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5 tips to design an eco-friendly nursery

Create a Healthy, Green Home for Your Bundle of Joy Written by Laura Forbes Carlin and Alison Forbes of

When you’re expecting a new baby, designing and creating the perfect nursery is on the top of your to-do list. There are lots of decisions to make, and one of the most important factors to keep in mind is creating a healthy environment. Eco-conscious parents can start protecting their new bundle of joy before he or she is born by following these five suggestions for making his or her nursery green and healthy:

1. BUY ORGANIC OR UNTREATED FABRICS Organic cotton is grown without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, soil fumigants and fertilizers. Fabrics made from organic cotton

are not treated with chemicals during the manufacturing process, either. Look for clothes and sheets made from natural materials, such as linen, wool, hemp, bamboo, silk and organic cotton.

With the brand-new, innovative Peaceful Nursery iPhone app, everything you need to know about designing and creating a healthy and eco-friendly nursery is right at your fingertips. The app features a quick and easy shopping checklist of all the right items to buy for the nursery, along with tips about what to avoid, and an explanation of what chemicals are often found in each product. A paint guide, tips on everything from helping baby sleep to uses of color, and a section on how to arrange your nursery are included. Peaceful Nursery app $1.99

2. COMMIT TO HEALTHY PAINT Paints can give off toxic fumes known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals can remain in the air even after the paint is dry. Non-VOC paints are

a healthier, more eco-friendly alternative. You also can use natural paints, such as milk paint or natural lime paint.

3. BUY SECOND-HAND FURNITURE OR BORROW FROM A FRIEND Check in with friends who may be ready to unload some of their baby furniture (sans the crib due to safety standards),

since a lot of it is only useful for a short period of time. Buying or borrowing used furniture is an excellent way to be health-conscious, stay within a budget and practice recycling.

4. DON’T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE HYPE When shopping for your baby, keep in mind you may not need everything that’s recommended. Perhaps you will decide to simply use bio-bags to dispose

of diapers, rather than buy a fancy diaper pail. It’s easy to overbuy in anticipation of your baby, especially if you’ve never been a parent before and aren’t sure what you’ll want or need. We suggest visiting a friend who parents in a way you relate to, and asking her advice.

5. ADOPT SOME SIMPLE HABITS Have a “shoeless home.” Shoes track in dirt and pesticides from outside onto our floors, where babies spend a great deal of time. Avoid using pesticides and


insecticides in your yard. Open windows in your home for at least 10 minutes a day to let in fresh air and sunshine. Opening windows allows toxins in the air to exit and fresh air to enter.

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