Happy Healthy Baby!
As a parent, you certainly know that a child changes your life forever and teaches you about perhaps the deepest love in life. We all want to provide the best we can for our kids – so I’d like to talk about providing the best indoor air quality for them and the entire family. I know, it’s not really among the top 10 things we readily think about when we think about providing the best for our family, but it is a very important subject.
A baby’s intellect, mobility, personality and bodies are growing at an amazing rate during the first few days, months and years. With their small bodies and systems, they are several times more susceptible to the toxins in their environment. The amount or “parts per million” of exposure to any given toxin can cause more harm more quickly to their developing bodies and brains.
Today’s world is overloaded with chemicals. Petro-chemicals came out in the 50’s and 60’s, and with them came wall to wall carpet versus hardwoods and vinyl replaced natural linoleum – our floors became toxic! In addition, furniture is now largely constructed with press-board or particle board (laden with formaldehyde) and cushions and mattresses often meet the federal safety requirements for fire retardation with toxic chemicals.
Well, new carpet, changing tables and dresser drawers, and the mattress could add up to quite a toxic environment in a nursery. Oh, and don’t forget the new paint on the walls – that could be a big irritant as well. Let’s plan the nursery (or any new room) in a better way! Let me show you how.
AFM Safecoat paints are “doctor recommended”. This is a high quality paint that has zero VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) and is non-toxic too. The non-toxic definition is quite important when you know that a zero VOC paint from another company may contain acetone and/or ammonia – known to be harmful to humans but not regulated VOC’s by the EPA as they do not cause outdoor pollution or smog – hmmm.So, pick your favorite soft color and let us tint it with our zero VOC colorants and begin preparing your nursery!
If you are purchasing new furniture for a nursery – buy solid wood. Better yet, purchase used solid wood furniture. Use non-toxic milk paint or soy based stain to update and customize the recycled furniture – create a one-of-a-kind piece.
Of course if you are purchasing new, we can help! Check out this beautiful crib – available in several wood tones. It also converts to a toddler bed as your little one grows.
The All Important Mattress
Keep the mattress dry and comfortable (and protect your investment) with an organic wool mattress pad – avoiding the off-gassing of plastics in some pads.
The Freshest of Air