It doesn’t matter if you’re a few months pregnant, or you have three kids and are trying for your fourth. If you’re a mom, you will identify with what I am about to say. Nothing can adequately prepare you for what experts call the “nesting” phase of pregnancy. It’s different for everyone (and for every baby), but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen to all of us moms in some overwhelmingly interesting way. It’s one of those things about being pregnant everyone talks about but you don’t fully comprehend until you’re in it.
When I was pregnant with my first, I needed everything in my nursery to be non-toxic. From paints and dyes to fabrics washed in the wrong detergent, the struggle was real. And it is real. These days, the non-toxic life is much harder for new moms to live than ever. It’s all too easy to spend so much time obsessing about whether the crib bedding is a perfect match for the personality of this little person we have yet to meet, that thinking about washing that bedding prior to the baby’s arrival can slip our minds.
If this is you (as it was me), consider this a checklist of things to consider in addition to making sure there are plenty of well-coordinated outfits and pajamas for that new precious treasure of yours:
From the ground up.
As precious as the idea of having your newborn enjoy tummy time on freshly installed carpeting in their nursery may sound, hit the pause button. Carpet is breeding ground for bacteria and other toxins that live and breed there, so opting for hardwood flooring or organic rugs is a better way to go as far as your new baby is concerned.
Opt out of the dirty work.
You’ll have plenty to do when the baby arrives. Beforehand, opt out of the dirty work by having someone else do the nursery painting, preferably with paints that contain a lower percentage of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If you need help finding the right paint, talk to the professionals at your local hardware store about your concerns, and they should be able to point you in the right direction.
Choose the right furniture.
Sure, that sleigh bed conversion option looks pretty good right now, but what about the high VOC levels in its paint and the negative impact that can have on your developing child? Look for wood that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, which helps ensure it is high-quality wood that was not obtained from fragile ecosystems or through illegal logging activity.
Natural, organic fibers are the best choices when considering a bed, bedding, clothes and blankets for your baby if you are chemical conscious. Products that have less flammable elements, like wool and cotton, are the best choices for you and your new addition.
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Guest Blog by Ty Schmidt of Modernize
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