by Micaela at Mindful Momma
Most parents-to-be find themselves spending a lot of time dreaming about the day they bring their brand new baby home for the first time. By then they have spent countless hours and dollars preparing the nursery to be the most welcoming and nurturing place they can envision.
What they don’t always consider is that a safe and healthy nursery goes beyond the cute décor, to elements that are often hidden from view. Environmental toxins lurk in many common products, from paint to furniture to fabrics. Given the fact that baby’s tiny little body is still growing and developing, the last thing you would want is for them to be breathing and touching something potentially harmful.
Follow these tips to protect your baby from environmental toxins and also be kind to the earth that they will grow up in:
Non-Toxic Paint and Flooring
Conventional paint emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are harmful to breathe. Fortunately, a wide variety of no-VOC paint options are available so you can still have fun choosing colors for the baby’s room. When choosing flooring, opt for solid hardwood or a natural wool carpet. Avoid conventional carpet as it can off-gas toxic fumes and harbor dust and mold.
When it comes to baby furniture, you’ll want to go natural and practical. That means looking for items made from solid wood that is sustainably sourced if possible and finished with non-toxic materials. Avoid pressed wood as it usually emits toxic formaldehyde. To save money and resources, purchase multi-tasking items such as a crib that converts to a toddler bed or a changing table that becomes a dresser.
Zenoobi pick: Kalon Caravan Crib
Babies spend a lot of time in bed so you’ll want to be sure to create a safe place for them to do all that sleeping and playing. Start with an organic or natural mattress to avoid the toxic fumes that off-gas from conventional mattresses. Then top it off with super soft organic cotton sheets and blankets. So cozy you’ll want some for yourself!
Zenoobi pick: Finn & Emma Crib Set
A Healthy Layette
Snuggle up your baby in clothes that are both adorable and free of harsh chemicals. Organic cotton, grown without pesticides or herbicides is best for both baby and the environment but when that’s not an option, stick with natural fabrics like cotton, bamboo or wool and avoid synthetics. Keep in mind that baby grows awfully fast so avoid stocking up on too many tiny sizes!
Zenoobi pick: Convertible Infant Gown from Under the Nile
Now for the fun part! Baby toys are a blast to buy but not all toys are safe for little mouths to chew on. Look for wooden toys made from sustainably sourced or recycled wood and finished with non-toxic paints and finishes. Plush toys should be made from natural materials and be free of any buttons or other small parts that could come off in baby’s mouth. It’s virtually impossible to avoid plastic when you have kids but when you do buy plastic items make sure they are high-quality and free of toxins like BPA, PVC, lead and phthalates.
Zenoobi pick: Whimsical push toys from Manny & Simon