Today is National Earth Day, an annual event, celebrated on April 22, events are held worldwide (over 192 countries participate) to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In celebration of all that is green we thought we’d share our top tips on how to create an Eco-friendly nursery for your baby. Nurseries should be a tranquil oasis, adding the ‘green’ element gives an additional ethical layer to the overall environment.
When choosing your cot mattress one of the most important health and safety aspects to remember is that the mattress is breathable as explained in this blog post by Natural Mat on the importance of choosing an organic mattress. Organic mattress are handmade using natural fibres and are self-ventilating which stops babies and children from overheating during the night. Organic mattresses are made only from natural materials like lambswool and cotton. Newborn babies are unable to regulate their own temperature, they tend to overheat, perspire and then wake as their temperature drops resulting in a broken nights sleep. However, the natural and breathable fibres within organic mattresses help to regulate their body temperature. Good quality organic mattresses are also naturally fire retardant.
Which Organic Bedding?
For a truly ‘green’ nursery, we would suggest choosing a bedding set for your cot that is made from organic cotton. Eco-textiles and organic bedding have no chemical treatment that can be detrimental to your baby’s health and bring on allergies. Soft to the skin, organic textiles are also extremely comfortable for an added touch of cosiness. Organic bedding can be a bit restrictive in terms of colour and styles, so bear that in mind when looking. The next best option for your baby bedding instead of organic cotton would be to choose a bedding set that is made from 100% cotton and has not been made using any synthetic materials.
Colour with Child-Friendly Paints
When painting the nursery walls or furniture make sure that the paint you choose is suitable for babies and children. Which means the paint is free from toxins and any other synthetic ingredients such as: VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), petrochemicals, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, toluene, phenol, glycol ether, acrylonitrile, styrene, artificial scents or preservatives all which have been linked with numerous health conditions. Child-friendly paints have usually been independently tested and approved to meet the Toy Safety Standard, so parents can rest assured when decorating their children’s nurseries and bedrooms.
Opt for furniture made from solid woods such as walnut or beech which are of a high quality. Choose a manufacturer that ensures they are free from materials such as formaldehyde and glue which again can be harmful to baby. Your baby’s cot should also meet the British Safety Standard regulations which has a list of points to which all cots must adhere to preventing falls, strangulation, suffocation and entrapment. A cot that is made to the latest British safety standards is as safe as can be. The paints used in the finishes must be lead-free and with low VOCs.
Natural fibre rugs are made from renewable resources, are biodegradable, many (like wool) have natural stain resistance, and they emit low amounts of VOCs. Such as the Big Star Wool Rug which is made 100% from wool. Some synthetic rugs are a better choice for children allergic to wool fibres, and there are a good number like our Night Owl Rug made from tufted acrylic yet is soft with the look and feel of wool.
How have you decided to go green today? Do share your comments below and tell us how hard or easy it was to decorate your green nursery.
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