Four Steps to an Eco Friendly Nursery
Submitted By: Carrie Lauth
Taking care of the environment is important to many of us. We try to incorporate green and healthy living into as many areas of our lives as we can. We especially want to focus on things that impact our children’s health: the food they eat, the toys they play with, and other items they use. This often starts with an eco friendly nursery.
Here are some ways to make this happen, in four simple steps.
Step One: Think about the materials used in your furnishings. Steer clear of items that are made or painted with materials containing lead, formaldehyde, or other dangerous materials. You will instead want to look for all natural wood and cloth products.
Thankfully manufacturers are getting wise to what parents want, and there are many options for non-toxic paint and furniture. You can obtain furniture without dangerous chemicals such as flame retardants that outgas into the air and linens made from organic cotton. Your child can have an attractive and healthy room.
In addition, find simple old fashioned toys for your tot. Some of the best toys are the classics. Wooden blocks, wooden train sets and cloth dolls inspire imagination much more than electronic toys that break easily and get thrown into the landfill. What’s more, plastic toys often contain harmful chemicals such as BPA and phtalates. A good rule of thumb: If a plastic toy has a strong chemical odor when you take it out of its packaging, it’s outgassing toxins. Steer clear of these, especially for babies who put everything in their mouths.
Step Two: Look for organic. You will be surprised at the availability and options that are out there for using organic items in your nursery today. From bedding to mattresses to your baby's diapers and layette, there are a variety of organic options to choose from on the market today. Many of the best quality items are made by work at home moms or in cottage industries.
If finances are tight, focus on buying items that touch baby’s skin for the longest period of time. Bedding – if your baby sleeps in a crib – and cloth diapers should be organic or at least untreated, unbleached cotton.
Step Three: Say “yes” to the old. Maybe you have some items from a previous baby that are still useful. Or perhaps a friend or family member wants to gift you with a family rocker, cloth diapers or clothing. Go ahead and accept as long as the item in question is still safe – you can check online for recalls. Recycling old items and buying used is a great way to go green in the nursery and save a lot of money too.
Step Four: Be green when you clean. Once you have set up an eco friendly nursery don't ruin by using harsh chemical cleansers and air fresheners in it. Make sure you buy eco friendly cleaning items too.
Children and babies are especially vulnerable to toxins in the air in our homes. Not only do they breathe faster and therefore take in more chemicals into their lungs, but their brains are still developing meaning the impact is greater on their health. Grocery store shelves now have a nice variety of reasonably priced non-toxic cleaning supplies for you to try.
Taking these steps will have you on your way to an eco friendly nursery that is healthy and safe for your new addition.