Bringing a new one into the house?
Let us help you create that healthy environment for the new addition to your home!
Create a healthy and safe home for your children before they arrive. Look at the environment the child will be spending most of their time, and select the appropriate materials and finishes to furnish that space. This will go along way toward providing your children a nurturing and toxin free environment.
1. Indoor Air Quality: Practical and Healthy Habits:
- Open Windows Daily. 10-15 minutes to release stale air and contaminants.
- Change Filter on Furnace. Filters that are used beyond their recommended time will be re-circulating dust and pollutants back into the house. Change filters as recommended by manufacturers.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide monitor alarms in nursery.
2. Flooring : Safest and Healthiest selections are hardwoods, natural cork floors, bamboo and linoleum – Easily cleaned and will not hold dust, mites, or other airbornecontaminants.
Natural fiber area rugs can be used. Periodically remove and sanitize with a non-toxic cleaner.
Carpeting is not recommended – It traps any contaminants that enter the room, including material that arrives on the bottoms of shoes.
3. Paints and Finishes: As recently as a few yearsago there were few choices available for low VOC (volatile organic compound)paint. Now many of the established paint manufacturers provide low VOC and NO VOC paints. The new paint smell that we are all accustomed to isthe result of chemicals being released as the paint is drying. We don’twant to release chemicals into our homes.
4. Furniture: Now it’s time to put furniture into the room. For cribs and beds choose wood, constructed out of reclaimed material or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)certified lumber, or bamboo, which is a sustainable, durable material. Avoid any products made of particle board or MDF, which contain chemical glues and bonding agents. Mattresses made with wool are naturally fire retardant and don’t need to be treated with chemicals. Natural latex foam, made from the sap of rubber trees, breaths much more than synthetic foam, which comes from petroleum. Synthetic foam accumulates moisture which attracts mites and mildew. Latex foam is naturally anti-bacterial and resists mold and mildew. For linens, pillows, comforters, towels, choose natural untreated cotton or wool for pesticide and chemical free fabrics, colored with plant based dyes.
5. Toys: Make sure that the toys for your child are completely safe. It is difficult today to find products that are not madeoverseas. However it is well worth the effort to do the research and to make sure that the country of origin has health and safety laws that are astringent, better yet more stringent, than those of the United States. The material used and the finishes applied to toys can be very toxic. Recently many toys from the major toy manufacturers were recalled because they contained lead paint. Buy products that are made from natural materials, using natural finishes. Make sure that any plastic toys are made of HDPE(high density polyethylene). It is considered the safest plastic around. Many of these toys are made from recycled milk containers.