on sidewalks, they can drop things on the floor at home, too. Obviously if you dropped something like, say, a glass on the floor of your home and it broke, you’d realize that right away and clean it up.

However, needles, pins, nails, thumbtacks, screws, and more can easily be dropped without anyone, the dropper included, realizing it (my family is living proof of that! Every single one of the things I mentioned above has gotten accidentally dropped at some point at our house without anyone realizing it!). That, obviously, can lead to someone later finding the object by stepping on it!

Bottomline: You can get injured by walking barefoot in your own home just as easily as you can get injured by walking barefoot outside!

CelebBabyLover on

Okay, I just took a closer look at the picture, and you can clearly tell that there is a child’s seat on the back of Alexis’s bike. Since Alexis is wearing a helmet, it’s a pretty safe bet that he had been riding the bike shortly before the picture was taken.

So my guess is that Alexis and Satayana had been on the bike shortly before this picture was taken, and were back on it fairly quickly after it was taken. Maybe Satayana wanted to get down and walk a few steps? Another possibility is that Alexis and Alyson were walking Satayana from their house to the bike so she could go for a bike ride with daddy (it looks like this picture was taken in a residential neighborhood, and just to Alyson’s right is a brick path that looks like it could very well lead to a house).

At any rate, Satayana most likely wasn’t walking on the sidewalk for more than a few seconds!🙂

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