What Type of Paint to Use on a Baby Crib
The desire to prepare for the arrival of a new baby is common throughout the animal kingdom. In the days or hours leading up to the birth, creatures will prepare a nest to keep their little ones safe when they come into the world. Even humans experience this nesting instinct, but instead of a pile of twigs, we have to prepare a different kind of nest: the baby’s cradle.
Just because cradles are more structurally sound than nests doesn’t mean we can’t play a role in making them safer for our babies. Even choosing the right type of paint for a baby crib can make a big difference.
Why Paint Type Matters
When we choose to paint something, we often focus on what the paint looks like and its color. But there is more to paint than color. Some paints are more durable than others, and many paint brands contain VOCs, which could lead to problems for you or your baby. If you want to make your crib safer for your baby, you will want to know what type of paint to use on a baby crib.
What To Look For in Crib Paint
The fumes from toxic paints can linger in the air for days or even weeks after the paint dries. Given that nesting instincts usually kick in toward the end of a pregnancy, that means paint fumes could still be lingering in the air around your baby’s crib when you bring them home. By choosing a paint that doesn’t contain harmful VOCs, you don’t have to worry whether the air is clean for your baby.
Teething usually sets in around the six-month mark for your babies. When it does, they’ll want to gnaw on just about everything, and the bars of the crib may be the first objects in their sight. That’s why it’s essential to ensure the ingredients in your paint are non-toxic.
A paint’s sheen is about more than just how glossy it appears. The higher the sheen, the more durable the paint is. That means the surface will be easier to clean and less prone to chipping, especially when faced with moisture or dirt. This is ideal for a baby crib. Semi-gloss paint is usually sufficiently durable for baby cribs, but if you want the visual element of a higher sheen, opt for full gloss.
Your baby’s crib is their nest, and as a parent-to-be, you want to make sure that nest will keep your baby out of harm's way. At ECOS Paints, we provide non-toxic paints for cribs that dazzle with a rainbow of colors.
1. Zero VOC - Conforms to CDPH 01350 (VOC emissions test taken at 11, 12, & 14 days for classroom and office use).
2. Non-Toxic - Conforms to ASTM-D4236, specifically concerning oral toxicity, skin irritation and respiratory effects.