As a baby's lungs, body, and brain are developing they are especially vulnerable to harmful toxins which can be absorbed through ingestion, skin contact and inhalation. Reduce the toxins in your home before your baby arrives to make sure you've created a safe environment for your little angel.
Below are a list tips to help you design your very own green nursery:
1. Plan in advance
It’s never too early to get started creating a green nursery. Let your family, friends, and relatives know your intentions in advance and conscript them in your efforts.
2. Furnish wisely
Think smart. Instead of buying regular furniture, Shop for formaldehyde-free furniture made of solid wood. Formaldehyde can be emitted from some new pressed products, such as plywood and medium-density fiberboards because of the adhesive.
3. Clean safely
It is okay to fill your baby's green nursery with eco-friendly furnishings and accessories, but be sure to maintain them with chemical-free green products. Use natural, non-toxic, VOC-free cleaning agents that do not contain ammonia, chemicals or fragrances because these can interfere with the development of your baby’s immune system.
4. Clean Air
Indoor air contains higher concentrations of hazardous pollutants than outdoor air unless you have adequate filtration. Make sure to use the right purifiers to ensure that your child breathes in clean and safe air. Indoor plants help clean air too.
5. Non-Toxic Paint
Avoid paints and sealers that consist of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and harsh chemicals. Fumes take much longer to dissipate than you’d expect, make sure to protect your baby's health by using non-toxic paints.
6. Safe Toys
See to it that all toys for the nursery are washable fabrics or naturally-finished wood as well as PVC and BPA-free. Don’t buy toys with lead or mercury content. Build a green nursery that is comfortable, efficient, functional, practical and most importantly safe for your children!