You and your little one would be spending a lot of your time in the nursery. That’s why you need to take steps to ensure a safe and secure environment, especially during the coronavirus outbreak.
If you want to learn how to keep your little one safe in their nursery, read on for design tips for their safety.
- Clean and Sanitize Toxin-Free
For generations and generations, we’ve been led to believe that clean homes are healthy homes. However, when you check under the kitchen sink, you’ll find a ton of cleaning products with dangerous chemicals!
If you think cleaning your home and baby nursery with such chemicals is healthy, think again! Products like anti-bacterial wipes or disinfectant sprays contain pesticides like triclosan. And by nature, your little one would put anything in their mouth, making them vulnerable to such chemicals.
Make sure that you read all the labels of cleaning products and select brands with a full list of ingredients. Also, opt to sanitize all baby products using. UV sterilizer rather than cleaning products containing chemicals, which removes harmful bacteria.
If you can, you may create your own diaper wipes using water, essential oils, and washcloths to prevent alcohol and fragrances while saving money!
- Select Organic Beddings
Go for certified organic cotton bedding that has been unbleached, unprocessed, and untreated. For those who opt for colored fabrics, select ones that use all-natural dyes made from nature’s plants and minerals.
The organic mattress should also be free from any dangerous flame retardant chemicals. It’s best to get mattresses from certified wool, natural rubber, and/or certified organic cotton. Wool puddle pads are also a great add-on for your baby’s bedding.
- Ban Plastic, Choose to Play Naturally
Watch out for toys, especially those that are imported. They may contain lead, which is a neurotoxin, though this isn’t the only toy hazard!
Many toys sold by popular retailers are made with plastics, which may also include hazardous PVC, known as polyvinyl chloride. This is a health hazard and contributes to indoor air pollution.
Rather, search for organic rattlers, tethers, and toys, or products made with food-safe and nontoxic materials made in the USA.
- Look Into Indoor Air Quality
EPA says that indoor air quality is one of the top five environmental health risks in USA. As children would breathe in even more air than adults, it’s important to maintain clean air, particularly in your baby’s nursery.
The simple way to improve your room’s air quality is to open the windows and allow the fresh air inside. However, this isn’t always a good option, especially at night.
What you can do is to use a high-quality and portable air purifier to remove contaminants such as dust and dander, pollen, odors, chemical vapors, and a lot more.
You may also want a cool-air humidifier rather than Vaporizer to prevent burns. Be sure to clean and maintain it well when not in use, which prevents bacteria and mold growth.
- Select Nontoxic Paints and Finishing
Before your little one arrives, you can start decorating the baby nursery, making it greener. Don’t worry about the paint and its contents.
You can find paint made with low or zero-VOC, or volatile organic compounds. This will prevent your nursery from having residual toxic chemicals that are in the usual paints and finishing, as babies are more vulnerable to these chemicals.
Furthermore, it’s best that you have someone else paint it for you if you’re the pregnant mama! This will be safer for you, instead of moving a lot or inhaling paint.
- Go For Safe Flooring
Your little one will most likely spend a lot of time on their room’s floor, so don’t go for new carpeting. It may feel comfortable, but carpets would harbor a lot of nasty bacteria, chemicals, and germs. Furthermore, VOCs would off-gas adhesives, carpet backing, and fibers, and even stain and water-resistant treatments.
If you do need carpets, go for untreated and natural-fiber area rugs. Or, you can have a piece of carpet cut to the size of the nursery, air it out, then wash and rinse with clean water before fitting it.
Ideally, go for hard surfaces as they are easier to clean and maintain, and are less likely to trap contaminants. The hard-surfaced flooring should be made of FSC-certified cork, natural linoleum, or wood.
- De-Stress Using Less EMFs
Did you know that radio-frequency signals from improbable devices may interfere with your body’s immune system? One example is the traditional DECT baby monitors, which emit microwave radiation over extended periods of time.
Make sure that you research and invest in the best and latest low-emission baby monitors. It would have low radiation and zero-pulsing radiation.
- Extra Safety Tips
Besides what’s mentioned above, here are extra tips you can follow:
- Make sure all drapery and blind cords are away from the baby’s crib and changing table
- The window guards should be securely in place and a working smoke detector near the nursery
- Have plug protectors in any unused electrical outlets
- Invest in BabyHood nursery furniture made with environment-friendly materials free from any toxic substances
Wrapping It Up
If your baby’s on the way, then it’s time to start preparing for the nursery to keep them safe from injuries and viruses. So begin following these tips for a healthy baby now!