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Steps To A Green Baby Room; Healthy Baby Rooms

Posted by Merlin on Feb 15, 2008

Baby Room Furnishing Formaldehyde Poses Potential Threat! 

Selecting Baby Room Furnishings To Keep Your Baby Healthy.

When selecting a crib and other baby room furnishings for your new baby room, be sure to look beyond the style.

Formaldehyde can be found in baby furniture made with pressed wood products, urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI), tobacco smoke and permanent press / wrinkle-free fabrics.

Formaldehyde exposure has been linked to eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing, fatigue, skin rashes, severe allergic reactions and cancer.

  • Avoid manufactured wood products, such as particleboard, hardwood plywood paneling and medium-density fiberboard.
  • Look for a well constructed, handcrafted, natural wood crib that will grow with your child so that you don’t have to buy another expensive child’s bed in just a couple of years.

Lead Paint Used On Cribs Before 1978!

Many homes built before 1978 contain lead paint, which exposes a child to toxic, heavy metal.  This paint can be found on window frames, walls, old cribs and in new, imported toys.  Babies and toddlers don’t intent to eat the paint, but they are liable to chew on the headboard of a crib or a window sill within reach.

  • Use low or zero VOC (volatile organic compound) paints with natural pigments such as clay.  These new paints are durable, cost effective and pose less threat to human and environmental health.
  • Leave lead based paint undisturbed if it is in good condition.   Do not sand or burn off paint that may contain lead. 
  • Use a lead test kit to identify places and household objects where lead is lurking.

Crib Bedding With Dangerous Flame Retardant Chemicals And Pesticides

Your baby’s bedding can consist of artificial petroleum-derived foams and fibers, dangerous flame retardant chemicals and pesticides, all of which can expose your baby to toxic fumes. 

Additionally, stain and water-resistant treatments add more VOCs to the air we breathe.

  • Choose an organic, untreated, natural crib matteress with no chemical flame-retardants.  Wool is a good substiture as it is naturally flame retardant and dust mite resistant.
  • Avoid permanent press sheets or draperies, and look for organic fabrics that have not been treated with pesticides.
  • If you, or your child suffers from allergies or asthma, use barrier vocers for pillows and mattresses.

Carpets In Your House May Harbor Millions Of Microorganisms And Can Release Dangerous Chemicals!

Babies like to crawl, but carpets can harbor millions of micro-organisms. VOC’s can  be foind in the carpet fibers, backing and adhesives, as well as in any stain or water resistant treatments that may have been applied.

  • Choose an all-natural, 100% biodegradable carpet made from 100% wool fibers and with no toxic adhesives.
  • Or Select natural and hard surface flooring like wood, linoleum, cork (which insulates heat and sound), bambaoo and natural fiber area rugs with a nonslip pad.

Keep your baby safe by doing the necessary research before you buy new baby room furnishings.

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