Ways to Create an Eco-Friendly Nursery

When we’re expecting, one of the most exciting things we get to do is plan the nursery. It’s natural to want an adorable space in which our little bundles of joy can flourish, but there are a lot of factors to think about.

Of course, we want only the safest and most beneficial items for our new family additions, but we also have to consider other factors with safety at the forefront.

Many new parents are hopping onto the eco-friendly trend for its environmental, health, and economic benefits. Your nursery will be perfect for your little one no matter which items you decide to include, but if you’re curious about creating a green space for your baby, I’m offering some of the ways to create an eco-friendly nursery.

Limit short-term items

As exciting as shopping for a crib set with a matching changing table, rocking chair, and dresser may be, you’ll probably only use some of those items for a year or less. The less products you purchase, the less effects your nursery will have on the environment.

One of my best tips is to find a dresser with a removable changing table on top of it so that the dresser can be a part of your baby’s “big-kid” bedroom when they outgrow diapers. Another tip is to get a chair with a more neutral color scheme instead of a baby theme. This way, it will fit well into the child’s room even as they grow.

Go natural

Choosing natural and organic products is the best way to keep your nursery as eco-friendly as possible—and it’s great for baby, too. A good place to start is with the baby’s mattress.

Babies spend most of their days sleeping, especially as newborns, so getting a mattress made of organic or recycled materials can help the environment and protect your little one from harmful chemicals that may be present in artificial mattresses.

If you’re up for the task, using cloth diapers is a great way to go eco-friendly. They aren’t the same nightmare product you may have heard stories about from your grandmother—nowadays, most come with snap or Velcro closures that allow you to avoid dangerous safety pins. They’re also washable and much easier to clean. I get mine for a good deal on Nickisdiapers.com

Buying organic toys is another way to keep your nursery eco-friendly. Ethically made from organic cotton, they’re cute and cuddly for baby as well as chemical-free. There are many cute organic toys today, so you don’t have to compromise fun colors and trendy toys for natural elements.

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