Little Byron Baby Lulu place increased focus on textiles tested for harmful substances and their environmentally friendly production. Our products, clothing and shoes, are made of natural cotton, linen, silk, wool, cashmere, natural rubber, which are the best materials for the skin. Exception to this concept is our line of ballet clothing (tutus, petitskirts, etc), which are made from nylon chiffon, a fabric that is usually used for this kind of garments since 1935.
Our underwear line by Liabel, has the Oeko-tex standard 100 which is an independent testing and certification system for textile products from all stages. It also has the Oeko-Tex standard 1000 and the Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus.
The test criteria of Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 include, among others:
- exclusion of environmentally harmful technologies, chemicals and auxiliary materials (e.g. ban of chlorine bleach)
- compliance with guide values for waste water and exhaust air treatment
- economical use of energy resources
- avoidance of noise and dust pollution
In addition to this the standard stipulates compliance with social criteria such as certain minimum requirements for workplace safety, ban on child labour/discrimination/forced labour or adequate working times/holidays/wages.
If a company meets the requirements of Oeko-Tex Standard 1000, i.e. there is an audited environmentally friendly production facility and the products have been successfully tested for harmful substances according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100, then these products can be labelled with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus. This then means that they were tested for harmful substances and produced in an environmentally friendly and socially acceptable manner. Another precondition for this is, however, that the entire production chain – i.e. all production facilities involved in the manufacturing of a product – are certified as environmentally friendly according to Oeko-Tex Standard 1000.
Little Byron Baby Lulu will always bring the best shoes for your baby and child. We are following advice from professionals such as pediatric orthopedists and podiatrics for the best fitting of a baby's/child's footwear as below:
- Children should have their feet measured about every 3 months (ensuring the need for new shoes).
- For a shoe to be correctly fitted, there should be a thumb width between the end of the shoe and the end of the longest toe.
- When looking at the bottom (sole) of the shoe, it should be relatively straight (not curved in too much) - the foot is straight, so the shoe should be straight.
- The fastening mechanism (laces, velcro, buckles) should hold the heel firmly in the back of the shoe (the foot should not be able to slide forward in the shoe).
- The back part of the shoe should be strong and stable.
- The shoe should be flexible across the ball of the foot, as this is where the foot bends. The shoe should not bend where the foot does not bend (ie in the arch area). Avoid shoes such as espadrilles. Flexibility is very important!
- Leather and canvas are better materials - they are more durable and can breathe. Synthetic materials do not breathe well. Avoid plastics! It is very important to choose shoes from natural materials.
- Check that the shoes have rounded toe boxes to give the toes more room to move.
- Shoes should not need to be "broken in". If they do, they are either poorly designed or poorly fitted.
- An absorbent insole is helpful, as the foot can sweat a lot - children are very active!
- During summer period, prefer to use play shoes that are washable.
- A soft and pliable sneaker is usual ideal footwear for children at most ages, as long as it has plenty of room for the toes.
- Pre-walkers (babies and those still crawling) do not need shoes - they need booties or prewalking shoes that do not restrict the foot's movements. They should be flexible and not supportive, and conform to the shape of the foot.
- Prevention of injury is one of the primary purposes of footwear. Try to avoid using open toe shoe.