Whole Child Leon is helping parents keep their little ones safe with a list of hints to keep your infant's nursery free of toxins.
1. Use milk-based or zero-VOC paints or paint the nursery as soon as you find out you are pregnant, giving plenty of time for the VOC’s to offgas. When pregnant, it’s best to stay away from paint fumes, so be sure to have someone else paint for you.
2. Put lots of plants inside to absorb the chemicals. Orchids and bromeliads are particularly good.
3. Use hard surface flooring instead of carpet. Carpet traps pollutants, mold and dust mites that may trigger allergies and asthma. In addition, most synthetic carpet is treated with stain repellents and flame-retardants and is glued down with VOC-containing adhesives, which can release fumes for up to five years. If you already have wall-to-wall carpet, keep carpets clean using a HEPA-filter vacuum. If you want an area rug or are determined to have carpet, use wool carpet, which is a natural flame retardant.
4. Choose furniture made from real wood with natural or non-toxic finishes.
5. Select a mattress made of untreated pure cotton and wool, preferably organically grown mattresses and linens. Many linens and car seat covers have formaldehyde. If you aren’t using organic alternatives, wash everything many times before baby uses them and leave the window of the nursery open for months while everything is off gassing. Also place a regular mattress outside at least for a month to outgas before bringing into the nursery.
6. Most toys sold in major toy stores are made from plastics that leach endocrine disrupting chemicals. Plastic is a major contributor to indoor air pollution and is linked to ADD, ADHD, allergies, asthma, childhood brain cancer, leukemia and autism.
7. Use natural and nontoxic cleaning products and pest controls. Wash clothes and linens with unscented, nontoxic, biodegradable laundry detergent. Avoid using antibacterial products; they prevent children from producing their own antibodies and leave super resistant strains of viruses.
8. Don’t use baby powder with talcum when changing baby’s diaper. Talcum is a known carcinogen similar to asbestos.
9. Use a chlorine filter for bathing water.
10. Lastly, if you are looking for ways to round out your healthy nursery, choose organic clothing for your baby, use cloth diapers instead of disposables, and breastfeed.
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