You want your baby’s room to be adorable yet environmentally conscious. That’s not an oxymoron! These eco-friendly tips will ensure a nursery that is beautiful yet safe and sound.
- Paint your nursery at least two months before you’re due, and use paint that has LOW or ZERO VOC, no animal products or formaldehyde. Try to paint in warm weather so you can keep the windows open to air it out properly. Paints made with natural ingredients such as mineral pigments, plant oils and crushed limestone are best. There are several good green paints now: check out our favorite, Farrow & Ball, or The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co., Green Planet Paints, American Clay (which uses plaster instead of paint) or EcoTrend Collagen Paint.
- If you’re craving more design, try stencils or murals.
- Air out all new furniture after unwrapping it to get rid of off-gassing.
- Buy a sustainable, solid wood crib (we love Oeuf Cribs) and changing table. Choose furniture which has minimal chemical pesticides and non-toxic varnishes. Look for bamboo or birch.
- Fit your crib with a green mattress, made of wool, latex or organic cotton, and bedding/fabrics that are 100 percent cotton (not polyester) and use natural dyes. Make sure the mattress is not covered with flame-retardant chemicals.
- Use organic cotton window treatments. Mini blinds can off-gas when the sun hits them.
- New carpet may have toxic chemicals. You’re better off with hardwood, bamboo or eucalyptus flooring, covered by natural, sustainable area rugs.
- Always clean the nursery with green, non-toxic products like Aussan Natural nursery cleaner, which gets an “A” from the Environmental Working Group, which grades products on health and environmental concerns.