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Eco Friendly Environment for Your Nursery

How to Make an Eco Friendly Environment for Your Nursery

This was written by Alyssa Clarke of Born Rich.

Once you become a mother, you will need to take care of very minute things related to the health of your baby, ranging from clothes to toys, from cots to linens. Here we shall be discussing about the things you need to keep in mind while setting up a nursery for your child. Not only should the nursery be safe, it should be Eco-friendly as well. Making the environment in which your baby lives healthy and Eco-friendly shall help in his/her healthy development. To fulfill this purpose, you need to keep some things in mind while buying things for your little one. These include the furniture, the mattress, the linen and the toys.

The furniture of your baby wouldn’t include many things. All that you need to buy especially for your baby is the cot. Cot is the baby’s bed where he/she shall be sleeping until the age of two and spending most of his/her time until they start off to walk or crawl. In the cot, the baby spends the maximum part of his/her development years. A cot is also the first thing which your baby will start chewing when he/she is teething. That is why special attention is to be paid while buying a cot. Firstly, it should not be made from any toxic wood or be painted by toxic paints. Secondly, it should have safety latches and the bars should not be far apart, so as to prevent the baby’s legs or arms from getting stuck in between them. You should avoid getting carried away by the beautiful designs and colors of the cots as the paint and lacquer in them can be quite harmful for your child. Thus, make sure that your baby’s cot is made from non-toxic wood and varnished with non-toxic paint.

The second thing you should pay attention to is the mattress. Common mattresses are generally made up of synthetic fibers and harsh metal springs. Moreover, these mattresses are sprayed with a multitude of strong chemicals and disinfectants that can be quite dangerous for your kid, who is used to with sleeping on this mattress. Just leave these ones behind and opt for the mattresses made from natural organic fibers, which will also help your baby in regulating his/her, body temperature during all seasons.

Next comes the linen of your baby. Linen is such an important thing when it comes to your baby’s safety. It is another thing which stays in touch with your baby’s body most of the time. So you need to be very choosy while shopping for all these things. Using organic linen wherever possible in advisable, but try to make use of more sustainable fibers like bamboo, cotton and wool.

Finally, you should take ample care about the toys with which you baby has been playing. Toys made of plastic can be the worst ones for the health of your baby. Plastic is one of the most toxic elements on earth and should be evaded by young, old and especially the little ones. For this reason always avoid plastic and go for bamboo or wooden toys instead with non-toxic paint.

With these easy to follow tips, you can surely succeed in the build-up of a healthy and Eco-friendly home environment for your baby.

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Baby Nursery on a Budget

Baby Nursery – The Bare Minimum On a Tight Budget

Are you expecting a baby? Congratulations! Have you started to plan your nursery and don’t have a clue where to begin? It can become a little overwhelming, especially with all the colors, themes, and furniture available. And with so many options it’s far too easy to spend upwards of a thousand dollars, or more, furnishing and decorating your baby’s nursery.

So if you’re on a budget like most of us, there are some ways to save yourself some money. The absolutely best way to save money is getting one from a friend or relative for free, or possibly borrowing it.

Of course this isn’t always an available option, so you might want to think about buying things second-hand. Look at your local garage sales and thrift stores. Before you go, make sure you have the most recent safety standards on hand.

You want a crib to meet those standards, so you’ll want to bring a measuring tape with you. Don’t get a crib bumper pad. If your infant rolls over they might end up with their mouth up against it. Depending on their age they might not be able to roll away and they’ll suffocate. It’s better safe than sorry in this area.

Of course, you don’t have to go shopping second-hand and there are ways to still save money. First, trends come and go, so if you are planning to have more children you might want to think about a gender neutral nursery. Secondly, don’t skimp on the safety.

The bare minimum you’ll need to start your nursery:

 

A crib – Look for a convertible bed, one that will grow with your child from infancy to toddlerhood to their teenage years. You’ll save money in the long run. The cribs above are priced under $200 and the Conversion Rails are $110.

UPDATE: Research co-sleepers or family bed sharing. You don’t necessarily need a crib.

 


 

A changing pad – Don’t worry about a changing table, you don’t “have to” have one. All you need is to place the changing pad on the floor or an existing dresser. The floor is a great option if you are physically able to, you won’t have to worry about your infant falling off a tall piece of furniture. This eliminates any worry about accidents. The portable changing pad (the left) is only $4.95, while the others (the middle and right) are between $75 and $100.

An even easier (and cheaper) way is to use a towel.

A diaper pail with a good seal – You won’t want to hold back on this. Make sure the seal is solid to eliminate any and all odors.

If you still have some money left, a quick and relatively inexpensive way to brighten and customize your nursery is with paint.

You’ll probably be painting when you are pregnant and if you plan to do it yourself look for paints low in harmful chemicals, like Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Read “The Ultimate Guide to Natural and Earth Friendly Paints” for more information on what to look for and companies that carry them.
You can paint a wall mural to further customize the nursery. Using an old projector and an image you can trace it onto the wall and paint in the lines. Or if you’re not the artistic type you can buy wall decals or stickers.

It doesn’t matter whether you spend $100 or $1,000, you can create a stylish nursery for your little bundle of joy. It’s more important to spend quality time your child.

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Bamboo Tree Friends Mobile

Laser-cut in the Midwest; pieces are assembled in San Francisco by a non-profit that employs adults with disabilities. 100% bamboo (carefully sourced in China by a U.S.-based manufacturer of environmentally friendly materials), clear thread. Friends of the forest come together in this clever and beautiful mobile: you get a bird, an owl in a tree, and a hedgehog for good measure. All made from laser-cut from bamboo plywood, an earth-friendly renewable resource.

Due to the nature of the material, pieces may vary in color and grain. Minimum assembly required.

 


 

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Jungle Friends Mobile at Inhabitat

A giraffe, an elephant, a lion, and a monkey. All present on this 100% bamboo hanging mobile. Of course, it will look adorable in any nursery – not just an animal or jungle themed nursery. The animal pieces are laser cut in the Midwest and then assembled in San Francisco by a non-profit that employs adults with disabilities. Available at Inhabitat.

 


 

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Now You Can Have a Stylish Nursery and Still be Earth Friendly

Wooden children's furniture just got a modern and eco-friendly overhaul, thanks to Viva Terra. Made by Ecotots, this Surfin' Collection comes with a lifetime construction guarantee. Inspired by surfboards, you won't need any tools or hardware to assemble your new furniture.

 


 

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