4.23.2010

Green Ideas for Your Nursery


At this time of year, we often focus on taking care in what we do to impact the planet, both positively and negatively. Earth Day is a gentle and gracious reminder to take care of this planet as much as we do our precious babies. Celebrating forty years of global awareness has helped bring the issue home, all the way to your front door. Consider some areas of the nursery where you can be both eco-conscious and baby-friendly.

Paint on the nursery walls should be free of volatile organic compounds (VOC). VOC’s emit fumes in the air and can create dangerous indoor air pollution. Ideal flooring for your crawling baby is wood, preferably an easily renewable resource like bamboo, or 100% wool carpeting free from synthetic materials. To further reduce the amount of pollutants in your child’s room, consider an air purifier to minimize pollen, pet dander and dust.

Look for cribs that are made from sustainable forested wood, not MDF or plywood, and if the crib is painted, opt for VOC-free paint or oil-based natural stains. Cribs that convert to a toddler bed are a good investment, as they grow with your child and limit the amount of furniture you buy during the early years. One quality option is the Sparrow Crib by Oeuf, a company dedicated to being eco-conscious. When selecting bedding, shop for 100% organic cotton or bamboo, such as crib sets from DwellStudio, to reduce the amount of chemicals and pesticides your child is exposed to. For a healthy and natural choice, purchase an organic mattress so you can rest easy when it comes to where your child is resting.


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