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design an eco-friendly nurseryWhen we’re expecting a new baby, we become enamored with the idea of a picturesque nursery with just the right theme and colors. But it’s important to consider the safety of the room where your new baby will be spending a lot of time; a space that is beautiful and safe. More and more parents are “greening” their nurseries to ensure baby has the best environment. By carefully choosing your products and making yourself aware of environmental issues, you can protect your new little bundle of joy. Here are five tips to get you started!

1. Choose a safe mattress and bedding.

Infants will spend a lot of their developing time in a crib, so it’s imperative that you buy organic bedding and accessories. Even some of the as-advertised eco-friendly options contain small amounts of toxins, so make sure you know the entire contents of your crib mattress and bedding before you buy. You want fabrics made with natural dyes to avoid harmful chemicals and allergens. If you are stuck with a traditional mattress, use an organic mattress pad and sheet set. Bedding made from natural, organic fabrics will also be gentler on baby’s sensitive, new skin.

2. Pick up eco-friendly furniture.

Cribs, dressers, changing tables, and shelves made with laminated wood, pressed wood, medium density fiberboard, and particle board can emit formaldehyde due to the glue in the products. Avoid these materials or make sure they are formaldehyde-free. Check the paint on these pieces to make sure they are low- or no-VOC. Consider buying unpainted furniture all together and finish them yourself using milk paint. It’s especially important to use a safe crib since your baby will spend a lot of time there.

3. Use eco-friendly cleaning products.

We’re becoming more aware of the traditional cleaning products we use and how unsafe they can be. As such, many organic cleaning products are available on the market today. Use cleaners anywhere in your house that are free from harsh chemicals. Be sure to check all the labels. For bathing, you absolutely should use natural bathing products. A baby’s skin is far more sensitive than an adult’s and won’t stand up to harsh chemicals.

4. Choose safe flooring.

Natural woods and eco-friendly, sustainable carpeting contain the fewest chemicals. You will want materials like cork, bamboo, or natural linoleum and carpet. These materials are also very durable so you won’t be replacing them often and are usually manufactured using environmentally friendly methods (especially bamboo – it grows in a fraction of the time of a tree and looks lovely with a simple finish).

Area rugs made from natural fibers such as jute, sisal, sea-grass, coir, and hemp, have become very popular. If you use conventional carpet, ask the retailer to leave it unrolled in a warehouse for at least a week to air out.

5. Paint properly.

Painted walls continue to emit toxins well after they appear dry. Use paints with absolutely no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Paint earlier in the day so you can leave the windows and doors open for plenty of fresh air. Let the room sit for at least a week before anyone (especially baby) moves into the room. Darker tints can sometime contain more VOCs, so stick with lighter shades. Leave the crib and changing table out of the room while it’s drying.

organic bedding and accessoriesWritten by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk 

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies. 

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