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*Guest Post* Simple Ideas To Make Your Nursery Eco-Friendly
To live eco-friendly life is not so easy today as we don’t know if the content is really the same as the label says and what information is missing. When it comes to babies parents must be very careful about what they buy and in what environment their children live. We will try to sum up some simple ideas most of which you can realize with ordinary things. It is not necessary to spend a pile of money to make your nursery Eco-friendly no matter what commercials say.
Before we give you the ideas we want to remind you that Eco-friendly doesn’t mean sterile. You don’t need everything which includes the words hypoallergenic, antiseptic and so on. The first rule when you make your nursery is to ask the question “Do I really need this?” After that think of something you can replace it with. For example:
1. Diapers. If you are opting for disposable diapers there are brands out there that are more natural than others. You want to find diapers that are unbleached but if you truly want a chemical free diaper, cloth would be the best option.
2. Wet-wipes. The list of content is endless. There is alcohol and perfumes which may be harmful for baby’s skin. A reason big enough to make you think twice about buying wet-wipes and replacing them with cotton or cloth napkins.
3. Clothes. It is advisable for them to be made of cotton or wool. Look only for natural materials. They are a bit more expensive but look for quality over quantity. Babies definitely need less clothes than their parents buy them. Usually it is not necessity but vanity. We know there always be something beautiful you want to take for your baby. It is impossible to buy all of these fancy stuff, so stick to the most important and comfortable.
After the things mentioned above, it is time to think about the furniture. Make sure to take the time to research about manufacturer brands and choose the one which uses sustainable wood and the trees, used for the production, are replaced after they were cut down. You can also revitalize your old furniture and to adopt it for the new purpose it’s needed.
When you’re doing your nursery make sure that the furniture is appropriate in long-term. You don’t want to buy new furniture in every step of your child’s development.
The best choice for mattress is one made of organic products like cotton and wool. The clothing is best to be cotton or linen.
It is preferable the floor to be wooden with no carpet. The carpet is hard to clean and consequently always dirty, full of dust, sometimes moths, and other unfriendly things for your baby. Whilst wood is natural product and easy to be cleaned.
And as we mentioned cleaning, SuperTenancyCleaners Balham suggests you can throw away all of the detergent you got from the shop and make your own homemade cleaning compound. The most popular is water, vinegar and baking soda. But there are lots of different options for specific purposes – to remove stains, for example. There’s plenty of choices. Do your research and choose the best option for you.
You can also buy laundry ball or washing ball which is a substitute for laundry detergent. It is not expensive and it’s reusable. In combination with homemade productsagainst stains you won’t need detergents anymore. And you can save money at the same time.
For the walls choose Low-VOC or zero-VOC paint or eco-friendly wallpaper. Old wallpapers release toxic chemicals which cause negative effect on baby’s environment and babies themselves.
Don’t fill your nursery with needless toys. Two or three toys and a few books are enough. Better choose less but with higher quality. It will be best if toys are wooden and easy to clean.
As the owner of Mama's Little Minions, I would like to personally thank Amber for her guest post on how to make your nursery and your home a more Eco-friendly and safer place to be. If you would like to have a guest post on my blog please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.