Taking toxic materials out of the nursery is becoming a top priority for new parents. Creating a green nursery just makes sense since your delicate little one will spend up to 17-hours a day in there! Consider everything your baby comes in contact with and choose your nursery furnishings with natural, organic materials in mind.

Use Non-Toxic Paints and Finishes -- Before baby comes home from the hospital you can start preparing your green nursery. Painting should be done at least a month before the new addition arrives and it should be done by someone other than a pregnant mom. Avoid residual toxic chemicals found in typical paints and finishes by choosing Zero VOC or Low VOC options. Babies are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) found in common commercial oil and water based paints.

Using healthy non-toxic paints and finishes for the creation of an organic baby nursery is a must. The crib is your baby’s “home” and needs to be as pure as possible in every way. Choose real wood and natural finishes.

Choose Safe Flooring -- You can be sure your baby will spend a lot of time on the floor, so stay away from new carpeting. Instead choose natural and hard surfaced flooring like wood (with a low VOC sealant), linoleum or cork. Hard surfacing is easier to maintain and less likely to trap potential contaminants than wall-to-wall carpeting. If an area rug is needed, be aware that VOC’s can be found in carpet backing, adhesives and the fibers themselves, as well as stain or water resistant treatments that have been applied to the carpet. Make sure to choose natural fibers and untreated options.

Choose Organic Baby Clothes, Organic Bedding and Natural Toys -- Choose certified organic cotton that’s been untreated, unbleached, and unprocessed for bed sheets, baby clothes and toys your baby will use. Also make sure that colored dyes in the fabric have all-natural ingredients derived from nature’s plants and minerals.

Make sure your baby sleeps on an organic mattress that is free of dangerous flame retardant chemicals like the Green Nest organic crib mattresses, which are made from certified wool, natural rubber and organic cotton.

In 2007, 12 million children's toys were recalled. Be aware of imported toys from China, which may contain lead, a neurotoxin. But that’s not the only toy hazard. Most toys sold in major toy stores are made from plastics. Plastic is a major contributor to indoor air pollution. There are many natural cloth and wood toys available on the Internet.

Use Safe Baby Bottles - Bisphenol-A is a hormone-disrupting chemical considered to be potentially harmful to human health and the environment and is found in common plastic baby bottles. It has been known that scratched and worn polycarbonate feeding bottles will leach Bisphenol-A into liquids. Studies have been shown that very low levels of Bisphenol-A in a baby can cause behavioral effects like hyperactivity, and impaired learning. Make sure to use BPA free plastic baby bottles or glass bottles for feeding your baby.
It may not always be possible to determine which materials are used in nursery products, or their safety, but there is one tool you have that you can rely on to evaluate any product—your nose. If the smell bothers you, it will bother your baby, so don’t put it in the nursery. Once you have a natural, organic, green nursery, keep it safe by using only natural and nontoxic cleaning products and pest controls.
A good book for parents and children is “My Body My House” by Lisa Beres. Lisa and Ron Beres are Building Biologists, Certified Green Building Professionals and the founders of www.GreenNest.com. Get FREE healthy home tips at http://greennest.namasteinteractive.com/sweeps3_holiday/subscribe.htm

Author's Bio: 

This is the question which led to Green Nest’s inception in 2003. Lisa, a former interior designer, started feeling run down and tired all of the time. She was well aware of the abundance of toxic materials that exist in homes today from her experience as an interior designer. Lisa then began a journey in search of answers. After much research and numerous doctor visits, she came to
the conclusion that her house and products within the home were making her sick! It was through her research that Lisa decided
to become a Bau-biologist (building Biology—a study derived from Germany which encompasses how buildings impact life and the
living environment). With her B.A. from Arizona State University, already under her belt, she then decided to incorporate her two passions in life– interior design and health. After making the
necessary adjustments in their home, her health gradually became better and she and her husband Ron decided to help other people in their endless efforts to attain optimal health. Lisa Beres is owner and co-founder of GreenNest.com, an e-commerce web site dedicated to providing tools and resources to create healthy, non-toxic homes. She is the author of the
audio CD: Learn to Create a Healthy Home! and has appeared on national television shows including The Today Show, Fox & Friends, Chelsea Lately on E! and over 100 radio Shows including Martha Stewart Living Radio Show. Lisa is a regular green correspondent for the Sally Jessy Raphael radio show and has served as an
advisory board member for Cal State University Fullerton’s UEE Green Building Program. Lisa is also a Certified Green Building Professional. She is thrilled to announce the launch of her new
children’s book: MY BODY MY HOUSE to educate parents and children alike about the relationship of our homes to our health and the environment.