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As you plan for baby, I’m sure you want to create the perfect nursery. Not just beautiful and functional but also safe and free of toxins.
Toxins in our environment can be harmful to all who are exposed to them. But children are at an additional risk because of their small, undeveloped bodies and organ systems. Toxins can be harder for the baby to break down since his organ systems haven’t had the time to fully develop. Plus, babies breathe at a faster rate than adults which means they will breathe in more airborne toxins than adults.
1. Walls and Floors
First, start with your walls and floors and use non-toxic paint that doesn’t contain volatile organic compounds VOCs. Paints loaded with VOC’s can still produce toxins in the air years after they have dried. Milk paint is another great paint that you can mix with water for a warm eggshell feel. Many variations of natural wall coverings are also available to brighten your baby’s room.
2. Crib and Bedding
When it comes to the crib or bassinet, make sure these are both made of natural wood. An organic cotton mattress cover is a good idea because it blocks the mattress (which usually has some sort of protective plastic) from off-gassing. If you must have an inorganic mattress or one with a protective cover, the more layers between the mattress and your baby, the better. Be careful of the mattress you use in your crib or bassinet and find ones that are stuffed with organic materials that won’t release carcinogenic gases into the air. Organic fabrics do come in varied natural pigment colors to give splashes of color to your nursery. In fact, even the rocking chair or changing station should be all wooden, stay away from plastics. Many claim to be safe because they are BPA free. Plastics will continue to off-gas (the older the better because they will off-gas less) and keep in mind that 10 years ago we were told that plastics were safe and we didn’t know of the dangers of BPA. If you know an artisan who works with wood, ask them to make your baby furniture and lamps and use low-energy soft lighting for your baby’s eyes.
3. Clothes and Accessories
You can create a totally non-toxic nursery by buying organic baby clothing, organic rattles and teethers and natural essential oils and creams for your baby’s skin.
Keep plenty of fresh organic cotton diapers on hand as well as glass bottles. Stay away from plastic diapers and plastic bottles that can’t be recycled. Again, the less plastic that comes into contact with your baby, the better!
4. Bath Time
Stuff your new baby’s drawers with toxin free organic bathing products, clothes, soaps, and shampoos that won’t irritate their precious skin or contain preservatives or toxins that your baby can breathe in. I love to use doTERRA’s Serenity bath bar before bedtime to create a relaxed and peaceful bath. It is created with the Serenity essential oil blend.
Don’t feel that you have to spend a ton of money on expensive lotions. Organic olive oil and organic coconut oil are wonderful for baby’s skin and something you probably already have in the kitchen. I love to make moisturizing lotion bars to have on had for the kiddos. I use a touch of lavender essential oil to add a soft, relaxing scent.
Moisturizing Lotion Bars
Made with beeswax, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and essential oils, these natural moisturizing lotion bars will nourish and soothe dry skin. Massage the bar on your skin and let your body’s natural heat melt the lotion. After one use, you won’t know how you lived without it.
Tip: For an exfoliating lotion bar, add oatmeal to the bottom of the mold.
Let mixture harden two to three hours. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in container until ready to use.
Massage lotion bar on skin for moisture.
When you clean the baby’s nursery, you don’t want to introduce dangerous chemicals. You can easily create effective cleaning products with simple, natural ingredients. Here are some of my favorite cleaning recipes
Make your own natural household cleaner glass cleaner at home. It is affordable, easy, eco-friendly, and more effective than store-bought cleaners.
Ingredients 16-ounce spray bottle 1 ½ cup white vinegar ½ cup distilled water 8 drops citrus oil of choice
Apply to microfiber cloth and wipe wood surfaces clean. Repeat every 2–3 months or as often as needed.
When it’s time to clean the baby’s nursery, only use green cleaning products and make sure your vacuum cleaner has bags that trap allergens from the floor and air. Use natural cotton dusting cloths not only for the care of your furniture but to stop the release of toxins found in some fabrics that have been processed or sprayed before made into cloth.
If you follow these easy steps, you’ll be assured to have a fully functional, safe and non-toxic nursery that you can pass along or use for babies two and three!