When planning your ideal nursery, you want the room to be as safe, healthy and stimulating as possible. With all of the items available on the market for nurseries – cribs and beds, bassinets and Moses baskets, changing tables and dressers, rocking chairs and gliders, plus decor – constructing the perfect environment for your newborn can be a daunting task. We turned to Ali Wing, Founder and CEO of Giggle.com for tips on creating a fresh and sound dwelling for any infant.
Use Organic Bedding and Materials
Consider where the soft furnishings you choose for your little one came from. Chemical-based products can contain harmful substances like formaldehyde. For a healthy nursery, try 100% organic bedding, clothes, and other fabric, such as cotton, bamboo, hemp, linen, cashmere, or wool. To be sure, check the label to see if it is made from Oeko-Tex or IVN-certified fabrics.
Another important factor is the type of paint that you use on the walls or furniture. Giggle.com advises parents to use a paint with low or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Paint the room well in advance, ensuring there will be no unpleasant fumes by the time you bring him or her home.
How to Wash Your Infant’s Linens
Babies tend to make a lot of little messes. To keep the nursery sanitary, it is necessary to wash bed spreads about once per week. In addition, personal items like bottles, teething rings, towels and wash clothes, should also be washed often. A hypoallergenic soap and warm water makes a gentle cleanser that is suitable for the very young.
The Benefits of Simple Toys
Too many toys can be over-stimulating, or be made of harmful plastic substances such as bisphenol-A, phthalates, and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Ali recommends a basic selection of simple toys made from natural materials like wood and fabric. Foster your child’s imagination with a fanciful mobile, colorful art prints and decals for the walls, a glowing nightlight, and charming ceramic lamp with a matching shade.
Maintain Good Air Circulation
To maximize air circulation, make sure to select a well-ventilated room for your child’s nursery. If possible, it is best to have a window that opens for when the weather is nice. Never underestimate the power of fresh air. Be sure to walk your baby often in a well-made stroller or carriage.
If you are particularly concerned about allergens or dust mites, you might want to get an air purifier. They also make special products such as dust mite barrier bedding or anti-allergen mattresses.
A-list Nursery Tips and Trends
For the current birthing season, Ali is seeing a lot of Mid-Century Modern Design nurseries, especially amid her A-list clientele. It is a revival of the retro style of decorating made popular during the 1950s and 1960s. She recommends a crib with sleek, modern lines and an armchair inspired glider, with geometric prints and a classic mobile. Read more on Ali’s blog at Giggle.com.
All items pictured available at Giggle.com.