5 Must Have Baby Items For Your Non-Toxic Nursery
Becoming a parent is such an exciting time in life. It can also be daunting to consider all the items needed for your baby’s arrival. The nesting phase is both an exciting and exhausting phase as you think of everything you would like from cute outfits to baby mobiles and every little detail of your baby’s home life.
You also have to consider safety, APA (American Academy of Pediatrics) standards, general standards of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and general information about the materials in the products your baby will be using. All this while you consider space, style and budget. Putting together a list of wants and needs is a great place to start, when considering what’s needed for your baby’s arrival.
The list can be incredibly long but it can also be so much fun to select all the special items you want for your baby. When it comes to furniture, there are many types of pieces you and many choices for each piece you want to purchase. We created this list of five essential baby furniture items you need to remove the research and guesswork out of choosing items that are safe, non-toxic, functional and stylish for your new baby.
Cribs: A crib is where a baby spends the most time as an infant. Babies can sleep over 16 hours a day, so a place for baby to sleep is the most important aspect of any nursery. The most important consideration for a crib is safety. A parent should make sure baby’s crib follows APS standards and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) recommendation by having enough space with no unsafe gaps where babies can become trapped. Important consideration must be given to manufacturing materials to avoid toxic, high vocs or other harmful chemicals used in furniture. Ouef has a wide selection of cribs that are sustainably produced from solid wood with water based, non toxic finishes free of VOC health hazards. Many of their cribs also comes with conversion kits to transition baby from crib to a toddler bed and extend the value of your purchase.
Bassinet: This is a smaller, easier to lean over, and portable version of a baby’s sleeping place. Bassinets are great for parents whose bedroom space is limited but can still comfortably place their infant within their reach. A bassinet usually has a hood to cover the baby while sleeping and can be moved around on wheels. The most common disadvantage to a purchasing a bassinet is that it is only for a short term because the baby would outgrow it. Aristot has addressed this exact issue in the creation of their beautiful bassinets that doubles as furniture when no longer needed by baby.
Mattress: A great crib mattress is equally as important as the crib. Mattresses just like furniture can contain VOCs and other harmful chemicals. Choose a lightweight, water resistant hypoallergenic mattress made with natural organic materials to ensure its a comfortable and safe purchase for your baby. Add an organic mattress pad for mattress protection as well as baby safety.
Dressers and shelves: Babies require frequent change of clothes and diapers which means they have lots of clothes, diapers, diaper wipes, blankets, bibs, towels, washcloths, socks, hats, mittens and lots more clothing and diapering related items. All of these items require storage space which can easily be achieved with dressers and shelves. You want to choose dressers and shelves that are both functional and built with baby’s safety in mind using low/non-toxic materials.
- Nursing Chair: Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding, it is important to have a comfortable place to feed your baby. When possible, invest in a great chair that has features to allow rocking, leaning, swiveling and when elevating your feet. Consider a chair that can be used after nursing to extend the life of the chair. Neutral color chairs that can then be added to your living room or tv for further use is a great option. Find a chair made with healthy organic materials that don’t include harmful toxins.
There are so many items to purchase when creating a space for a baby. Some items and a definite wants and may not be necessary to keep your baby safe and comfortable. As individual family budgets vary, it is important to consider safety first, and comfort of your baby. Some furniture pieces can last and grow with baby to maximize your investment. It is an exciting time in a family’s life and creating a safe space for your baby can be a fun and rewarding experience.
Pure as Love does research to vet and curate a list of baby furniture that are safe, toxic free and functional so create a beautiful space for your baby.