Is your baby´s nursery toxic-free?

toxic-free nursery

As a (future) parent, you want the very best for your child. Indeed, bringing a little human into the world is all about caring and nurturing, is it not?

As such, your baby’s nursery should be a safe and protective space. But did you know that a variety of toxic chemicals can be released by the nursery furniture and into the air that your baby is breathing?

Therefore, creating a nontoxic nursery is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

So, what exactly is the anatomy of a safe nursery? Ultimately, it comes down to taking care of these three elements: the crib, the mattress and the dust.

The right crib for a chemical-free sleep

It is hard to imagine that a crib could be harmful in any way for newborns and babies. It’s just a bed, right? Unfortunately, it’s just not that simple.

Cribs are often made with particle board or pressed wood. These materials contain toxic paint and adhesives such as formaldehyde and other toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are known carcinogens and contribute to unhealthy indoor air quality.

A study actually found that the concentrations of VOCs in the air inside the crib had up to 21 times the levels of VOCs than the rest of the room. It’s ever so worrying considering how much time little ones spend there (14-16 hours per day on average).

Babies and toddlers must be protected from exposure to these poison cocktails that can easily affect their long-term development. It’s just the right thing to do!

To avoid children’s rooms being plagued with toxic substances, it’s best to do some research before buying any furniture. When it comes to cribs, choosing a solid wood option is one of the best ways to avoid emissions of nasty VOCs.