How toxic is your home? This thought may be concerning, especially if you consider the spaces where your child spends the majority of their day. This may include a nursery or a playroom. Giving children the time and space to play is important to their development and learning. Plus, there is no greater joy than watching a child discover the art of playing.
That is why having a space that is safe and non-toxic is important. We’re here to help you create the safest and best environment for your child’s play space. These tips can be implemented for families with kids of any age.
1. Choose Healthy & Fun Interiors
Before getting started, choose elements that your child, or any potential future children, will love and be able to use. Start by thinking about what colors to use and what type of decorations you will want. Research non-toxic paint options and choose a brand that focuses on sustainability. By choosing a healthier paint option, you are creating a safer environment by minimizing the air pollution in your home. If you plan on having a fun wallpaper, look for non-toxic options for that as well. Options for non-toxic wallpaper are limited, but you want to look for peel and stick products that are PVC free, OEKO-TEX certified, and created with water based inks and recyclable.
The room interior is an element that does not change, so choosing healthy supplies is important. By having paint or wallpaper free of toxins, you are allowing your child to breathe better, aiding in their development, and promoting a healthier and longer life. Make sure when updating or renovating your home you keep the space blocked off to avoid any chemicals leaking into your home. Also if you are planning to get pregnant, make sure to make any updates beforehand.
2. Opt For Safe Furniture
The other main components of your playroom will be the furniture and decorations. The items your child will spend the most time using should be made from safe and eco-friendly materials. This means you want products that are chemical and pesticide free. Look for brands that consider the environment and humans as well as products made with organic or sustainably grown materials. Below are items you want to ensure are safe for your child.
● Playmats & Pillows
● Chairs & Couches
● Play gyms
Consider furniture items and research all materials to be sure they are safe for your little ones! Decoration ideas include their favorite books set up in a reading corner, a swing, or any favorite stuffed animals. Consider setting up a sensory play station. A sensory play station is an area where your child can participate in activities that engage all their senses. With a sensory play station, your child can play and develop their skills.
Adding to or renovating an existing room in your home to make healthier upgrades can be costly, but it’s worth the extra expense and time to help your child lead a healthier life. To help fund a new playroom, consider using your personal savings or a fixed-rate home equity loan. It’s a smarter option than using a personal loan, since the interest rate is fixed, and you have access to the cash all at once. This will allow you to purchase everything you need for the new playroom upfront. Make sure to have a plan and timeline for the project before getting started.
3. Pick Safe Storage & Cleaning Items
Are you still using plastic containers? We hope not! Avoid using plastic to store and organize your playroom. Instead, opt for cloth or wooden. bins. When incorporating textiles, choose 100% organic cotton. You want to look for products that are GOTS certified to ensure quality. For optimal and safe cleaning of your playroom, utilize this parent & guide from the Environmental Working Group to ensure what you are choosing is safe. Consider the product ingredients for the below items that are frequently used in the playroom. Some common chemicals to look for and avoid are ammonia, formaldehyde, lead, and pesticides.
● Surface cleaners
● Floor & carpet cleaning
● Laundry detergent
When you can, focus on items that are unscented and fragrance-free. For all tips regarding non-toxic spaces for kids, keep our references handy and utilize them as a guide.
4. Make Sustainable Choices
Building a vegan-friendly and toxic-free home leads to a healthier lifestyle for you and your family. With household chemicals being a main cause of disease, creating a healthier space in your home from a young age will minimize health costs down the road for your family.
The extra work you put in your home now will lead to a brighter future for your children. A playroom is where your child & learning and development thrive. Keep them safe and healthy by creating a playroom that is toxin free. Making upgrades in your home takes time and is a good idea for all families and it’s never too late or too early to start! Check out our healthy home consulting services if you need assistance on how to get started.
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