Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is a precious time. As the big day draws nearer, the excitement builds, and so does the mother’s need to have everything ready. This nesting instinct becomes focussed on creating the perfect nursery. There’s much to do! For instance, deciding on room decor, furniture, flooring, and accessories. And, of course, gathering the cutest clothing and cuddliest toys. With so many choices to make, one of the best things you can do is create a non-toxic nursery. Let’s have a look at how.
Why Make a Non-Toxic Nursery?
Unfortunately, toxins are all around us. Therefore, we need to make conscious decisions to limit their prevalence in our baby’s sanctuary, the nursery. In fact, dangerous toxins exist in paints, floor coverings, clothing, and even nursery furniture. Moreover, babies are susceptible to chemical hazards because their skin is more absorbent. Plus, their organs (such as the liver) aren’t yet able to readily shift toxins. Of course, toxic chemicals threaten every family member, but babies are particularly vulnerable. Not only is their detox system still weak, but their blood-brain barrier, which filters chemicals that can reach the brain, is undeveloped.
Your Chemical-Free Nursery
Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce potential exposure and create a non-toxic nursery.
Firstly, consider the paint you use. Essentially, if it has a strong odour, it probably contains a high VOC level. Volatile Organic Compounds can cause lung irritation, headaches, and nausea. So, look out for non-VOC paints, or better still, buy ECOS paints. ECOS is zero VOC and environmentally friendly. Lastly, avoid older or vintage furniture because the paint may contain lead.
MDF, plywood and particle board all contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde has been linked to development disruption and cancer. Consequently, solid wood is the best material for cots, cribs, and baby furniture.
Carpets and Rugs
It’s lovely to carpet your new nursery with a soft, comfy carpet. But, even if you avoid VOC and chemical-laden synthetic fibre carpets, carpets still harbour dust, bacteria, mould spores and other allergens you’ll want to avoid. So, the best bet is to invest in an organic cotton throw. This way, baby can play on a soft surface, and then you can quickly shake it out and wash it regularly.
Baby Clothes and Bedding
Our skin is our biggest organ. And clothes and bedding stay in contact with your baby’s skin 24/7. As a result, it’s vital you choose soft and cosy materials that are free from nasty chemicals, dyes, and pesticide residues. Therefore, choose organic baby clothes and bedding. Organic materials are certified free from toxins, and their production is kinder to the environment and fairer to the workers.