Create a dream green nursery
Start your precious cherub off with as small a carbon footprint as possible by creating a peaceful, eco-friendly nursery that is kind to baby and the planet. With a bevy of eco-friendly items for tots available, it can be challenging to know where to start when designing a nursery that is kind to baby, the environment, and yes, Mom and Dad’s budget, as well! SheKnows.com has scouted out the best finds for providing a dream “green” nursery for the tiniest member of the family.
Natural is Best
From the blankets to the furnishings to the mattress, opt for natural. Babies spend a lot of time sleeping in the first few months of their life, and the most important items to choose wisely are organic bedding and an organic crib mattress. Most traditional mattresses have a vinyl cover with PVC, considered one of the most toxic plastics.
Natural Mat offers a 100 percent natural crib mattress collection that includes three crib mattresses – the one you choose for your little one will depend upon your child's needs. All of the mattress covers are removable and machine-washable. For budget-conscious parents, Natural Mat makes an organic top mat that is 100 percent organic lambswool in a quilted cover. It fits easily over any existing mattress, protecting baby from breathing in any toxic chemicals, and is an economical way to give your precious infant the key benefits of an organic mattress, at less than half the price.
Carousel Designs has an extensive organic crib bedding collection for parents to choose from, including matching crib bumpers, blankets, drapes and portable crib sheets – all in a variety of colors and styles to match your décor.
Hip and modern, Fauna offers petite and adorable 100% organic cotton animal pillows that add design and fun to baby's nursery, all-in-one! Choose one animal to coordinate with the nursery's organic bedding -- or go ahead, place a tiny zoo in a comfy spot!
For baby's "lovey," choose a silky-soft, huggable blanket like the bamboo viscose blanket from Kicky Pants. Made of 85 percent eco-luxe bamboo, this can double as a nursing cover or sun shade, too.
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Decorate with eco-plush, hand-knit
and wooden toys
Yellow Label Kids offers adorable, hand-knit and fair trade rattles, puppets and toys that add an element of homemade style to the nursery. Little ones can teethe on soft rattles in the shape of birds, flowers, animals and more, while moms don't have to stress over what their child is placing in their mouth!
To add an element of whimsy and inspire play -- naturally, of course -- opt for a cuddly-soft eco-plush menagerie from Dandelion Earth-Friendly Goods. The new Believe Organic Plush line of animals are made of organic and natural materials, and filled with corn fiber for worry-free cuddles.
As babies begin to sit up and move, the wooden Zany Zoo by B. Toys will keep them entertained and stimulated. Made of heirloom wood, it can be passed on from child to child as a well-loved favorite!
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