Did you know that there are NO regulations on children’s shoes? That means your child’s shoes can contain lead, formaldehyde, cadmium, arsenic, chromium, mercury, and many other toxic chemicals! A baby doll’s shoes are more regulated. The CPSIA just started a lead reduction for shoes, but they are still allowing 300ppm in them. Think about how many infants put their feet in their mouths. Ella even put a shoe in her mouth the other day. I know…. gross. But the fact is that we all believe products are safe because they are on the shelf and are sold by reputable companies. And sadly, they are not.
The thing that disturbed me the most is knowing that your feet absorb oils and anything else they come in contact with. This means if your child is barefoot wearing toxic shoes, all of the chemicals will be absorbed into their body. If you don’t believe me, rub some garlic on your feet and in 20 minutes you can taste it! So, it is important to pay attention to what’s in your child’s shoes, especially if they won’t be wearing socks!!
I was introduced to Little Soles and I so wish they had Ella’s size in their new eco-friendly styles! They are working on older sizes but want to make sure they get the perfect soles for rough wear. Safety is their goal!! Little Soles does carry toddler sizes 3-8 and infants 0-9 months. I loved the company so much and wanted to share them with you while you are Spring and Summer shopping, so they sent a adorable pair of Squeaky Shoes for my friend’s daughter to try out.
I have to say these Bloom Mary Janes are the cutest baby shoes I’ve ever seen. I love the flower detail with the stripes!! I would have never bought a pair of shoes that squeak, but after watching her run around for an hour having a blast, my mind was changed.She would kick her feet up and stomp around just to hear herself! This was also great because we could keep up with where she was by the sound of her shoes. If you love the style and not the squeak, you can always puncture the squeaker. 🙂 The Bloom Mary Janes are high quality and are great for chubby little feet. The soles are suited for pre-walkers and early walking. The heel also offers extra support. You can get these for only $32.95!!
The great thing about the Squeaky Shoes, Urban Infants, and Baby Soles is that they are free of harmful dyes and toxins; premium materials are sourced to surpass the standards in footwear; the materials have been tested for 7 toxic elements plus formaldehyde and AZO colorants; and Little Soles is a socially responsible and environmentally aware company.
The Giveaway: Little Soles would like to give 1 LUCKY winner 1 pair of shoes from their site in any style and size!!
Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST May 18, 2010 to enter. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced after they respond to the winning email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email, or a new winner will be chosen. You must leave your email address! This contest is open to the US and Canada
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