Creating An Eco-Friendly Baby Nursery

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In our attempt to create an eco-friendly lifestyle, it’s only fitting to use eco-friendly principles when designing a baby’s room. After all, a newborn will spend an average of 17 hours a day in their nursery, and it should be an environment filtered from toxins.

Here are seven key points to consider when setting up an eco-friendly baby nursery.

  1. Paint: Use one of the new water-based, low-volatile organic compound paints and take your friends or family up on their request to help. If you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t be doing the painting. Try and complete the paint job at least a month before baby arrives to give it time to cure.
  2. Flooring: Carpets are nice and soft for babies to crawl on, but they can harbor toxic material and bacteria. VOC’s can be found in the fibers, backing and glue as well as any stain resistant treatments that may have been applied. If you must go that route, choose an all-natural, biodegradable carpet made from wool fibers and no toxic adhesives. A better choice is a solid floor such as linoleum, cork or wood. Use natural fiber throw rugs with a non slip backing.
  3. Crib: Choose real wood with natural finishes since the press wood versions can emit formaldehyde. The crib bedding should be an organic untreated material made from cotton or wool.
  4. Window Coverings: Aluminum mini-blinds or wooden shutters are easy to keep clean and do a great job of adjusting the light levels.
  5. Toys: Most toys are made of plastic, which is a major contributor to indoor air pollution. Try to purchase natural cloth or wood toys wherever possible.
  6. Airflow: Make certain there is adequate ventilation in the nursery that allows for fresh air, but no drafts. An Air filter is also very effective, but use one that has both a HEPA filter and activated military carbon cloth. Change your furnace filters every three months to reduce dust and pollen.
  7. Cleaning: Use 100 percent biodegradable nontoxic cleaning products.
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  • Burt's Bees Baby
    100% organic cotton fabric 2-pack 29 x 29 Cotton Machine wash Imported Size: One Size. Color: White. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Infant. Pattern: Stripe. Material: 100% Organic Cotton/Cotton.
    $18.95  from Kohl's
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    $14.75  from Walmart US
  • Acure Organics
    For Your Baby For the Planet Gluten Free Nut Free Synthetic Fragrance Free No Estrogenic Ingredients Paraben Free Dont Burn, Baby Burn! Put on this sunscreen to protect your sensitive little skin! Contains organic ingredients, and non-nano zinc. 0.5 oz
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    $11.44  from Walmart US
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    $7.50  from Walmart US
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  • Plum Organics
    The Perfect First Snack for Little Teethers Tasty Spinach Apple Kale Wafers Certified by the Non-GMO Project Free of Artificial Flavors & Preservatives No Mess Solution, Easily Dissolves for Convenient Feeding Made with 100% BPA-Free Packaging Contains 6 Individually Wrapped 3 Packs At Plum Organics, we believe the joy of eating starts with the very first spoonful. Introducing babies to real food with delightful tastes and pure ingredients as early as possible can create a foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating. Our foods are cooked just the right amount to retain nutrients compared to other processing methods. And our recipes are culinary-inspired to help parents nourish their little ones with yummy, nutritious foods. Plum Organics Little Yums, a line of teething wafers made from whole grain buckwheat and real fruit and veggies, is the perfect first snack for little teethers. The wafer easily dissolves to encourage self-feeding for teething babies, and is made with unique fruit and vegetable combinations to delight tiny taste buds. Each biscuit is baked in Italy with love, and is certified organic using delicious and nutritious ingredients such as buckwheat, pumpkin, and kale. 6 - 0.5 oz (14.1g) Packs Net Wt 3 oz (84g)
    $3.46  from Walgreens
  • Plum Organics
    Plum Organics Stage 2 Pear & Mango Organic Baby Food: Convenient, resealable & portable pouch for on-the-go feedingUnsweetened, unsalted, and no artificial ingredientsUSDA Organic6 months and up
    $7.50  from Walmart US
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    Plum Organics Stage 2 Broccoli & Apple Organic Baby Food: Convenient, resealable & portable pouch for on-the-go feedingUnsweetened, unsalted, and no artificial ingredientsUSDA Organic6 months and up
    $7.50  from Walmart US
  • Plum Organics
    Plum Organics Stage 2 Sweet Potato, Mango & Millet Organic Baby Food: Convenient, resealable & portable pouch for on-the-go feedingUnsweetened, unsalted, and no artificial ingredientsUSDA Organic6 months and up
    $7.50  from Walmart US