There’s nothing like developing a green lifestyle immediately for your new child – even before she arrives in the world. You can start from things you surround her with, to the clothes you dress her in, you have many opportunities to find natural and organic products. You may want to ask friends and family to give you green baby gifts as well – certainly by providing tips about where they can get greener gifts. Many stores that offer environmentally-friendly goods for infants is making green living much easier.
Choosing for a highly organic local food for your new child is not only makes mother nature happy but it is also healthier.
To go green in the nursery, there are a variety of approaches you can take. Using organic and natural materials whenever possible is a good way to minimize the amount of potentially hazardous chemicals that your tiny infant comes in contact with. You should focus on seeking ecological protection and limit the amount you buy.
Baby paraphernalia may range from furniture to clothing and everything in between. New families may find it difficult to determine what their first newborns really need. If you are a new parent, you should seek recommendations from more experienced parents: Ask them what they used often and a lot, also things they hardly used at all. Perhaps you should choose a low dresser (with a pad on top) instead of a changing table. Your baby can still use the dresser until she is six years old, however a changing table will be useless in less than two years.
You should adjust things you want to buy with your present lifestyle. If you jog regularly and find it a powerful stress reliever, then you may need to invest in a durable wheeled baby carrier that can still allow you to jog in comfort (check whether you can get a secondhand carrier rather than a new one). You and your child will be healthier and happier.
Consider obtaining just the following essentials before your new baby is born, while gradually adding new items if you believe that they are necessary:
• Clothing: Choose comfy, clean secondhand clothing in good condition and ignore about all the expensive, useless fancy accessories – they’re more for parents than the baby anyway.
• Car seats: Anchoring car seats firmly is a substantial safety issue and a legal requirement in many countries, be flexible in your choice and if you can’t find a green car seat that is safe enough, don’t buy it. Safety should be your priority.
• Personal baby care: Be simple in your choices, for example, olive oil can be an excellent baby skin lotion.
• Crib: Find a crib that can be converted into a cradle to reduce the number of furniture you need to buy.
• Toys: Opt for used toys and wooden toys with non-toxic paints. Don’t buy too much.
• Chair: A robust high chair will make feeding much easier.
• Child stroller: Find a buggy for babies that can be converted into a stroller for children above one year old.
• Decoration: Choose natural and organic items whenever possible, including hardwood flooring, bamboo, cork, linoleum, organic cotton, wool carpets, and wood finishes.
• Furniture: There are many furnitures to choose from solid wood with nontoxic finishes to those made from exotic materials and equipped with sophisticated electronics. Just make sure that they are sustainable and safe. You may need to spend a little more on high quality, well-built furniture, the fact that it stays much longer than cheaper furniture makes it worthwhile. To extend the useful life of your nursery furniture, you can choose multi-function furniture: A cribbage that can be converted into a bed, for instance, or a changing table that includes a dresser. Look for mattresses made of natural materials like rubber, wool and organic cotton.
• Clothes: Natural fibers are good, but natural organic fibers are much better: For example, wool, hemp, cotton, bamboo and other sustainable sources that are free from harmful chemicals. These products are increasingly available online and in stores.
• Baby care: Look for products made with natural, organic and fragrance-free materials. Avoid products that use potentially harmful antibacterial substances. Search biodegradable wipes that is free of chlorine.
• Cleaning products: Avoid highly toxic, industry-grade cleaning products. Instead of use natural, biodegradable cleaning products. Avoid chemical-based fabric softeners.
When choosing materials like paint, furniture and floors for your nursery, remember that many new products have unique smells, they are actually compounds that release fumes or organic compounds (VOCs – volatile organic chemicals) into the air. These chemicals, including toluene and formaldehyde, have been associated with effects ranging from respiratory irritation to cancer. You should try to avoid items with volatile organic compounds, especially in plywood, particle board, mattresses and upholstered furniture that contains formaldehyde or PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ether), often used for flame retardants.
You can also buy nursery furniture months before the baby arrives and put it in the garage for awhile to let vapors dissipate outdoors. However, gas vapors from pressed wood and plywood can last for months or even years.