When a new baby is coming into your family, there are many things to get excited about. Often, one of these things relates to creating a new room in your house for the special arrival. Everyone loves to play the designer, right?? A baby’s nursery will certainly bring out the “designer” in a lot of future parents.
This article is (sadly) not related to design, you can already find more than enough information about that on the internet. A quick search on most social media platforms will throw up more than enough design ideas!!
Today’s article will be looking into the idea of creating a natural nursery. When bringing someone so special into the world, there are increasing numbers of parents that are looking for a natural and non toxic environment for them to sleep in.
A natural approach to a nursery is more important than ever in this highly commercial modern world. Often, children’s products are made on mass for cheap in places like China.
With a quick search, I was able to find this article talking about toxic paint found on toys from 2016.
So, it is not only about picking the right colour, furniture and toys for your future nursery. It’s also about creating the safest environment for your child. With the few simple tips in this article, doing this should be a breeze.
It’s all in the paint!
Your nursery will no doubt have many things within it covered in paint. However, not all paint is created equal.
When it comes to creating a natural nursery, avoid any paints with VOC in them.
What is VOC, you may ask?
Well it stands for volatile organic compound and, when found in paint, can release chemicals into the air even after it dries.
It may be tough to find VOC free paint, but at the very least you can target low VOC paint.
The natural crib
It doesn’t only stop at paint when creating a natural nursery, the way the crib is constructed is also of up most importance. The crib is where your newborn will spend many hours, so you want it to be the safest environment possible.
As previously stated, try to avid cribs with a VOC paint finish. Also, your best bet is to go for a solid wood crib if possible.
This is because some cots constructed with pressed or laminated wood hold the possibility of releasing formaldehyde into your new nursery’s environment. This is due to the glue used when constructing cots with these materials.
And now the changing table
The changing table can be a focal point of many nurseries. This is because you will be using it rather a lot with your new baby.
Add to this the fact that your baby is most exposed when on the changing table.
You know the drill by now, right??
You got it, natural non or low VOC paint finishes are the order of the day with no sign of laminated or pressed wood!
Don’t forget the floor!
Last but not least is the floor of your nursery.
It may seem like a warm and comforting idea to cover your nursery’s floor in carpet. However, carpet does tend to hold a lot of unseen bacteria and dirt. Unless you wet wash your carpet often, all those spills and accidents will be soaking in and lingering inside your carpet’s pile.
Solid wood flooring with a low VOC stain would be the ideal solution, although it could be expensive if you don’t already have solid wood floors in your house.
Laminate flooring does suffer from the same issue as the furniture. It is in effect pressed wood and, depending on the glue, may have similar issues releasing formaldehyde fumes.
I would recommend looking into your local government’s recommendations on laminate flooring. For example,I found this article that talks about the standards expected in America. This at least gives you an idea what to look for when choosing this type of flooring.
To wrap up…
I have not gone through EVERY single item you could put in a natural nursery, but instead have highlighted some of the main points.
This should alert you to the key considerations of VOC paints and pressed or laminated woods.
The problem is, it may be hard to find products that match these conditions.
One tip regarding the paint could be to buy natural unpainted furniture items instead. Then you can find your own non VOC paints and paint away to your hearts content.
A quick search online will provide you with plenty of non VOC options. For example, milk paints are great for this (although they usually only come in certain colours).
Solid wood items may be more expensive, but it will be more than worth it for your own piece of mind. Failing that, you can look for used items rather than buying new. The only problem there is that you won’t know the origins of the paint applied.
Maybe some of you have already bought the paint for your nursery and are now not wanting to waste it.
You can turn any paint into low VOC by airing it yourself. Remove all the outer packaging and leave it open in a well ventilated area. Preferably, one that is not frequented by people often.
Thank you for taking the time to read our article and we hope it gave you some pointers.
If you have any experience with creating a natural nursery, we would love to hear about it in the comments section below.