As a parent with a little, or a mommy-to-be with a baby on the way, it’s only natural that you want to do absolutely everything you can to make sure that your child can sleep safely and soundly.
Unfortunately, keeping your lovely little far from harm’s way can mean more than just making sure that they’re kept within reach, sometimes, the biggest dangers are lurking in the last places you’d expect.
Whether you’re an eco-friendly warrior, Hell-bent on saving this world one plastic bottle at a time, or just a health-conscious mama looking to keep her brand new babe safe and sound, if you’re beginning your nursery buildout, you’ll need to keep a careful eye out for a few potential problems that could turn your little’s dream play space into a toxic nightmare.
How to Style a Non-Toxic Nursery
Avoid potentially harmful chemicals from coming into your new space
Keep It Natural – If you’re looking to keep an eye on earth-friendly, when it comes to materials, shy away from plastics, and overly processed artificial fibers whenever possible.
Stick to sustainable woods and fibers (such as wool) to avoid potentially harmful chemicals from coming into your new space.
When looking at larger furniture pieces, try to find ones that are made out of real hardwood, not composites or particle board, as these are often bonded with harsh glue and other ingredients you don’t want you babies coming into contact with.
Little Tip: When you’re looking at any form of decor, make sure that you check the box carefully. Even a piece built out of hardwood may have a plastic coating or accents, causing you to unwittingly bring poison into your nursery.
Read the warning labels for absolutely every piece of furniture and decor.
Color Me Surprised – Base materials aren’t the only place where possible toxins can slip into your baby’s room, paints, stains, and dyes can all carry danger as well.
While old-school paints like lead-based options may be out the window in the modern manufacturing process, even newer hues can cause problems, especially for very young children.
Make sure that you read the warning labels for absolutely every piece of furniture and decor that will be going into your nursery so that you know what to be on the lookout for when your little is out of their crib.
Little Tip: When you’re picking up bedding, make sure that you go with organic sheets. While they may not offer the same vibrancy as a heavily hued blanket, a brightly colored accent elsewhere can still add that pop without adding undue risk.
Steer clear of any companies with a shady history.
Location, Location, Location – When you’re setting things up in your nursery, be mindful of where what you’re buying is coming from, and double check the manufacturer before you make a major purchase.
Steer clear of any companies with a shady history and try to stick to goods where you can guarantee heavy oversight of the production process to make sure that potential poisons aren’t sneaking by unnoticed.
Little Tip: Even after you’ve made your purchases, keep an eye out for any recalls, and exchange any items with known safety risks whenever possible.
Take a careful look at what’s going on to your baby’s body.
Dressed For Success – In addition to the fibers that will be going on your little one’s bed, don’t forget to take a careful look at what’s going on to your baby’s body.
Just like bedding, clothing can be dyed in colors that, while vibrant and beautiful, may be able to rub off into the skin.
Check out any clothing makers just like you would furnishing manufacturers, and try to stick to natural dyes and colors when you can.
Little Tip: While you may not have the ability to double check gifts before they’re purchased, you should always do your due diligence before your little wears them.
Keep harsh cleaning chemicals far from your brand new baby.
Clean Up Your Act – Even after you’ve got everything moved into your little’s shiny new nursery, you’ll still need to keep your guard up as they grow.
Keep harsh cleaning chemicals far from your brand new baby by opting for all natural cleaners, even if they mean a little more time spent scrubbing.
Little Tip: If you’re not sure about fitting organic cleaning supplies into your budget, you can always DIY some seriously powerful products with the supplies you already have at home.