Little Mary's ambition is to guide babies in their first steps.
Each baby has his or her own pace for development (no rush!) but the following observations have been made:
• Around 7-8 months of age, babies begin crawling.
• Then, beginning around 8-11 months of age, they begin to pull themselves upright.
• Babies only truly begin walking around the age of 12-14 months, but a child's gait is imperfect at this stage, since baby will take his or her first steps with feet spaced far apart to maintain a low centre of gravity. Balance is precarious and spills – in every direction – are frequent.
• The gait remains unstable and irregular until the age of three years, while true coordination and flexibility only appear around the age of six or seven years.
BABY'S FIRST STEPS
A baby's feet grow most quickly from birth to three years of age. Paediatricians, chiropodists, footwear specialists and shoemakers agree that the choice of baby's first shoes during this initial growth period is a determining factor in the foot health of the child, teenager and adult that the baby will become.
In baby's first three years of life, the foot develops in an accelerated way as the skeleton takes shape and the bones gradually assume their positions. The ossification of the phalanges, metatarsals and other key bones of the feet – particularly of the navicular bone and the heel bone (or calcaneus) – continues throughout these years. The size and shape of baby's foot will also transform from a chubby, supple foot to a finer, stronger foot, with an increasingly marked arch.
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BABY'S FIRST SHOES
In the first months of a baby's life, the main function of shoes or slippers is to protect feet from the cold or impacts.
It is when baby begins to pull up that parents are faced with the choice of his or her first real pair of shoes. Each baby has a different morphology, and shoe specialists or even chiropodists are best qualified to recommend the most suitable shoe for each one.
Little Mary provides solutions for every kind of foot, and particularly for "fine" to "average" feet.
For baby's first shoes, each of Little Mary's designs features a well-adapted weight, good support to the back of the heel, sufficient rise without compromising ankle flexibility, soles with good hold and grip, and optimal toe protection. It is important that the sole be supple enough to ensure a good, flowing step without impeding it.