Designing and decorating a nursery is one of the most exciting parts of planning for a baby’s arrival. While painting, installing furniture, and adding decor is a fun way to prepare for your impending adventure, you’re going to need plenty of practical supplies to transition to life with a newborn.
A host of eco-friendly products are available to create a cozy and comfortable space before your newborn comes home. When choosing paints or stains for nursery walls and furniture, look for products that are free of:
Volatile organic compounds (also known as VOCs) are often found in paints, varnishes and waxes. They’re known to evaporate at a certain temperature in a process known as “off-gassing.” When this occurs, potentially harmful VOCs are released into the air – even when the product is not in use.VOC exposure has been connected to respiratory irritation, loss of coordination, nervous system and liver damage, skin reactions, and nausea.
Paints tinted with inorganic pigments may contain questionable ingredients like calcium carbonate which can irritate the nose, throat, and lungs when inhaled. Titanium dioxide is also a common additive and considered a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.Opt for paints and wall coverings with mineral and plant-based pigments for natural hues in every color of the rainbow.
Like nursery paint, you want furniture that won’t impact the quality of the air your baby breathes in. Choose pieces constructed using real wood (and other eco-friendly materials) that both meet consumer safety standards and stand up to regular wear and tear.
As the name suggests, Greenguard GOLD Certification is the gold standard for baby mattresses and furniture. GOLD-certified products meet stringent standards for low-VOC emissions and are approved especially for schools, care facilities, and other places where children and seniors spend lots of time.The US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Cribs and Infant Product Page is a good starting point. There, you’ll discover the latest safety guidelines for everything from cribs to bassinets to play areas.
It’s important to check for children product recalls on baby furniture, bedding, and toys. Retailers are generally compliant about pulling dangerous products off store shelves, but if you’re using vintage or second-hand furniture, it’s wise to check that they haven’t been recalled.
This 4-in-1 Convertible Crib by Carter’s will work from infancy through childhood. It’s GOLD-certified and finished with non-toxic paints for a stylish, “green” nursery.
The average newborn sleeps around 8-9 hours during the day and about 8 more hours at night. As most exhausted parents have learned, that’s not always continuous. That’s why it’s important to create a soothing, peaceful, and safe crib.
Selecting your newborn’s mattress is a major decision. Look for the following features when choosing an eco-friendly baby mattress:
Does not contain synthetic or recycled materials (including polyester)
Nursery bedding should be made of natural fibers that reduce the chances of overheating while allowing the baby's skin to breathe. As your baby gets older – and it’s safe to introduce sheets and blankets – continue to choose organic fabrics that are produced without harsh chemicals, dyes, flame retardants, and additives like wrinkle releasers.You might pay a bit more initially for high-quality organic baby bedding, but natural fibers that haven’t been chemically processed are often more durable and stand up to frequent washing.
Sleepsacks, wearable blankets, and swaddles are designed to keep the baby warm and cozy while encouraging safe sleeping. Some allow the baby’s arms to move freely while others are designed to keep their arms close to the body.According to AAP guidelines, it’s safe to use swaddle blankets while the baby sleeps on their back and until they start trying to roll over. Select breathable organic cotton that does not contain dyes and chemical softeners.
Any parent will tell you that the first car trip with a newborn is nerve-wracking. A safe carrier and car seat will do a lot to put your mind at ease, but with so many infant car seat options available, it’s tough to know which one to choose.
To help you narrow down your travel system options, check the following information:
In a 2018 study on car seat chemicals, researchers at Indiana University tested a variety of newer-model products and found that almost all contained hazardous flame retardant chemicals in the foam and fabric.
Children may breathe in these chemicals as they leach off car seat surfaces, especially in poor-ventilated vehicles or during warmer months when materials start to heat up. Some flame retardant chemicals pose serious health risks including:
The Doona Car Seat & Stroller Travel System is a win for its convenience. In just seconds, you can transition from the car to the stroller without disturbing your sleeping newborn.
When your newborn isn’t sleeping, they are likely to be eating. Whether your baby is breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or both, consider adding these eco-friendly baby products to your routine.
From cans to containers to bottles, bisphenol A (BPA) is used in various plastic baby goods. BPA is then potentially leaked into our foods and drinks, and that risk increases when these containers are heated.
This is concerning because BPA has been linked to a host of serious health problems including:
Dr. Brown’s BPA-Free Glass Bottles help to reduce gas and belly discomfort to make mealtime happier for parents and babies alike.
If you’re going to invest in eco-friendly, non-toxic baby bottles, the soap you clean them with should be just as green. Puracy Natural Dish Soap is free of all the stuff you don’t want your baby touching, breathing in, or ingesting:
You’ll never have to worry about unsafe soap residue left behind on bottles or sippy cups.
As much fun as it is to dress a newborn up in adorable clothes, you might want to keep their wardrobe simple for the first few weeks. Clothing that is simply-made, easy to put on, and simple to take off will make life much easier – especially during midnight feedings.
Eco-friendly baby clothing has evolved considerably over the past decade: Fabrics are softer, more durable, and more affordable than ever.Synthetic fibers are often made with PVC and petrochemicals, which can cause overheating, and skin irritation. Look for organic fabrics like cotton, hemp, bamboo, and wool that are also grown without pesticides and fertilizers.
If you’re a first-time parent, you’ll be surprised at how quickly your baby outgrows their clothes. In fact, you might only get one or two wears out of that super-cute onesie. Incredible hand-me-downs can be found from friends, neighbors, online marketplaces, and local thrift stores.Reusing baby clothes saves on resources, and when you’re done, pass on any clothes your baby has outgrown to other friends, family, or parents in need – just be sure to wash them thoroughly first.
Between spit-ups and diaper duty, you need a powerful natural stain remover to keep clothes and blankets looking bright and clean. Luckily, our Puracy Baby Stain Remover is up to the challenge.
Note: Always thoroughly launder clothes before using them.
Milk, formula, and other messes are no match for Puracy’s powerful plant enzymes. After spot-treating clothing blankets, car seat cushions, and other porous surfaces, wash items in warm water using a natural, baby-safe detergent.A good way to conserve energy and water is by washing full loads whenever possible, skipping the extra rinse, and using less hot water. To dry baby clothes and blankets more efficiently, avoid overfilling the dryer and over-drying items. Consider line-drying items when the weather is nice – it can save up to 4% on your electric bill!
There are pros and cons to using both cloth and disposable diapers. A lot depends on your lifestyle and budget. Consider that babies need between 2,500 and 3,000 diaper changes in their first year alone: What makes sense for you and your growing family?
Use a small amount of lotion after bath time if your newborn’s skin is dry or irritated. Baby lotion should be soothing, hydrating, and free of harmful ingredients. Reach for products – like Puracy Organic Baby Lotion – that contain naturally-derived oils and clinical-grade vitamins to soften and protect skin.
With frequent diaper changes, your baby’s bottom can quickly become red and irritated. Prevent diaper-area discomfort by using fragrance-free diapers and changing soiled diapers as quickly as possible.Choose organic creams and wipes that don’t contain dyes or perfumes and instead use naturally-derived oils and extracts to help heal and protect skin.
Earth Mama Organic Diaper Balm uses beeswax and organic herbs and oils to comfort skin and retain its natural moisture. $11
Puracy Baby Multi-Surface Cleaner has been tried and tested for safe use on non-porous surfaces around your home, from removing spit-up on rockers to messes on changing tables., Since the ingredients are cruelty-free and biodegradable, this baby-safe cleaner is a good choice for your family, home, and the planet.
Yes, your newborn needs a lot of “stuff,” but creating a green nursery can be fun, easy, and even affordable! Use our newborn checklist as a starting point to explore new and innovative sustainable baby products.
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