6 Baby Nursery Ideas for a Healthier Baby
There’s nothing more important than the health and wellbeing of your kids. Often, parents are willing to do whatever necessary to make sure their kids are happy, healthy, and thriving. But this endeavor is often more complicated than expected…. And sometimes, a lot easier than expected.
If you are looking for baby nursery ideas on how to create the ideal environment for your child, we hope this article will be a resource to you. In this article, we will consider six baby nursery ideas for a healthier baby.
Whether it comes to creative window treatment ideas, the types of products you purchase, or even the kinds of furniture you buy, we are hopeful these baby nursery ideas will be just the jumpstart you need to make healthy changes. Whether you are expecting your first child or your fourth, there are always ways to create a better and healthier environment for your kids to grow up in. Some of these ideas are easier than others to implement, so feel free to adopt just one, or all of them as you seek to make healthy lifestyle choices for your family.
1. Choose Toxin-Free Products
We don’t just mean the foods you eat (although that is important too!) No one would dispute how important it is to keep things clean and sanitized for your kids, especially as they are crawling around and putting just about everything in their mouths. And while it is important to keep toys and surfaces spick and span, using popular wipes and sprays may actually be more harmful than helpful. These products are often full of toxic chemicals that are more dangerous to small children, and all of us, for that matter!
Instead of just grabbing the labels you recognize, take a moment to read the ingredient lists. If you don’t like what you see, make your own sprays and sanitizers with water and essential oils. Making your own will help you save money in the long run, and it will ensure your peace of mind in addition to your child’s safety. You don’t have to go throw out your whole cleaning cabinet, but the next time you’re shopping for refills, stop and consider what healthier products you could be investing in. (Don’t even get us started on body soap and shampoo — that’s a whole other article.)
2. Invest in Custom Curtains
Now you might be thinking: I don’t even have custom curtains! Why should I get some for my child? Studies show that the less light there is in a room, the higher your chances for better quality sleep. When you invest in heavy insulated curtains for your child’s room, they are able to sleep longer and create a deeper, more regular sleep schedule. (And all the parents in the room said amen.) When you invest in insulated curtains (let’s be real: for both your kids and yourself!) you are investing in improved quality of life. What could be better?
3. Choose Your Flooring Intentionally
We get it: carpet is comfy, it’s quiet, and it’s… the most likely of all floorings to be a cesspool of germs and bacteria, and chemicals. Not so ideal for your little one who is laying on the floor, learning to roll over, crawling around, and all those sorts of things. So, instead, invest in a flooring that is easy to clean and less likely to harbor harmful germs. Hardwood is a great investment, and a vinyl that looks like hardwood can be a great budget option. And if you want something cozy for your toes, get a natural fiber rug or a smaller area rug that you can clean regularly.
4. Invest in Organic Bedding
If you haven’t noticed already, we have used the word “invest” a lot. This is intentional! Often, high quality, healthy products are more expensive up front than other mainstream purchases. But this doesn’t mean you should shy away from these purchases. When you buy something that is high quality, it often lasts longer, and the healthier it is, the richer the returns will be. Hopefully, you can read this article early enough and get some of these products on your baby registry so your friends and family can help you welcome your lil nugget of joy with great, healthy products.
Back to the bedding! Your child will spend a lot of time in their crib. So, invest in untreated and unbleached sheets. This will be better for their delicate skin. If you are up for it, look for an organic mattress too! Other baby mattresses are chock full of flame retardant chemicals, which are dangerous for children. Instead, look for a wool mattress, because wool is naturally flame retardant. Who would have known?
5. Don’t Wait To Decorate
We know that most mothers start “nesting” right before the baby comes, but don’t procrastinate too much. Newly painted or stained items can release fumes into the air for weeks — a lot longer than anticipated. Instead of putting the finishing touches on that bookshelf a few days before the baby comes, try to have all paints and stains done at least a month in advance before moving it into the new nursery space — and while you’re getting supplies, look for no-VOC paints and primers.
6. Don’t Worry
Our last tip is intangible, but probably the most important. There are a lot of things to be worried about when you have a newborn around the house. However, one of the healthiest things you can do for your baby is to be healthy yourself. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by fear of what could happen! Surround yourself with friends and family who will help you through the process of parenting and welcoming your bundle of joy into the world. Sure, custom curtains might be nice, but they won’t show unconditional love to your child — you will. Keep the main thing the main thing and be affirmed: you’re going to be a great parent. You can do this. Happy nesting!