You’re halfway to creating the most perfect, greenest nursery for your soon-arriving family member. Make sure you don’t skimp on these last few details!
Given the carpet in your new baby’s nursery is not alive with mold, you are probably good to go after implementing a green carpet cleaning system. If new flooring is mandatory, your best choice is likely an eco-friendly hardwood floor. Your nursery new hardwood floors should be FSC-certified. Another option is bamboo or cork flooring. Bamboo and cork are both sustainably grown and harvested. Prior to installation, make sure you inquire about the finish and the presence of formaldehyde. Finishes should be water-based plyurethane, drying oil or hardwax oil.
Y’know those vibrantly colored toys your child just cannot resist when you pop into your friendly neighborhood toy store? Well, chances are they are made of plastic. Plastic is a leading contributor when it comes to indoor pollution. If you don’t believe me, just take a whiff of that lingering “new toy smell.”
Soft plastic toys, like the good ol’ rubber ducky and teethers are especially disconcerting. Many toy manufacturers still chock their products full of phthalates to make the plastic soft and flexible. Phthalate is one of the more toxic plastics and is not even on speaking terms with the environment (hint, they’re not friends). In case you’ve never been around a baby, they put everything in their mouths, so those oh-so-soft plastic toys are probably not such a good idea.
Your new baby’s toy box should be packed with clean, non-toxic wood (the key is natural finish oil) and organic fabric toys.
Now that you’ve put in all that work greenifying your baby’s new safe haven, don’t go gumming it all up by using toxic cleaning products (please)! Natural, chemical-less cleaners are in high supply these days and they work every bit as well as many of leading conventional cleaning products. Ecover, Seventh Generation, and Method (among others) are available at most grocery stores, not just the all-natural ones. Or, if you want to save money and ensure that you know every single ingredient that is going into your cleaning products, you can check out Pinterest for some great ideas for making your own eco-friendly cleaning products (psst… Smart Bottoms has a Pinterest).
Bath and Body Care Products
Skin is the body’s largest organ. This means that everything we put on our skin is almost immediately absorbed into our tissues and organs. Therefore, it is oh-so-important that you make sure that the bath and body care products you are lathering on your baby’s skin are made with wholesome, organic ingredients. Make sure you stay clear of parabens and phalates. Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo & Wash is a pure, yummy-smelling option.
So, there you have it! You’ve successfully constructed a safe, green haven for your new baby! Is there anything we missed? If so, we’d love to hear from our readers if they have any tips or suggestions!