8 WAYS TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL NURSERY – FREE FROM TOXINS
It goes without saying that all parents want to give their children the best possible start in life and, for many this begins even well before conception. This article focuses on the “Nursery” as many find that during the “Nursery Project” there are so many products out there, each claiming to have your baby’s health and well being in mind and it can be hard to choose what you need and what you need to avoid.
Your newborn will be spending a lot of time in the nursery and as you know they are particularly sensitive to environmental issues, therefore if you aim to create a non-toxic nursery then you are ahead of most. These tips help you think about how to design and furnish your baby’s nursery with non-toxic products.
Use VOC Free paint for all your painting. According to Myhome.gov.au “Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects” www.myhome.gov.au.
It is common that decorating the walls is the first task you visit and it is important to remember that both wallpaper adhesive and paint contain compounds which are harmful to your baby.
2. Natural Wood
Wooden and plastic furniture has the same issues as paint. You have to ask the questions: What is it made of? What is it finished with? Are there harmful chemicals in it or in the varnish? 99% of the time the answer is yes there are harmful chemicals in them therefore try and choose natural materials like wood. Local craftsmen who make these products will likely know exactly what is used in the construction than a larger mass production company.
3. Natural Fibre
Carpets, Clothes, Covers, Rugs and Curtains are all opportunities for synthetic fibres to permeate into your baby’s nursery. Opting to use Natural fibres like cotton are more breathable and comfortable than synthetic fibre and don’t bring in the contaminants. Hand-made items are also a great idea however always make sure you check the back of a rug which may be synthetic material or contain adhesives.
To ensure that your baby spends the majority of his or her time sleeping, it would be wise to invest in a mattress made from organic substances (free from pesticides etc) and toxin free and non synthetic. Here’s a popular mattress for you to consider at Little Organics:
As much as we try and use all Non toxic products there will always be toxins floating in and out therefore it is vital to regularly air the room after decorating before and after the arrival of your precious newborn.
6. Air filters
In the colder seasons these are especially beneficial especially since you won’t be opening any windows as often due to the cold. Keeping air in your home moving helps prevent it from becoming stale and stops toxins from other parts of the home hanging around in the air. This reduces the risk of serious issues like SIDS so it’s well working looking into.
7. Fragrances & Scents
Small areas tend to get smelly often in particular your baby’s nursery from all the nappy changes, as a result many are tempted to bring in a scented candle, reed diffuser or air freshener, however many do not know that many of these products can contain harmful chemicals. Instead try opening a window, or using a safe alternative to help with the smell, such as putting baking soda in a decorated jar in the nursery or in the nappy disposal unit. There are very useful non-toxic cleaning sprays on the market, one in particular I’ve used is Aromababy’s Nursery spray.
8. Other rooms
We may tick all the boxes and follow each of the above steps, however like most we forget about the toxins in the rest of the home filtering through to your nursery. Please remember it is essential that the whole home is kept clean with clean fresh air circulating throughout the place.