Eco-Friendly Nursery Design Ideas & Supplies
When you find out you are expecting a baby, you face a series of emotions. Excitement, nervousness, more excitement and then the planning starts. You immediately begin thinking about everything you need to buy to make sure your baby has a safe and comfortable place to come home to. Before choosing the items for your nursery you want to consider the healthiest and safest options for both your baby, and the world your baby will grow up in.
Taking these extra steps to make sure your baby’s space is safe and sustainable can be costly, especially when creating a nursery from scratch. Having a budget in mind and saving for the costs ahead of time will ensure you are able to purchase the items you need. In order to get the specific items you need, ensure you’re making the most of your registry by asking for these items to help you save in the long run. If you plan on doing a lot of renovations to your home and nursery you might want to look into refinancing your mortgage to help aid with extra renovation costs. By refinancing you can lower your monthly payment, leaving more money in your pocket for nursery additions.
Remember when choosing products for your nursery research different options and decide what will be best for you and your family, as well as the environment. Below are the ways to incorporate organic and eco-friendly options into your new nursery.
So here we go, what to buy for an eco-friendly nursery:
1. ECO-FRIENDLY WALLS & CARPETS
Starting with the basics, you’ll want to look into having non toxic walls and flooring. Since your baby will spend a lot of time in the nursery, you’ll want it to be free of harmful chemicals. Peel and stick wallpaper can be a safer alternative or, if you plan on painting, vegan paint is a more sustainable option.
For the flooring, if you are looking to purchase a rug, focus on handmade versus machine made. Having a rug that has been knitted or hand designed will ensure you don’t have to worry about extra toxins coming into your home. The best fabrics are jute or cotton. If your budget allows, buying a certified organic rug is also a great option.
2. ORGANIC MATTRESSES & CRIBS
One of the most important aspects of the nursery will be the crib and the mattress that your baby sleeps on. This is especially crucial because your baby needs to have a place to rest that is comfortable and safe. This is why you want a mattress that is made of safe material. For this purchase focus on certified organic cotton that’s breathable and non-toxic.
You also want to look into a waterproof mattress to help prevent bacteria in your baby’s crib or a washable mattress cover. When purchasing a crib you want to make sure it is stable, has no sharp edges, and consider the width of the bars. If you plan on using a bedside bassinet, focus on breathable materials and one that is CPSC approved.