WASHINGTON, February 16, 2012 – Mothers and fathers take pride in bringing their little one home to a cozy, beautiful and safe nursery. The flurry around creating the perfect nursery can overwhelm everything else.
Babies are quite delicate and super sensitive to their new surroundings, so we want to try our very best to take every precaution to protect our treasured little bundle from harmful agents.
Outside the protection of the home, there is not much you can control. You can’t control how the air smells, or the exhaust from car that drives down the road, or the particular person nearby who is sick. You make every attempt to keep your baby away from hazards, but you take a chance each time baby is outside.
At home however you can keep your baby’s nursery safe, sanitary and totally free from dangerous toxins.
Keeping your nursery clean is essential to providing a safe environment for your baby.
Make sure you regularly clean your carpets using a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. The filter will help eliminate the majority of harmful pathogens, allergies, dust particles, pet dander and more.
According to a 2002 U.S. Geological Survey, 80% of cleaning products leave behind a residue that may include antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides, etc. That is a poor exchange for germ-free surfaces! These chemical substances can be very harmful if ingested or inhaled and can affect the development of your baby’s immune system.
Go to the store and find cleaning products that are ‘non-toxic.’ They are just as effective as their toxic counterparts and smell significantly better. You can also try home remedy cleaning solutions that are tremendously less costly and totally free of poisonous residue.
Your crib bedding is the last thing your baby sees before bedtime and the first thing your newborn sees when he/she wakes up. Your newborn will spend about two-thirds of their day in the crib, so selecting safe baby crib sets and taking appropriate care of it should be one of your top priorities.
Mattresses containing wool or latex can cause allergies. Purchase an organic mattress or, if that is not possible, purchase the mattress at least a month before baby comes how. Keeping it open to the air, allow it to breath and for any harmfull chemicals to dissipate.
Organic baby bedding is free from chemical finishing agents that are used to preserve the fabric. Choose baby bedding that is 100% certified organic cotton so it is soft, comfy and breathable. Make sure to wash all items using fragrance-free detergent and no fabric softener.
Painting your nursery walls is a wonderful way to create a nice ambiance. Make sure not to paint while you are pregnant, and use paint that has no or low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Use the same guidelines for sealers and finishers for furniture. Purchasing unfinished furnishings is even better, but realistically, buying new furnishings is not always feasible. Again, give your nursery several months to air out before bringing baby home. An air purifier with HEPA filter is also useful in getting rid of allergens, dust particles, asthma inducers, chemicals, biological contaminants and so on.
Take proactive measures to make sure your baby’s nursery is safe and free from toxins. Prepare and sanitize your nursery several months before baby is due to make sure all possible contaminants are eliminated. You may not be able to control outside variables from imposing harmful agents, but you can certainly control turning your nursery into a safe sanctuary for your newborn.
Taking eco-friendly precautions is not only safer for your treasured little one, but they, and Mother Nature, will thank you for it.
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