How to Make Your Nursery More Eco-Friendly
As a new parent, you’ve probably got a lot on your mind, from ensuring your child knows they’re loved to providing a place of comfort for them no matter what’s going on outside the home. You don’t want to have to worry about their nursery, too. The crib paint, the design of the room, and the lighting are things you should figure out before your blessing sleeps there the first night.
When you build your child’s nursery around eco-friendly choices, you’ll create a safe environment for your child. You won’t have to worry later if the nursery is up to par, and you’ll have more time to spend giving some love to your little one. If this is what you want, then take a look at our guide on how to make your nursery more eco-friendly, from improving the air your baby breathes to choosing natural light over artificial.
Skip the Wall-to-Wall Carpeting
Carpeting traps a lot of dust and allergens, and it can give off fumes that you wouldn’t want near yourself, let alone your newborn. Children are way more susceptible to environmental hazards than adults, and if you let them roll around on a carpet, you risk exposing them to various pollutants. Even if you get brand-new carpeting, every time someone walks into the room, they could track animal waste, pesticides, and other potentially dangerous bacteria into the nursery.
If you have the option, choose a sustainably harvested wood for the flooring. Options such as bamboo or cork are good options. If you want to add comfort to the room with throw rugs, make sure they’re undyed, sustainably made, and easy to clean. If you don’t have the option of removing the existing carpet, schedule regular carpet cleanings—at least once a season is a good place to start.
Choose Eco-Friendly Materials
When it comes to the actual materials you choose for the crib, changing table, and other pieces of furniture in the room, think eco-friendly. Nursery furniture is generally quite expensive, so try to choose items that transform as your child grows. This is better for both your wallet and the environment, as it reduces waste. Furthermore, you can also choose pieces made from sustainable materials such as bamboo or reclaimed wood. If you’re good with tools, you may even consider making your own nursery furniture. Run to the nearest hardware store and take a look at how much the materials would cost to create your own nursery furniture designs.
Make Sure the Paint Is Non-Toxic
This is probably one of the most important tips we can give you on how to make your nursery more eco-friendly. As we’ve discussed quite a bit on our blogs, the wrong type of paint can harm the air and your little one. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are invisible gases emitted from certain solids or liquids; they generally include a variety of harmful chemicals. Paint is one of those liquids that can emit these harmful chemicals, so you want to choose a non-toxic, VOC-free paint for your child’s nursery—and for all the paint in the home.
When you choose paint from Lullaby Paints by ECOS, you’ll ensure a healthy environment for your child. Our paints don’t have the typical “paint” smell, and they’re free of those harsh chemicals you don’t want around your child. Choose from our eco-friendly wall paint or our non-toxic* paint for cribs.
Add Some Healthy Greenery
Plants are perfect for creating a healthy environment. When you add greenery to the room, you help purify the air for you and your child. However, keep in mind that not all houseplants are fit to be inside a nursery. Options such as snake plants and Boston ferns are great, low-maintenance options that will purify the air without harming the baby. Plants are great for the home and the nursery, but only when you use safe options.
Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Greenery is good for cleaning the air, but when you use cleaning products full of chemicals, you make it harder to keep the air clean. You want to keep things clean for your baby, but don’t make the mistake of overdoing it on the cleaning products. Your child is quite likely to put their hands and mouth on everything in the nursery, so make sure you’re wiping things down with eco-friendly cleaners rather than with products full of chemicals. Using plant-based cleaners from Branch Basics or The Honest Company will keep the nursery clean and safe. You can also learn how to create your own cleaning products using non-toxic household items (baking powder, vinegar, and lemon are key choices).
Think Natural Light Over Artificial
Lighting is probably not at the forefront of your mind when you think about nursery design, but if you truly want to create an eco-friendly nursery, then you have to realize that lighting is a key aspect. Conserving energy is important even in the nursery, so if you don’t have the best natural lighting options, then at least choose LED bulbs over standard energy-wasting options. However, a better option is to find a way to bring in more natural light and stay away from artificial light as much as possible. Fewer light fixtures are best when it comes to the nursery—try using just one fixture, such as a ceiling light. The more natural light you can bring in, the better; the ideal nursery light changes intensity and color with the time of day. Just make sure you can cover the natural light with heavy drapes to block it out when necessary.
Hopefully, when you follow these nursery tips and tricks, you’ll have designed a space perfect for your child. We want you to create a safe space for your newborn, and when you choose ECOS Paints, you’ll be on the path to success. Take a look at our eco-friendly paints to create a space for your child that’s just as safe as it is beautiful. Shop with us now!