13 Eco-Friendly Nursery Ideas for Your Baby's Room

Go green, Mama! Here's how to create an eco-friendly nursery you'll both love (14 Photos)

Julie Seguss on Apr 26, 2013 at 3:12PM

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13 Steps to a Green Baby Nursery

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a Julie Seguss on Oct 24, 2007 at 10:35AM

Putting together your baby's nursery is an exciting project for parents-to-be -- and it's also a great time to go green. From choosing the best bedding to easy ways to improve air quality, we'll help you create an eco-friendly, nontoxic environment for your wee one.

Check for Lead Paint

The Problem: Many homes built before 1978 contain lead paint, which can cause a range of health issues, including behavioral problems, seizures, and even death. Children under age six are most at risk. Lead-based paint can be found on window frames, walls, old cribs and in antique or imported toys and jewelry.

The Solution:
Use a test kit (found in home improvement stores) to identify places and household objects where lead may be lurking. Leave lead-based paint undisturbed if it's in good condition (paint over it if you can), and don't sand or burn off paint that may contain lead. (For more info on lead, visit the Environmental Protection Agency.)

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