Health Tip: Design a Non-Toxic Nursery

Make your baby's space safe

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDay News) -- After spending nine months making sure everything you eat is good for your growing baby, you'll want to create a nursery that's soothing and safe.

Your baby typically will sleep for up to 16 hours a day for the first two years of life.

The Environmental Working Group suggests how to make your nursery safer:

  • Use low-volatile organic compounds (low-VOC) paint. VOCs are used to help paint dry, but they could affect your baby's health.
  • Select true-wood furniture. Pressed wood, plywood, particleboard and chipboard are made from lumber scraps glued together under pressure. These ingredients may emit formaldehyde, an indoor air pollutant.
  • Buy a safe crib mattress. It is safest to find one made of untreated natural fibers that have not been wrapped in polyvinyl chloride or treated with flame retardants.
  • Keep floors wood. Carpets can entice dust mites and often contain flame retardants and other chemicals.
  • Open windows when weather permits to circulate fresh air.
  • Do not buy toxic toys.

Last Updated: