The Green Nursery

Green NurseryThe nursery is the focus of expecting parents. While they wait for their blessed event, parents put their energy into making the nursery a unique and comfortable place for their baby. It’s a nice way to pass the time until baby arrives; however, we may unwittingly expose our babies to multiple toxic chemicals in their most vulnerable stage of life if we’re not careful. Here are some ways to ready your home for a new baby without endangering health.

Choose No VOC paints

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are solvents that helps give paint the right consistency. Some VOCs are known carcinogens and have cause liver or kidney damage, headaches, breathing difficulties, dizziness, and other symptoms. Thankfully you can find nontoxic and no VOC paints nowadays. Try a Google search for manufacturers. Green Nest is one such company.

Minimize New Furnishings

New furniture typically offgasses formaldehyde, a neurotoxin. Look for furniture at local consignment stores. You can also save a lot of money this way. Be sure to research whatever furniture items you do decide to purchase to make sure items haven’t been recalled for safety reasons. Car seats should always be purchased new. Be sure to wash the car seat cover following the manufacturer’s instructions, to remove chemical residues from the fabric.

A Safer Sleeping Space

Natural Rubber Crib MattressIf your baby is sleeping with you, be sure to follow recommendations for safe co-sleeping practices. If you choose to use a bassinet or a crib, be aware that most mattresses use polyurethane foams and polyester, and are possibly even made with toulene and formaldehyde, and offgas fumes that can be toxic to your young infant. Flame retardants are also placed into foam used in conventional mattresses, and these have been linked to brain and nervous system damage.

You can find non-toxic mattresses and bedding for your baby’s bassinet and crib. Search online retailers for “natural bedding”. You might find that some of these are made of natural rubber, organic cotton and other untreated natural materials. New babies spend a lot of time sleeping and in contact with the mattress so this is especially important.

Baby Toys

New research has found that so-called “educational toys” for babies, including videos, do no good and are certainly not a substitute for the ordinary contact that baby has with his loved ones. Talk to your baby a lot, sing to him, hold him for much of the day and breastfeed him, and he’ll live up to his genetic capacity for intelligence.

When your baby is old enough for toys, choose wooden toys that are solid wood, not particleboard that is held together with toxic glues. Cloth toys, especially those made from organic cotton and silk, are also recommended. Plastic toys not only lack aesthetic appeal, but they may contain PVC (polyvinyl chloride) which has been linked in some research to cancer and other health issues.

Many online retailers are now offering safer alternatives for your baby’s nursery, so you can have fun putting baby’s room together and breathe easier too.

Comments

  1. Milly says:

    Mattress selection is a very important issue, especially for babies.
    The quality of sleep you get affects you when you are awake. It can be the difference between you being grumpy or happy within a day.

    Choose your mattress wisely!

  2. Terry says:

    What do I think? I think this post is great. I’ve heard of Green Nest and it’s really good. I just hope though that more paint manufacturers would make their products safer for kids. And for everyone for that matter.

  3. Charles says:

    That’s good advice about searching for non-toxic mattresses for your baby. Organic crib mattresses are becoming increasingly popular and, although more expensive, I’d definitely say they’re worth considering over standard crib mattresses.

    Charless last blog post..Snuggle Damask Quilt Mattress

  4. Breastfeeding has truly been the greatest way to reduce the weight that we women put on during pregnancy, I was told about this first time by my grandmother, she’s still very much fit, I just act upon her advice and got the results that I was looking for, breastfeeding is really very good for both mother and the kid as well!

    Nicole

  5. andy says:

    Hey cheers for the info.. you want your baby to be living and sleeping in a healthy area 24/7

  6. barbie says:

    I like your point of safe sleeping… thanks for sharing it.
    I have been sleeping with my children during their early days!

    thanks

  7. Sharon says:

    Interesting article – thank you for sharing. What’s everyone’s opinion on the news releases regarding the relative unsafe car seats?

  8. David says:

    Great information. Don’t overlook the role of baby monitors as an accessory for any nursery. Two way monitors don’t just allow parents to listen to their babies, but they can also talk back to them to calm and sooth their child – all from another room!
    .-= David @ Infant Monitors´s last blog ..Best Baby Monitor =-.

  9. So many people are now looking to green their homes all over. Steel kit homes have been a popular choice over timber frames. Certainly getting anything not natural out of the children’s rooms is going to be much better. Baby’s rooms can be very impressive and safe to spend time in.

  10. This article is a must read for the expecting parents. It has got all that need to be known to the parents in order to prepare the place for the blessed one who is coming. It is very important for the new baby that the place is made very comfortable and healthy to live. Babies need a healthy environment to grow.

  11. Martin says:

    These days we are surrounded by countless products that negatively impact our health. Unfortunately, our babies are the most vulnerable victims. The baby product industry is not being regulated adequately and that just makes my blood boil. We need to support those few (hopefully growing) companies that place our babies safety first and do not use toxic chemicals during the production of these products.
    .-= Martin@crib mattress guide´s last blog ..Feb 3, Glass Baby Feeding Bottles =-.

  12. Leon says:

    good information! definitely we don’t want any bad things happen to our beloved baby. want to make them develop well. post more about green nursery.
    .-= Leon´s last blog ..HGH For Sale: Useful Tips to Buy HGH Online From the Internet =-.

  13. An organic mattress is the most important item for parents to purchase. Made in America from American sourced materials is best. Check out mattresses from A Natural Home made in Ohio by Amish families. Excellent deals at goodnightroomnyc.com

  14. Tarun says:

    I think i will go with you and definitely choose wooden toys first for my kid :)

  15. Jane says:

    A baby spend most of the time in bed for the first year of life. To have natural, organic mattress is very important for baby’s health. Thank you for great topic in your article.

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