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Green Your Nursery

8/17/2009 12:00:00 AM

Tags: nursery, baby

Expecting parents have many decisions to make before their child’s due date. One of the many exciting choices parents make is how the nursery will look. When I was expecting, creating a functional, healthy space, and choosing healthy materials was more important than how things looked—not that you must choose one instead of the other. Experts Laura Forbes Carlin and Alison Forbes say “…what good is a beautiful room if it’s not practical and healthy?” I couldn’t agree more.

Set up your nursery with furniture that not only matches your family’s style but also your height. It will make daily routines such as changing diapers and picking clothes much easier on your body. Also, organization is essential in creating a safe and easy space for you and your baby. 

baby bassinet
A wicker bassinet is a healthy way to welcome your baby home. Photo By Tamara Muth-King/NH Archives. 

Unfortunately not all products used to decorate a nursery are safe for your family. Some products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that offgas harmful chemicals into the air—these affect babies’ small bodies even more than adults’. Opt for a nontoxic crib, zero-VOC paint, wood floors and a healthy mattress to protect your babies’ immature organs.

A good rule of thumb is to pick healthy, quality, long term pieces over what looks good in your nursery.

How have you greened your baby's nursery? Tell me about it in the comments section.

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