This week at Modern Kids Design, we introduce the first post in a new series on “greening” your rooms. Beginning with baby, we offer four tips on what to consider if you’d like a green nursery. If you are past that stage, no worries, check back soon, as we have more lined up and will offer tips for toddlers, bigger kids and even teens.
Regardless of where you are on the parenting spectrum, it is always a good idea to begin by thinking about the air inside your home. So, consider the following:
- if you are painting, use paint that has no- or low-VOC (volatile organic compounds);
- if you are doing remodeling work, consider installing sustainably harvested wood flooring, natural linoleum, or tile floors instead of chemically treated carpet (that can cause allergens);
- and, when cleaning, be sure to clean with chemical-free, non-toxic, plant-based products when you can.
Now here are a number of age-range green ideas that will keep your child healthy at each stage of his or her development. And, if you are curious about this week's photo, it features one of our favorite Makers -- Nook. Again, in Part 1, we begin with four tips for your nursery...
For Your Baby
- Crib ‒ We recommend that you look for a crib that your baby can grow into rather than out of—So consider looking for an eco-friendly crib, made of natural, non-toxic materials and, if you can, one that converts to a toddler bed and later to a comfy day bed or divan that any child will love for years to come. Some conversion cribs even become a headboard and footboard that can be used for your teen. So, be on the lookout for well-built products with creative design (think 2-for-1, etc.). Yes, that’s right, items that can last for years to come and provide long term use. Now that’s green living at its best!
- Mattress ‒ Babies spend a lot of time sleeping—or trying to—so the mattress is the most important nursery item to purchase absolutely green. We suggest that you look for one that is made of natural and sustainable materials. Some examples of natural materials include wool, organic cotton, eucalyptus, and even coconut husks. You’ll also want one that is breathable under your baby and, again, absolutely non-toxic.
- Bedding ‒ Consider purchasing organic crib bedding. Some examples include organic cotton sheets as well as those with natural fiber blends. Also, look for organic cotton blankets, both of which can also be used on your toddler’s bed as well; you’ll find many designs that your child will enjoy from infant through the toddler stage. All-natural baby blankets feel good on so many levels because they’re not only soft but they are good for your baby and for the environment; and fortunately, today there are more and more options to choose from—think organic cable knit, quilted, or thermal, for example.
- Teething Toys and More ‒ Look for non-toxic, BPA-PVC-phthalate-free teething toys, designed for the earliest members of planet Earth. As your kids stop teething (and gets serious about playtime), they still mouth most toys, sometimes even before looking at them. Make sure your baby’s plastic toys are made from food-safe, 100% recycled material, which saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing, and keeps your baby healthy at playtime.
That’s it for now. Next week, we offer tips for greening your toddler’s room. As always, feel free to reach out and let us know what you’d like to read about on the blog at firstname.lastname@example.org and thanks for reading!