You want to get your baby off to a great start, so I’m going to help you think about some things in their room that may be bad for them. This article is going to assume you are designing your baby’s room, however even if you already have a room for baby, you will still get great tips.
The best thing to do about your flooring is to leave it the way it is. Most new flooring contains toxins that are put into the air when they are installed. That new carpet smell is actually the carpet off gassing chemicals. Many other toxins, plus dirt and dust can also get stuck in carpeting. If you are putting in new flooring, consider natural linoleum.
If you are going to paint, make sure you chose low or non VOC (volatile organic compound) paint. If you are pregnant, you should let someone else do the painting. You should try to paint around a month before the baby is born. If you are putting up wallpaper or wall stickers, be aware most of it is made from vinyl, which may contain harmful plasticizers, or chemically dyed fabrics treated with fungicides, stain resistant chemicals, and flame retardants. Pick natural or recycled fiber and low-pollutant papers, and hang them with low-VOC glues.
Although curtains can make a baby’s room look cute, they can also trap dust so be sure you can wash them. Think about looking into room darkening shades or curtains, not for an environmental aspect, but to help the baby sleep.
Try to look for natural furniture with natural finishes. If possible, look for furniture made from certified sustainable wood or reclaimed materials. A lot of furniture is put together with toxic glues, so if you get more natural furniture, this will not be an issue. You can also let furniture air out in the baby’s room for awhile before the baby comes. If you can, buy an organic mattress. Your baby will be spending a lot of time on that mattress and conventional mattresses contain many chemicals that have been linked to childhood health problems. Fire retardants, plasticizers, and other chemicals are in the foam and vinyl cover of a crib mattress.
Many toys are made of plastic, which is a major contributor to indoor air pollution. Look for cloth or wood toys. These toys may be more expensive, but will probably last longer and are healthier for your baby.
Check the ingredients in any products you use on your baby, such as lotions, shampoos and body washes. Avoid products that contain phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, and propylene glycol. Products that contain “fragrance” may also contain toxins as companies do not have to list what is actually in their fragrance. You can also check the Environmental Working Group’s website (www.ewg.org) to check the toxicity of any products you use.
Now that you have a nice, toxic free room, don’t forget to take your shoes off when you enter and use natural cleaning products so you do not add toxins to the room. Enjoy your baby!
Guest post by Michelle Winters – Certified Child Sleep Consultant & Founder of SleepWell Solutions
Michelle Winters, of SleepWell Sleep Solutions is a certified Gentle Sleep Coach and Greenproofer based in Northern Virginia. Michelle provides sleep consultations for children up to 6 years old in which she assists parents in creating a gentle, respectful plan to get their children sleeping. She can also assist parents who are trying to conceive, who are pregnant, and who already have children identify and remove toxins in their environment. Michelle conducts in person consultations in the Washington DC Metro area and can also conduct consultations over Skype or phone for clients outside the area. She is also available to conduct workshops and group talks to businesses, parents’ groups and preschools. Her website is www.sleepwellsleepsolutions.com.
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