If you are expecting a new baby and plan on making a green baby nursery, then keep reading for important tips and information. Creating a green or eco-friendly nursery is one of the best decisions you'll make for your baby. An eco-friendly nursery is healthier than a standard or conventionally remodeled room. Here are some basic tips to follow:
Use only low or no VOC paint. VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are harmful. The gasses from the paint and are unhealthy for you, your baby and the environment. Almost all good-quality paint manufacturers produce low or zero-VOC paint. Alternatively, there are other eco-friendly paint options, such as milk-based paint.
Select energy-saving light fixtures and light bulbs. Low-voltage and compact fluorescent lighting fixtures and lamps are the most eco-friendly way to go for your nursery.
Go for light-colored window treatments as they will allow natural-light into the nursery while still blocking enough light for your baby to nap comfortably. Consider drapes made from hemp or organic cotton or roller shades made from PVC-free material.
Many synthetic carpets release off-gas VOCs. Instead of synthetic carpet, choose wool or jute carpet. Alternatively, use area rugs or carpet tiles.
Avoid toys made with harmful paint. Look for organic plush cotton toys or wooden toys.
Like most wooden furniture, most cribs are not eco-friendly. The problems with cribs are that many are made with unsustainable wood or formaldehyde-filled plywood and utilize VOC finishes. Fortunately, there are several green crib options. Your best bet for selecting nursery furniture is to purchase unfinished, untreated wood. Take the time to research the many eco-friendly crib options.
Bedding is the most important part of the nursery when it comes to making it eco-friendly. Your baby will have direct, face-to-bed contact with the bedding. Start by purchasing an organic cotton mattress. Stay with natural fibers for the rest of your crib bedding, including the mattress pad, sheets and changing pads. Organic cotton or bamboo crib sheets are an excellent green choice.
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