Zone Bébé Newsletter - Pitter Patter of tiny feet

Many more essential care products are in stock now: a wonderful calming spritz that can be used to create a calming atmosphere during labour and in baby's nursery. Or a soothing nipple balm that also protects from cracking or soreness when breastfeeding and it is 100% comestible!

Fairtrade Fortnight is still happening

28th February - 13th March 2011 is the Fairtrade Foundation's annual awareness raising campaign to promote the difference that Fairtrade makes to millions of people in developing countries.

The ranges of sense organics and Piccalilly are Fairtrade certified and 100% super soft GOTS certified organic cotton, perfect for baby. Have a look at the fab range.

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight Zone Bébé is offering an essential care organic soothing salve nappy balm for free (worth 7.00€) with every order over 60€.

Pitter Patter of tiny feet…

A test of soft soled shoes has been published in this month’s issue of Öko-Test. 19 different types were tested and the result was not pleasant.

Dr. Falko Panzer, paediatrician and adviser to Öko-Test summarised the three most important things when learning to walk: first – to walk barefoot, second – to walk barefoot and thirdly – to walk barefoot. By walking barefoot children learn how to roll the foot from heel to toe and the muscles in the foot develop in such a way that they can carry the human being upright. This process is already programmed into the child and takes place all by itself. “Shoes for learning how to walk are scientifically a contradiction in terms” according to Professor Markus Maier, university lecturer for orthopaedics at the Ludwig-Maximilian university of Munich. Even socks should not be worn since experiencing the environment through touch amongst others is of immense importance for the development of fine motor skills.

But because life does not only take place on beaches or homes with under floor heating, but outside on playgrounds with sharp stones and potentially more dangerous things, baby needs a shoe with a protective sole. For a long time (and still!) the myth continued that wobbly, chubby baby feet needed to be enclosed in shoes with strongly supportive and rigid soles. Today orthopaedic specialists demand shoes in the smallest sizes to have a fully flexible sole. Such models where the foot is allowed to roll from heel to toe.

If the floors at home are too cold to go barefoot, then the soft leather booties are the best solution. They have the advantage of staying on in comparison to socks or anti-slip socks.

For more experienced walkers a shoe with a firmer but still flexible sole is recommended.

All in the entire test did not show a very positive outcome. Many shoes were contaminated with chromate (even though banned for use in gloves and shoes), leathers were preserved with chlorocresol (sensitising and irritating to mucous membranes) or formaldehyde (carcinogenic), or PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) within the rubber soles.

And the old problem of sizes was also apparent here, some shoes tested were too short, others too long. Babies and small children do not have the notion of a shoe that does not fit, since the foot moulds into the available space. So it is important to be sure the new pair of shoes fits properly. Colours should ideally stay in the leather and the shoes should be sturdy enough for the wear and tear by toddlers.

In any case, wearing socks can minimise the exposure to harmful substances marginally. Barefoot is still the best.

And every two months should foot and shoe be checked for size, whether one still fits the other.

At least two companies took the result to heart and called back a whole range of shoes...

For a guideline on how shoes should fit, refer back to one of Zone Bébé’s useful documents – How the shoe fits:

At Zone Bébé we have a small range of Bobux shoes, soft non-slip suede leather soled and first shoes with split and fully flexible rubber soles. They are the only company featuring Eco-Leather™.

Criteria for Ecological leather:

• Chrome(VI) free leather.

• No Azo dyes - banned under EU directive 2002/61EC.

• No presence of heavy metals (Tested to DIN EN ISO 105-E04)

• All tanning agents and dye colors are water based

A few new styles will come in soon, such as these below.

Have a wonderful week if you are in Zone B, back to school on Monday…

Claudia/Zone Bébé

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The full article can be read in the March issue (3/11) of Öko-Test:;bernr=07;co=

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