Preparing for your new baby is overwhelming. From the positive test to your first doctor’s visit to picking out decorations for your nursery, there are a lot of things happening! For an easy reminder of pregnancy to-dos, check out our trimester checklist blog series.
When it comes to planning the nursery, it’s important to use safer, healthier products to create a non-toxic nursery.
Why a Non-Toxic Nursery is Important
Babies spend a ton of time in their crib and nursery, and as they grow up they will start touching whatever they can find (and inevitably putting it in their mouths, of course). Their little lungs are still developing and growing, so chemicals and VOCs that are off-gassing from their toys, furniture, and even the paint on the walls can impact their health!
Whenever possible, find options that don’t off-gas harmful chemicals and that are safe for your baby to touch and explore.
Non-Toxic Products for the Nursery
Lucky for you, it’s really easy to make a non-toxic nursery!
- Paint: Look for No-VOC paints (available at major home improvement stores and paint stores). They might be slightly more expensive but they don’t have the yucky paint fumes smell.
- Furniture: You can find low- or no-VOC furniture like cribs, swings, and rocking chairs at most baby stores. Look for the GREENGUARD® Gold logo to certify that a product has met a third-party standard for not off-gassing chemicals.
- Mattress: Our crib mattresses don’t off-gas any harmful chemicals because they aren’t made with any! Made from food-grade polyethylene and polyester fabric, Lullaby Earth crib mattresses are a great choice for your non-toxic nursery.
- Toys: Opt for wooden or washable fabric toys instead of vinyl or plastic, which can contain plasticizers and other chemicals that may cause endocrine disruption and other health concerns.
- Carpet: Don’t put down new carpet in your nursery, as it will off-gas and contain many questionable chemicals.
We’ll be back soon with more non-toxic nursery tips, so stay tuned! What are you most interested in learning when it comes to creating a non-toxic environment for your baby?