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Preparing Your NurseryThere’s a lot for new parents to do when it comes to setting up the nursery. No matter how thorough you think you are, there will probably be something you forget to handle before baby arrives. Use these tips to be as prepared as possible.

1. Choose a warm room. It’s usually easier to cool a room than warm it, so pick a room that doesn’t bleed heat.

2. Choose a room that’s way from traffic. Your baby isn’t going to get the right amount of sleep if his room is next to the busy places in your house.

3. Clear everything out. The baby’s room is going to contain more items than you expect (first time parents are always amazed by this). You won’t be able to get away with storing your fishing gear in the closet.

4. Choose a color and theme. The exact color, patterns and artwork is up to you, but definitely give the room some type of personality. Plus, you’ll make it stimulating for baby. Skip oil-based paints in favor of latex-bases for a healthier room. Organic paint is the best. It has no VOCs.

5. Go with carpet. Carpeting is a tricky because it’s often made with unhealthy ingredients. If you do opt for carpet (or rugs), make sure it’s made with organic cotton or wool and no VOCs. It’s a bigger investment, but it lasts longer and its more insulating.

6. Pick up the necessary furniture. You’ll need a crib, changing table, dresser, and rocking chair for sure. You may also want a portable bassinet and a stationary chair or sofa and ottoman. Make sure your furniture is made with natural woods. If it uses particleboard components, it should be made with non-toxic glues. Any fabric should be made with organic cotton.

7. Assemble any furniture inside the room. Nothing’s worse than learning your crib won’t fit through the door!

8. Set up the sleep space. Inside the crib should only be a mattress and tight sheet until baby is out of the SIDS window (1 year). Mattress, crib and sheet (and other bedding once baby is older) should always be made from organic materials. Use chemical-free lines (to avoid the formaldehyde finish).

9. Stock the changing table. Make sure you have everything you need within arm’s reach, because you should never leave a baby unattended.

10. Place the baby monitor somewhere untouchable. If the monitor falls or gets knocked from its position, it could hamper your ability to hear what’s going on in the nursery. Make sure it’s in a secure spot.

11. Keep all power cords out of the way. Cords should never be near walking paths. You certainly don’t want to trip with a baby in your arms.

12. Have your paint tested. If your home was built in the 70s or earlier, have the paint tested for lead. This can seriously affect a baby’s development.

13. Affix tall furniture to the wall. Your baby will be walking before you know it, which means there’s a risk of pulling furniture down.

14. Remove curtains and blinds cords. These pose a strangulation risk. If you have cords, tie them up high.

15. Fix lower windows so they only open a foot. This prevents your baby from wandering out one day.

16. Be sure there is plenty of ventilation. A healthy room should be designed to flush out airborne contaminants. Ideally, you should use a fan to circulate air throughout the room and a window fan to gently blow air out.

17. Consider replacing the floor. Floors are often made from various synthetic materials. If you can, use natural woods, linoleum, bamboo, or cork flooring. These can all be waterproofed with nontoxic sealers.

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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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1 Comment

These are some great tips, and I appreciate your advice to only have a mattress and a tight sheet in the crib until the baby is one year old. My husband and I are going to be having our baby soon, and we’re really excited and want to make sure everything is ready for her. We’ll definitely make sure to only get a tight sheet and mattress for her crib until she’s one year old. Thanks for the great post!

Posted by Lillian Schaeffer on September 07, 2016

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